09 September 2013

Everything I've Never Had Tour Stop!!

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?

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.

It’s no secret that I LOVED Lynetta’s previous book, “Every Rose”.  It was just one of those books that captured me, and to be perfectly honest, it’s not let go yet. So, I was a bit trepidatious about reading a new book by her, since in the past I’ve been let down by an author’s sophomore release.  I’m happy to report that there was nothing for me to fear!  “Everything I’ve Never Had” is quite different than “Every Rose”, but it passes the test.  Though, it has made me seriously have to re-examine my book boyfriend list, which I found quite unsettling, because Adrian is delicious with a capital D.

In this story, we meet Celeste.  Her husband died of cancer and left her to raise 3 boys on her own.  Her husband’s cousin, Adrian, has really stepped up in their lives to help.  He’s sweet, he’s caring, he’s good with children AND plays the guitar.  Oh, and he’s Cajun, so he’s got that accent….I’m a sucker for an accent.  *shakes self out of Adrian fog* Anyway, Celeste has always lead a regimented life, and her family is a large part of the reason why.  Suffice to say, they’re not a normal family…and their secrets being revealed is a big part of the plot line, and personally, not something I expected when I started reading.  Holy cow…it was like Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera mated and hatched this family!  DRAMA!  Ok, but seriously, back to my point!  Celeste and Adrian have a very obvious and deep attraction for one another, but they both deny it for different reasons.  Their relationship is SO angsty, which – let’s face it – is the reason most of us read this genre to begin with!  You’ll want to slap Adrian; you’ll want to slap Celeste.  You’ll want to kiss Adrian; you’ll want Adrian to kiss Celeste.  You’ll want to throw your kindle across the room!  So much ANGST!  But oh, so worth it!

The plot development and character development of this story is excellent. Of course, it is Lynetta’s characters that drive this book.  Even with the supporting characters, you become caught up in their lives and what’s going on…you become invested.  For me, there’s nothing better than getting into a book and really falling in love with the people in the story.  And you will.  Naturally, no Lynetta Halat book is complete without a plot twist, and this one is a doozie.  But from it, in my opinion, is born the best part of this book.  You’ll know it when you read it, because believe me, you need to read this.  A 4.5 star book for me!

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.

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  1. I Can't. Wait to Read this Book! It Sounds GREAT! ADRIAN sounds like serious book boyfriend material! SWOON! It is so nice to see a book where the characters are somewhat older and not always in their twenties. THANK YOU to the author for sharing your story with us and for this amazing giveaway!