The One That Got Away by A.J. Pine

The One That Got Away by A.J. PineThe One That Got Away by A.J. Pine
Series: Kingston Ale House #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 18th 2016
Pages: 290
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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 wish I could have liked the story as much as I liked the blurb, but it all went sideways once the male protagonist (not hero, in my opinion) started finding more and more insipid excuses for his cowardice and insecurity about getting the girl he’s always wanted.

It only took ten years…and even then, it wasn’t without a circus-ring of stupid behaviour that somehow came to pushing his forever-girl to meet *another* man so she could decide whether her own feelings for the ‘hero’ were real or fabricated. If years of solid friendship isn’t a convincing factor enough, if this isn’t quite the height of hypocrisy or condescension, I wouldn’t know what is.

The emotional games played here got ridiculous to the point where I couldn’t read anymore without thinking that this guy simply didn’t deserve her.

What is love without drama at least? It’s the question this book tries to answer with much aplomb, but unfortunately, the shenanigans both the main characters fall into simply can’t convince me that a woman could possibly want someone who just can’t be forthright about his feelings unless cornered and smothered into reassurance.