The One That Got Away (The Kingston Ale House #1)
Author: A.J. Pine
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
Published: Entangled Publishing
Source: Indiesage PR
How far will one man go for the woman he’s loved since high school?
Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler’s best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they’ve had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on.
But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he’s ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he’s been by her side all along.
The title basically sums up the whole plot of the story, so I don’t need to go into much detail, but I should drop a few names. So, this story revolves around two people, boy and girl, Jamie and Brynn, each take turn narrating the events of what is happening, which I think added to the plot. I like getting both sides of the story.
Anyway, both of them are desperately in love with each other, and have been for the past ten years, but keep each other at arm’s length and stick to their BFF relationship, out of fear of ruining their friendship and because they are too chicken to admit how they feel. That’s basically all there is to this story.
What I liked enjoyed most about this story, is the two different perspectives, which in this case two different point of views, two different hearts, two different needs, that both want the same thing, and that is each other. I’m honestly, not a fan of love stories, but I did kind of enjoyed this one because they were right in front of each other’s faces, and yet they were clueless and stubborn to see what was right there. It took a third party to give Jamie the push he needed, which was kind of stupid because the man is 27 years old, man up and get your girl and stop playing games!
Brynn’s reasons for not pursuing Jamie was reasonable, he had a girlfriend and he pushed her away just when she was ready to start up a relationship. He told her it was better if they stayed friends. Ten years later, and Brynn is still hurt and unable to maintain a relationship and yet, Jamie is in one. All my feelings were for Brynn, not Jamie. Jamie was so stubborn and selfish, and yes I get Brynn wanted to kiss someone else the last night of high school but she didn’t, and he still held that over her head. Men, and they say women are complicated, men are way more complicated because they don’t make sense and they never admit how they feel. It’s so annoying.
Overall, if you love romance novels then I’m sure you will love this story. It is a good read, and it makes you want to keep reading. Like I said before, I’m not a fan of romance novels, but I did like reading this one, and even though Jamie was super annoying, I definitely loved and felt for Brynn, so 3 stars!
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.
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