Wednesday, February 5, 2014

USED Blog Tour with Review, Giveaway and Promo

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Title: Used (Unlovable #1)
Author: Lynetta Halat
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Series: Unlovable
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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My Review 
★ 5 Out of This World Stars
February 1. 2014

I don’t know how Lynetta keeps doing this, but she has Amazed me once again. No review can do this book justice, it’s just impossible. Every one of her books wraps it’s tendrils around you and USED was no different. I actually find it ironic how much I loved this book considering how the blurb sort of scared me. Not one for promiscuous character, I should have known better than to ever doubt Lynetta, as if she could ever write something bad. Sure, Denver may not be the quiet, demure girl next door but she is a remarkable character with flaws like the average person and self-esteem so torn it’s no wonder she sees no other avenue for her life to lead.
“Will he write my name on his notebooks, doodling little hearts around it? He certainly has doodles his name all over my heart.”-Denver

USED was a remarkable read. From the beginning you are immersed in this world that everyone may not agree with but we all can understand in a way why and how Denver’s life got so out of control. In many ways you have to ask yourself, can we really blame her? In fact for someone who deems herself a Slut, I in fact found her the total opposite. Sometimes it’s easier to let people see what they want and make them happy then let them make their own assumptions. I found Denver very respectable. She’s honest and though she hides it, she’s a good person with a kind heart. Just the way she is with her horses is cause enough to like her, not to mention her fabulous taste in classic rock.  And to be clear, I don’t think Denver is a SLUT, in fact I think she’s far from it, but that’s all I say about it, for spoiler sake.
“God I want him. When he sings about your favorite sin doing you in, I fight the urge to throw down my mike, drag him off stage, and show him sin in the best possible way.”-Denver
If this book was a sport it would be a touchdown and a grand slam worthy of an Olympic medal. And it’s not even done… I’ll admit I was livid at the end of the book. Lynetta is known for not writing cliff-hangers and in my eyes this totally ends on one, throw in a love triangle and I was all out of sorts. Total USED hangover in progress. As a self-proclaimed HATER of cliff-hangers I digress, I’m not mad, I’m flipping anxious. There’s so much left for Denver, Greer and Ransom that I can’t wait too long.
One of the best things I found about USED was the characters. Denver may not be a character everyone can relate to, but she’s more real than most lead heroines we read about. Denver has depth and an inner fight that she rarely feels she deserves. Towards the end of USED I felt Denver was finally becoming more herself, even just learning who she is. You can’t put Baby in a corner and she’s got nothing on Denver. Only problem for Denver is, she’s continually put herself in that corner and now that she knows she worthy of more, I can’t wait to see the real her Emerge.
“Sometime our first love isn’t meant to be out last.”-Denver
I don’t want to focus too much on the storyline of USED. From the blurb and many reviews I’m sure it’s easy to make assumptions about whether someone would like or dislike this book but yet I argue this is one that needs to be experienced. Sure we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover nor should anyone judge Denver, she’s as much right to exert her sexuality as all our Male Book Boyfriends. Denver is a unique individual. She’s lost in a world of her own creation, mainly from fear. She can’t see any other way to live or protect herself other than by being in control. Both Greer and Ransom challenge this belief and that just makes Denver more committed.
“He’s not just bossy.
He is domineering.
He is dominating.
‘How many shades are you?'”-Denver 
Can I just say I was not expecting the whole BDSM side to play a role in a Lynetta Halat book, but this girl can make the most erotic authors run for their money. I’m seriously giddy for all the Naughty we can expect in FREED. This is already one of my favorite books this year and I know it will be a series fave. Somehow there are so many plot lines happening in such a fundamental way that nothing becomes crowded or overwhelming. I cannot respect that more. Sometimes authors try to cram information down our throats, but USED couldn’t be any different, it’s like experiencing it yourself, everything is seen and felt, Nothing is TOLD.
Now to Ransom and Greer. It’s really hard to pick a side. Though, I can’t lie at one point in the book, it’s easy to change alliances and join the other team. Ransom is a cowboy fantasy come to life, chiseled, tattooed and dominating. Greer is Denver’s best friend and confident. He has always been by her side and it’s impossible to imagine her life without him. Unfortunately for Greer, he never puts his foot down enough with Denver, doesn’t assert his masculinity and I think a force like Denver needs a strong hand to get her under control.  When the pivotal moment occurs I can’t lie. I was equally worried, scared, enraged and fearful of what else this man could do. Just another way Denver proved her strength. This girl won’t let anyone or anything hold her back, damn the rumors or consequences.

Overall USED was just WoNdErFuL. I don’t know why I was shocked to have loved it so much, Lynetta did write it, but still, this book was powerful and even an inspiration. It tackles many serious issues and of course has an undeniable romance that will grab hold of every emotion inside of you. Be prepared to be changed reading this book but in the best way, no book will do after this. Now we all just have to hold our breath till FREED releases in April.
About the Author
author2Since 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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