Review: The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine

The one that got awaySeries Kingston Ale House #1

Genre Romance, Contemporary

Published April 18th, 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary)

Edition Kindle Edition, 252 pages

ISBN (Paperback) 1682811573

Goodreads blurb:

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.

I recieved a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I stumbled upon this book on NetGalley I knew it would be a sweet story and I had to read it. Needless to say I requested it. And got approved short after. After being on a Fantasy/Sci-Fi reading binge for months I needed something to switch things up, so I picked The One That Got Away up and it was the perfect decicion!

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

The story starts off ten years back. It’s Brynn’s and Jamie’s senior year, one week before graduation. Brynn is getting ready for a party to finally kiss Spencer Matthews, who she’s been crushing on all year. She ends up getting sick with mono (mononucleosis) and Jamie makes sure to take good care of her. This was the day they’d crossed the line of being only friends – with a kiss. Fast forward ten years to their reunion and the road trip that will decide it all.

Brynn and Jamie managed to steal their ways into my heart very quickly and I found myself cheering for them to become a couple just a few pages into the book. They both want the best for each other, but they’re also very stubborn and should have just talked things out right away. All the back and forth when it came to making decicions and letting small things change their mind was getting on my nerves, especially when the situation could have been avoided by listening to what the other had to say and not overthink or overanalyze everything. This was especially hard to look past from around 60% until almost 90%, but I still loved them both. I could understand and relate to them.

Tell her the TRUTH
(Edit: I just found this gif and it fits perfectly)


“I’m still mad at you.”

“As you should be.”

“But it’s a nice gesture. Very gentlemanly.”

Holly, Brynn’s little sister, is a sweetheart. Their relationship is perfect, it’s just the the right amount of support and sisterly “bullying”.

Annie is the friend you’d always ask for advice and who’d push you in the right direction, even if you didn’t ask her to.

Love is always enough, because if you love someone then you fight to make it work.

I really loved the dual POV and it definitely was necessary in this book, because I wouldn’t have understood the character whose head we wouldn’t get to look into, if there was only one POV.

Conclusion – 3.75 stars

This book is as sweet as candy. It would have gotten a full four star rating if there wasn’t that one third of the book which made me doubt the two main characters because of their indecisiveness. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a good romance, road trips and wants a light story to fly through, with characters who will have you cheering for them. The One That Got Away includes mature content. 

Buy The One That Got Away on Amazon | Book Depository*

*affiliate link


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s