Friday, September 20, 2013

*BLOG TOUR* "Everything I've Never Had" by Lynetta Halat plus Review & Excerpt

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations.

Release Date: 9/2/2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blog Tour Hosted by: Angie’s Dreamy Reads


Celeste Hebert has always appeared 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?


My Thoughts:

When Celeste's husband passes away, the first person to step in to help Celeste and her three boys, is Adrian. Adrian just happens to be her deceased husband's, cousin, and black sheep of the family. He becomes a constant in their lives, and Celeste can't imagine life without him. She also knows that anything beyond their friendship would be impossible, because of who both of their families are.

"I know I'm not supposed to want him. He's my own slice of forbidden fruit."

One night.. changes everything. A stolen kiss, a "mistake", sends Celeste and Adrian for a loop. They quickly try to forget it happened, and make sure their current arrangement doesn't change. Friends, that's all they can be, friends who spend a ton of time together, friends who love eachother.. as friends.

"I know he cares about me and my children. He's been absolutely amazing to us since my husband passed. Could he see me as more than just a friend?"

But their emotions may prove to hard to get past. Especially when they keep finding each other testing limits, of emotion, and of boundaries. This brings everyone involved into a terribly tough situation. Can they both find a way to defy their families and be together? Is it worth it? How will the boys react? What kind of retaliation from the Family are they really facing?

And what do they do when a couple of crazy curveballs come flying at them?

And where do they go when a heartbreaking, true to life, situation hits them hard?

"It killed me. Killed me. I've never wanted a woman the way I want you. Never."

The story of this book is fantastic. Mother of 3, widowed, cue amazingly amazing cousin of husband to help her, then add in 3 of the cutest sons ever, I'm on it! Everything I've Never Had has a bit of a slow start, and I was wondering when something major was going to happen. But the second half made EVERYTHING worth it. A lot of what I was confused about, or was just mentioned in passing, gets explained further down the line.

Adrian goes above and beyond for Celeste and the boys, and they truly FULLY appreciate it. Those three boys made this book for me. They are funny, honest, brave, loving, and add so much to the story. They had me tearing up towards the end of the book with how accepting and adorable they really are. I haven't found a book until Everything I've Never Had, where the children involved throughout, to the point they really make the story even better. I think it's hard to integrate children in a genre such as this, and have it work out this well, and in that aspect Lynetta Halat nailed it.

Favorite Quote:

"And the things you make me feel - I thought I'd never been free to feel, so I don't regret us. I'll never be sorry for loving you.


Author Info

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, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to attain her 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 third book.

Author Links

Twitter: (@LynettaHalat)


—Everything I’ve Never Had by Lynetta Halat—
Sept. 2013
I consider exactly how truthful I should be with him. He was so truthful with me. I owe him that much, don't I? "Adrian, I don't need time apart. You're my friend and you're amazing with the boys. They love you. I would never deny them your presence. I just...I just need us to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I...I am attracted to you. I have been for a while. But that's all it is—a physical attraction." On these words, I see his eyes narrow ever so slightly. I turn my head quickly and vow, "I promise to control myself, though." I allow my eyes to find his again. "I don't want to lose you either."
He studies me for a minute. Just as I find myself about to squirm under his intense gaze, he releases me. "OK, Celeste, that settles that. Back to normal. We'll both behave. This physical thing between us will pass. No harm, no foul. Right?"
"Right," I say on a smile.
Standing up, he turns to go back to his mowing; but then he spins around and comes back to tower over me. My head flies up, my gaze searching. I open my mouth to ask him what's wrong, but he beats me once again.
"Celeste, just so you know," he says as he tilts my chin back further and runs his calloused fingertips up my cheek to tuck a strand of errant hair behind my ear. His hand curls itself along my jaw. "That kiss...that kiss was exceptional, and I'll never forget it. As I stand here and as long as I live, it was the best I've ever had, the best I could ever have."
Since my heart has lodged itself firmly in my throat, he's gone before I can speak or even form a coherent thought for that matter. Slowly, I shake my head at his retreating back. We'll never get back to normal if he keeps touching me and talking to me like that.
All rights reserved. Copyright Lynetta Halat 2013.

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10 ebooks of Everything I’ve Never Had

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