The Ones Who Got Away

The Ones Who Got Away

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It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Lon gAcre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night - a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away. Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre - until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492651406
1492651400
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 18 cm

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skyekilaen
Oct 07, 2018

M/F second chance romance between two survivors of a high school shooting. Liv Arias, former goth, and Finn Dorsey, former football player, had a secret affair in high school, but separated after the tragedy and made their adult lives elsewhere to avoid media scrutiny. A documentary brings them back to town. Liv still suffers from some PTSD symptoms and has put most of her childhood dreams away, settling for an uninspiring job under a fake name. Finn's in worse shape, as he's just finished a long and violent undercover assignment, motivated by survivor's guilt IMHO, and it hasn't done his mental health any favors. Their attraction is still just as strong as ever, though, and because reasons they end up staying together in Finn's lake house.

Both characters clearly had a significant backstory of caring for each other and really seeing each other past their masks, even though their high school relationship was hidden from others. So when they get back together, they fall into that same deep understanding. I also loved the consent between them. I read this right after a book where the consent issues really pissed me off, and this was such a relief. I'm looking forward to additional books in the series focusing on other characters who lived through the tragedy, especially the next book which focuses on Rebecca, the girl Finn protected during the shooting.

Diversity note: It's mentioned once (?) that Liv is Latina, though I don't think her exact background is specified (which is weird to me) and it doesn't play a big role in the story.

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Athena48
Mar 04, 2018

A smart, emotional and well crafted complex story. It has heart and a well rounded characters worth caring about. I definitely recommend the book and look forward to more stories in this new series.

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RosaReads2
Feb 11, 2018

I give all the swoony love to this book. It had me swinging from feelings of anticipation, bitter-sweetness, and ultimately all the swoons. The Ones Who Got Away was definitely a sweet romance, but with the backdrop of an extremely dark past event. I didn't know what to expect by the synopsis, but I like that the story never turned too dark. The mood was kept hopeful and uplifting. All of the characters, main and secondary, were amazingly well drawn and relatable. I was all about Finn and Liv's love story, but also drawn into the brief glimpses of Liv's friendships forged by the school shooting. This was a well-rounded story and a lovely one to follow. Loren does a great job of building anticipation for the next book in this series, as well. I can't wait for another compulsively readable story by this talented author.

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