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The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter
Published by Harlequin on 2013-02-01
Reviewed by Vanessa
The man who's always left her wanting more!Good job? Tick. Newly purchased apartment? Tick. Evie's life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting.Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He's also the man who tipped Evie over the edge a few years back—she gave him everything, but he didn't know when to stop taking.Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie's ever done. Until now. Because Logan's back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever and this time he's not going anywhere….Harlequin KISS has 4 new fun, flirty, and sensual romance books available every month.
Civil engineer, Evangeline “Evie” Jones has agreed to a MOC with her business partner Max Carmichael in order to access his trust fund. They have worked out all the finer details of the arrangement, but neither of them banked on the fact that Evie shared a past with Max’s half-brother Logan Black! A past that occurred eleven years previously in another time, another life, and Evie is no longer that submissive naïve girl “Angie” that she was then. Logan can’t handle Angie being in his life once again. She caused him to push boundaries that he feared he would cross. Although she had given everything she had to give, and he didn’t mind taking it, he still walked away from her years ago. He wouldn’t be able to handle her in his family now, and he seeks to dissuade his half-brother and Evie from marrying.
The One That Got Away was a wonderfully romantic story with all the right pieces to make it incredibly engaging and quite satisfying when the end drew near! I was behind Evie 110%. She was an amazingly strong heroine in The One That Got Away. I liked that she went after what she wanted, and she didn’t push too much. However, she still knew when to pull back in situations with Logan in The One That Got Away.
Logan had some baggage, to say the least, in The One That Got Away. I understood his hang-up and fears and I liked that he was still strong enough to overcome them. I especially enjoyed that he was confident enough to NOT be threatened by an independent woman, unlike the last H I read about. Frankly, he appealed on so many levels, but that one of “fixing him” didn’t hurt at all. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to push at him a few times to see how he would react either? We knew he was in control even though he doubted things.
The secondary characters in The One That Got Away served to fully round out this story, and I liked their byplay with the protagonists. Their camaraderie with the other characters fleshed out the dimensions of The One That Got Away and kept the pages turning as well. They were by no means perfect, but they were flawed and helped to move the story of Logan and Evie along, even bringing in the dreaded tears! Yeah, you’re rightbonus points Ms. Hunter! Once again because my emotions were fully engaged, and I wasn’t distracted by unanswered questions lingering in my mind, I must Joyfully Recommend The One That Got Away.
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