Just to be clear, you can read The One You Can’t Forget without having read the previous book in the series. This one stands alone nicely. (Although you should totally read The Ones Who Got Away because Finn is swoon-worthy. Trust me.) I love a good series of interconnected standalones, and this one fits the bill beautifully.
Becca is a fabulous heroine. She’s a traumatized survivor of a high school shooting, but she didn’t let her fears, injuries, or PTSD hold her back. She went on to become a successful attorney. (And she’s really good at her job, so there’s a decent amount of competence porn in the story, which I LOVE.) She’s also an empathetic, giving person who doesn’t hesitate to put the needs of others above her own needs.
But while I loved Becca, I REALLY adored Wes as a hero. He’s made some mistakes in his past, battled some demons of his own, but he also didn’t let those mistakes/demons ruin his life. He’s hot and talented and quick-witted, and even though his romantic history isn’t the greatest, he isn’t a commitment-phobe who spent his post-divorce years whoring around town. (And THANK YOU to the author for making him a down-on-his-luck chef, as opposed to a Navy Seal, shifter, billionaire, or dom. Seriously, I can’t thank you enough!)
Wes also didn’t let his ego get in the way of accepting Becca’s financial help (not for his own gain, but for the kids he was working with as a charity project) at one point in the story, and that turned me on every bit as much as the sex scenes in the book. (Sex scenes, mind you, that were SUPER hot) That’s just something you don’t see every day in romance land. Wes was alpha without being a stubborn, jerkwad, alphahole. In other words, Wes is super high-class book boyfriend material.
Long-story-short, lovers of sexy, emotional, realistic romance reads with characters who act like grown-ups at all times (and who also happen to rock some delightful witty banter), should 1-click this book immediately. I can’t recommend it (and this series) highly enough.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s clean and sober. No rehab needed.
Other reading suggestions
Read the author’s backlist. She’s all kinds of fabulous.