I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine
Series: Kingston Ale House #1
Publisher: Entangled
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: e-ARC, kindle book
Source: NetGalley

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.

3 sweet stars

A sweet friends-to-lovers story that might be a great book to pick up in time for your summer reading. Best friends since forever, Brynn and Jamie finally got their chance at love when a summer road trip gave them the opportunity to lose the awkward and start being upfront about their feelings. It was cute to see them find their way to each other.

While cute, this story wasn’t really enough for me to sink my teeth into and I found it to be pretty light and fluffy. I prefer really emotional, gritty and layered stories…topped with a romance of course. The issues in this book were very self-drama driven. So while there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, there wasn’t anything great either. It’s not really the genre I head towards, but as I’ve read Ms. Pine before and loved, but I’d have to say I really prefer her deeper stories.

The main characters were also fine. I never disliked Brynn or Jamie, but I never got invested in them either. It probably didn’t help that it was in third person too. If anything, I felt frustrated when they didn’t own how they felt and it seemed that rather than being 28, they felt 15 or 16 years old to me. On that note though, if you are in the mood for a book that will make you feel flowery and radiate puffy hearts this might be just the romance you need.

The ending was pretty predictable and I did enjoy getting my HEA, even though there were still more miscommunications that came up that got me a little wiggly.

Rec this? If you want a sweet story to make you smile this is a great addition to your TBR, but if you are looking for a more emotional book maybe hold off on this one until your next beach day.

Happy reading!

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