SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
3.5 HEARTS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance
Denver Dempsey is happy to leave behind her hometown of Anaconda, Montana. After all being seen as the high school slut is no fun and being listed as a cast out for it is even worse.
To say that she could not handle it is an understatement she usually solved issues with her fist. Maybe I should say she defended herself with her fist, yeah, that’s more accurate. Backing her every step of the way is Greer, her best friend. The guy she also leaves behind after high school when she goes off to college.
“I’m giving you as much of myself as I’m able to, Greer” - Denver
While attending a party with her roommate Maggie; Denver spots the number one bull rider in the collegiate circuit and she sets her sights on him.
'My Rodeo God is a senior and getting ready to go pro. He’s got his arms folded so that his faded blue jean shirt is pulling tight against his muscles. His sleeves are rolled up, putting his tattoos on display...’ -Denver
It seems natural that she as the number one barrel racer and he as the number one bull rider should hook up right? At least…in her mind it does. Oh, and by hook up I mean just that, sex with no strings. When she finally makes her way across the room and speaks to him that desire solidifies.
Cue the butterflies. Massive swarms of them’ -Denver
His name is John Ransom 'buzz cut, tattooed, tall (for a bull rider) and built like a Mack Truck' When he spots Denver he immediately likes what he sees.
‘I’m convinced she’s the girl I want to break all my rules for.’ -Ransom
There’s just one problem, Ransom is not the only one vying for Denver.
Greer. Where do I even begin with him? Greer, is Denver’s best friend and he is also a friend ‘with benefits’ and he wants more. He loves her, always has always will. And all he wants is for her to give him a chance.
“Do you remember me telling you once that you’re the only one I see? If I let you go, I’ll go blind. I’ll see nothing, want nothing, be nothing.” -Greer
Greer is Denver’s golden boy, he was there for her when no one else was. He has seen her at her lowest points and defended her when she was mistreated even if it was against his own flesh and blood. They’ve been best friends since they were in diapers, and he has given her his heart knowing she has no idea how to truly care for it.
Now here is the thing you should know about Denver, she’s the girl with her middle finger to the world and has every right to be that way. She is the daughter of a whore and her mother’s sins seemed to have infiltrated in to her pores. Denver is a self confessed slut.
She claims it.
She owns it.
I am a slut.
Not just in my imagination.
Not just in my DNA. -Denver
‘A wrecking ball only goes the direction you send it. It was only fair that it had come crashing back into me full force.’ -Denver
Takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Yup, that’s Denver; this chick is a fighter yet has no clue of the strength she possesses. I am eager to watch her grow in to that strong confidant woman because in Used whenever she took one step forward she seemed to be pushed back three.
I wonder how long it will be before she removes the blockades.
I wonder what it will take for her to see herself more clearly.
Tread lightly, because everything is not exactly what it seems WITH ANY of these characters. Lynetta Halat does an awesome job with peeling the layers off of her main characters slowly. In the beginning she gives us a little past to present to let us catch up on what's going on with Denver.
I enjoyed reading about Denver, Greer and Ransom. I especially like how Halat allowed us to see things at the right moments. That peeling away of the layers process is what stood out to me the most in her writing, well that and..this one really hot scene *wiggles eyebrows* BEST DRY HUMPING SCENE EVAH!!!!!
FAVE LINES said or unsaid
'My golden boy.' -Denver referring to Greer
'I never knew slipping into slutitude would be so easy' -Denver
"You should run, motherfucker" -Ransom
" You've got an itchy trigger finger, and it happens to be resting on the self destruct button right now. I need you to step away from the fucking button Denver" - Ransom
My Sweet and Sour
My Sweet – Austin, I LOVE AUSTIN!!!! I really hope he gets his own book! The guy is hilarious!
My Sour - To my dismay there is zero character growth with Denver she struggled up until the end with herself loathing and I think Halat intended for it to be that way; this is a 3 book series.
Used is pretty steamy and has some twists that I did not see coming. I absolutely LOVED the secondary characters. Maggie and Austin kept my attention just as much as the main three. And Halat gave us just enough to want more. I would love to get to know Pete and Maggie in their own book as well as Austin. YES, MORE AUSTIN!
The writing was something I struggled with juuust a little, it took me a while to get in to the book. By a while I’m talking a good 35% before I was officially hooked in. And even then, Used was floating at the 3 star mark up until the last 30% for me, around then it became a 4 star book.
What I loved immensely and I know others will too… was the dual pov!
I’m very curious to see what will happen in the next book. In case you’re wondering..YES, I will be continuing with the series.
My Rating and Why
I gave Used 3.5 stars because Denver was a really hard chick for me to connect with. Not only that, I also struggled with her internal self hate battles that only seemed to progress throughout the book. That bugged me a bit, no…no it bugged me a lot. She continuously called herself a slut and just accepted it as a fact.
As a reader you clearly see that she is more. She is STRONG, KIND, SMART, CARING and very TALENTED. If only she could see those things instead of being blinded by the slut label.
Cliffhanger? SPOILER BELOW.................. The book ends abruptly. Not exactly in an ‘edge of your seat - omg - where is the rest of the page way.’ It just ends in a ‘to be continued - oh it’s about to get juicy kind of way.’ Hope that helps.
Characters- Lovable, Sweet and Sexy
Writing Style- Good
Plot/Storyline- Love triangle with a damaged girl who does not know her worth
Steam Factor- High/Very good on steam. On a scale of 1-10 I say 8 *GRINS*
Overall- I liked it!!!
My Recommendation : Check it out!!
Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!!
*ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review*