Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lynetta Halat

Used, Freed

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?

***Who Picked This? Was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Mag's 5 Star Review:5 Beautiful Stars! It Completely Owned Me!

Denver Dempsey has had an emotionally hard upbringing. Having money and things doesn’t always equal being happy and Denver learned that the hard way. With a mom who marries anything with money and a dad who left years ago, Denver never felt loved that is until she starts seeing her best friend Greer in a different light. Denver has a rough time around her little town and can’t wait until she can leave it all behind; the rumors, the judgmental stares, the whore mom, and even her best friend. Moving to college was suppose to be a time of new beginnings and letting go, but Greer decides to mess that up by following Denver and hoping for a second chance. That would be fine, if Denver didn’t have a weird connection with Ransom, a tattooed bull-riding cowboy, who may just have his sights set on her. 
Let me first start off by saying how much I loved this book. The characters were extremely well developed, the plot was a new and refreshing take on the standard love triangle, and any book with a tattooed bad boy has me hooked! I could not put this book down. I was hooked from the beginning and instantly fell for Denver and her personality. She is strong and vibrant, with a mix of sass added in. I felt for her in this book, and I wanted it to get better for her. I was complete shocked at more than one part in this book. The only think I didn’t enjoy about this book was I thought it went into the past too much, but in the end I see why the author chose to do that. You really need a good understanding of Denver and Greer’s relationship in order for the book to make such an impact. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series and highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a different version of the standard love triangle.


Truth. Pain. Freedom.
An awakening like no other.

When life is determined to buck you off, dig in and ride hard.

The bull. The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves. To survive, I have to face the truth. Easier said than done when it’s not all black and white. There’s the in-between, and this murky void is where I always tend to land.

The horns. Lies don’t always hurt. My lies protected me, but when they are exposed and I can no longer outrun the many shades of truth, I’ll be in for one hell of a reckoning.

The ride. From the outside, my life looks like one big adventure after another. But, there is no freedom in anarchy, and that’s the way I’ve lived my life. Until now. Until Ransom.

Denver Dempsey was a slut for oblivion. Now, she’s a slut for love. And it’s that kind of thinking that got her in trouble in the first place. Ransom awakens Denver in ways she never imagined, but when her true feelings send her reeling, will they catapult her into the arms of Greer—her ex best-friend-with-benefits? After never loving anyone, herself included, she now loves two. One kept her alive. One teaches her how to live. If they didn’t both love her … if hearts weren’t bound to be broken, it would be the stuff dreams are made of.

Will Denver remain locked up in the bullpen, or is she strong enough to open the chute and be freed?

***Who Picked This? Was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Mags 3 Star Review:

Denver Dempsey has always known she has her fair share of issues, her mom, dad, stepdad, and now Greer.  Denver never let herself love because with love comes feelings; feelings she doesn’t understand.  Denver was okay living her life until she met Ransom.  Ransom awoke feelings inside her she never imagined she could feel, but just because they were awoken doesn’t mean she understands them. 

In Freed Denver has a lot of things to figure out and with the help of Ransom she just might.

I loved how Lynetta was able to bring new things out of her characters in this book.  We learned so much more with every one of her characters.  They are all so much deeper than I thought they were in Used.  Denver, Ransom, & Greer all overcome so much in this book. 

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