Monday, February 23, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The One That Got Away by M.B. Feeney

From Goodreads:
There’s something about that one person we date in our teens but never become intimate with. Why does a sexless relationship render us unable to stop carrying that person, the what if, with us into our adult life?

For Heidi Johnson, Shane Hughes is her “one that got away.” Through the years, he has stayed in the back of her mind while she became an adult, a mother, and her own person. Meanwhile, Shane has lived a life of regret that he let Heidi go for the wrong reasons: fear and a misguided sense of not wanting to hurt either of them. 

When they reconnect online, the memories they've tried to suppress over the years return, reigniting the feelings never explored ‘back in the day.’ Will a school reunion in their home town of London, surrounded by old school friends, help the pair address the questions the years apart left unanswered? Or will they still be left with wanting more?

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 116 pages
Price on Amazon: $2.99 (Kindle)

~R.E. Hargrave's Review~

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I’ve been a fan of Ms. Feeney for quite some time now, and her latest offering hasn’t changed my opinion at all. Except to cement my adoration for her work. She always writes with a crisp, clean style and engaging dialogue between her characters which brings heaps of realism to the party.

In The One That Got Away we meet Heidi and Shane, two characters who are clearly meant for each other but need a few years to figure it out. With most contemporary romances we see the girl second-guessing everything and making rash decisions on behalf of the relationship, whether they are good or not. Not the case for OTGA. Heidi, while far from selfish, makes no apologies for who she is or what she does. Shane however, finds himself fumbling through the rights and wrongs of love. Neither have been able to forget the other over the years, and when their high school reunion crops up they are handed another chance to make things right.

Heidi is a divorced mum of two (note I said ‘mum’ because like all of Feeney’s works, OTGA is set in England). Shane has never gotten married, but is in a floundering relationship when they reconnect online and begin building a friendship from a safe distance. Circumstances align to allow these two another shot at love, and this time neither is prepared to let the other get away. 

Low angst, steamy encounters, and all around feel good interactions will have The One That Got Away finding its place in your ‘so glad I got to read this’ stack. Oh, and unless you’re dead from the brain down, I imagine you’ll also be #SwooningForShane after just a few pages in. Happy reading!

**DISCLAIMER: I was on Ms. Feeney's editing team.**

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