She laughed and kissed him. This morning she'd melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.
She'd forgotten what that felt like.
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Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Actual Rating: 3.75 stars
The One You Can't Forget is the second book in The Ones Who Got Away series. Technically, since it features a different couple from the first book, it can standalone. However, I think I would recommend reading them in order as you don't get much of a backstory if you read them out of order. Personally, I felt like I needed to know what happened to these kids when they were in high school (I felt like I was missing something) and it wasn't really explained well in this book. So I overall felt like something was missing for me (note: I did not read the first book). If you're like me, then I recommend reading book 1 prior to this one.
Anyway, in this book, readers will meet Rebecca and Wes. Rebecca is a survivor of a school shooting that left her both traumatized and physically broken. 10 years later, her wounds are still there, although dimmed a little. Sure, she'll never forget that day, but her work as a divorce attorney keeps her plenty busy to not have to continuously feel those old wounds. Now, being a divorce attorney has made Becca a little jaded. She has seen the mess that a marriage can make when it goes down the tubes and wants nothing to do with that type of pain on top of the stuff she endures on a daily basis. So she has no room in her heart or mind for love. That is, until Wes comes in the picture...
Wes has had his fare share of heartbreak. The woman he married broke him in court leaving him with nothing but the hopes and dreams he had as a young man. Fortunately for him, he believes in himself. With a little push in the right direction, he knows what he hoped for his life could come true. But it will take a little bit of love to motivate him... and thankfully, a smart and quiet woman named Rebecca comes into his life and helps him realize his dreams for the future.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, although as I mentioned I did feel like there was an important piece missing. The author sporadically talks of the tragedy that befell Rebecca when she was in high school, but not enough for me to feel like this book is a complete standalone. In addition to this, I had a bit of a hard time believing in the characters insecurities. One minute she complaining how she can never find love after what she has been through and the next she is kissing a stranger. Hmm... If she was as insecure as the author made her out to be, I think she would have been a bit more timid. Especially after encountering a major issues in a dark alley (I won't spoil it for you :D). Other than this, I think the romance was good, believable, and at most times, totally sweet. I liked Becca and Wes together, I like how it wasn't too hard for them to fall in love despite what was happening in their lives (or past, shall I say), and how everything turned out for them.
I would recommend this one ESPECIALLY if you have read and enjoyed The Ones Who Got Away.
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