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Peek Inside The One That Got Away

Jamie Kingston has loved his best friend Brynn Chandler 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 she belongs with lies at the end of the journey or if he's been by her side all along.

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How far will one man go for the woman he’s loved since high school?<


I’ve been in love with my best friend for as long as I can remember. I tried to tell her in high school, which royally backfired. Ten years hasn’t changed things, but now I’m finally ready to lay it all out on the table. The only problem? She’s got her sights set on someone else.

I made the mistake of letting her go once before. This time, I’m going to prove that the only guy she needs is me.


We’re best friends—nothing more—and it’s good like this. That’s what I’ve been telling myself since the night in high school when we shared a single kiss, a night that was great...but then wasn’t.

Now we’re on a road trip to California, and he’s surprising me at every turn—helping me overcome my fear of heights, belting out my favorite Monkees song, and looking way sexier with his shirt off than a best friend is supposed to.

But admitting how I feel might mean losing our friendship. I thought I’d find happiness in California, but now I’m wondering if the right guy for me has been by my side all along.

Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is STANDALONE:
* The One That Got Away
* Six Month Rule
* Three Simple Words
* Worth the Wait



"I loved this fun road-trip romance with two friends you immediately know should be a whole lot more!" --Cindi Madsen, author of Anatomy of a Player
"One of my absolute favorite friends-to-lovers romance, with AJ's trademark smooth and witty writing. I adore everything she writes, and she gets better with every book. Brynn and Jamie's story will have you swooning!" --Megan Erickson, author of the Mechanics of Love series
"Perfect for Friends fans. Kingston Ale House is like Central Perk...except there's beer. Bonus!" --Lia Riley, author of the Brightwater series
"A.J. Pine delivers a smart, witty, and charming read that is wildly entertaining!!!! For all you friends to lover romance trope fanatics, this is one book that you wouldn't want to miss. Get those #oneclick fingers ready because this friends to lovers story will have you swooning and awwing right off the opening pages. In this whirlwind adventure where the lines of friendship begin to transition to something more, Ms. Pine will douse her readers with all the FEELS for one incredible love story." --Michelle at Four Chicks Flipping Pages

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755529
Series: The Kingston Ale House, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 18, 2016
Page Count: 321
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: friends to lovers, road romance

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By Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read** January 14, 2019

***4.5 Stars***

"I lied to myself - and to you - for a long time. But every day for eleven years, even when I wouldn't admit it, I've loved you."

GAH!! I LOVED THIS BOOK!! If you're a fan of friends to lovers....READ THIS! DO IT!!

Friends to lovers is my favoritest trope in all the land an ...more

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Friends to lovers...I'm a big believer in couples having a solid friendship before it turns into more and in The One That Got Away this couple has had 10 years of friendship and a few blips to finally begin to figure out that what they feel is mo ...more

By Amy April 18, 2016

4.5, You hung the moon, Stars!!

“I wasn’t in love with her. It took being with her to realize that I was already with the person I loved most. She just didn’t know it yet.”

“I lied to myself–and to you–for a long time. But every day for eleven years, even when I wouldn’t admit it, I’ve loved you. It n ...more

By Megan April 06, 2016

One of my absolute favorite friends-to-lovers romance, with AJ's trademark smooth and witty writing. I adore everything she writes, and she gets better with every book. Brynn and Jamie's story will have you swooning! ...more

By Shannon April 20, 2016

4.5 stars!

This. This right here is how you write a Friends to Lovers romance! Thank Heavens! I’ve been having such a hard time with this trope lately, and by lately I honestly mean all year. I may have groaned a little when I saw this come up on my list as next to read, but then I thought, “Cool yo ...more

By Michelle April 10, 2016

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

 photo b723f42affe9e91da5c9c3d2be0d99_zpsxtviyf71.gif

 photo 3b2b293cc939a14425d546b7693e47_zpsd2by7378.gif “The past ten years will always be between us if we don’t see this through. I don’t want to be the guy who stood in the way if there is someone who could make you happier than I could.That was the truth. She meant enough to him that h ...more

By Lia February 18, 2016

I got to sneak peek this book-so stinking fun and cute. Perfect for Friends fans. Kingston Brewery is like Central Perk...except there's beer. Bonus!

Review to come. ...more

By Melena May 28, 2019

I have had this book on my TBR list for a long time and I wish I hadn't waited so long to read it!

Jamie and Brynn have been best friends since high school. There was one moment where they had a chance to become more, but it didn't work out. Now 10 years later they may have a second chance if they ca ...more

By Jasmine April 29, 2016

I recieved a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I stumbled upon this book on NetGalley I knew it would be a sweet story and I had to read it. Needless to say I requested it. And got approved short after. After being on a Fantasy/Sci-Fi reading binge for mo ...more

By Aimie April 11, 2016

The One That Got Away is the first book in The Kingston Ale House series.

The One That Got Away mainly revolves around Jamie Kingston and Brynn Chandler's relationship. They have been best friends since middle school. When Brynn gives Jamie a kiss, there friendship was tested. Planning t ...more

By Hilda March 08, 2016

Feelings that have been brewing between best friends for a decade is definitely the recipe for off the charts chemistry. Jamie and Brynn can attest to that. Does anyone else feel like timing is everything and also the one thing that is the hardest to get right? Jamie and Brynn have the worst timing, ...more

By Jaime April 19, 2016

This is honestly one of those books that had me ready to pull my hair out because of the constant miscommunications and/or lack of any communication at all between Brynn and Jamie. They have been lifelong best friends who once kissed but never took it further. Even though they are both harboring mor ...more

By Riki June 25, 2016

Love, love, love this book! You get not one, but two of the sweetest grand gestures in the end. Beers, baseball, and a deeply satisfying friends-to-lovers romance make this is top read for me in 2016. ...more

By Jessica May 14, 2016

Some of my favorite things: beer, travel, and love. How could I not love this book?!?! I loved this story and I thought the beer tasting scenes were so, so perfect. I'm excited to read the rest of this series! <3 ...more

By Suzette November 01, 2020

This is a story about the true test of friendship. Brynne and James had been friends since middle school. That friendship had been tested ten years ago and was once again been tested more than ever. As they realize their feelings for each other go deeper than just platonic friendship, they have to g ...more

By cookiegirl September 22, 2019

It was sweet

This is a sweet love story about a guy and girl who met in HS and admit they love each other 10 years later. Honestly I was bored with some parts and would skip ahead a page or two but it was not a book I wanted to just stop reading. I did want to see the end to find out there happily ev ...more

By Cheryl April 13, 2019

Loved this second chance love story, but there were times I wanted to smack both leads upside the head! Jamie and Brynn were funny and heartbreaking at the same time. While everyone else could see their more-than-friends connection, they of course were totally oblivious.
I loved the banter between t ...more

By Lovely Loveday October 30, 2020

The One That Got Away is the first book in the Kingston Ale House series by A.J. Pine. A lovely friends-to-lovers romance that is sure to pull you in and leave you wanting more. Pine's trademark writing style is smooth and witty.  The characters are well-written and develop at a steady pace that mak ...more

By Karen July 25, 2017

Such a fun couple! Loved them both - especially going on the road trip with them. Such a great journey, emotionally and literally. Will definitely read the others in this series! ...more

By Naomi October 04, 2017

The story warmed my heart. Brynn and Jamie are lovable characters. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. ...more

By Erin February 14, 2017

The One That Got Away is book one in the Kingston Ale House series by A. J. Pine. As high schoolers Brynn Chandler and Jamie Kingston were best friends. Brynn has her sights set on kissing senior star athlete Spencer Matthews. Her chance is going to come at a graduation party the following night. Bu ...more

By Poulami April 22, 2016

Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was sooo cute! Recently I’ve been reading quite a lot of books with friends to lovers trope which is one of my absolute favourites. This book definitel ...more

By Home. Love. Books. May 10, 2016

Check out more of my reviews on at Home. Love. Books. - The best place to find your next book! photo synopsisgraphic.pngThis book was super cute, if you like super cute romances then this book seriously fits the bill. I've made it a pretty well known fact that I love relationships that are born o ...more

By Kristen April 18, 2016

As always, I was excited to hear that AJ Pine had a new series coming out, being a fan of her past works, I knew I had to dive in and then I read the synopsis - friends to lovers - CHECK. Must read.

AJ Pine delivers a stunning friends to lovers tale with The One that Got Away. Jamie and Brynn have b ...more

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A.J. Pine

About the author

A.J. Pine

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

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