Release Date: Jan 1, 2019
Series: The Ones Who Got Away
Heat Level: Hot
Dr. Taryn Landry lost her sister in the Long Acre High School shooting. She is a complete workaholic who hopes her project help other schools prevent such violence from happening. Her girlfriends surround her with love and support as they all lean on each.
Shaw Miller was an Olympian hopeful and his whole dreamed shattered after what his brother did. He is hounded by the press. He has to change names and appearances to keep a low profile. After an unfortunate even with the press they labeled him a monster like his brother. The image tarnished his reputation.
After one too many unsuccessful dates, Taryn is ready to throw in the towel on romance. She steps into a bar and blows the open mic night right out of the park. She meets Shaw Miller and is instantly attracted.
I wanted to like this one a lot. Despite the series and harrowing subject matter, I am intrigued at how the author uses something so realistic and entwine it with romance. However, this book moved slowly. I struggled to keep my attention on the story.
Taryn is likable enough but her character is too bogged down with guilt about her involvement in the shooting and the lost of her sister. Her family emotionally manipulates her to keep her close. The family has not dealt with the death of her sister.
Shaw is definitely the more impressive character. I felt so bad for him. He held the burden of what his brother did. It destroyed everything around him. I loved how once Taryn discovers who he is, she basically sums it up as he was a victim as well. The event shaped so many lives. I think the author did a great job with the reveal of each of their identities. I expected it to drag out but they were able to move on in a realistic way.
The end pulled a little twist that was kind of predictable. I was okay with it as I liked how Taryn stepped up to the plate when their relationship came to the light.
Overall, I’m invested in the series. I like the realism in the plot and the characters. I anticipate Kincaid’s story.