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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

So Damn Ship-Worthy: The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren

THE ONE YOU CAN'T FORGET

by Roni Loren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
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Roni Loren has fast become a favorite author for me. Her book The Ones Who Got Away struck a chord with me and I was eagerly anticipating the follow-up companion novel, The One You Can't Forget. While slightly different in tone from the first book, The One You Can't Forget was another stellar read from Roni Loren. This is definitely a book that's going to my re-read pile.

Years after the horrific Long Acre High School shooting that killed Rebecca's classmates, she is a successful divorce attorney. On the surface, she is a woman who is thriving, but underneath, she is still suffering from PTSD in the aftermath of the shooting. Rebecca is forced to relive the nightmare that was that day when she is robbed at gunpoint while walking home one night. Thankfully, a stray furry friend and Wes, come to her rescue and what begins is a journey towards healing. Roni Loren did a fantastic job in The One You Can't Forget with Rebecca's characterization. In the first book, she wasn't always the most likable,  but here the author digs into the depths of her character which allows you to understand the atrocities that have haunted this woman. Rebecca's emotions were so tangible throughout the book. My heart ached for her and I found myself rooting for her happiness. It wasn't an easy route for her, but when she began to take the steps needed to heal herself with the help of Wes, I was incredibly proud of her.

Roni Loren writes some of the best heroes and Wes was no different. I fell easily for this kind, generous and sweet guy. A nasty divorce leaves Wes' dreams of owning a restaurant shattered, but he is trying to make ends meet through teaching cooking skills at an after-school program. It's not where he envisioned his life to be, but he still gives his fullest to the kids. I loved Wes and everything about him, but mostly what stuck with me was his resilience and his ability to push Rebecca to see the best in her. Their romance could easily have been messy - Rebecca was the attorney that represented his cruel, manipulative ex-wife in the divorce - but Roni Loren made their relationship believable and so shipworthy. My goodness did I love these two together. They complemented each other in the best possible ways by bringing out the best in each other. There were so many emotional moments between them and ahhhh! They were just so so good together.

I am so hyped that The One You Can't Forget was so memorable for me. It had everything that I love in a good romance book - strong characters, a swoony romance and a touch of angst that was the cherry on the cake. If you haven't read Roni Loren, I strongly recommend that you try her books out. She is honestly a romance queen.

Who is your favorite hero?
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