The last book I read in 2020 was “The One That Got Away” by author Karina Halle. It’s a standalone second-chance sports romance novel. As you might know, I love sports romance very much, so I was very excited to start reading this one. It’s about Ruby, an American sports journalist (and former soccer player) and Luciano, a famous portuguese soccer player. Here is the blurb:
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.
I really enjoyed the story of Ruby and Luciano. Both characters are very likeable and the fact that there are always new circumstances complicating their story makes the book interesting. I really like the author’s writing style, it was a smooth and easy read. I read through the book pretty quickly because I really wanted to know what happens next. So all in all, this book gets 5 stars from me and I can definitely recommend this one to you!