The One That Got Away Kindle Edition
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"TheOne That Got Away is packed with all the feels. The angst in this book will have you clutching your chest.Luciano and Ruby's story is an uphill battle, they'll have to fight to finallyhave time work in their favor. This story and Luciano and Ruby were everythingand one I won't forget." - Ness Reads
"Lucianoand Ruby are EVERYTHING! Their romance put my heart through the grinder, but it was such a delicious kind of ache... Karina holds nopunches with this couple, but believe me, their long and at times heartbreaking journey to thehappy ending will fill your heart to the brim! " - Little Steamy Reads
"Myheart was happy. It was just such a great ending for them. I was emo. It waspainful but I loved every single second of these two's story, truly. Luciano and Ruby are a couple Iwon't soon forget. I love them." - Bookish Aurora
"A roller coaster ride...Forbidden,angsty, dramatic, sexy, romantic and full of ups and downs, The One That GotAway is second-chance romance gold!" - Alba and her Secrets
"Thislove story is an emotionally charged one...real, raw, sexy AF and heartbreaking, all wrapped up into a beautiful messy bow. At times I hadto put down my kindle and just breathe because my heart couldn't take it."- Reading Until the Break of Dawn
"Y'all,you are NOT READY for this book! Karina Halle BROUGHT IT in The One that GotAway. The angst, tension, SO MUCH HEAT I'm speechless! " - Dragonfly Reads
"Alltwists, ups and downs, made me breathless till the last page of this book. The One That Got Away was veryemotional" - Marta Bo
"The intensity of the emotionsis engulfing, powerful, and ardent. Even though sports is not my thing, this tale goes beyondthe sparkling glamour of championships and fame to tackle on the uncertaintiesof life, the sense of being lost in this big bad world, and the deep impactpeople close to us can have in our happiness." - Babel Reads
"Karinabrought the angst back with this baby. This is an epic love story, spanning over a decade of love, passion, and bad timing. Highly recommended if you enjoyangst, passion, love, second (3rd and 4th) chances, redemption, HEAs, and/orcrying while you read." - Romance Reviewed
"Iwoke up today at 5am to read this book and I finished it in 3 hours beforework! boy what a roller coaster!! I wasn't expecting all the twists and turns! I just couldn't putit down, Miss Halle outdid herself with this one." - The Book Lover
- Publication Date : September 20, 2020
- File Size : 5507 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 392 pages
- ASIN : B08FBMD1YF
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,631 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you read Karina Halle’s The Forbidden Man, then you know Luciano Ribeiro. The reliable, stalwart captain of Real Madrid makes an impression on you in that book. When Karina Halle announced that she would be writing a story for this team captain who is a soft place for Alejo to land in that book, I was “over the moon.” This man needed his own story. When she teased that the story would be a journey, with Alejo’s love knitted from afar, I KNEW this book would steal a little part of my heart. And guess what? It did. However, it isn’t for the reasons that I thought. The One That Got Away is a journey of two souls fated for each other from the day they meet except that journey is a windy road with many paths. The foundation of that journey, though, is the belief that Halle’s Luciano and Ruby will find their way to each other even though the journey isn’t linear and plotted. It’s that truth that steals your heart and takes a piece of your soul.
Usually, I’ll spend time in a review working through the details that the author crafts on the page. I’ll talk about the prose or the characterizations. I’ve written reviews for Karina Halle before, in that vein. However, this time, it’s important to note that this book isn’t about that. If you love stories that feel epic and deep, then you will want to read The One That Got Away. This is not an easy read. This is not a quick jump into bed for her hero and heroine. Halle’s book takes you for a ride, one with potholes and cracked roads. If you love stories where it’s clear from the start that the hero and heroine must be together, then you’ll want to read this romance. One of the frustrations with this story is Ruby. To be fair, though, she makes choices in her youth that make sense. For her. Halle does a beautiful job of helping you understand why she does what she does. However, it’s sometimes difficult to read because you, the reader, know there are better choices. But…that’s life, right? We all make poor choices, and we all live with regret. I think, with Ruby, Halle is reminding us that our decisions don’t have to define us in the long term. That there is always a choice in the future that can lead us back to where we wanted to be. There’s beauty in that truth. There’s beauty in failure and heartbreak, and that’s clear in The One That Got Away. Even when Luciano and Ruby are separated, there is a significance to that part of their journey because when they come back together, they know their place, they know where they belong. For me, that understanding was my favorite part of this story. I love that Luciano and Ruby are messy people with messy lives. I love that their love is difficult even though they are “two sides of the same coin.” Halle has Luciano think: “she is me and I am her.” This goes far towards telling you that Luciano and Ruby will find each other and live happily ever after. But life has to intercede and make it difficult, and it’s poetic. What it does is make the epilogue the best part of this book, and it is.
I know that I’ve spent most of this review talking about Ruby. Yet, the depth and gravity of Ruby’s character are impossible without Luciano. The Luciano of The Forbidden Man is the same. He is stalwart and strong and handsome and $exually adept. He’s incredibly internal and it grounds him. Underneath that exterior lies a man who simply needs love. In the fulfillment of his relationship with Ruby, that is revealed to him. Halle unfortunately doesn’t make it easy for him. Yet, in making it difficult, it breeds a story that burrows deep, entrenching its truth in you. Does this book have the same forbidden, edge-of-your-seat feeling as The Forbidden Man? No. Instead, it feels like Luciano: deep, internal, and beautiful. I love the story Karina Halle wrote for Luciano and Ruby in The One That Got Away. Honestly, it feels like a memento of 2020, and its ending reads like a promise for all of our 2021s.
Y’all, you are NOT READY for this book! Karina Halle BROUGHT IT in The One that Got Away. The angst, tension, SO MUCH HEAT I’m speechless!
With a good amount of romantic suspense as well, The One that Got Away hit all the marks for me! Luciano has been an enigma since we met him in The Forbidden Man and now we know why! His epic romance with Ruby spanning a decade had me REELING! Their love for each other was fast but with so many road blocks before they could have their HEA.
*This book reads as a complete standalone!
I don't know.
But I know fate believes in me."
I'll start out by saying that this is a complete standalone romance, but Luciano did appear in The Forbidden Man which released at the end of 2019 and we are finally getting his story! If you want to meet him, start there, but it is totally NOT necessary. Be prepared to be put through the wringer with this one! This second (and third and fourth...) chance romance will have your emotions all over the place. Hold on for this bumpy ride.
I'm going to keep this review fairly short. Luciano and Ruby's story is not easy and it is a bit messy. Ruby is an American in Portugal when she meets Luciano, the upcoming soccer star and his brother Marco, his agent. She is there to go after her goals of becoming a sports journalist and lands an interview with Luciano. You could feel the tension between them during their first meeting. It was tangible through pages. Even though she is a "happy go lucky" type of character, you can tell that 'like attracts like' and they have some sort of connection within the dark. But when life has handed you a lot of crap, you tend to go for easy when you can. And Ruby ends up going for easy when she starts dating Marco. AND I was so disappointed when she did! It frustrated me to no end! Couldn't she feel and see the connection she had with Luciano??!!
SO Luciano and Ruby's journey toward happiness is anything but happy and easy. It's complex. It's emotional. It's full of angst and sexual tension from their first meeting. And it doesn't end there. Their story spans a decade and had my heart in my throat more than once. I felt their pain and their issues. I understood each transgression but still hated it. And all the years in between? How had their pain and love pulled them forward?
This love story is an emotionally charged one that left me feeling a bit of pain and wondering what these characters did in the years between. It was real, raw, sexy AF and heartbreaking, all wrapped up into a beautiful messy bow. At times I had to put down my kindle and just breathe because my heart couldn't take it. I wanted to shake some sense into Ruby while hugging her the next moment. I wanted to be there for Luciano when he was broken by the ones who were supposed to love him most. But most of all, I wanted to see them happy, no matter how they got there.
Be prepared to work for this story. Be prepared to feel all the love and anguish these characters feel. Be prepared to see a soccer god in all his glory (because, dang....can I have him??). Be prepared for this ride that will leave you feeling like your heart can't take it anymore. It will be worth it. I promise.
"Then I don't want to do it alone. I want to be lost and stumbling with you."
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When Ruby first meets Luciano for her interview with him for her sporting blog they have an instant connection neither of them wants to acknowledge. She chooses to date his brother Marco as she later admits he is the “safer bet” and she won’t risk her heart with him. There’s no danger of falling in love with him for Ruby. Even so, Luciano and Ruby become closer. Ruby and Luciano share the same parental neglect, hatefulness and detachment that makes them see a kindred soul in one another.
“We’re the same. That’s why I know you and you know me. You may be a famous footballer here and I may be nothing at all, but we are the same.”
After Marco breaks up with her and sends her on her way with a plane ticket to Barcelona, Ruby and Luciano find their way to one another beginning the passionate, angst-filled off-and-on journey of their relationship for the next decade.
“I feel like I’m this swirling, tumbling galaxy, always moving, always searching, and he’s the sun. He stays in place, bright and burning and powerful, while I spin around him to no avail.”
Luciano’s stepfather is horrible to him (and to Ruby) in such brutal ways that the ultimate reason for it might seem a little anticlimactic to some, but if recent events have taught us anything it should be that people can have no good reason to be hateful and evil.
Luciano is such a good man. Passionate, charming, gorgeous, kind. I’ve been looking forward to his story since reading him in The Forbidden Man. Especially knowing that Karina Halle’s muse for him was Oscar Isaac. I really enjoyed the Oscar Isaac movie The One That Got Away provided my imagination. Luciano’s unwavering love for Ruby was beautiful; his passion was heart-stopping; his sorrow was so heartfelt.
Ruby is a self-described hot mess. She’s trying to figure out her life after she loses everything she was working towards in an accident. She’s drifting and escaping her family. She’s unsure of herself. She makes mistakes. She gets taken advantage of. She guards her heart a little too much. She struggles and makes missteps. She’s a very real character. She finally has to pay the price and face everything and in the end, she gets her reward.
I cried several times reading this book but the majority were happy tears. The trials that Ruby and Luciano go through are daunting but that only gives their happily ever after that much more satisfaction.
“We’re raw and messy and lost and found but what we’ve always been is real. What we’ve always been is us.”
Finally, I’ve been to Portugal and this book really made me miss it. The wine (the wine!), the seafood, the grittiness and grace of Lisbon. Karina has given us three books this year that have personally helped me to travel to other places in my mind. I’m so grateful.
The One That Got Away is:
✔ Second Chance Romance
✔ Complete Standalone
✔ Sports Romance
✔ A love spanning years
✔ Forbidden love
✔ Angst! But worth it
WRITING STYLE: 5/5
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5/5
HEAT: 5/5 !!!!