Series: The Ones Who Got Away #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 31, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eARC, 352 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Kincaid Breslin wasn't supposed to survive that fateful night at Long Acre when so many died, including her boyfriend—but survive she did. She doesn't know why she got that chance, but now she takes life by the horns and doesn't let anybody stand in her way
Ashton Isaacs was her best friend when disaster struck all those years ago, but he chose to run as far away as he could. Now fate has brought him back to town, and Ash doesn't know how to cope with his feelings for Kincaid and his grief over their lost friendship. For Ash has been carrying secrets, and he knows that once Kincaid learns the truth, he'll lose any chance he might have had with the only woman he's ever loved.
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
My first book of 2019 was The One You Fight For so it seemed fitting to select The One for You as my first book of 2020. I’ve been in love with this series from the very first book — The Ones Who Got Away. I loved how each new book gave me the story of a character (or a couple of characters) I met earlier in the series. I’ll admit I was unsure when I picked up the first book. I’d only ever tried to read two other books that involved a school shooting and I had to nope out of both of them. But the way Roni approached these characters and their stories was nothing short of magnificent. Sure, there’s pain and loss from the past, but it’s the hope of the present and future that connected me with them immediately.
I loved the first three books, but I was anxious for Kincaid’s story. I’m so glad we got it. I don’t like to play favorites when it comes to books in a series, but Kincaid and Ash might be my favorite. Their unrequited love/friends-first romance gave me all the angst and feels. A small word of warning about this book, however. If you’ve read the previous books, you know there isn’t a lot of the past on the page. At least from the night of the shooting, at any rate. That… wasn’t the case in The One for You. It wasn’t glorified and I thought the story benefitted from having it, but it did take my breath away. I sat reading with tears streaming down my face. I wasn’t expecting to watch it play out in detail. It added a whole other level to my experience.
The end of a series is always bittersweet and The One for You was no exception. It was maybe even more bittersweet because of the overall story in the series. I got to know these characters and watch as they learned to deal with the past and move forward as survivors. It was beautiful. Each book tugged at my heartstrings. But this one probably more than the others combined. Especially when it came to the epilogue. I cried like a baby. I tear up just thinking about it months later. I wasn’t really ready to say goodbye to these characters, but I can’t think of a better way to do it. This book brought a beautiful close to a unique, emotional and hopeful series.
“I wanted a world with both of you in it. Turns out, I ended up with one that has neither.”
“Hope is the thing that hurts the most. It’s the thing that makes people make plans even though we have almost no control over whether that plan comes true.”
“You sure you’re not going to get tired of me? I’ve heard I’m best in small doses.”
“I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life. You, my love, are best in really big, superintense, lifelong doses.”
“We weren’t ready for each other then. We wouldn’t be the people we are now if we had gotten together so young. We would have messed it up. You needed to get the idiotic cowboys out of your system to realize bookish dorks are totally where it’s at.”
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