Series: Unlovable #2
on May 5th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Truth. Pain. Freedom. An awakening like no other.
When life is determined to buck you off, dig in and ride hard.
The bull. The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves. To survive, I have to face the truth. Easier said than done when it's not all black and white. There's the in-between, and this murky void is where I always tend to land.
The horns. Lies don't always hurt. My lies protected me, but when they are exposed and I can no longer outrun the many shades of truth, I'll be in for one hell of a reckoning.
The ride. From the outside, my life looks like one big adventure after another. But, there is no freedom in anarchy, and that's the way I've lived my life. Until now. Until Ransom.
Denver Dempsey was a slut for oblivion. Now, she's a slut for love. And it's that kind of thinking that got her in trouble in the first place. Ransom awakens Denver in ways she never imagined, but when her true feelings send her reeling, will they catapult her into the arms of Greer-her ex best-friend-with-benefits? After never loving anyone, herself included, she now loves two. One kept her alive. One teaches her how to live. If they didn't both love her ... if hearts weren't bound to be broken, it would be the stuff dreams are made of.
Will Denver remain locked up in the bullpen, or is she strong enough to open the chute and be freed?
ÔÇ£Well, that right there proves you have morals and a conscience. You fucked up. Greer fucked up. It doesnÔÇÖt make you a bad person. It makes you flawed and human.ÔÇØ
Wow! Oh my God! NOOOO! Please! I canÔÇÖt be done with it already! Yes, this is me screaming as I am reading the last sentence of this novel. I guess it is obvious, but I am devastated that Denver and RansomÔÇÖs journey has been told and IÔÇÖm left with fond memories that I have a feeling will be front and center for a while. I am absolutely, and irrevocably, in love with Ransom, and Denver, and Austin, and, dare I say it; Greer! This book, for me, is pure perfection.
ÔÇ£You found places in me that were hurting ÔÇô some places I didnÔÇÖt even realize were damaged ÔÇô and you have set me on the path to healing them.ÔÇØ
We have met Denver in the first installment of the Unlovable Series by Lynetta Halat. We have learned about her damaging past, the mental abuse through neglect by her parents and the hurtful rumors that have been spread about her. All of this negativity has formed Denver into a person with massive self-doubts, a very askew self-perception, basically no self-worth, topped off with self-destructive tendencies. Despite all this, we also meet a very strong young woman, who follows her dreams of becoming the best barrel racer there is, who is also hard-working, dedicated, honest and outspoken.
ÔÇ£I was so foolish. Instead of helping me cope with what was happening around me, it catapulted our relationship into a viscous cycle of suspicion and blame and hurt.ÔÇØ
We learn about all of her mistakes, faults and misfortunes in ÔÇÿUsedÔÇÖ, we saw her fall, we saw her devastated, broken, hurt, but we also witnessed how she was able to pick herself up again by accepting the help that has been offered. In ÔÇÿFreedÔÇÖ, the sequel, we get to see DenverÔÇÖs mental growth and development as a character. She not only realizes where she went wrong trying to cope with her near-rape experience and the damage this way of coping subsequently caused her relationship with Greer. With RansomÔÇÖs help she is able to finally see herself for who she really is, not for whom others have made her out to be. She is able to accept herself, trust herself and others and ultimately this made her capable of letting love and friendships into her life without trying to blemish them. Her development is astounding and the way Denver as a human being and as a character grows throughout the book is mesmerizing and compelling.
ÔÇ£I love you ÔÇª You love me too. And as long as thatÔÇÖs our truth, you can have all the time you need, Denver.ÔÇØ
Ransom becomes more amazing and swoon-worthy throughout this sequel. I fell in love with him right alongside Denver and was impressed about his patient and understanding nature, especially when it comes to Denver and her insecurities. He seems to know exactly what she needs, even before she knows it herself. It is also fascinating to see how he explores his dominating tendencies in the bedroom with Denver and the trust they build. Ransom and DenverÔÇÖs chemistry is explosive and scorching hot. We also finally learn about RansomÔÇÖs past and especially his relationship with his father and how that shaped him as a person.
ÔÇ£He can be my forever friend. The one you donÔÇÖt have to share every single thing with, but when you come back together, itÔÇÖs like not time has passed, and you pick up where you left off. IÔÇÖve heard about those. It sounds nice.ÔÇØ
Last, Lynetta Halat also manages to pretty much redeem Greer and his actions in my eyes. It doesnÔÇÖt justify what he did, mind you, but after reading ÔÇÿFreedÔÇÖ I am able to understand where he is coming from and the reason behind his actions, no matter how misguided. The fact that he is struggling more with what happened than even Denver shows how deep his remorse runs. It nearly destroys him. IÔÇÖm sure his story has not been fully told yet and I canÔÇÖt wait to read a book about Greer and his path to redemption and happiness.
ÔÇ£I havenÔÇÖt said those words since I was a little kid.ÔÇØÔÇªÔÇ£ HowÔÇÖd it feel?ÔÇØ ÔÇª ÔÇ£Freeing.ÔÇØ
This book, for me, is the perfect conclusion for Denver and RansomÔÇÖs story. It is not only wonderfully written it also answers all the questions that have been left unanswered after reading ÔÇÿUsedÔÇÖ. The development the characters undergo gives them incredible depth as humans and the fact that they are far from perfect makes these characters approachable and very reliable to me as a reader. This book of forgiving, oneself and others, and finding the capability to love is going to be with me for a very long time, IÔÇÖm sure. The story and characters have captivated my heart and I doubt theyÔÇÖll ever give it back completely. Therefore, I highly recommend Lynetta HalatÔÇÖs captivating Unlovable series!
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)