Title: The One That Got Away (2nd Edition)
Authors: Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban
Release Date: December 10, 2009
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie is threatened when David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is not-so-slowly falling in love.
Trace has never desired another man. He’s a ladies’ man with quite the reputation, considered a top prize around town. But his close, treasured friendship with David is intensified by the emotion and arousal, and the lure of having David so close is irresistible. Soon Trace makes it clear to David that he wants to know if they can make it work between them. Because Trace is sure he won’t ever want anyone else—he already loves David.
Just finished my 3rd read of this one. Absolutely loved it all over again, but a few things bugged me this time around. For example, the author using words other than the MC’s names when describing them. The word “blond” was used 29 times and “brunet” 33 times. Like, “The blond sucked on his lover’s bottom lip.” Instead of “Trace sucked on David’s bottom lip.” It just got weird after awhile, you know? I guess after 3 reads, those numbers are tripled and it just sent me over the edge.
Regardless of my nit-picking, this still ranks as one of my favorite friends-to-lovers and hurt/healing/comfort reads of all time.
Don’t look at the ugly cover, just read it if F2L and H/H/C does it for you.
(Bonus, it is currently available free for KU members!)