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Posted December 17, 2014
I wasn't sure what to think when starting this book. The synopsis was intriguing and drew me, but I was in no way prepared for the story itself. It's a beautiful story about a young girls journey of survival and coping with things that are out of your control. The characters are beyond relate-able and there's an epic twist that you don't see coming. Read it. You'll fall in love with this story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2014
Posted April 11, 2014
ok this story was awesome lol. There is one thing though that you should know.....it's about cowboys and rodeo. It does get into that stuff in the first third of the story and if you aren't into that then you may get a little turned off...but seriously keep reading! :)
The characters are incredible and brought to life in front of you. Greer, Denver, Ransome, Pete and Maggie, who is like the best cotton candy sister ever, but a special shout out to Austin! I loved Austin and need a book about him. He is rude, obnoxious, sarcastic and funny as hell! He is the annoying but completely lovable younger brother. A great character lol
I really liked the way the story goes back and forth between present and past and how the story plays out and the characters are revealed and their layers exposed.
There is a scene that takes place in a diner with Greer and Denver and it is so incredibly beautiful., raw, honest, deep and touching. I wish I could quote it here for you but you'll need to grab the book and read it yourself to get the whole effect.
The life that Denver had was something else. How someone survived that and was as strong as her is great yet at the same time she is so fragile. Her internal battles with herself and her persona were touching. I get it - I get how someone can just accept what is in front of them and hate themselves yet love themselves at the same time. That may be hard for someone to grasp, that hasn't felt it.
I remember reading and feeling the "awwww" sweet moment, then the "omg" shocked moment, the "cursing" anger frustration moment and the "OH MY GOD WTH" freak out moment - yeah THAT moment actually caused me to set the book down. I need to absorb that one and breathe lol. Then there was the ending.....I did not see that coming at all - I was waiting for the disease, the death, the illness, the creative psycho something or other diagnosis.....not that LOL - nothing like a hot cliffhanger *sigh*...can I have the next book now?
This is a story of childhood love and friendship that grows and flourishes and goes through changes. It's about a girl and a guy and another guy and some friends. It's a touching story of a girl torn between herself and her friends and who she is vs who she wants to be and who she should be. It has romance, love, lust, drama and excitement. It is a story I recommend you add to your list ;)
Posted March 30, 2014
The more books I read by Lynetta Halat, the more I am convinced that they lady is an unstoppable force. I finish each book thinking “that was better than the last!” and start each new book thinking “this can’t be better than the previous one, no way!” But it always is. And “Used” is, in my opinion, her best work yet.
Denver is a fractured soul. Living with her mother and her mother’s myriad of male suitors, she’s not been lead to believe that she’s not worth much. Her own father basically calls her a whore when telling her that she’s just like her mother, who is a woman who uses men for personal gain. Then there’s Greer, her best friend. He would do anything for her, and for one perfect summer when they were in High School they shared a perfect love, then it all goes to hell. Denver is accosted by her newish stepfather, and while he doesn’t succeed in assaulting her, he does more damage than anyone can know. He makes her feel that she is the epitome of what everyone believes she is: a tease, a slut, a floozy. She decides if that’s what people want to believe, then that’s what they’ll get. The thing is she’s not a floozy. There’s only ever been Greer for her, but she keeps him at arm’s length in order, she thinks, to protect him from her poisonous soul. When she leaves for college she thinks she’s making a new start, but Greer follows her there. Enter Ransom. The big man on campus that every woman wants to be with and every man wants to be. A tentative friendship builds between Denver and Ransom; and Greer convinces Denver to give their relationship a real shot. But what will happen when ugly secrets are revealed and not all is what it appears, not just for Denver, but for Greer and Ransom too?
One of the many great things about this book was the setting for me. I don’t know much about rodeo, or barrel racing or bull riding, but this book introduced me to that lifestyle and it was intriguing! Plus, it’s romantic. I think that kind of environment builds up men to be larger than life, and women to embody the power and grace of the beasts they control. It added an element to this book that I hadn’t encountered before. I mean sure, I’ve read westerns and cowboy stories, but this had a completely different feel to it. It’s like a western sports romance in a way. However, we are talking about a Lynetta Halat book here, so you know that like an onion, there are many layers to this story that get slowly peeled away. The bucking broncos and rodeo princesses only comprise the surface to this absorbing and surprising read.
The best part of this author’s books for me in the characterization. There is just something about the characters in Used that are so real, so raw, so vulnerable and yet so human. They are not romantic caricatures, they are real and they are strugglin’! What’s interesting about Denver is that for a female romantic lead, she is so deep into her own self-deprecation that she can’t see what really is in front of her. I think it’s rare to have a female lead be this screwed up! And man, is Denver ever screwed up. Denver is the definition of self-fulfilling prophecy, yet she’s not. I’m telling you, it’s hard to peg to her down but complicated does not ever begin to describe her.
Greer…oh, Greer. He is a good guy. You will read this book and you may want to kill him at points, but he is absolutely to the bottom of his heart a good guy. And he loves Denver with every inch of that heart. Greer’s problem is that he is pulled so far into Denver’s solar system that he loses his own light, and gets sucked right into her darkness. You see how this impacts him throughout the book. Try as he may to fight against Denver’s gravity, in the end it smacks him right in the face. It is heartbreaking. Luckily, there’s more to tell about Greer in the next two books, and I can’t wait to read more. He deserves retribution, and he deserves to make his own light again.
Now for Ransom. He is the resident man of mystery here. There’s so much we don’t know about Ransom. He’s got a deep story, that’s for sure and I have very little patience when thinking about waiting to find out more about the surprising and mysterious Ransom. Suffice to say, you’ll like him…a lot. Perhaps even in an unhealthy way. Let me just say this: I have NOT, I repeat NOT, spent an unhealthy amount of time watching bull riders on YouTube since finishing this book. No sir, not me.
I’ve heard a lot of people describe this book as a love triangle and while there are elements to the love triangle in this, it’s not your classic kind. Actually, I’m not sure you can expect to expect anything out of this book. It is surprising on many levels to say the least. It’s unlike anything I’ve read, well, ever.
I have never finished a Lynetta Halat book with dry eyes, and I don’t consider myself much of a book crier. But she just knows how to write a character that speaks to the reader’s soul. This entire book is just one long, nearly-Greek tragedy. So many missteps, so much left unsaid, so many things assumed, so many doubts. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I have a feeling that this series will go down as one of the best of this genre. 5 Stars.
Reviewed by Sara for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
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Posted February 8, 2014
* I received a free eCopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review *
Omg, amazing! Used is The. Best. Book. Ever. For starters, the first line of this book is a total attention grabber. There is no way to put this book down after reading it. But it doesn't end there. The author holds your attention and keeps you interested the entire time you're reading. It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a book. And I read A LOT.
These characters WILL work their way into your heart. There is no escaping it. You may as well resign yourself to the fact that it's going to happen ahead of time. If you love a book where you fall hard for the characters, ALL of them, then look no further. This is the book for you. I always hear people talking about the dreaded "book hangover" but have never experienced one for myself. Until now. What am I going to do for 2 more months until I can get more Greer and Denver and Ransom?! And Austin! I love Austin :)
This was my first Lynetta Halat book and I am now a fan for life. This book was so so good. I think I may re read it and that is something that I never do. Powerful, emotional, fantastic read. Everything that you could ask for from a book and more! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Posted February 3, 2014
Denver thinks she’s a slut. Everyone says she’s just like her mother. Her mother is a slut, she’s on husband number seven. Greer is Denver’s next door neighbor and only friend. He’s her best friend, with benefits that is. They play a game. The date other people but only have sex with each other. Denver wants to change her reputation. She doesn’t want to be known as a slut. She decides that college will be her fresh start without Greer. Greer won’t let Denver go. He follows her to college. While at college, Denver meets Ransom. They have an instant connection and unbelievable chemistry. Will Denver get her fresh start? Who will she end up with? Who will betray her?
This was a very well written, easy to understand book. I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. It gave me a book hangover for about a week. It was a great love triangle, had twist and turns, and the ultimate betrayal. Just when I was rooting for one outcome, I was totally blindsided. While it did have a cliffhanger, it wasn’t bad. I never saw the end coming. I can’t wait for the next book.
Posted February 3, 2014
ARC Was Given To Blog For An Honest Review
I am going to take a deep breath as I start this review. By now most of my followers know that character development, content and concept are huge for me when I read and review a book. While reading this book I struggled with being satisfied on these points.
The character development is very detailed in this story; the reader learns everything there is to know about the lead character Denver and her best friend, with benefits, Greer. These two have a long history together which normally is a good thing for me. This time I felt it was too much. I felt that there was a lot of time reliving the past instead of propelling the story forward. I would have been less frustrated with it if there wasn’t so much yo-yoing back and forth from present to past and back to present again. The other concern I had was the reasoning behind why Denver character was portrayed the way she was. I found it unbelievable. Denver comes across so strong and independent after being raised by a crap mom and sleazy stepfather. I understand that it was a mask so she could shield herself from hurt, but to me it did not make sense. I believe it is the going back and forth of the storyline that exacerbates my feelings on this.
The major concept of the story is that Denver thinks herself a slut. Rumors go around school that she is one and at some point she just goes with it, instead of fighting it which is far from the real truth. Greer is her friend, the boy that loves her like no other, and the boy she loses her virginity to, and who she will not commit to because she is wears that label on her sleeve that she has been given: slut. How she can be labeled a slut if she has only been with slept with one guy exclusively is beyond me. Greer‘s love is so strong that he is willing to have any type of relationship with Denver that she willing to give. He is willing to wait and fight for her if in the process even though he is continually used by Denver.
The reason she asked her best friend to pop her cherry is probably the one thing that did make sense to me. The irrational reasoning actually made sense and I believed it to be a smart one. I think she was pretty brilliant to figure out why she felt it needed to be done.
In the present, she goes off to college and is shocked when by Greer’s decision of joining her at her college hoping that she will give him a chance that their relationship could be mean something more. Just moments before she discovers Greer’s arrival, Denver meets a very sexy cowboy named Ransom and let me just say, Holy Hell is he hot! I could see his extreme alpha tendencies within the first few pages. I could as they say; “read between the lines” and found by the end my suspicions had been confirmed when it came to him. There is an attraction with these two and we only get glimpses of these two together, each hear rumors about the other and seem to give each other a wide birth a large part of the time. These two are not the main focus of book one and I really wish they had been. I was so over the struggle between the relationship with Greer and Denver at this point. It just seemed so repetitious and I wanted Ransom and Denver to become more of the focus.
By the end of the book, I was left so confused I did not know which way was up. Things happened with Greer to cause a huge rift between them but it seemed she was admitting she still loved him and could see her future with him. The events and truth that was revealed with Greer is crazy and I was very upset and shocked with him. I am not sure how I feel about him anymore. I know how I should feel but part of me understands why he did what he did. The other part he did I do not find his behavior acceptable and would never forgive him for. Then, all at once, Denver is confessing that she thinks she is falling for Ransom.
As my assumptions were beginning to be confirmed as to type of person Ransom was were true, I didn’t want to believe that this story was going to take the turn that it did I literally yelled out “REALLY? This is where this story is going?” This also makes no sense to me, Denver can’t even figure out who her heart belongs too. Let alone begin the type of relationship that she may be agreeing to have with Ransom. They both have a conversation that communicated a lot except what really needed to be communicated in regards to the slut thing.
The story is well written, it has interesting characters overall. I just did not get it and I think that may be a first for me. I can usually dig in deep and pull it out. I felt as if I was given the filler before we actually get to what this story is suppose to be about. I wish I could just come out say what I need to say, but that would put a major spoiler into the review and I do not ever do that. It just makes this particular review so hard and frustrating for me.
I really love discussing books with others that have read books that I have read or reviewed. This one makes me want to discuss big time. If you read it or have read it, Please contact me and let’s talk.
This is not a standalone book, it is part of a series, it is not a huge cliffhanger but it ends with lots of questions and has a continuation.
Posted January 24, 2014
I just love this author!! I have enjoyed all of her books and this one is another great read. I could tell from the title that the story wouldn't conclude in this book, and I hate cliffhangers lol. I'm happy that it didn't end as one though. I'm so glad that you took us through the characters lives and let us know what was going on with each one. I'm not sure if your making this a trilogy or more, but the possibilities are endless. I'm so glad we don't have to wait 9 months or a year for the next book. I'm definitely gonna lose sleep for awhile trying to figure out what's gonna happen between Denver and Ransom. I am so #teamRansom right now lol! This book was so worth the wait and a must read for EVERYONE!! You will not be disappointed, I promise. Keep up the great work Lynetta!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2014
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I never thought writing a review for a book that I adore and love could be so difficult. But I have to admit, I have had a lot of problems coming up with what I want to talk about first when it comes to Used and I have to be careful so as not to spoil this book for anyone reading the review. Out of all of the books I have read, this one just stands apart. Yes, there is a hot guy or several and yes there is drama. Denver has more drama in her life than I care to imagine and in those regards it is like several books I have read. But the story sets Used apart from the others. It can turn a city girl into a cowgirl with the turn of the page and make every cowboy you see turn into a Greer or Ransom in the blink of an eye. You suddenly will start seeing big black trucks and wondering who is behind the wheel and some of you will even have to Google what an eight track tape is…which of course will completely break my heart and point out once again how old I am… but if the track fits the scene, you gotta turn it up and ride with it!
So did all of that happen for me? Well, yes and no. I am a small town mountain girl so horses and cows really were nothing new to me; I’ve got several pairs of cowboy boots and hats to match. I think if I dig into storage, I could probably produce an eight track tape, but finding that black truck with the stereo to play it on may be a bit more difficult. I didn’t have to look up pole bending and I tend to think of myself as a small town girl trapped in the big city and cowboy butts do indeed drive me nuts. What Used did for me was something different, it took something I dearly love and turned it into an amazing ride.
Denver and Greer have grown up together. They know everything there is to know about each other. They are best friends and best friends with benefits. But Denver knows that she can never be what Greer deserves. She can’t do a relationship. But that’s the thing; Greer is so in love with Denver that it doesn’t seem feasible to him to not win over her heart. That’s why Denver has chosen to go to a different college than Greer. She wants him to be able to find what she can never be. But Greer is not giving up that easily. That’s why he follows her to school but she doesn’t know it until she is there and getting ready for her fresh start. A new beginning to become the person she wants to be without the reputation she has always held following her.
So one of the first people she meets when she gets to college is this amazing bull rider by the name of Ransom… The attraction is there between the two of them, but he is a man-whore. But really is Denver any better being a slut? There lies the problem… Ransom doesn’t want any part of a woman like her… but that attraction is there and no matter how much he wants to be away from it, it isn’t going anywhere.
So wait… so Greer is in love with Denver who is attracted to Ransom… oh my…
This book is a page turner and so hard to put down and yes, as I told the author, I had to put it down because of prior commitments and that crazy thing called a day job and I hated every moment of it. I wanted to consume this book and devour each and every word in it.
The thing about it is that you don’t have to like cowboys or the rodeo to appreciate this book. The characters will make you fall in and out and back in of love with each one of them. I loved each of the characters for very different reasons. I loved that Greer was so in love with Denver that he would do anything for her. I loved that Ransom wanted to protect her. I loved that Denver was a sassy girl who didn’t take crap from anyone.
I have so much love for this story and I am so very excited that there is more of it to come. For those of you worried now that I have added that last sentence, there is no cliff hanger at the end of the book, but there is definitely more of the story waiting to be told and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I am already getting ready to read this one again, it is THAT GOOD! No, it’s better.
Lynetta Halat has such a great writing style and it just captures me. I don’t want to put the books down and this one seriously drove me over the edge to actually do it… I was dying! I even had this great little set up at my desk so people couldn’t see me sneaking in chapters at work… Yes, that good.
I just completely adore Lynetta Halat and she amazes me more and more each time she writes a book. Her books are beautifully written and so full of love and character and completely balanced out with angst and heartache. But Used definitely sold me on a new standard of greatness. I am so in love with this book that five stars will never do it justice. This book deserves all 10 stars that I am going to give it. It exceeded all of my expectations in a good book and has set such a high standard for which all books must follow.
Whether it’s the eight seconds on the back of a bull or the time to beat in tie-down roping or digging in with your heals and making every turn count… this book had every aspect of a great read all between the covers. When you read Used, hold on to your hat and get ready for a great ride! It is a ten out of five star read and I CANNOT WAIT for more!
*I received a complimentary copy of Used in exchange for an honest review... and I honestly loved every moment of it!
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