Title: Used (Unlovable #1)
Author: Lynetta Halat
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
SynopsisI 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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“She’s, at best, a fuck buddy. However, I prefer the term ‘whore.’ Fuck buddy is far too nice a term for the likes of her,” a catty voice cracks from behind me.
I take a deep breath and look up at the ceiling, saying a little prayer that maybe the venomous voice isn’t referring to me. I thought I left all that behind in Anaconda. We’d been here for all of three days, so it’s highly probable they’re not talking about me, right? Looking back down, I continue pouring Jack in my Solo cup, surpassing the line that is recommended for liquor.
“Yeah, so apparently, she’s got some serious issues and doesn’t ‘do’ relationships. So, she puts out for her guy friends whose girls are too good to give it up. That’s her idea of a relationship.”
“Really? That’s kinda gross,” I hear the other girl mutter.
Sonofabitch! I groan. Yep, they’re talking about me. I splash a little bit of Coke in my cup and stick my finger in to stir it around a little. Tears spring to my eyes, and I berate myself for still having feelings and giving a shit what people think about me. Years of dealing with this crap should have made me immune, but I really hoped college would be different. And how the hell do they even know about that shit? Strengthening my spine, I turn and give them a beguiling smile, which causes them both to blanch. Yeah, bitches, you’ve no idea who you’re dealing with.
“Ladies,” I say with a quirked eyebrow. Removing my finger from the drink, I place it in my mouth and suck off the excess. With a pop, I release it. “I see my reputation precedes me. Well, let me just reassure you that I’m very good at what I do. When you won’t give it up for your guy, he’ll be looking me up, and I’ll be more than happy to take care of him. No questions. No strings. Just lots of meaningless … hot … sex.” I peer around them with a searching look. “Are they here? Your boyfriends?” I look back at them innocently. I almost snort at their mutual expressions of surprise and disdain. “Or,” I continue, “are the sticks up your asses enough so that you don’t need a man?” Both of their mouths drop on that line. Yep, gets ‘em every time. “Oh, no judgment here,” I vow. “I totally get not wanting to be tied down to any one Dick … or Tom … or Harry.”
My Review: 4 1/2 starsThis book did not end the way I thought it would. Nothing went as I thought it would. This book brought up so many twists and turns and the one at the end? Damn. I started off this book firmly believing that Greer and Denver were meant for each other and the more I read, the more I thought that. Until Ransom was introduced. Let me say that no one of the three is perfect. They all make mistakes. There were so many things that happened to all three of them that made me change my mind about things. First, in my opinion, Greer did a few things that were unforgivable, things that may have had an impact on how Denver saw herself, and one that most certainly did. Denver's "golden boy", at least for me has been tarnished and there is no forgiveness for what he has done. Second, Ransom totally stepped up and did the unexpected as far as Denver was concerned. I know that doesn't make any sense to you right now, but it will. He is a man who knows what he wants and says it clearly (that's a really good part, BTW). He also, in my opinion, is good for Denver, mentally as well as physically. So as of right now, I'm Team Ransom and I don't see that changing. But hey, I could be wrong. I don't know what's going to happen next. All I know is that both Denver and Ransom are doing a little exploration, and I'd like to see where that goes. Third, again in my opinion, Denver is not a slut. It's all about perception. People see what they want to see when they hear certain things about people. Also, if you hear something enough, you come to believe it yourself, especially if you don't have a great self-image. That's Denver, she is perceived completely wrong, and after hearing it so often, embraces what she's heard and what she's been told. I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers, but this one leaves you wanting more. A lot more. At least it did for me. This is the first book I've read from Lynetta, but it most certainly won't be the last. This woman knows how to write a story that keeps you on the edge and keeps you guessing. Her characters are vibrant, funny, broken a little, and imperfect, but those are the things that make them likeable, some even loveable. I really can't wait for the next book in the series to come out!