Review: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

The Ones Who Got Away
(The Ones Who Got Away #1)
by Roni Loren

Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs.

Twelve years ago, Finn Dorsey walked away from Olivia Arias on the day the horrific crime of terror happened in Long Acre High School. Liv was held at gunpoint while Finn rushed to his supposed promdate’s side. Such a darn move if you ask me, but can’t blame these 17-year olds when their lives were at peril. Only a few students survived the tragic shooting, but their lives were forever changed and their hopes almost turned to ashes. They were the ones who got away.

A documentary about the school tragedy brought Finn, Liv, Kincaid, Rebecca and the others back home after twelve years. An undercover FBI agent, Finn Dorsey had matured and grown up with serious issues heaving on his shoulders. Aspiring photographer Liv Arias, Finn’s old flame, had grown into a beautiful woman, stronger, more passionate and even more seductive. Their other friends had gathered one night and got their time capsule that revealed letters for future selves. The ladies decided it was time to move forward and fulfill their promises from twelve years ago.. Not, if only their hearts and mind weren’t that broken..

I was a little emotional and overwhelmed after reading this book. Inasmuch as I would like to scream aloud and sigh with hearts in my eyes because of this beautiful Roni Loren novel, I had this urge to spend a couple more days of glorifying this book before I could managed to write my thoughts about it.

And now that I am fully covered, let me tell you something. This had been life-changing.

Finn and Liv made me cry. Their teasing and ridiculously heart-swooning banters definitely made up my day. I loved their characters so much, their chemistry was definitely off the charts! I liked the others as well. Although I couldn’t imagine the pain and suffering and trauma they’d been through. At their tender age of 17, they witnessed a fellow schoolmate shooting other students, and I thought that was awfully frightening. I haven’t read a book about a school shooting in a long time, probably because I didn’t want to have this emotional baggage caused by the characters’ trauma. But later on I realized I had to be more empathetic and sympathetic to their feelings and forthcomings.

Liv and Finn’s complicated relationship just got even more complex and tangled when they met again after 12 long years. They dealt with their losses and pains differently, but at the end of the day, the past still kept haunting them in their dreams. Nightmares. It was just sick.

I’ve grown to love Finn and Liv and the others throughout the book. Have I mentioned that I love Kincaid? She’s a real sweetheart and a delightful character, the sunshine to their almost desolate lives. I liked the others too, but these three resonated with me more. I couldn’t help but put myself in their midst and hug them all like a mother hen. This story isn’t just about romance, but about finding courage to face the future, the present and the past that kept on haunting them.

Overall, this book is definitely worth all the tears I’ve shed. Remarkable story, stunning characters, perfect pacing, excellent writing. It’s my first Roni Loren book and I believe this would be the start of my new fangirl moment with her books. Can’t wait to read the next one!!

“I promise, Class of 2005, to live the life that scares me.”


I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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