Everything I've Never Had

Everything I've Never Had

by Lynetta Halat
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Everything I've Never Had by Lynetta Halat

Celeste Hebert has always appeared to have it all, but there are many things she's never had, been forbidden from having.

One night. One song. One kiss. The perfect trifecta to unleash the floodgates of a forbidden attraction between the widow and her husband's bad boy cousin, Adrian.

Celeste endeavors to rebury the feelings that surface after this one night since her powerful family despises him. Kindred spirits, best of friends they attempt to douse their attraction; however, Adrian always seems to know exactly how to push her buttons and may prove too much to resist.

Having defied his family by making his way on his own terms, Adrian struggles to regain their acceptance. When he meets his cousin's wife and wants her for his own, he feels he's finally lived down to the title-black sheep. But, when his cousin dies unexpectedly, Adrian fights his attraction and swears to honor them both by helping her raise her boys.

Finding himself enveloped in a cocoon of love and acceptance, Adrian knows it's more than just physical attraction. However, unforeseen events threaten to destroy those he now holds dear and his newfound peace.

Will the ties that bind them be their undoing?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492206088
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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. 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. She has followed that up with an adult romance in Everything I've Never Had.

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 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting storylines, 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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Everything I've Never Had 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5  Heat Rating:  SIZZLING! What if you gave in to a kiss you have been denying yourself for years, only to learn it was everything you have always wanted but never had?  What would happen?  Everything I've Never Had is Celeste and Adrian's journey finding out the answer to that question. Lynetta Halat writes such beautiful, emotional and heart-achingly wonderful characters, that their struggles, happiness and longings reach off the page and grab the reader.  Celeste and Adrian, what a pair!  I loved that from the very beginning of the story we know that these two are meant to be together, but they can't allow themselves to fall, so we are immediately thrown into this story seeing the tension and frustration. This unique journey of theirs is fascinating, the reader gets to peel back the layers of their complex lives to find out why they are forced to stay "just friends" and why it would be so earth-shattering to their everyday lives if they decide to give in to temptation.  I can't say more... Just READ this story!   The writing of Everything I've Never Had is so addictingly good that you find yourself reading just a bit more and then a bit more and then it is 2am and you are finishing the story with a sigh and a smile.  Lynetta does a great job grabbing your attention and keeping things moving at the perfect pace, making it so you can't put the book down (if you do manage to pause you will be craving more and you will be consumed with thinking about getting back to this book).  She excels at drawing you in and making you never want to leave these characters that you will fall in love with, cry with and rejoice with. There are many things about this book that I really enjoyed; the dialogue, the secondary characters, the sexual tension, the heart-tugging sweetness but my very favorite part was the romance.  This was truly a romantic book!  Adrian wins hands down, right now, in the most romantic book boyfriend department.  He paid attention, he knew Celeste and he was able to sweep her off her feet at times.  I will admit to sighing several times reading Everything I've Never Had at just how sweet and sensual it was (this is was a nice change of pace for me).  The letters!  Ugh, I died!  Lynetta Halat is truly bringing "romance" back into romance novels. Everything I've Never Had is a MUST read book for me, I adored it.  Lynetta Halat is a gem of an author and can make you cry, then laugh, then need a fan and then sigh in amazement at the power of love.  She writes beautiful stories about how it can be easy to fall in love, but it is the journey to keeping that love strong and staying in love, that makes a great book!  Run to Amazon and buy this book, you won't want to miss Adrian's blues or his talented guitar pick ;)
KendraAnn More than 1 year ago
Everything I’ve Never Had by Lynetta Halat is absolutely amazing! I literally couldn’t put this book down. I loved reading about characters that were a little bit older than the typical NA genre. Celeste Hebert (pronounced A-Bear) is a 37 year old widowed mother of 3 rambunctious boys. She was born to a wealthy, controlling family and had an arranged marriage to the son of another wealthy family of unrelated Hebert’s. The Hebert men have military backgrounds and refuse to lose control of any situation. After the death of her husband, Celeste tries to fight her attraction to her deceased husband’s cousin Adrian because he has pretty much been disowned by his family. The sexual tension between these two is crazy! I loved how Adrian stepped in and helped with the boys. Celeste and Adrian go through a lot of ups and downs and some majorly tough circumstances, but will their connection be enough to get them through their obstacles? You’ll have to read to find out! I HIGHLY recommend you add this to the top of your TBR list! ~Kendra with For the Love of Books
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
I hadn't heard too much about this book but it caught my eye. It wasn't a young crazy love story. It was a mature relationship story of friendship, sadness, strength, courage, passion, romance and finding true love. It had everything that you would want in a good story, strong characters, conflict, resolution and most of all a HEA!! I spent my day with it and wasn't disappointed....I just couldn't put it down without finishing. I have Every Rose in my to read list but keep skipping over it because many review say you will be emotionally drained. Well I am moving it up my list because Lynetta Halat is an amazing author and I can't wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read..  i loved every part
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hmmmm where to start on this book. Its was good. Not what I expected it to be, I went in thinking it was something else and got something else, but this story was good. Different from what I have read in other books. This was a story of wanting what you can't have, always worrying of what other think and expect from you, and sometimes you just have to say screw it and just see what happens.  "You're my life, my love, my heaben," I pause for a second before I give her words back. Her word that rocked my world. "My everything I'd never had," I whisper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars... The book was good, the storyline "meh". This book read like a PG 13 movie where the Main Characters were too lovey dovey, they good do and say no wrong, and the sex scimmed the surface.... It left you to imagine what they were doing and to where.... It was too clean and too perfect, so it made the story a little unbelievable... I like a good yummy rock star bad boy But, Adrian was too nice.... LOVETOREAD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a wonderful book!! Very sweet and romantic!! Loved Celeste & Adrian so much. Definitely a must read!!
ReadingRn14 More than 1 year ago
I don't even know how to explain the emotional roller coaster Adrian and Celeste had me on throughout the entire book. I was hooked from the first chapter, and stayed up reading through the wee hours of the morning. Adrian now has a coveted spot on my BBF list. Celeste was a very strong female character, and I really appreciated that, though how she held out for so long I will never understand!! Both of these characters seemed very real to me. I laughed. I cried. I got pissed off, too. If you liked Beautiful Disaster, you will enjoy this fabulous book. It is going in my favorites shelf to be read over and over again. I will be looking for more from this author. Wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Def. a buyer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lynetta did it again!!!!! AMAZING!!!!! The storyline and the characters in this book are so very well written. Adrian is so swoon worthy and Celeste is so strong. The relationship between Adrian and Celeste was very powerful! It was filled with so much LOVE, PASSION, TRUST, STRENGTH. I don't want to give anything away all I can say is it is a must read! Lynetta has a way of sucking you into a story and making you feel every part of it. I so can't wait for the next book!!!
Marias_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
I've come to the conclusion that Lynetta Halat is a freakin genius when it comes to writing emotionally captivating novels. In EINH she takes you on an unbelievable journey of forbidden love and heartache. It is written so beautifully that you'll be clinging to each and every word, completely enthralled and invested in this amazing story. I thought Every Rose was amazing, but Everything I've Never Had has completely blown me away.  The character development is perfect and obviously well planned out. The attention to detail and intense focus on story building is absolutely impressive. I think it's safe to say drama is the name of the game here. There are just so many obstacles (both past & present) put in the path of our main characters, and their strength & ability to carry on is admirable.  Ms. Halat has constructed them in a way that you can't help but share their joys, anger and pain. They literally leap off the page and become very real in your mind. I especially like the fact that their issues mirror those of the average person and it's not sugar coated to make the reader feel at ease. No, it's raw and highly emotional, its life at its best and worst. So make sure you have tissues handy b/c ugly crying may ensue.  I'm adding this one to my list of "If you only read one book this year…" along with Arsen by Mia Asher, so needless to say I HIGHLY recommend it.  I look forward to reading anything and everything this Ms. Halat comes out with.  On a slightly more serious note, Ms. Halat has tackled a very important subject that very few venture into. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's something that affects the brave men & women who fight for our freedom every day, who have sacrificed so much and have witnessed unspeakable acts of violence while doing so. She has done an amazing job of portraying this issue and I can only hope that reading this will open the eyes of many as to the severity of this disorder as well as instill a greater sense of appreciation for our armed forces. 
cookieblaz More than 1 year ago
WOW I loved this book.  Fate has a way of finding you. I did cry afew times, but it wasn't always sad tears. I love an emotional book, and this one is exactly that. A beautiful love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved Adrian. Why do girls always like the bad boys? Found this book by accident but so glad I did. Great read!
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
It’s no secret that I LOVED Lynetta’s previous book, “Every Rose”. It was just one of those books that captured me, and to be perfectly honest, it’s not let go yet. So, I was a bit trepidatious about reading a new book by her, since in the past I’ve been let down by an author’s sophomore release. I’m happy to report that there was nothing for me to fear! “Everything I’ve Never Had” is quite different than “Every Rose”, but it passes the test. Though, it has made me seriously have to re-examine my book boyfriend list, which I found quite unsettling, because Adrian is delicious with a capital D. In this story, we meet Celeste. Her husband died of cancer and left her to raise 3 boys on her own. Her husband’s cousin, Adrian, has really stepped up in their lives to help. He’s sweet, he’s caring, he’s good with children AND plays the guitar. Oh, and he’s Cajun, so he’s got that accent….I’m a sucker for an accent. *shakes self out of Adrian fog* Anyway, Celeste has always lead a regimented life, and her family is a large part of the reason why. Suffice to say, they’re not a normal family…and their secrets being revealed is a big part of the plot line, and personally, not something I expected when I started reading. Holy cow…it was like Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera mated and hatched this family! DRAMA! Ok, but seriously, back to my point! Celeste and Adrian have a very obvious and deep attraction for one another, but they both deny it for different reasons. Their relationship is SO angsty, which – let’s face it – is the reason most of us read this genre to begin with! You’ll want to slap Adrian; you’ll want to slap Celeste. You’ll want to kiss Adrian; you’ll want Adrian to kiss Celeste. You’ll want to throw your kindle across the room! So much ANGST! But oh, so worth it! The plot development and character development of this story is excellent. Of course, it is Lynetta’s characters that drive this book. Even with the supporting characters, you become caught up in their lives and what’s going on…you become invested. For me, there’s nothing better than getting into a book and really falling in love with the people in the story. And you will. Naturally, no Lynetta Halat book is complete without a plot twist, and this one is a doozie. But from it, in my opinion, is born the best part of this book. You’ll know it when you read it, because believe me, you need to read this. A 4.5 star book for me! Reviewed by Sara at Crystal's Many Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading the book I thought it would be boring. I didn't like the hero being younger than the heroine and the fact that the heroine was lead by her family desires for her, and didn't stand up for herself especially on her age. I persisted though and am glad that I did. the chemistry between the characters were so good, that I even forgot the difference in age between them. It was a fantastic book and I will be reading it again in the future. I'd have preferred the hero would have been older than the heroine because I thought him really mature for his age and that the Author had described the other characters. I'd like to know how Farah and Bonnie looked like, thats the reason I gave only 4 stars. 
Russell_Ade More than 1 year ago
Everything I Never Had deserves a standing ovation.  I was hooked on this book from the first page.  The story brought out more emotions than I thought possible from a book.  I cried, laughed, smiled, cheered, felt proud of characters...This story is simply amazing.  This story is well written and so realistic. Lynetta painted the military portion in such a realistic way...it really hit close to home. As a military member, she did me proud.   I'm anxiously awaiting her next book release. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know you have read a good book when you are looking for the protagonist wherever you go. That's how it i'm with this book. If you Adrian, please return it to me!!! I loved the way the history developed because it didn't seem like it was forced. I liked how you could see the evolution of the relationship, you can see the way Celeste doubts the relationship and the consequences of loving Adrian. In some book the characters jump into a relationship in the first pages of the book, and sometimes that gets boring because in real life (maybe it's only me) I don't jump into a relationship right in. You should get to know each other and have some fun and the decide if that he's the person you want to be with. Celest and Adrian had time to know each other, not under the ideal situation but time is time! Loved the way their relationship survived time and rought times. Adrian? My only thought about him is why I'm not Celeste? Maybe Lynetta put the wrong name and he's mine and not hers. But one of the most valuable things of the book was that you could feel so connected to his feelings. That kind of emotions aren't easy to describe and the author made a wonderful job. I really liked his personality and the way he treated Celest was spectacular. Another thing I really liked about the book was the ages of the characters. There aren't many books featuring adult life and I liked the way it was approached in this one. You could see that Celeste's life is a bit more complicated than the college girl's life and that can gives the book a more "human" side. But what I loved the most was how everyone stood up against her family, do that isn't easy and is more difficult when you already have kids and you depend of your family in a financial way. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me why I read.