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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

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Synopsis
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?

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About the Author
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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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Used (Unlovable, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't even know where to start! I went into this one somewhat blindly, not really knowing what it was about but getting the gist of it from the title. And what an absolutely fitting title it is. Lynetta Halat is one of those authors that I will read without hesitation. I don't need the synopsis, I don't need teasers, I don't need anything. If she wrote it I want to read it, end of story. As expected I was utterly captivated by Denver's story, from beginning to end I was completely hooked. 

The Prologue is only a couple paragraphs but it sets the tone perfectly and manages to grab your attention, as a good intro should. Right off the bat we meet Denver, a self proclaimed slut. Like mother like daughter, right? Wrong! Granted she has an unusual arrangement with her best friend, Greer, but he's just as guilty as she is. I refuse to let her take the blame. They accept their situation for what it is even though they both want more. Greer wants to love her like nobody ever has before, Denver wants to love him back but doesn't feel like she's good enough for him. It's heart breaking really, but beautiful at the same time because their relationship, or friendship, is so simple and pure. Their love comes from a good place, with good intentions but life is just hard sometimes. That's a fact Denver knows better than anybody else. 

Going away to college, (away from Greer), is supposed to be Denver's big chance to reinvent herself and shed her slut status. It's the perfect opportunity to start over and get herself on a more constructive path and far away from the rumors & the bad reputation she pretty much helped to propel. Why dispute the rumors? Own up to it and beat the gossipers at their own game right? Wrong again! Oh Denver, Denver, Denver (I'm shaking my hand as I write that). But then Greer shows up, and as the saying goes 'old habits die hard.' I'm not going to lie, I was Team Greer for a majority of this book. I was not the least bit smitten with Ransom, the manwhore bad-ass bull rider. Sure he's great eye candy and for a hot second I thought maybe Denver should test the waters a bit before giving herself completely over to Greer. But then Ransom starts acting all douchey and I was officially over him. 

And then the proverbial shit hits the fan. I can honestly say I never saw that twist coming and I've never been so emotionally torn over such a difficult situation. I mean it's not really difficult at all, it's actually clear as day but the circumstances surrounding it really just makes you feel like you're treading through murky waters. I'm so confused! Is it bad that I'm still Team Greer??? As much as Ransom started growing on me I just can't cross over. A tiny piece of my heart resides with Greer. It was great having the dual POV and getting a sneak peak into Ransom's thought process as far as Denver is concerned but I don't feel like we got enough of him to really form an attachment. Hence my love of Greer. 

I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. I cannot wait to find out how the story progresses. Fantastic writing combined with an unbelievably original and gripping story line makes this an absolute must read. I would 100% without a doubt recommend this book! Well done Ms. Halat! You continue to amaze me! 




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