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ARC Review: The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter

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Author: Kelly Hunter
Title: The One That Got Away
Release: January 22, 2013
Reviewer: Mona Leigh
Source: Publisher / NetGalley
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Good job? Tick. Newly purchased apartment? Tick. Evie’s life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting. Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He’s also the man who tipped Evie over the edge a few years back – she gave him everything, but he didn’t know when to stop taking. Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie’s ever done. Until now. Because Logan’s back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever, and this time he’s not going anywhere…

Who knew that the girl Logan Black remembered as Angie is the same girl his brother Max is partners with and knows as Evie or Evangeline? Logan’s week with Angie has haunted his dreams for eleven years.

Evie’s an engineer who could solve the funding problems for their construction company by marrying Max so he could gain access to his trust fund. She doesn’t have to love him. After all, it’s just a business deal.

Evie’s reluctant to agree to Max’s scheme, but the huge project they’re bidding on will require deeper pockets than either of them has at the moment. Because of her parents’ miserable failures at marriage, Evie has sworn never to marry. Also, no one could ever measure up to the man named Logan she spent a hot, sensuous week with eleven years ago.

Max finally gets her to agree, and to lend the scheme credibility, he messages his family with the announcement. Max and Evie arrive for the engagement party his mother is hosting, but no one is prepared when Logan shows up and realizes that Max’s Evie is also his Angie. The chemistry between them is hot and immediate.

Both Evie and Logan have a dark side when it comes to sex. Evie learned to embrace it while Logan continues to hide from it, and his fear of hurting her threatens to keep them apart. Somehow, Evie has to break through the walls he’s built around his heart, but as with anything worthwhile, it’s not going to be easy.

I enjoyed the Australian backdrop and loved the chemistry between Logan and Evie. At times, I wondered what was so dark and depraved in his psyche that he couldn’t allow himself to get close to anyone. For most of the story, we only get hints, but by the end, all of Logan’s ghosts are exposed.

Mona's first grade teacher, Mrs. Stanford, gifted her with the love of reading. For that, she'll always live in her heart. But reading took over Mona's life, eclipsing everything but playing sports, and has continued to be a huge part of her life. Although she has always written poetry and stories for her self, last year she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. She is currently editing her first urban fantasy and hopes to have it ready for the agent by summer's end. Besides reading, Mona loves speed in the form of fast cars. The faster, the better! In her next life, she plans to drive race cars (or whatever happens to be their replacement in the future) all while reading and writing. She has also taken up rune reading, and find it to be disturbingly accurate and exciting.
Doll Mona Leigh