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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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Jaime and I have been best friends—forever. Like, awkward teenager with braces forever. We barely crossed the line once, a million years ago, with a kiss, but we didn’t let it ruin what we have. He’s charming, hardworking, and no one makes me laugh till it hurts like him. 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 songs, and looking way sexier with his shirt off than a best friend is supposed to.

I’ve been in love with Brynn for as long as I can remember. She’s sweet, sexy and brilliant and bottom line, there’s no one else I’d rather be stuck in a car with for the next five days. Except, she keeps talking about this other guy she’s got her sights set on. I made the mistake of letting her go once before. Now, I’m going to have to prove that the only guy she needs is right in front of her.

Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 The One That Got Away
Book #2 Six Month Rule
Book #3 Three Simple Words
Book #4 Worth the Wait

Praise

Review

"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: select contemporary
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 and thi... ...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... ...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. I... ...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... ...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 her... ...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... ...more

By Yasaman 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... ...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 to nev... ...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 timi... ...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... ...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

***Review to come. :)*** ...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 betwee... ...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.... ...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 defini... ...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! http://www.homelovebooks.com 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 bor... ...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 hav... ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) April 19, 2016

One kiss the week before graduation changed the course of this friendship, well not really. Actually, Jamie Kingston didn’t want his longtime friendship to end the way his parents’ marriage did. So the day after that fantastic kiss with Brynn Chandler he told her it couldn’t go anywhere that she... ...more

By Samantha May 17, 2016

This is a cute best-friends-to-lovers romantic-comedy story. In my opinion, when you tell a story of this type, it's really important to build up just how special the two people are to each other from a non-romantic level, though also giving us a reason to believe that they are also attracted to... ...more

By books are love April 20, 2016

Received in exchange of a honest review.

Jamie is awesome. He was always there for Brynn and when he was willing to step aside so many times especially in the end so that Brynn can have a chance with the crush she has always had was so so sweet. He has always wanted Brynn to be happy even it mean... ...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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