Release Date: Jun 5, 2018
Series: The Ones Who Got Away
Heat Level: Hot
Rebecca Lindt has been going through the daily grind ever since she survived the horrific high school shooting that made her and her friends some sort of heroic survivors. She has been holding in what happened to her and the people in that school for a long time. Her world resembles some sort of normalcy and perfection but it is everything but that.
Wes Garrett lost every single thing in the divorce. He now works odd jobs trying to put back the pieces of what is left of his life. Wes saves Rebecca one night and he tries to speak a friendship with her. They are from two different worlds but he doesn’t ignore the feelings he gets around her. Too bad, he discovers she is the reason why he lost every single thing.
As the two become friendly, Rebecca discovers that Wes is a great guy. She pitches in to help rebuild his dream. Wes is leery of Rebecca’s endeavors as he doesn’t want to be viewed as a charity case. Rebecca assures him that she just wants to help.
The connection with Wes and Rebecca is strong. I loved that he looked at Rebecca for who she was. He saw past her physical and emotional scars. He was there for her. I had a hard time getting to know Rebecca. She was frightened for most of the book and I got it. She has been through so much in life.
There is something about the way the author explained Rebecca’s secret and what happened to her in the shooting that left me wanting to get the full picture of what really went down that tragic day. In the first book, the author explained but we were learning through another couple’s eyes and they had tremendous guilt. This was different. Something was missing that I couldn’t connect to.
Rebecca’s father was a piece of work. Her whole life she had strived for excellency as he drilled into her. He barely could allow her any moment of happiness. I really despised him after he threatened her. Wes’s brother was only a bit more tolerable.
I am looking forward to reading other books in this series.