Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: "Freed" by Lynetta Halat



Truth. Pain. Freedom. An awakening like no other. When life is determined to buck you off, dig in and ride hard. The bull. The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves. To survive, I have to face the truth. Easier said than done when it’s not all black and white. There’s the in-between, and this murky void is where I always tend to land. The horns. Lies don’t always hurt. My lies protected me, but when they are exposed and I can no longer outrun the many shades of truth, I’ll be in for one hell of a reckoning. The ride. From the outside, my life looks like one big adventure after another. But, there is no freedom in anarchy, and that’s the way I’ve lived my life. Until now. Until Ransom. Denver Dempsey was a slut for oblivion. Now, she’s a slut for love. And it’s that kind of thinking that got her in trouble in the first place. Ransom awakens Denver in ways she never imagined, but when her true feelings send her reeling, will they catapult her into the arms of Greer—her ex best-friend-with-benefits? After never loving anyone, herself included, she now loves two. One kept her alive. One teaches her how to live. If they didn’t both love her … if hearts weren’t bound to be broken, it would be the stuff dreams are made of. Will Denver remain locked up in the bullpen, or is she strong enough to open the chute and be freed?

Denver wants to heal.
She wants more.
More of what?
More of who?
How will she forgive herself and her golden boy? What is it exactly that she needs to forgive? She has all of this to consider and yet there is Ransom. She feels more with him, but doesn't know what that more is. She's come to terms with the fact that she loved and loves Greer. The damage between them is so fierce could they ever come back from it?
As decisions are made, things come to light. There are some avoidance of truths that will shock you. I mean just Wow! There are surprises and people may not be who you think they are. Some surprises are beautiful, others are just dumbfounding to the people when they find out. This book isn't as full of the turmoil. It doesn't have the angst that was in Used. This book is about admittance, surrender, and growth. Denver will strive to figure out who she is finally. The question is whether she likes who she sees and if she's worthy of what she desires.
I love the pace of this book. It's not a rollercoaster ride. It's a Sunday drive with the music blaring. It's freeing and beautiful. It's people who care, coming to terms with the past, the present, and maybe the future. At times it's hard to believe how old these characters are. They all have lived an adult life before their time. Made decisions that shouldn't have to have been made. Lived through moments that could crush a lesser person. It's falling to the pits of hell and rising from the ashes glowing. The choice to let the embers fuel a fire that destroys or brightens is theirs.
This is a 4.5 star book and a great conclusion for the series. It's all wrapped up in this book. There are some new characters on the scene. The ending lacks nothing and will leave you feeling content and maybe even smiling.


Meet the Author

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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