Series: The Ones Who Got Away #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 1, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eARC, 382 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I read The One You Fight For way back in January — it was my first book of the year, in fact — but never got around to reviewing it. I’m not even going to try to make excuses. It was a fantastic book that provided a great ending to this series that won my heart over the last year or so.
I knew I was in for an emotional journey with this book. I mean, pairing the sister of a Long Acre shooting victim with the brother of the shooter? No way I was getting out of that one without shedding some tears. It might sound like an odd pairing, but it wasn’t. Taryn and Shaw were actually pretty perfect for each other. I loved how they opened up to each other and found a way to move on from the ugliness of the tragedy that affected both of them. I also loved how Taryn channeled her pain into research and trying to find a way to prevent tragedies like this in the future. Combine that with Shaw’s feeling that the ugliness that lived in his brother also lived in him — and that he was, in a way, responsible for his brother’s actions — and I couldn’t put this one down.
The One You Fight For delivered a sweet, sexy and emotional romance between two people who truly deserved it. But, it also gave me a whole lot to think about. Each of the books in this series have, to be honest. While reading, I found myself putting myself in both Taryn’s and Shaw’s shoes at different times. I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving and gracious as Taryn and I probably would’ve felt as guilty as Shaw. There’s a myriad of layers to this story and the series as a whole. I like when books make me think. (As long as there’s still some kissing.)
I thought The One You Fight For was the last book in the series, but I’m thrilled to find out there’s another one coming. Even if it’s not until the end of December. I can take the wait if it means getting more from this series.
Songs from her childhood were like that—old friends who never quite left her, even when she’d forgotten they existed. The words came back as though they’d just been waiting in line to be sung.
Shaw had accepted that something was broken inside him, but he didn’t want to live life feeling like a hollow shell.
“You can say you’re sorry for lying to me. You can say you’re sorry for kissing me back tonight. You can say you’re sorry for my loss. But don’t take blame for things that aren’t yours to own.”
“You are not ugliness. You are Shaw Miller, the guy I love. You are worth the trouble.”
Have you read this series?
What’d you think?