Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer — and former flame — Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn.
Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices — and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life — and in love.
Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind.
Review: Sarina Mahler is an architect in Austin, Texas with a wonderful best friend, Danny, and a considerate, but temporarily long-distance boyfriend, Noah. She gets a contract with a dream client, one who allows her to stretch her creative wings, but it also happens to be Eamon Roy – Olympic swimmer and a former one-night stand who never left Sarina’s thoughts. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is the story of what happens when Sarina is confronted with the need to determine what she truly wants for herself. I loved the characters, the relationships, the humor, and the happily ever after in THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. I did get angry at times with Sarina, because I felt like she just wanted to stick her head in the sand and not deal with her feelings. I know it can be easier to bury your problems and your feelings, but they always come back if you don’t deal with them. I loved the true chemistry between Sarina and Eamon, it was more authentic than anything between her and Noah. I was definitely riding an emotional rollercoaster while reading THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. I hope you give it a try!