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The One That Got Away: Friendship, Texas #4 by [Vernon, Magan]
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A brand new standalone from Friendship, Texas featuring everyone's favorite awkward baker and the one that got away.

I looked up and standing there was my ex-boyfriend, Jordan Webber. Maybe ex-boyfriend wasn't the right word. Maybe the boy who I dated for almost two years. Then he graduated early, leaving for art school in New York. He wanted me to come with him, but what future did I have in New York? My parents weren’t paying for me to go to school unless it was a state school with a real degree and all I ever wanted was to do photography. So the portrait studio worked for the time being until I realized I really needed to get out of the house and took the part-time job at the bakery. Between my parents’ divorce, work, and trying to get over my break up, I was basically a hot mess the first two years after high school. Joey came in at the right time as a distraction then the job at the bakery. But I still never forgot about the one that got away.

I hadn't seen Jordan in over four years and there he was, standing there with a hand on one of the boxes and his blue eyes wide open like he'd just seen a ghost.

"Abbey Dillinger?" he asked, it wasn't so much of a question as it was a breathless statement.

I hated him for leaving me. He could have gone to art school in Dallas. He could have stayed if he really did love me. I should have hated him. But seeing him, standing in front of me, I couldn’t hate him. The past four years had been very good to him.

**This book is a standalone in a series of standalones taking place in the fictional town of Friendship, Texas. You don't need to read any of the previous books to understand this one***

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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Chance for HEA 15 May 2017
By Tpagirl - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The One That Got Away by Magan Vernon is the fourth book in the Friendship, TX series. It's my second book by Vernon, but the first in the series.

Jordan Webber was the gorgeous tatted, artist that moved to New York immediately after High School and broke Abbey's heart.

Abbey Dillinger was the sullen photographer that held a grudge and basically hated her life in Friendship, but was too fearful and in a rut to try something different.

I really disliked Abbey in the beginning. Poor first impression. And I hated her friends. How could what's so obvious in the first few chapters not be obvious to Abbey. It was easy to see the direction of the story. With friends like that, who needs enemies.

But as the story progressed and focused more on Jordan and Abbey, I was liking the book better. It was told with a single POV, Abbey's, and it was well written but it struggled to get off the ground for me. Additionally, the humor was a little goofy at times.

I disliked the first half of the book, but I loved the last half and I especially loved the last quarter of the story. In the end, it was a journey of healing, forgiveness, growth, change, exploration and second chances. I was on the fence between a 3 and 4 rating and settled on a 3.5 with a rounding up to 4 stars.

The One That Got Away can be read as a standalone; however, I recommend reading the rest series in order to understand the full backstory of supporting characters.

All in all, it was enjoyable and I look forward to catching up with the beginning of the series while waiting for Love Like Crazy, Christy and Clay's story.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 25 April 2017
By KFForever - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
~ 3.5 Stars ~

This is book four of the Friendship, Texas series but I can say that it isn’t all that necessary to read the previous books. There are some relationships in here that were clearly covered in the other books, but Magan Vernon makes it easy, fills in the gaps and as such you don’t really miss their stories. Although, they do sound intriguing and you’ll probably end up wanting to go back and read them if you are new to this series or author. Magan is not a new author to me as I have read another book from her a while back now. I was confident that I liked her style and could read the author no problem. And I did.

Nice easy read, with a little angst thrown in for good measure. I was a little disappointed that it read very YA for me, thus some actions and words came across a little childish and immature. I particularly found Abbey off putting at times, quite naïve in her relationships and somewhat ‘snooty’ in places. Maybe this added to her character who knows. The age of the characters and how they acted certainly lent towards that YA vibe, but with some of the sauciness you might find in a NA read. I struggled to get a handle on Jordan if I’m being honest. At times I felt that he flip flopped through his emotions and wasn’t steadfast in his convictions where Abbey was concerned. It was always made clear that he wanted Abbey back but I didn’t quite feel that ‘urgency’ in him, like she was his be all and end all.

The thing which stuck out the most for me within this story was the secondary plot line that concerned the group of friends that Abbey found herself with. She makes a few attempts to justify their actions, one friend in particular, but again it felt half baked. It’s quite clear from early on that the semi-adult relationships she has are not all that good for her, and where she thinks she has friends she’s sadly mistaken. I was happy to see a good conclusion in terms of this plot line.

Coming back to the main story – I would have to say it was your run of the mill book. Nothing flashy, nothing spectacular and the title says it all. The prose is good but didn’t sweep me off my feet, I didn’t find those all defining, melt your heart moments that drew the emotion from me. The read is steady, solid and enjoyable. If I had to say that anything really stood out for me, it was the ending. I wasn’t quite expecting the turnaround with Jordan and his truth so that part I really did enjoy.

Kindle Friends Forever reviewer Klaire recommends this book – steady and dependable, easy read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a chance with Abbey and Jordan 25 April 2017
By Kris - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
One of my favorite things about the Friendship, TX books is the relatability to all of the characters. There's always some small thing that makes me feel as if I could be friends with that character. One thing to suck me in and make me need to watch things play out for that character. I've been curious to get Abbey's story since I read Sofie's. Knowing this was a second chance romance story just made me that much more excited to read it!

It's been four years since Abbey and Jordan parted ways - her staying behind in Small town Friendship and him headed off to the big city of New York. Jordan wanted Abbey to come with him and Abbey really wanted to go but neither fought hard enough for the other and instead headed in their own directions. Now Jordan's back in town to help get his grandmother's house on the market, and looking to reconnect with Abbey; but Abbey's not so sure she wants to go there again.

The lingering connection between Abbey and Jordan is undeniable and their chemistry just grows as the story flows. I loved the banter between them, the push and the pull, and how neither can deny their continued attraction. It was nice to see Jordan admit to his faults and try his hardest to get Abbey to give him another chance.

I also really enjoyed Abbey's interactions with side characters, especially with Sofie's dad, Dave. Thier awkwardness was understandable and also kind of hilarious. I also loved the genuine like between them - though Abbey was sort of weirded out by the relationshi, I liked that she took what he said to heart and it made her think about what she wanted for herself and who could or couldn't give it to her.

Filled with comedic moments, several courtesy of Jordan's family, the vibe of this book was the same as previous books in the series.

This book was a fabulous addition to the Friendship series, full of small town connections and the ups and downs of life and love. I enjoyed the twists and turns we take through this book, as Magan Vernon answers the question of is these two can work it out and make their second chance work or if there will always be The One that Got Away.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great second chance romance 25 April 2017
By Books Laid Bare - Published on
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From the blurb I thought I had a fairly good idea of where the book was going and in the point I was right but the author was able to draw me in and that increased my enjoyment. This was a second chance love story and we have all read plenty of those but the author did her best to give this one the opportunity to stand out and I have to say that in many ways she succeeded.
I thought the flow was fairly relaxed, it was as if that gentle Texas drawl had imbedded itself in the fibre of the book and was reeling me in page by page.
Jason and Abbeys prior encounter ended when he walked away, their plans to leave town and study in New York shattered when her folks pulled the plug on her funding and Jason left, blowing everything she had ever wanted out of the water, everything she had been working towards…including a life with Jason …gone.
But fast forward a few years and he is back in town following a family bereavement. Could they start again? Would they even want to try?
Well, I wasn’t sure that Abbey would be such a pushover, she had a big heart and big dreams but she seemed trapped in what was a really small town, but this girl needed to spread her wings but was the timing of his return right for that to happen now?
Could she accept the help that she gets from the most unexpected source and despite the hiccup or two that is placed in their way find her way not only back to the guy that she has never stopped loving?
There are secrets to be uncovered, desires to be fulfilled and hearts to be mended and the author manages to do all that with as little angst as possible. It wasn’t pain free, but it was relative and I liked that. I could relate to what they were going through, how they were feeling and why and that brought them to life for me.
Did they get their happy ever after, well that is for you to discover but all I will say is that welcome to Friendship!
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet second chance romance. 26 April 2017
By Aaly - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The One That Got Away was a sweet second chance romance, between Abbey Dillinger and Jordan Webber, high school sweethearts thinking that they would be together, until they weren’t.

Different expectations and aspirations tore them apart and here we go, a few years later … when Jordan came back into her life. All the bitterness and the “what ifs” emerged. A life where both tried to move on but one look at each other and everything went through the window. Abbey never forgot the one that got away, leaving her in Friendship, Texas, where everybody knows everything about your life.

The feelings ran high in their story, the main characters were kinda easy to like. I have to admit that I was very wary about Abbey and especially about her friends. If you had read the previous books, you got a glimpse of her character. Her friends were definitely not good people at all. But when it’s everything you know, a comfort zone to you, are you willing to take the leap and find something else?

Abbey and Jordan were a great match. I felt the connection and getting why, despite their love for each other, they didn’t end well. There was some mixed and complexed feelings that needed to be unraveled before moving on. I enjoyed their story and surprisingly, I saw some characters I disliked in a new light.

I have to say that Abbey’s friends were definitely not good people and with Jordan in the mix, overwhelming and reminding all the things and true love questioned her life in Texas, and about what she really wanted in her life.

Overall, I enjoyed Abbey and Jordan’s story, a bit different from the others books from the series, a bit refreshing. This story was a quick sweet read, with some overwhelming feelings. A good addition to the series.

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