Sunday, 8 September 2013

Book Review ~ Everything Iv'e Never Had ~ Lynetta Halat


For as long as she can remember, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written countless stories and plays since she was a young girl. A teacher by day and an avid reader and closet writer by night, she has always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember; and her first novel, Every Rose, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. A self-proclaimed “Coast Girl,” she lives in Mississippi with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. She is currently at work on her second book. 

Celeste Hebert appears to have it all, but there are many things she's never had, been forbidden from having.

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?


The journey Lynetta Halat takes you on from Celeste's point of view is brilliant, i'm really emotionally frayed, this book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end, i'm a nervous wreck after finishing it, i'm happy, sad, nervous, scared and pissed all in the same breath. It is such an intense, emotional rollercoaster I can't even begin to explain. You must read it for yourself to have any idea of how I feel right now. Lynetta Halat's writing style is fantastic, she makes you feel like its you that is feeling the emotion, it makes you feel like you're there with them watching things play out. She paints the picture amazingly well. About 16% in she's in a room with a guy called William, he made my skin crawl and she only had a short interaction with him it was maybe a page and I wanted to take a shower just reading about him, that is how good she is. The sexual tension in the air is electric all the way through the novel, I need a cold shower or  two after reading it, Adrian is mouth-wateringly sexy and amazing and perfect even with his imperfections, I don't know how else to describe him. He just is. Celeste and Adrian are the best couple! Their interactions come so naturally to them they actually remind me of myself and my best friend in the beginning they're so comfortable around each other and can be totally themselves and that had me smiling and snickering to myself for the first 25% of the book. The rest had me loving them both more with each page I read, I wanted Celeste and Adrian to be happy and its pretty clear from the very beginning that they should be together but they're both stubborn as hell, However its so sweet and it feels genuine, the letters especially are just Oh My God! Sweet and sad and kind and wow. 
In my opinion Lynetta Halat is a literary genius. I LOVE THIS BOOK! 5 stars I couldn't have it any other way, I don't have one bad word to say about this book and the fact that she addresses something as common, but poorly understood as PTSD is wonderful, as people either don't understand it or they tend to ignore it and brush it under the rug but its not something that should be and I really love that she does make the reader aware of the symptoms and how to help someone with it, even though it is brief. 

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