Series: Unlovable #1
on January 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. IÔÇÖm not one of those girls who thinks sheÔÇÖs too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy ÔÇª no, I donÔÇÖt have that kind of luck. IÔÇÖm the girl who knows sheÔÇÖs just right for everyone. ÔÇö Denver
A reputation as a manwhoreÔÇôwithÔÇôaÔÇôheartÔÇôofÔÇôgold tends to precede me. But, I donÔÇÖt 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 ÔÇª more. ÔÇö 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. ÔÇö 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 ÔÇª even if that means leaving her ÔÇ£best friend with benefitsÔÇØ 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?
IÔÇÖm in love! This book is everything I hoped it would be and so much more! It has taken my emotions on a rollercoaster ride like few others. It is also nothing like I expected it to be and has thrown me for a loop more than once throughout the story. Reading the synopsis I have expected it to be the classic love triangle where a whole lot of cheating is going on. This isnÔÇÖt the case however. It is a different kind of love triangle and one I enjoyed immensely.
Meeting Denver Dempsey for the first time she appears to be a normal nineteen year old attending College and competing at the Rodeo circus as a barrel racer. However, after we learn of her past and what she has experienced, we realize that Denver is a girl with many layers and even after finishing the first installment I am pretty sure we still donÔÇÖt know every aspect of DenverÔÇÖs character. She has not only pretty severe self-destructive tendencies and self-hate but also blames herself not only for her own mistakes, but also for the mistakes of other people. This makes for a very compelling and intriguing character.
Away at College Denver meets John Ransom, a bull rider. Ransom is hot, sexy, edgy and mysterious. Believing some rumors about Denver after they meet and misinterpreting a statement she has made, instead of pursuing his feelings for her, he avoids her, tells himself he hates her and does everything to let her know that. A devastating incident then throws them together and while Ransom tries to help Denver he gets to know her better and is able to understand her needs to some extent. Even though he is the bad boy who seems to be unattainable, he is also a good friend, loyal and sexy as hell.
Further, we also meet Greer, DenverÔÇÖs best friend from home and former friend-with-benefit. He is the typical sweet boy next door, who tries to take care of the person he loves, but seems to be doomed to fail. In the end, IÔÇÖm not sure how I feel about him. On the one hand I feel sorry for him, but on the other IÔÇÖd love to beat the shit out of him for what he did.
This novel was not only amazingly well written; it also grabbed me by my emotions and wouldnÔÇÖt let them go. It has made me cry like a baby, hold my breath to see what comes next, it has had me grinning like a loon and laughing out loud in public. The range of emotion this novel has evoked is tremendous. Normally love triangles in a book are not my cup of tea and I more often than not avoid them, but this story has been more than worth stepping out of my comfort zone for and IÔÇÖm so happy I did! This story of trying to find oneÔÇÖs self-worth and confidence amid jealousy, rumors, fear and self-hatred is one of the best books IÔÇÖve read so far in 2014.
I cannot wait for Freed, the sequel. There are many open questions as to where this story will lead, the secrets that will be revealed and who will find redemption and forgiveness for their sins and I canÔÇÖt wait for them to be answered.
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)