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I need you to have a bit of patience with me lately, because typing has been kind of difficult, since I broke my pinky finger last week (as soon as I stepped in the airport here from Orlando ), so I will be even slower than usual LOL
Title: Used (Unlovable #1)
Author: Lynetta Halat
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
Rating: 4.5 I-wanna-be-used-by-sexy-cowboys stars
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?
Lynetta Halat took me completely by surprise with Used, and I couldn’t be happier for it!!
When I first started, I thought it would be a cliché story, specially when I saw the cowboys…But boy, how wrong was I!! I was sucked right into the story and when I reached half of it, it got worse, I couldn’t stop even to eat!
I devoured it and I loved every minute!
Another thing I thought I wouldn’t like was the love triangle, but the way Lynetta introduced the characters, there’s no way you can’t feel compelled to know more about them! I have to admit I was not torn about who I liked better, Greer or Ransom. I liked one of them better, but I just knew I would like the other anyway. I’ll also admit, even though I knew whose “team” (I hate to teme characters, but sometimes, there’s no other way to say it) I’d like her to be with, I thought she would be with the other, until BAM! All hell’s break.
I wasn’t expecting the disappointment I felt when it all happened, I was expecting something would happen, but not THAT! (I know I’m being cryptic, but I don’t want to spoil the story and the emotions you will get by reading it…
Speaking of emotions, Ms. Halat knows a thing or two about writing them! OMG, I could feel the characters emotions pouring through the pages.
Denver, the heroine is a walking contradiction. She is strong, confident, very talented as a cowgirl and very good of taking care of herself (in some aspects anyway), but at the same time she is vulnerable, has a very low opinion of herself and needs guidance in the choices she makes. She’s been chased by some terrible rumors most of her life, first by being her mother’s daughter and then by someone spreading lies about her. Lies that she herself believed and haunted her even in college.
Greer is Denver’s best friend, her Golden Boy, the gorgeous friendship she always had, her first and the guy she feels like she is using…She feels used, but she also feels bad about using him on her way to feel better. But Greer is a grown boy, he knows what he is doing (and why) and he has been her only comfort for so long she feels like she owes him a chance. Even though she does love him, she never felt like she deserved to be loved or that she was deserving of him, so she never gave him a chance. Only one-night stands. But what happens when he follows her to the college she chose? He sure can show her how to give him a chance, but at what cost?
Ransom is the gorgeous cowboy she meets at college. She was always curious about him and his skills as a bull-rider. Just as Denver is the first in barrel races, he is the first in bull riding. He is everything she was hoping for and more. And he is just as fascinated by her as she is by him…But she wants to give her friend a chance, so he keeps to himself. But the rumors about her haunt her even in Ransom’s mind. After all, a slut is a slut in his opinion, no matter how talented, beautiful, compassionate she is…Or so he thought..Denve managed to break his walls and his rules, but will she break his heart too?
Every character’s POV gives us a new insight in this story and you can feel everything they are feeling. You can even justify their actions, after all you are there with them, you know why they did what they did…
After some (more) traumatic events, Denver needs to learn how to stop feeling used, because the feel of being used is what makes her want to be used and use others…But with the help from her friends she is set in the right path…What I really didn’t see coming was the revelations in the last few pages of the book..Call that a BOMB!
I’m usually very empathic when I’m reading, so I always see these (and other) types of things coming, but I sure didn’t this time! And I liked it! Not only for the surprise element of it, but also for itself…I’m always up for it LMAO
And before you ask, knowing my tastes, no, this is not a dark book. At all…It deals with emotions, sometimes raw emotions, but not dark. Just very real and honest.
This revelation I mentioned is what will set the story in book 2 and I.CAN’T. FREAKING.WAIT!!!!
Lynetta Halat made a fine job at introducing us to the characters, making us know them for real before she would introduce this new shade of their story! Really clever! It was like she was courting our mind, before she made them fall in love with what’s yet to come. I gotta say I loved this courtship, but I can’t wait to get to the next level!!
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Let’s Get Lost
“I really don’t understand what you see in a slut like me, Greer.” His eyes flash, but I don’t let him argue with me. “But I am grateful.” And on that note, I bring his lips to mine. It’s been so long since we’ve tasted each other. We’ve been “seeing” each other for two weeks. Sweet, platonic dates that have ended with a sexually frustrated Denver.
I moan the instant our lips meet. I meant it to be a quick, reassuring, friendly kiss, since we agreed to refrain from that physical side of our relationship for a while, but my body has other ideas. She knows who’s been responsible for her pleasure in the past, and she wants some of that now.
Threading my fingers through his curls, I pull him in and shift my mouth, fitting my lips to his. My tongue darts out to tease his bottom lip, and he opens for me. “Oh, Greer,” I murmur before teasing him lightly. He’s so wet and so delicious. His now hard length rests against my thigh, and I groan. Oh, I want him. I want him now. “Greer, I want you,” I whisper against his lips before kissing him lightly. “Have you been with anyone else?” I screw my eyes tight because I hope not, but I would understand—we all have needs.
He stiffens against me for a second before he whispers gruffly, “Hell, no. Denver, you’re it for me, you know that.” His tongue tangles with mine, searching, destroying. He pulls back and utters, “I want you too. So bad.”
“Let’s go somewhere,” I coax. “There are lots of little trails for us to go get lost on.”
“Mmm … how ‘bout I make you feel good right here?” He nips at my bottom lip. “Right now?”
“What?” I breathe through my haze. “We might get caught.” He recaptures my lips with his and works me over with his tongue. Suddenly I’m reminded of the time we sneaked off during our prom. Oh my God. It was … mind-blowing. The thrill of getting caught. The thrill of our dates waiting for us in the ballroom of the hotel while we fucked each other hard, up against a wall in the housekeeping closet. Yes, please. I want that.
I’m jerked from my thoughts as he pulls me from the truck bed. I latch my legs around his waist, not certain where we are going, but along for the ride, nevertheless. He doesn’t take me far. His truck is farthest from the little party on the creek. He doesn’t open the door though. Just pins me to the truck and lets me slide down, drops one of my legs, and pulls the other high on his hip. He nudges my free leg between his and squeezes me tight.
“You ready? Hold on,” he commands before I can answer.
“What? What are you doing?”
“Trust me,” he says, as he buries his mouth in the hollow of my throat. His hands slide in my back pockets, grasping and squeezing. “We promised. No touching like that. No sex. Even though I can’t wait to be inside you again, this is gonna have to do.” He drops his forehead on mine. Those fiery eyes meet mine, igniting a blaze. “The best non-fuck fuck of your life.” And those words douse it with kerosene, creating an inferno. A tremble works its way through me, and I almost come right then.
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ABOUT 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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