Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations.
Release Date: 9/2/2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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?
Adrian runs his hands up my arms and shoulders until they grasp both sides of my neck to tilt my head back so that I'm staring straight into his arctic blue eyes. I immediately start trembling, and it's not with fear. "Celeste, I'm begging you not to leave here looking like that. You look gorgeous, babe, but I can't sit here all night wondering who's hitting on you, who's imagining moving that scrap of fabric over to get a glimpse at what is..."
"What is what?" I breathe heavily.
"What is underneath it all." His brow wrinkles, and I feel his hands tighten their pleasurably painful grip. "What is underneath it all?"
"Just me, Adrian, just me," I breathe. "That's all."
"So everything then. Just like I thought." He removes one of his hands to run it up the back of my thigh. My eyes widen and I swallow hard.
"That's not a good idea," I whisper. His hand wraps all the way around my thigh, his fingertips coming to rest along the crease of my left cheek. My thigh pulses with fire.
"Why not?" His fingertips tease back and forth a little. Even though it’s a light touch, it feels like his calloused fingertips mark me.
"Why not? Look at us. We can't even have a civil conversation for everything that has passed between us, and you want to further complicate it. What you're doing will further complicate matters."
His hand stills. He exhales loudly and lets his head drop on my chest. "You do this to me. I don't act like this. That day in the park, watching you cross and uncross your legs. Throwing your hair over your shoulder. Laughing without a care in the world. Cheering me on like it was your favorite thing to do! It killed me. Killed me. I've never wanted a woman the way I want you. Never."
His words rain down on me like fiery drops of lust. I close my eyes and rewrite that memory. I thought he was just being an ass, but his unexpected anger was because he was yearning for me. I bite my lip, open my eyes, and shake my head. "It's just because you can't have me, Adrian. I'm nothing special."
"Oh, baby, you have no idea." He runs his nose up my throat, scenting me as he goes. I lean my neck back, giving him more access even as my brain screams at me to run—not walk—out of this room. But when he says, "You're everything to me." My head falls back even further and my eyes close again as I feel him slant his head and attack my chin, throat, and neck with closed-mouth kisses. I hear myself moan and give myself one more little jolt to try to spare myself from this delicious torment that will only end in frustration.
All rights reserved. Copyright Lynetta Halat 2013.
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.
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