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Feature book: The One That Got Away

6 February 2013

The One That Got AwayThe One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter

University student Evie Jones meets and gets involved with Logan Black, an older, richer man with a penchant for dominance. Sound familiar? Well the similarity ends there, because after a week of dangerous obsession Logan walks away, fearful that he will hurt Evie. Fast forward eleven years and Logan has come to Melbourne to meet his half-brother’s fiancee. His reaction when faced with Evie again is immediate and compelling. But he will soon learn that this Evie is far different from the one he knew in London, and if he thinks he can walk all over her, he is in for a big surprise. These days Evie is a smart, strong and capable woman who is willing to fight for what she wants, and she wants Logan, much to his dismay. This time it isn’t going to be all about what he wants—Evie has some demands of her own. Logan had better learn to keep up.

The chemistry between this couple practically leaps off the page. Some of the love scenes have, I think, been deliberately toned down, but that doesn’t stop the passion from shining through. More than even the chemistry or the passion, I loved the simple honesty of the way Logan and Evie are with each other. Yes Logan has some issues, but he lets Evie see that vulnerability, if reluctantly. There’s no subterfuge or misunderstandings to ramp up the conflict. The conflict is already very compelling. The way that Evie handles Logan shows that she is no longer the submissive and malleable girl she was, and that makes for an outstanding heroine. You have to love a woman who will fight for her man. For his part, Logan might be a man with dominance issues, but the fact that he can also be so vulnerable will melt your heart. Forget grey—the new colour is Black!

The one jarring note for me was the book cover (I read the KISS version). The book has obviously been marketed to a younger audience, which I think is a shame because the cover is in no way representative of the story—a pet hate of mine. (They didn’t even bother to get the hair colour right, which I call plain lazy.) But at least younger readers will be reading about a heroine who is tough and gutsy, who learns from her mistakes, and has grown up into someone who is more than capable of planting her feet and standing her ground, even against the man she loves. This is the kind of book that young women should be reading.

[Additional note: I was very pleased to see a slightly more appropriate cover for the Australian release of this story. I have bought a copy for my keeper shelf! You can see it here and judge for yourself.]

reviewed by Debbie

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this blog will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 27 February 2013.

12 Comments
  1. aimskye permalink
    11 February 2013 12:34 pm

    Loved this book! Congrats Kelly on yet another great book!

    Aimee

  2. 8 February 2013 7:38 pm

    thanks for the review Debbie… lloks like another for the pile lol

  3. Shiona permalink
    6 February 2013 8:05 pm

    Wow, I’m hooked! Sounds like a must, must read. Off to Woolies now…

  4. 6 February 2013 6:07 pm

    Great review, Debbie, and this sounds like another vintage Kelly Hunter story. I love her writing – sparse and elegant – and her characters are always so memorable.

  5. 6 February 2013 4:49 pm

    I’ve been trying to buy this book forever! Ever since people began raving about it on our “What Dit You Read This Month” posts. I did searches for it at Harlequin and Mills and Boon, and couldn’t find it. I love Kelly Hunter’s books, and this one sounds like it more than measures up to everyone’s praise at ARRA. Great review too, Debbie.

    • Debbie permalink
      6 February 2013 6:24 pm

      Hi Victoria – I picked it up in Big W this week

  6. 6 February 2013 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the review, Debbie. I love Kelly Hunter’s books and can’t wait to read this one.

  7. 6 February 2013 12:52 pm

    There’s been LOTS of feedback re the cover content mismatch for that story, and Harlequin are listening. I’ve had a sneak peek at April & May covers and I have such envy…
    And, yes, I breathed a sigh of relief at the Aus cover too. Phew!

    • Debbie permalink
      6 February 2013 2:21 pm

      I’m glad they’re listening Kelly. I finally got my hands on the Aus version yesterday – happy now 🙂 (In fact I nearly bought multiple copies so I could hand them out to friends. That’s how much I love this story!)

  8. aimskye permalink
    6 February 2013 11:41 am

    Great review Debbie, I got the cover as pictured above but am tempted to buy the other one too!

    Aimee

  9. 6 February 2013 10:38 am

    Wow Debbie, this sounds like a cracker!! I always enjoy Kelly’s books. I think she has a fabulous unique style.

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