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I admit that I was intrigued by the premise of The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren. I mean, I wondered how a relationship between the hero’s ex-wife’s divorce attorney would pan out. I was not disappointed! This was an emotional read and had all the #feels. Also, there is food involved and scruffy black dog, so A++ on that!
The One You Can’t Forget is the second book in The Ones Who Got Away series. If you haven’t read the first book, The Ones Who Got Away, I recommend that you do. It is not necessary to read it, but it does give some perspective and backstory for Rebecca and what happened to her in high school.
The One You Can’t Forget is a story about to broken people who healed each other, and I couldn’t help but root for them. To be honest, I didn’t know how the plot would go but Roni Loren did a good job with it. Wes and Rebecca meet a few years after the divorce. The chemistry between Wes and Rebecca was off the charts and I really loved how their relationship developed between the two.
The best thing about The One You Can’t Forget is that the hero is one who wants commitment while the heroine is the one who only wants a hookup. It’s pretty rare to see this in romance and I was a bit surprised that I read two books in a week that featured this. Both Wes and Becca have ugly baggage in their past, but ultimately it took the hero quite a while to win his heroine.
Another thing about this book that I absolutely love is the food! Wes is a chef and was on the brink of opening his own high-end restaurant when the divorce happened. Ultimately, Wes lost everything during those dark years, but he has since bounced back and is now teaching at a high school. There is definitely food mentioned here and of course, food trucks!
I always love it when a book focuses on character development and I was not disappointed. I loved how a side story was weaved into this story to help Becca come to terms with her role in the high school shooting over 10 years ago. That scene was heartbreaking to read and I thought it was done really well. In fact, I am hoping that character gets his own HEA!
The One You Can’t Forget was an emotional read for me and ultimately was better than the first one! I can’t wait to read about Taryn’s book and I have a feeling that I would love that romance as well.
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The Ones Who Got Away [review], The One You Fight For [Book 3]
What are your favorite books featuring chef and food?
You won this book and got a eGalley – you were destined to read it. I am so glad you liked it too, because I am a fan of the series. Yes! I am also a fan of when it’s the hero who is all in and the heroine who resists committing. I don’t know why. Maybe because women are often portrayed as wanting commitment immediately?
Yes, I gave my ARC to my friend because she really wanted it. This book is EVERYTHING!
Yeah, it’s usually the heroines who love commitment, so it’s refreshing to read a romance where the guy wants the commitment!