Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blog Tour: 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
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?

4.5 star review by Jen Hagen

Recipe for Disaster
1 Golden Boy
1 self-proclaimed slut
1 hot bull rider
1 night of betrayal

Mix together until fists are swinging and trust is lost.

Denver is a star rodeo barrel racer.  She has had to fend for herself pretty much all her life as her mother is now on husband #7.  Her mother has garnished the title whore by those who were her close friends and family.  It is only rightfully so that Denver would continue on that legacy as she is her mother’s spawn.  Denver uses sex to bury pain, but she’s not what I would consider a slut.  Denver fulfills her self-insinuated name by using one person over and over again for sex.  She does nothing to correct the stories of her using friends for benefits, when she has only had sex with one person ever.  She has made it very clear to him from the beginning that there was never to be a relationship, she was just using him for sex.

Greer is the boy Denver has used for years.  He has been her best friend since they were young.  His mother and her mother were once very close friends, but where there was once friendship it is now replaced with hatred.  Greer is a “golden boy” – he’s the complete package with his golden waves, good grades, and excelling at whatever sport he plays.  He is supposed to be attending college in a different state, but he can’t let Denver go without trying to fight for her love to be reciprocated.  Greer loves Denver, even though he’s the one who has been used for sex.  He knew the terms, but was always hoping they could be more.  Greer surprises Denver with his unannounced admission to her college.

“All I’m asking for is a chance, Denver.  I know the commitment thing is hard for you.  I’ll be patient.”

I loved, loved Greer.  He is so sweet and kind to Denver.  He will take her in whatever way she will give herself to him, even if it means he’s being used solely for sex.  Finally Denver wises up and agrees to try something with Greer.  This golden boy is adorable!  <3 <3

Prior to Denver coming face to face with Greer, she had just met a smoking hot bull rider.  Ransom is known to have had his fair share of women.  He is intrigued by what he sees in Denver.  Ransom and Denver develop an easy friendship where there is a palpable lust between the two.

I’m convinced she’s the girl I want to break all my rules for.

Although all 3 of their lives are intermingled, this is certainly not a love triangle.  There is no cheating, in fact it is not even all about love.  Things change and there are definitely some hateful feelings being emitted.

“Bottom line – I can’t be with someone like that.”

What happens when the user becomes the usee?  The tables have been turned and after a night of truth and betrayal nothing will ever be the same again.  Secrets are told, the past is unfolded and nothing can be taken back.

“Oh my God.  Oh my god, Denver! No.”  That’s the last thing I hear him say as I turn and fly out of his door…

Wow – what a story this was.  I loved how it was told in the first half through flashbacks of Denver and Greer’s teenage years and the bond that they developed.  It was so evident that he loved her and would do anything for her.   Something was off when I first met Ransom.  He gave off a vibe that didn’t draw me to him and even at the end I still can’t find a common bond with him.  Greer is the owner of my heart and I stand by him 110%!

This was a refreshing story to read even if it did get my stomach acid churning and my heart palpating.  I enjoyed the new play with the rodeo focus and the triangle with a twist.  The story ends on quite a tangent compared to the story as a whole.  All of a sudden I found myself muttering “what?”  I can’t say I like how it ended and the direction it took, but I think it’s a perfect segue into the next installment.  
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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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