How hard would you fight for the one you love?
Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life's work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan...
Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother's horrific actions. After losing everything―his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity―he's changed his name, his look, and he's finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?
When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy... How do you find your happy ending?
The One You Fight For was my first read by Roni Loren, and whew, what an angst-fest. But in a good way, I think.
First of all, that cover is PERFECT. So often we get a cover that doesn't reflect the characters, and I think this one nailed it. Bonus points for that.
I was a little... no, very nervous about reading a story about a school shooting as that's something that occupies my anxious-mom-brain daily. However, I was also really intrigued.
I think the author did a great job handling the way each person processed their loss and grief and made it seem realistic. It felt sensitive and considerate, and I liked that aspect of the story. Each person, even the side characters, had their own unique reaction to the tragedy, and I think the author treated those respectfully.
I also really felt for each of the MCs and what they were going through. Though the subject matter was really dark and each MC was in a lot of emotional pain, I was still able to get through the story without getting bogged down by negativity. I liked that.
What I didn't enjoy was the DRAMA. Of course there is going to be drama- I mean, how could there not be with the backstory of these two characters, but the drama in this book felt artificial. I didn't love that. I hate manufactured-feeling pain and angst. Also, while I liked the two MCs as a couple, I didn't get that insane chemistry that I want in a romance.
I think the author did a nice job with two unique, intellectual characters in some extraordinary circumstances. The pace and the plot grabbed me, and though the couple wasn't magnetic, I think the story was successful overall.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Keep reading, everyone!