The One You Can't Forget

The One You Can't Forget

by Roni Loren

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"Absolutely unputdownable, delivers all of the feels! Roni Loren is a new favorite. Loved this."—COLLEEN HOOVER, #1 New York Times bestseller

Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter...
The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn't deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she's thrown herself into her work. She can't dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca—the attorney who helped his ex ruin him—his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca's secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other

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 felt...light.

She'd forgotten what that felt like.

The Ones Who Got Away Series:
The Ones Who Got Away (Book 1)
The One You Can't Forget (Book 2)
The One You Fight For (Book 3)

Readers are Raving About about The Ones Who Got Away:
"Phenomenal. Gets my highest recommendation!"—LORELEI JAMES, New York Times bestselling author
"Richly layered and full of emotion... Unforgettable."—KRISTEN CALLIHAN, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"Unique, swoony, and lively."—SARINA BOWEN, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492651437
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Ones Who Got Away Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 163,144
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven't improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has.She holds a master's degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead. She is a two-time RITA Award winner and aNew York TimesandUSA Today bestselling author.

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The One You Can't Forget 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
tommygrrl723 11 months ago
Roni Loren did it again! I took this book on vacation and found that it was a great book to read on the plane. It wasn't super heavy subject matter, but I wouldn't label this book as total 'fluff' either. The characters were really relatable with challenges/flaws. (As the character mentions that we ALL have flaws, some of which are visible and those that invisible to the eye). Although the ending is predictable, the read was still enjoyable. I look forward to the next installment of this series.
runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca is a successful attorney, on her way to making partner. In her spare time she has to help her father with his campaign. Wes is broke after his divorce when his ex-wife basically took everything. He was on the verge of opening a restaurant that had a lot of publicity and would have likely done well. He lost the restaurant because of the divorce. One day Rebecca is mugged and Wes helps her. She is a survivor from a school shooting from years earlier so the mugging leaves her shaken. Rebecca soon realizes that one of her past clients was Wes's ex-wife. He soon realizes the same and there is some drama. This was a cute story, a nice romance. The characters were likable. It looks like this is book #2 in a trilogy. I was able to read the story and enjoy it without having read book #1. However, I am adding the other two in the trilogy to my reading list. And i'm not sure if this is a trilogy or if that is just what the author has written so far, as this last one didn't come out too long ago.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
Divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt doesn't want her life defined by her survival of the Long Acre High School Shooting but it's hard to forget when she sees the scars on her body and her mind. When a mugging brings everything rushing back, Rebecca is grateful a stray dog and a man passing by stop to help -- if only the man weren't the ex-husband of one of Rebecca's old clients. As Rebecca gets to know Wes Garret she realizes he's more than just his low moment in the courtroom; but Rebecca has secrets and she's afraid that sharing them will push Wes away forever. I really enjoyed The One You Can't Forget and felt it was a great follow up to the previous book in the series. Roni Loren does a fantastic job of addressing really hard topics in an honest and genuine way. Rebecca still struggles with PTSD after being shot at her high school prom and it's affected every part of her life. Not only that but Rebecca carries around guilt over the shooting and this sits heavily on her soul. I was really intrigued by how Loren addresses the ideas of troubled kids, second chances, bullying, and guilt. There was a lot of emotional weight to this story which sometimes made it hard to read but also enhanced it. While I initially struggled to connect with Rebecca, I came to really like her as a character. She's pretty closed off at first but you can see glimpses of the sweet and generous woman she is through her actions. Life has taught Rebecca to keep others at a distance so she's reluctant to get involved with Wes at first but she also can't seem to stay away from the first man to interest in her awhile. I loved Wes's realness, honesty and his playful side that slowly started to emerge as the book went on. When Wes got divorced he lost everything, his restaurant, his money, and his future as a successful chef, not to mention he spiraled into a drinking problem. He's finally found balance in his life but he still craves more than his teaching job. Wes and Rebecca had really great chemistry and as two people who've been alone for awhile they found a surprising peace with each other. From the beginning I've been impressed with how Roni Loren weaves these stories together. She covers topics that are deep and tragic but still finds ways to create uplifting stories that don't get bogged down and I'm so excited to read more!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is book two in The One’s Who Got Away series and it features Wes and Rebecca. I loved the romance between these two. Wes was amazingly sexy and he and Rebecca made magic together. I loved the job Wes had working with the kids. I just couldn’t get in to the Long Acre part of the story line. It felt a little out of place to me in this beautiful romance. The characters were fantastic! I look forward to reading more from this author.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure after The One Who Got Away that I would like Rebecca, however I enjoyed hers and Wes' book! She's still straight as an arrow things are only black and white until Wes helps her learn there can be a grey area. Rebecca is the friend we all want to have, caring and loyal. Wes, oh I love him! From the first page he had me swooning and rooting for his HEA. When their paths are thrown together their chemistry leapt off my ereader. Both broken and looking for redemption they're the perfect pair to help each other to mend. If you're looking for a great romance with a cuddly dog defender then I highly recommend reading The One You Can't Forget!
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter... The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn't deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she's thrown herself into her work. She can't dwell if she never slows down. Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca―the attorney who helped his ex ruin him―his simple life gets complicated. Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca's secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other 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 felt...light. She'd forgotten what that felt like. Review: This is the second book in the series and while they all tie together because of the main characters past experience, they can each be read as a stand alone title. If you have read the first book you will know about Rebecca, who featured quite a bit in the last book. This is her story and of course the man who wins her heart, Wes. It is a very well written story, with a timely theme, school shootings and the aftermath of those who are left after. With Rebecca's story we learn more about the night of the shooting and her connection to the killers. There are lots of twists and turns in the love story for Wes and Rebecca that make it interesting and unique. Now, I did not find this story as emotional as the first book, but it had its moments and I really fell in love with this story. I also loved that Rebecca and Wes are more than they seem when we first meet them. I loved how they and the story evolved and we got to see all their insecurities and the real them not obvious from just looking at them. The ending made me so happy, perfect. All in all a great story and a great compliment to the first book in the series. I will be awaiting the next book in the series. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
FernsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Another breathtakingly beautiful book from Roni Loren! I'm not going to lie, the first book was soooo good that I was worried that my hopes were going to be set a little too high for this one. But NOPE. This was just as beautiful and wonderful as a love story as The Ones Who Got Away.  Rebecca is a survivor of the Long Acre shooting that happened during her senior year of high school. Since then she has always dealt with a level of guilt and continues to deal with some PTSD from the event. She is a driven as successful divorce lawyer who has done incredibly well for herself in the work force. However, her lack of relationship is apart to her and her friends. Wes has suffered his own life drama. His wife divorced him and took everything that he worked so hard for. His dreams of owning a successful restaurant were ruined which lead him to a drinking problem. After getting sober, he begins to teach cooking classes to teens after school. Roni Loren has a way of totally capturing all the emotions that you could feel into one moment. When reading her work I simultaneously feel crushing sadness, hopefulness, and so much love! Wes is seriously AMAZING! He was truly like the perfect package. Sweet, caring, hot, funny. He could be such a smart ass at times, but he was so irresistibly cute about it! I absolutely adored him! Rebecca is one seriously amazing woman!! She is a totally badass with her lawyer attitude while still managing to be a complete softy at heart! Her and Wes are such a perfect couple!! There is a lot of angst to this book so I would definitely be aware of that before jumping right in! I absolutely love this series and am SO EXCITED for the next one! My ARC copy of the book was provided in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
mom2crgk More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series and had given it five stars, but this second book is even better. The first book was mostly about the tragedy that took place when the characters were in high school, and how they all came together ten years later when a documentary was being filmed about the incident and its aftermath. I expected this second book in the series to be more of the same, but it was actually a whole other story in itself. The incidents that took place in Rebecca's past certainly affected her present, but this story was about so much more than that. First of all, the main characters are a divorce lawyer and the ex-husband of one of her former clients. I don't want to spoil anything, but that should tell you that there's going to be some conflicting emotions! We already know about Rebecca's past, but we meet Wes and learn that he has had a difficult time of things, as well. These two characters have the odds stacked against them from the start. Will they overcome them and find a happily ever after? I enjoy Ms. Loren's writing style very much; she keeps you on the edge of your seat and more than once makes you say "Wooooooooowwwwwwwwwww.....!" I am excited for the rest of the books in the series. I voluntarily reviewed this book for Netgalley.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren. Likable characters and good dialogue. Not my favorite of her books but still good. I look forward to reading more books by Roni Loren.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A very emotional story. The One You Can't Forget is book two in The Ones Who Got Away series but it can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading book one though, just so you have all of the back ground on the four women who became friends due to a horrible tragedy at their high school prom. Each of them will get their own story. I can't say enough good things about this series and this book. It's not an erotic romance like Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge series but it has plenty of heat. It also has characters that seem very real to me. Rebecca is a hot-shot divorce attorney; she's also a survivor of the Long Acre High shootings. She has no life outside of her work and her friendships with three other Long Acre survivors. Wesley is a recovering alcoholic. He lost everything when his wife's attorney crucified him in divorce court. Like book one, this story ripped me up and then put me back together again. Roni Loren is a master story teller who knows how to write moving stories that engage all of your emotions. I was totally invested in the outcome for these characters and I desperately needed them to find peace (especially Rebecca-she has a secret that is tearing her apart) and their HEA. There is simply no way for me to do justice to this book with anything that I'd write. I can't wait for the next book to come out. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, this series. It just rips my heart out one page--heck, sometimes even one paragraph!--at a time. That said, you really could read this book without having read the first one ( The Ones Who Got Away ) first. You'd miss a little bit of Rebecca's backstory with her former high school crush, but that's okay--all the major details you need to know going in about her history as a Long Acre survivor are told here, and though she does spend time with some of the other survivors (especially at the infamous "Bitching Brunches" that I might give up a limb to attend, if only they weren't fictional...okay, come to think of it, it's probably fortunate for everyone that they are) if you don't already know Liv and Finn's story, you'll still do just fine. I can't promise you won't have a burning desire to know Live and Finn's story ASAP, however. I make no guarantees here. But I digress. The One You Can't Forget started out strong--even though a shared event brings Rebecca and Wes together, they're soon on opposite sides when their past connection comes to light, giving the story a touch of an enemies-to-lovers vibe. When they get past that, their families (ugh, don't get me started on them!) and their own individual past demons step in to try and put on the brakes. Then the last 20% of the book happens...OMG, I can't even tell you how many tissues I went through. Those last few chapters were absolutely draining...and thankfully, ended in one heck of an HEA. I can't think of two people who deserve it more! At least until Taryn and Kincaid get their books, that is... :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There’s so much that’s wrapped up in this story. It isn’t just about Rebecca’s PTSD over the school shooting that took place over a decade ago. There’s so many layers to this story that it’s hard to not get enveloped in it all. Both Rebecca and Wes have been through so much in life. Not only does Rebecca have emotional and physical scars from the shooting, but she also has this crushing sense of guilt over it all. She feels like there was something she could have done, things she could have done differently that would have prevented that tragedy from happening. Wes hit rock bottom when his wife divorced him, drug his name and his livelihood through the dirt, took his future away from him, and left him with nothing. He’s starting to get his feet under him when we meet him coming to Rebecca’s rescue. Little do we know how entwined their past, present, and future really are. One thing that I loved about this story is how completely different these characters are. I’m not talking about their personalities, but their current status in life. Rebecca is a highly sought after divorce lawyer who is on top of her game. Wes is just starting to pick himself up off of the ground. He’s starting to get that spark of life back in his eyes, and I loved watching these two come together. Not only does Rebecca help bring him to a better place, but he helps calm her and allows her to see that there is more to life. These two were perfect for each other. I love that this story is so much more than what the synopsis leads you to believe. I thought it was just going to be a romance that would explode at the climatic part when Wes finds out that Rebecca is the lawyer who helped his ex-wife ruin his life. Instead, that bomb is dropped close to the beginning which leaves so much more story development to take place. And trust me, there is a lot of awesome plot twists in this story. If you’re looking for a well-rounded romance, then look no further than Roni Loren’s, The Ones Who Got Away series.
MaureensBooks More than 1 year ago
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” ‘The One You Can’t Forget’ is the second book in the The Ones Who Got Away series. I read the first book in this series, ‘The One Who Got Away’ in January of this year and completely devoured it. I really loved every single page of that book. So when I was saw the second book ‘The One You Can’t Forget’ on Netgalley, I just knew I had to request that book. And I was super excited when I found out I was approved to read this book. In ‘The One You Can’t Forget’ we meet Rebecca Lindt. Rebecca is one of the survivors of the Long Acre High Shooting and ever since High School Rebecca worked hard to get where she is today. Rebecca is a successful divorce attorney and working hard to become partner in her dads law firm. Rebecca works long hours and doesn’t have a lot of free time. But that’s the way she likes it. Free time makes you think about stuff. And that’s the last thing she wants. When Rebecca meets Wes Garrett he is everything she doesn’t want. Divorced, a troublesome past and an alcohol problem. But the attraction between Rebecca and Wes is immediate. And although they both don’t want it.. they can’t stay away from each other. Since I loved the first book in this series, I had very high expectations of the second book. And I was definitely not disappointed. Rebecca and Wes are both two great characters I loved getting to know. Although it seems they have nothing in common, they connect with each other from the moment they met. The attraction is instant and the chemistry between them is just addicting to read about. I loved how they slowly got to know each other better and how they both made each other better. This series is just one of those I can’t seem to get enough of. I love the characters, the story lines and the emotions, and I just want to read more. Although this book is the second book in the series, you can read it as a standalone. But I’m glad I was able to read the first book first, just so I knew a little more about the shooting.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 star--edgy, engaging, entertaining 3.75 stars--THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET is the second instalment in Roni Loren’s contemporary, adult THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY erotic, romance series focusing on the survivors of a mass shooting the night of their senior prom-Finn Dorsey, Olivia Arias, Rebecca Lindt, Taryn Landry and Kincaid Breslin. This is thirty-one year old divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt, and chef Wes Garrett’s story line. THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the series in order, or at the very least book one, for backstory and cohesion as the details about what happened are revealed in THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY. Told from dual third person perspectives (Rebecca and Wes) THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET follows the building relationship between thirty-one year old divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt, and chef Wes Garrett. Rebecca is a survivor, albeit a survivor with physical and emotional scars, and it is these scars that control so much of her life. When Rebecca is mugged on the way home from work, her would-be rescuer is the man she destroyed in court a few years before. Enter chef Wes Garrett, and the man with whom Rebecca would fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Wes and Rebecca, and the potential fall-out as Rebecca believes she is not worthy of a happily ever after. Rebecca struggles with the guilt and shame of surviving a shooting she blames on herself. From the outside, Rebecca is a successful attorney but looks can be deceiving as our heroine is unable to let go of the past. Rebecca battles her attraction to a man whose own demons may be a threat to their growing relationship, a threat perceived by someone in charge. Wes Garrett lost everything to divorce, a few years earlier, including the restaurant business he no longer owned. Working with at risk-youth, teaching them survival skills in the kitchen, Wes is hoping to one-day open his own curb-side business. Meeting Rebecca Lindt brought with it the painful memories of a time he wished he could forget. The relationship between Rebecca and Wes begins when Wes becomes our heroine’s knight in shining armor. Their attraction to one another is immediate but Rebecca recognizes our hero as the man she all but destroyed a few years earlier. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET is a story of one woman’s inability to let go of her guilt, and one man’s struggle to move on from the past. The premise is edgy, engaging and entertaining; the romance is seductive and provocative; the characters are broken, surviving, colorful and lost.
Gayathiri More than 1 year ago
4 Stars!! Rebecca Lindt, survivor of Long Acre High School shooting, is a divorce attorney who holds a secret from her past that haunts her.. Wes Garrett, is in the process of rebuilding his life after losing his dream of opening a restaurant after his messy divorce.. One night, when Rebecca is being mugged, Wes ends up there helping her out at the time of need... However, at first they dont realize that Rebecca was the attorney who helped Wes' ex wife with the divorce.. And when both Wes n Rebecca sort out their differences about that part of their pasts, more baggage from past come to threaten them.. I liked Rebecca and Wes.. They were strong and at the same time vulnerable.. We get to know more about the Ling Acre High School shooting incident in this book... Though this is a stand alone, its better to read it after the first book to understand the characters better.. I loved the first book and i cant wait to read the other books in this series!!
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Roni's books! This series is unlike any I have read, specifically the subject matter (the main characters are now grown-up survivors of a school shooting). But Roni truly does a fantastic job with that angle, and the emotions you can imagine being associated with a traumatic event like that are written so beautifully. In this book, I got to know Rebecca, who was actually shot. Needless to say, that left her with physical and emotional scars that made for some interesting triggers throughout the story. Wes had his own battles he had faced and his own stigma he was still living with. I enjoyed reading his dedication to rebuilding his life, and his dedication to Rebecca, once they met. And, even in the midst of the emotions, Roni seamlessly, and appropriately, works in plenty of tension, steam and love. She's one of those authors that I don't even need to read what the book is about; once I see that she wrote it, I'm a-gonna read it!!! (I was given a copy of this book in consideration of my honest thoughts)