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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘The One That Got Away’ by Karina Halle

The One That Got Away by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author Karina Halle is now live!


*A standalone second-chance romance*

Ruby Turner was never meant to be mine.

When I first met her, she was a fresh, young, American sports journalist trying to find her footing in a new life abroad. She was the one interviewing me for an article, yet I wanted to know more about her. She captivated me.

But she went home with Marco that night.
My agent.
My brother.
And I did what I could to pretend I was fine with it.

After all, I’m Luciano Ribeiro. As the captain of Real Madrid, and Portugal’s National Team, it’s my job to be cool, calm, and collected, not easily rattled.

Only what I felt for Ruby over time, shook me to my very core.

It made me do things I never imagined I would do.
It started with a stolen kiss in the middle of the night.
It led to a passionate tryst.

It created a burden of guilt that I had to carry, as Ruby came in and out of my life until she left for good, leaving her mark on me.

Now, seven years later, she’s back.

She was the one that got away.

I don’t think I’ll let her go this time.
But I might not have a choice.

Because my heart still belongs to her.
And her heart might belong to my brother.

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4.5 ‘Lost and stumbling’ Stars!

ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.

As one of Karina Halle’s fans, I’ve been impatiently waiting for this story ever since we met the charismatic Luciano in The Forbidden Man. And boy! Karina has delivered. I love this woman’s books but I was not expecting that big of a roller coaster ride with this one. I have to say, I was thoroughly surprised. Forbidden, angsty, dramatic, sexy, romantic and full of ups and downs, The One That Got Away is second-chance romance gold!

This is Karina’s newest standalone release. The One That Got Away can sure be read as that but it is highly related to The Forbidden Man and I do recommend reading that one as well. This is the forbidden love story between Luciano Ribeiro, the star player in a Portuguese team and Ruby Turner, a new journalist who is travelling through Europe. Both these characters are broken by their pasts and their relationships with their families and that gets even more complicated when Ruby starts dating Luciano’s brother. Sparks are there from the start but is that enough? Will love win or are there too many obstacles for Luciano and Ruby to be together?

He makes me want to pull the mask off the both of us, let us sink in our flaws, open our wounds and see what good can come out of it.
He makes me feel less of a ghost, like I’m something tangible and real.

I don’t even know what to write because I am drained after reading this novel. Karina did a brilliant job with these characters and their love story and people are not even ready for what is to come. There is a love triangle, forbidden chemistry, feelings all over the place, full on angst, family drama and, what’s most important, a couple that loves each other through everything. I love this kind of stories that happen through different times/ages because we see the characters evolution and how that affects their relationships.

Let me stay.
I don’t even want to fix you. I want to ride your broken wings.

It’s not easy for Luciano and Ruby being attracted to each other but their connection is impossible to miss. It annoyed me a bit the back and forth between them and Marco (Luciano’s brother) but I got past it with everything going on. My poor heart broke for Luciano when we see how he is treated by his stepdad and how Ruby has to suffer for her situation with her parents and being alone all over Europe. Years go by but their burning chemistry doesn’t go away and that turns into a beautiful love that will live on forever.

We don’t contain our love, our love contains us.
And now, finally, it contains us together.

Therefore, I am rating The One That Got Away with 4.5 STARS because Karina simply has done a magnificent job with this highly emotional love story. It was completely different from what she has given us this year and I loved that. Luciano and Ruby are so amazing together and it’s so clear they just belong to each other from the very start. As I said, this was second-chance romance gold so be sure to check it out, bookies!

The Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer, music journalist & screenwriter, and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of over 55 bestselling novels, ranging from horror and suspense to contemporary romance. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette & Montlake. Her work has been translated and published in 20 languages.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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