Blog Tour: Used (Unlovable #1) by Lynetta Halat, Stacy's 5 Star Review, Excerpt, Playlist and Teasers
This is why I LOVE—Love triangles! Honestly you can’t get much better than Used if you want a true to its meaning good old-fashioned tear your heart out triangle! Throw in a girl who’s all kinds of messed up, with two hot Cowboy’s, and a rodeo/country theme and I’m hooked.
Denver Dempsey is one complex girl, full of self doubt and issues that have obviously plagued her judgment in life. Her Mother made her go through some crap that honestly would make anyone a little crazy. This is where her “Golden Boy” Greer comes in. Greer is the one that is so easy to love in this story. He and Denver have basically been connected at the hip since they were in the womb. The sweet story between these two is what initially grabbed my attention. They have the kind of friendship/relationship that every girl dreams of growing up. Greer is always there for his “Chicken” which is his affectionate term for her, even the way he describes chickens in relation to Denver is just the sweetest thing! He’s so quirky and sweet and loveable, which made me even more excited to read on, since I knew there would soon be another Dude coming in the picture to throw a wrench right through the sweetness that is Greer & Denver. I know…I’m sick!
Enter Ransom… He’s HOT, He’s a bull rider, He’s edgy, and He’s basically everything Greer is not. And Of course the troubled bad girl side of Denver is instantly attracted to him. Not that she is unaware of who he is. He’s been pretty well known throughout the Rodeo Circle’s over the years, and has chalked up quite the bad boy reputation himself. Sounds like a match made in heaven right? Or maybe a gasoline soaked rag just waiting for a torch is more like it. That’s exactly what these two have together, and the fiery chemistry between these two is off the charts hot!
So whose team did I choose, Greer or Ransom? Let me start off by saying this… I thought when I started reading this book that I would love Greer, which I did, which I still do! But there is no denying Ransom’s pull to his character, he’s flawed and dirty and sexy and gritty! Which are all of the things that would normally pull me to the bad boy side of the fence right? That is the way I normally would go, but Lynetta has a way with her writing that definitely pulls you back and forth between your emotions so much that you, yourself don’t even know what you want, and in true Love Triangle fashion! I honestly loved every part of it. Even the part where Greer pissed me off! I obviously have issues myself, but I can’t help it!
This is the very first time I’ve ever read a Lynetta Halat book, and I can firmly say that it will most definitely not be the last! One of the things I loved the most was that the character development was so strong that I actually really felt deeply for all of them. Especially Denver, normally when a female character is so flawed and seems to have a tortured soul she ends up looking whiney or complacent. This was not the case with Denver. I really felt like she was constantly searching for something more during the whole book. And even though she has these two strong male characters in her life, that something was still missing. And in the end, I believe she’s still searching for answers.
I would definitely consider this book a mild cliffhanger, but nothing I can’t handle since I obviously love those too! I am REALLY looking forward to readingFREED, which is the second book in the series.
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?”
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.
Goodreads author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6969980.Lynetta_Halat
Goodreads book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18587171-used