Release Blitz + 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!

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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The hero Luciano was introduced in The Forbidden Man and I was excited when I saw that Karina Halle was writing his story. The One That Got Away is a second-chance romance about two characters that are dealing with trauma. My heart went out to both Luciano and Ruby, and even though from the outside they seemed the opposite, there was a lot of things they had in common. I loved how they met and how their relationship developed. Her being with her brother Marco first didn't really bother me that much, because there wasn't a very strong emotional connection between the two. I was really happy that the author decided to write the book with a linear narrative instead of flashbacks. The story had a very steady pace and was straight to the point.

The first three quarters of the book this book was a solid four star read for me. I enjoyed seeing the characters grow closer together and develop a stronger connection. I especially loved Luciano's character, I had a harder time connecting to Ruby but there were aspects of her life I could relate to. The only reason I rated this book three and a half stars is because of the last quarter of the book. It just felt very rushed and left me unsatisfied. I wanted more from the story and see the characters get to know each other again after all the years they were apart. There was just so much going on in the last part and it was over before I knew it. Overall I enjoyed this emotional contemporary second-chance romance, and I look forward to Karina's next book.

Meet Karina

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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