Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review & GIVEAWAY: "Used" by Lynetta Halat


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Title: Used (Unlovable #1)
Author: Lynetta Halat
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Series: Unlovable
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Synopsis
 
I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. I’m not one of those girls who thinks she’s too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy … no, I don’t have that kind of luck. I’m the girl who knows she’s just right for everyone. — Denver A reputation as a manwhore–with–a–heart–of–gold tends to precede me. But, I don’t do girls with issues, that is until this girl. It's this girl I want to fix. This girl I want to protect. And maybe … more. — Ransom Being in love with the same girl your entire life isn't all it's cracked up to be. She uses me in every way imaginable. How does she see me? I am her perpetual one-night stand. No strings, no attachments. Just mind-numbing sex ... for her anyway. — Greer Feeling like the life is being choked out of her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana, Denver Dempsey craves the escape that college offers … even if that means leaving her “best friend with benefits” and looking for a new way to forget. Thinking she's found the perfect hookup in Ransom, Denver's outlook on college is bright. That is, until Greer shows up looking for a second chance, and Ransom's interest turns to hatred. Love. Hate. Triangle. Who's using who?
Review:
 
 
Innocence is an alluring quality. The perverse want to claim it, it attracts other innocents, and can make those without it full of loathing. Trust can help you to soar through the clouds or break you down, leaving you lying in the pits of despair.  It can make us blind to what we should clearly see. Love does much of the same, but without love we are truly hopeless.
 
These are all things that Denver has a problem with. Her mother goes from marriage to marriage and is known as the town whore. Her father is a broken shell of a man. The only person she has ever had is Greer. Born just hours apart, they have had each other ever since. As they get older and go through puberty, suddenly there is an attraction. The hormones rage and pull, friends who love each other become more.
 
Denver has always been a fighter, but sometimes what we fight overtakes our sense of self. When she is confronted with the knowledge that she'll never have a moments peace from the perversions that her mother surrounds herself with, she makes a plan. Greer is either all in or she'll find someone else who is. It's time she takes control. In youth, sometimes we're hasty. Sometimes we're wrong.
 
Two wrongs never make a right.
 
A friendship is forever altered. Things will never be the same. Will Denver end up what she was always fight not to be? When she goes to college she meets Ransom. He's the ultimate in bull fighting at the collegiate level, but he doesn't fit the mold. From his buzz cut to his tattoos, he does what he wants and doesn't try to fit in becoming something that he's not. For Denver, the attraction is instantaneous, just what she needs to make the break from Greer. This is why she's at MSU, to find a fresh start. Ransom has followed her career. He's attracted to her and wonders what it is about her that makes her different.
 
Two men, one girl
dark secrets
self-hate
 
This book is unlike any other that I've read. It broaches the subject that most won't. Young attractive girls having to fight off the opposite sex and how it molds them. If you've ever had to fight someone from taking liberties this book will resonate with you. It's a hard subject to broach but Lynetta Halat does it flawlessly. The feelings that Denver battles are spot on and so emotional that you want to cry for her. She's mixed up and it's easy to see why.
 
When the triangle starts to form I expected it to be the typical swoony girl doesn't know who to love. This is anything but! Denver is such a strong female, she truly does want to shed her reputation. The event toward the left me flabbergasted. I was SO not expecting that. Of course, the end is priceless. However, cliff-hanger alert! Just when I thought we were going to get somewhere. Fade to black.
The good news, the next book in the series is out in just a couple of months. Titled Freed, it promises to answer the questions that Used has left us with.
 
This book is more than 5 stars.
It will have you roped from the start.
8 seconds flat and ready to embrace the rodeo lifestyle.

Excerpt
 

Shut Up, and Kiss Me

After a few minutes, Greer stretches out beside me and searches for my hand. Only his hand touches mine, but my whole being tingles. He threads his fingers through mine and runs his thumb over my palm. Something in me twists and splinters, shooting chills all through my body. My breath hitches in my throat because I can’t breathe around the knot that has formed there.

 

“You feel it too,” he says simply.

 

I close my eyes tighter, suddenly embarrassed by the fact that I’m not slick. “Yes,” I admit in a whisper.

 

“Look at me, Denver.”

 

Turning my head to the side, I open my eyes to find his blue-eyed gaze roaming over me. His eyes find mine, and we just take each other in. I want to say something, but I can’t think of one darn thing that sounds intelligent or even … sexy. Do I even want to be sexy for him? Yes. Yes, I do. I see stupid girls flirt with him all the time. I don’t want to be that girl, but I do want him to see me as a girl and not just his friend. Ironic, since I’ve spent my whole life telling him not to treat me like a girl.

 

“I want to kiss you so bad … but if I kiss you, it will change everything,” he says in that gravelly voice.

 

“Change is good,” I whisper.

 

Rolling to his side, his mouth is centimeters from mine. I can’t make myself move although I’m aching with want. But I haven’t been kissed—ever. And I haven’t kissed anyone since that time on the monkey bars in seventh grade when I stuck my tongue in Brian Thomas’s mouth on a bet. I shocked the shit out of him, and he didn’t even kiss me back. When the bell rang, he jerked back and hit his head hard, sending him to the nurse for the rest of the afternoon. Not my finest moment.

 

“I don’t want to lose my best friend,” he tells me.

 

I bring up my other hand and run it over his jaw. “You’re not going to lose me. No matter what. We’ll still be friends.”

 

“Relationships ruin friendships. We’ve seen enough of that.”

 

I shiver with that truth. “True. But we’re different. We’ve been together since before we were born. I can’t live without you, so I won’t hurt our friendship.”

 

Bringing our entwined hands up, he kisses my knuckles. “Me either. We’ll take it slow, all right?”

 

“All right, my golden boy,” I whisper.

 

The effect of my words is instantaneous; the blue in his eyes intensifies to boiling. He leans in, his lips brushing mine softly. “Denver,” he whispers against me. “I’ve always wanted to make you mine. Ever since I understood what that meant. I’ve never seen anyone but you.” And even though his eyes burn with passion, I hear a little tremor in his voice. Now, him always putting off those girls makes a whole lot more sense.

 

“I thought we were taking it slow,” I chastise, but I delight in knowing that he feels something more for me.

 

“I just want you to know that I don’t take this lightly. You’re the most important person in my universe. And I’ll do anything to protect us.”

His declaration unleashes a torrent of need in me, and I no longer want him to kiss me—I need him to kiss me. “Greer, will you shut up and kiss me, please?”

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About the Author
author2 Since the dawn of time, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written innumerable stories and plays. A lover of good books, bad boys, and kickass tunes, she'd always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember. She also has a secret penchant for wringing the emotions out of unsuspecting readers, and she collects reader's tears in much the same way that wine connoisseurs collect their favorite vintage. Her first novel, Every Rose, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing, effectively burrowing her way into the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. Everything I've Never Had was her follow-up adult romance novel. Now, she has penned Used, a New Adult Romance that she hopes sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.  
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