Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Rumor Has It - Melissa's Review of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by M.B. Feeney

Title:  The One That Got Away
Author:  M.B. Feeney
Release Date:  February 13, 2015
There’s something about that one person we date in our teens but never become intimate with. Why does a sexless relationship render us unable to stop carrying that person, the what if, with us into our adult life?

For Heidi Johnson, Shane Hughes is her “one that got away.” Through the years, he has stayed in the back of her mind while she became an adult, a mother, and her own person. Meanwhile, Shane has lived a life of regret that he let Heidi go for the wrong reasons: fear and a misguided sense of not wanting to hurt either of them. 

When they reconnect online, the memories they've tried to suppress over the years return, reigniting the feelings never explored ‘back in the day.’ Will a school reunion in their home town of London, surrounded by old school friends, help the pair address the questions the years apart left unanswered? Or will they still be left with wanting more?

M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog. Currently at university studying for her BA (Hons) in primary teaching, she procrastinates on her assignments by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open. She is also a serious doodler and chocoholic. Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.

Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has multiple projects under way whilst Honour, a compilation of her own military based shorts, was released in November 2013. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book. 

Her main reason for writing is to not only give her readers enjoyment, but also to create a story and characters that stay with readers long after the book is finished, and possibly make someone stop and think “what if...”

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is a sweet tale about a rekindled childhood romance, and two people who eventually got to have their lifelong question answered, "what if?"
Have you ever heard that phrase, "If you truly care for something/someone set it free — if it comes back to you, it's meant to be." Well, that phrase perfectly sums up this book.
Shane Hughes is that sort of popular, well-rounded, slightly older boy that Heidi has crushed on for eons. He's a senior — preparing for graduation when he finally admits to crushing on Heidi for some time. It just so happens that she likes him too. Young love can be intense, but sometimes fizzles out pretty easily — and it's no exception for these two.
Shane gets into his own head a bit too much and decides it'd be best for Heidi if they go their own way. They step into the "real world" alone and face quite a few trials and tribulations before Fate reconnects them again. Sparks fly as these two discover what they've been missing all these years, and they discover that second chances are worth fighting for.

Spoiler Alert:
I've rated this 3½ stars because I would've liked to see a little more development between Heidi's kids and Heidi (and Shane). I loved the way this book wrapped up, but I felt something was missing along the lines of character depth.
I did enjoy this immensely though, and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry

Rumour Has It - Adele

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