Monday, April 24, 2017

Release Blitz: The One that Got Away by Magan Vernon

Title: The One That Got Away
Series: Friendship, Texas #4
Author: Magan Vernon
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 24, 2017


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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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 relationship, 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.  

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Author Bio

Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

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