The One You Fight For

The One You Fight For

by Roni Loren

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"Absolutely unputdownable! Roni Loren is a new favorite." —COLLEEN HOOVER, #1 New York Times bestseller for The One You Can't Forget

How hard would you fight for the one you love?
Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life's work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan...

Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother's horrific actions. After losing everything—his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity—he's changed his name, his look, and he's finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?

When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy...
How do you find your happy ending?

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 series:
"This is a romance readers are unlikely to forget."—Booklist STARRED Review
"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
"A crackling, heartfelt love story."—Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492651468
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Ones Who Got Away Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 50,230
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(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 Fight For 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
iggyebab 6 months ago
This series has been so interesting. Taking a group of young adults who survived a school shooting and having them come home for an anniversary was definitely different. In this book we got Taryn, who lost her younger sister Mia and had a secret about the shooting that kept her guilt front and center. And Shaw Miller the older brother of the shooter who returns to Austin to open a gym under an assumed name. I really appreciated that these two had some really difficult conversations. He came clean about who he was and she told him things that no one else knew. They also had a few other unexpected conversations that were handled in such an adult way. I really hate books that drown in drama that could have been solved by one conversation. I hope that there is one final book in this series because I'd love to see all of these friends settled in some way.
cordee More than 1 year ago
There have been around 320 mass shootings this year and four of the deadliest in the year 2018 alone in the US. Vicious attacks like the Columbine High School Massacre and the Las Vegas shooting and the most recent Thousand Oaks shooting are heartbreaking and disturbing and the frequency with which they happen seems to escalate. It's the same pattern: one or more perpetrators attack an unsuspecting, innocent crowd. Roni Loren's series isn't meant to teach you about numbers and statistics so she carefully left them out of these books. That's why I thought I'd give you an idea of the tragedies that happen almost every day in the USA. What the author does is bringing a painful subject into the spotlight that we all know needs serious addressing. And with each book you learn a little more. This time it's Taryn's stoy, the smart forensic psychologist who lost her sister in the Long Acre shooting and Shaw Miller, whose brother was one of the perpetrators. Taryn knows early on who Shaw is and she still falls in love with him. Of course, their days are numbered and their relationship has an expiry date because nobody can know. A victim and the brother of one of the shooters? The world would go nuts if they knew. But Taryn's most important realization is one probably neither of us considers very often; most of the times the family members of a shooter are victims too. They have to deal with the fallout, the guilt trips and constant questioning why and where their loved ones veered wrong, the relentless pursuit of the press... That's where Shaw is. His little brother's crime follows him everyday so in order to get a respite he changed his name and avoids eye contact with strangers. But that's a lonely road so when he meets Taryn he soaks up her affection. I felt for them both, so much, but Taryn had a network of friends she could talk to while Shaw had one friend who knew about him. His own guilt, his loneliness, it was painful and sad. Shaw was a good, gentle young man who didn't think he deserved good things in his life. He has been told over and over again that his blood is tainted. Taryn helps him see that he, too, is a victim of the Long Acre shooting. Taryn on the other hand had to consider her parents and family and how it would hurt them if her relationship to Shaw came to light. I thought both Taryn and Shaw were lovable characters. Taryn is level-headed, straight forward, stubborn and smart but her romantic dreams make her yearn for the love her friends have. I love the sisterhood of these women who show so much courage when facing their monsters and are such fixtures and pillars in each others' lives. The support they show when one of their sisters has a problem is inspiring - you can't have a better friend if you have these women in your life. The One You Fight For is an emotional rollercoaster like the other books in this series. I love Wes and Bec the most but Taryn and Shaw were fabulous together. There wasn't drama that was misplaced - it's the kind of angst you expect with a grave topic like this one. There is one book left in this series. Kincaid is the last of the four who needs a story and I can't wait to learn more about her! “I think it’s time we both take back what’s been stolen.”
BoxerLover2 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars and 5 Hankies. What if the sister of a school shooting victim falls in love with the brother of the shooter? This book rips your heart out. You should read it. The heat level is also 5 stars.
Adrienne Mills More than 1 year ago
An amazing story of love and survival, The One You Fight For touches on what's happening in our world, far too often, these days. We fight for survival. We fight for love. We fight for finding a way to curve the mental stress and possible illness that is seen more and more in our children. We fight or balance of life and I love how this was represented with Taryn and Shaw. The universe gave them love in the face of so much tragedy and loss and I found myself enveloped in their story. Never stop fighting.
Kristy_K More than 1 year ago
I've heard a lot about the series The Ones Who Got Away and so was eager to read this latest installment about the survivors of a high school shooting. These books take place well into adulthood of a group of survivors and I thought this a unique plot for a romance series that allowed a more in depth and sensitive approach than what we would normally see in contemporary romance. In The One You Fight For the two main characters are intimately linked even before their romantic relationship began. Taryn not only survived the shooting, she also lost her sister that night. And it was by the hands of Shaw's brother. While I thought the matters surrounding the repercussions of the shooting were handled well, I can't say I particularly liked any of the characters. They all grated on my nerves and I didn't understand the supposed pull between Taryn and Shaw. I just didn't see it and the physical chemistry was also seriously lacking. I struggled with every romantic scene they had. I do commend Roni Loren for tackling a tough issue in a romance book and doing it without romanticizing it or using it as a ploy. That alone deserves a star.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Another very emotional story. I could just about copy and paste my review for book 2, The One You Can't Forget, and it would be accurate, but I'll try not to do that. The One You Fight For is book three in The Ones Who Got Away series but it can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading at least 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. All of the four women who because friends as a result of the tragic school shooting lost something that day but Taryn also lost her sister. That loss compelled her to choose a different path than the one she thought she would follow before the shootings. She has dedicated her adult life to researching the reason these horrible acts get committed and to developing a program for schools that can help identify children with problems so they can get help before they do something awful. We already know from the book's blurb that Taryn's love interest will be Shaw, the brother of the shooter, but getting to know the man behind the infamous name puts a new spin on things and helps us to realize that the survivors and people who died on that horrible day weren't the only victims. This story seemed so authentic and real to me. Ms. Loren must have done a boat load of research for this story for it to come out and feel this way to this reader. Taryn is such a strong character that she seems able to cope with almost anything but when she has to make a very painful choice her strength may not be enough to help her hold everything together. Like the other books, 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 Shaw) 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 but I will also be sad because it will be the last one for this series. 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. Once again, there were tears. You're killing me here, Ms. Loren! I wasn't too sure about this one--there just seemed to be so much against Taryn and Shaw going in (especially the world's perception of him, what her family and the other women would initially think about him in her life, and his acceptance of all of it as what he "deserved"), and knowing that he was going to be lying to her about who he was for at least part of the story gave me pause. How could Ms. Loren not only make it work, but make their HEA feel believable? Honestly, by book three of this series you'd think I'd have more faith in her. Of course she made it work. And only made me cry a little bit while she did so. (But I was at the laundromat, for pity's sake! Sitting next to Mini-Moe #1, who doesn't need any more proof that his mother is way too invested in the lives of fictional characters...) Lesson learned. I'll be reading the entirety of Kincaid's book sequestered in my room, with no witnesses in sight. ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
5 AMAZING Stars Review by Leah Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Wow, just wow! Talk about a book that opened my eyes. We always think we are looking at the big picture and then, it hits you. The One You Fight For by Roni Loren is a book about heartache, strength, courage, love, and loss. I have never been in that situation but reading this book is gut-wrenching thinking that this is happening. Taryn is a forensic psychologist professor researching violent crimes and is trying to figure out how to stop them before they happen. She has a fantastic support system in her friends that everyone needs. Those ladies have her back to the point of walloping Shaw “Lucas” right upside the head. As serious as the subject is for this book, the trio of friends keep it light enough that you are not bursting out in tears every chapter. Taryn’s mother and father started to frustrate me throughout the book. But, keep reading, it will be worth it. Shaw “Lucas” Miller has lived with a ghost in his closet he cannot release. The struggle he has because of the tragedy is so hard. I could not imagine being in his shoes. What the media does to him is a crime. Living under the pseudo-name Lucas, he lives a hidden life and that is not a way to live. He has given up on making connections, on having any strings that could tie him back to his past. Then, Taryn comes in and throws everything in the air. I love how this author portrays Taryn. How she sees the bigger picture. How there are more victims than meet the eye of the media. The relationship between Taryn and Shaw “Lucas” is perfect. I usually do not read stories that could pop out of the news in the morning, but this one I am so glad I did.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! This is the third book in the series that focuses on the lives of a group of individuals that survived a school shooting. This one also brings in family members of the shooter and demonstrates the impact the shooting had on them. It's incredible food for thought and I think the author handles the very difficult topic with great care. In this book we get to know Taryn. She may have survived the shooting but her sister was not as fortunate. She's devoted to whole life to understanding the underlying reasons that caused the shooting to happen and develop a program that will hopefully help prevent another occurrence in the future. When she starts to fall for the brother of the shooter (before she knew who he really was) Taryn finds she has some hard decisions to make. This is a great story of forgiveness, hope and perseverance and definitely a book I recommend.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
5 Heartbreaking Stars! Taryn was a victim of the Long Acre High School shooting and her sister lost her life that day. Taryn has spent every day since then working on a program to help the potential gunmen to not choose the path of destruction. Shaw's little brother was one of the gunman at that shooting and Shaw has spent everyday since then trying to be invisible. Even though he changed his name and looks, he spends everyday looking over his shoulder afraid he will loose his temper and become just like his brother. But when Taryn and Shaw accidentally meet, their attraction to one another is undeniable ... even though they each have no clue who the other is. I loved this book! It's an emotional roller-coaster! My heart just broke for Taryn ... even though she was the victim, she has to tread softly around her parents because they were grieving for the daughter they lost. And then there's Shaw ... he was just an innocent victim like all the other survivors but people only saw him as a monster - like bother, like brother! This book had it all ... at time it made me laugh out loud (Kincaid is such a character), the steamy scenes were ... well, HOT HOT HOT, and it made me cry ... several times, so make sure you have tissue handy. I highly recommend this book ... it will make you think about how a devastating event like a school shooting can affect different people. I can`t wait for Kincaid`s story! I received an ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR is the third 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 psychology professor Dr. Taryn Landry, and trainer Shaw Miller’s story line. THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary 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 (Taryn and Shaw) THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR follows the building relationship between thirty-one year old psychology professor Taryn Landry, and personal trainer Shaw Miller. Fourteen years earlier Shaw’s brother destroyed the town of Long Acre when he and a friend killed a number of students at the senior prom. Fast forward to present day wherein Shaw, now known as Lucas, returns to Long Acre to help a friend open a new gym, a return that comes with too many memories of the past. Enter Taryn Landry, a woman he doesn’t recognize but the woman that calls to his heart. What ensues is the building relationship between Taryn and Shaw, and the potential fall-out as the media take aim, and Taryn’s family is unable to forgive or forget. Taryn Landry is a survivor. Not only did she survive the shooting at her senior prom but our heroine struggles with survivors remorse in the aftermath of what happened, and her sister’s murder on the very same day. Meeting personal trainer ‘Lucas Shaw’ gave Taryn a hope for the future, a hope that would be destroyed when the truth was revealed. Shaw Miller never wanted to return to his hometown of Long Acre, a town that would never forgive him for sins of the past. As the brother to a mass shooter, Shaw would always be connected to the destruction of so many lives. The relationship between Taryn and Shaw is one of immediate attraction but our couple lied to one another from the start; neither one revealed their true identity, and in the ensuing aftermath Taryn and Shaw kept secret the truth from the people they loved. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The world building continues to look at the impact of a mass shooting on a small town in rural America. As the rest of the country (and world) continue on with their lives, the survivors and families struggle in the wake of unbearable grief and moving forward. As our heroine pushes for changes, the bureaucracy continues to bury its’ proverbial head in the sand, while the family members of those who kill are vilified and destroyed at the hands of everyone else. THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR is an emotional and heart breaking story of love and hate, forgiveness and acceptance, mental illness and the ongoing struggle for those left behind to deal with the loss and grief The premise is sensitive and thought-provoking ; the characters are spirited, sassy and real; the romance is seductive and breathtaking. THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR is a captivating and encouraging story of survival and loss.
Timitra More than 1 year ago
The One You Fight For is great. I love the way the author infuses lightness into heavy themes. She also has a knack for creating chemistry between the main characters that leaps off the page becoming a living, breathing entity. I love the way she does banter it seems so effortless. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Thorpe that Kincaid is getting a story because in really looking forward to reading it. I love this series and highly recommend it to contemporary romance that doesn't shy away from difficult themes. ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I've been loving this series but The One You Fight For was just amazing and hands down my favorite of the series so far. Roni Loren is a master writer and the way she handles such difficult topics just blows me away. It could be so easy to trivialize Taryn and Shaw's problems or to ignore them completely but Loren just dives right in and forces the characters, and us as the reader, to experience the good, the bad, and the ugly. And every second of it is just beautiful! There was so much emotion in The One You Fight For and it really allows the book to just grab your heart and hold on for the ride. I've been interested in Taryn from the very first book in the series because she reminded me a lot of myself in high school. Studious, nerdy, and very focused so I was really happy to have her story. Taryn has maintained that focus to the point of almost burning herself out but she's determined to get her program into schools where it can help others. Taryn doesn't believe that killers are born that way but instead are shaped by their environment. There are key moments where someone can step in and begin to help a child who is lonely, depressed, or angry. I really admired Taryn for always keeping an open mind and embracing that there are many victims in a shooting, not just those who are killed or injured. As an Olympic hopeful, everything was ruined for Shaw the day his younger brother shot up his prom with another student. Shaw became a target for paparazzi and a bit of a temper made it hard for him to keep his cool. He's made some mistakes and now many people, thanks to the media, believe he's just like his brother. Shaw absolutely broke my heart because his story is so poignant and sad. All he wants is to be forgotten and left alone but that also means that Shaw is very lonely; he only has one friend who actually knows who he really is. I loved that Shaw was kind of this gentle giant but because of a few mistakes after the shooting he doesn't think the best of himself. Taryn and Shaw have no idea who the other is when they meet so their attraction is natural and unexpected for both of them. Of course, once things are revealed it creates a whole mess they never saw coming. I really enjoyed the way Loren handled their relationship so that they both went into things with their eyes wide open and no secrets between them. The chemistry is amazing and these two are incredibly hot together! But as you can imagine, how could Taryn explain to her friends and her family who Shaw really is and this creates the majority of the tension in their relationship. As a final note, I really love the way Loren writes about female friendship. She has built a really amazing bond for Liv, Becca, Taryn, and Kincaid and it's awesome to see women supporting each other and leaning on each other. I'm so looking forward to the next in this series!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher** When I started "The Ones Who Got Away" series, Roni Loren was a new-to-me author and I was so happy to have found her. That feeling has continued through the second book and now into the third. Tragedy struck Long Acre over a decade ago and while Taryn Landry survived when gunmen opened fire during the prom, her sister Nia, and many others did not. Following the shooting, Taryn made the decision to dedicate her life to making sure that things like this never happen again. Taryn became a psychology professor and along with making the decision to follow this passion, she also unknowingly put every other part of her life on hold, including her love life. Shaw Miller was a guy who had everything going for him. He was training for the Olympics in hopes of making the team was the unthinkable happened - his brother opened fire at a high school prom. His brothers actions not only ended his hopes of representing his country, but really his life as he knew it was over. Shaw was in many ways guilty by association. Because they were brothers, people automatically thought Shaw was going to do something as horrible as his brother had. Because of this, Shaw changed his name and his looks and did everything he could to distance himself from who he used to be. When Taryn and Shaw meet at a karaoke bar, it's obvious the attraction is there, but they part ways that night expecting never to see one another again. The universe sees it differently and they are pulled back together again, although neither one has any idea of the part the other played in the Long Acre Shooting. When everything is revealed will these two be able to deal with it and move on together or will it tear them apart? Roni Loren had a very difficult job with the topics in this story and I thought she handled them so carefully and wonderfully. Both Taryn and Shaw harbored a tremendous amount of guilt and they both had very difficult decisions to make when the chips were down. They had both been through so much and the way that Roni Loren went about each of them working through their own issues was so well done. This is one of those books that is going to stay with me for some time. I didn't want to put the book down because I was so anxious to see how it all played out. This was a wonderful addition to this already fantastic series!
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This series is not for the faint of heart. The stories are very current in this day and age when mass shootings are occurring frequently and affecting our youth and society. This time the author gives us a different point of view. That of a sister of one of the victims and the other the brother of the shooter. Taryn Landry feels responsible for her sister’s death. As an adult, she is now a psychology professor. Shaw Miller has isolated himself from the world, changed his name and still feels guilty for the sins of his brother. By chance these two meet , clueless of the connection they have. But the attraction is there. Will this new relationship survive when the truth comes out? This is another heartbreaking , gut wrenching story, but also heartwarming. One in which at times you’ll want to give these two a hug and tell them things will work out. Once again, this author shines in her craft. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.