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Now at first I was a smidge leery, love triangles do that too me. They have to be done right for me to enjoy reading them, they have to be done perfectly for me to love the book. I F***ING LOVE THE BOOK. Pardon my english.
Backing up. The beginning good third of this book is back story. We get a glimpse of the "now" and the "then" between Denver and Greer. This part is really really crucial. We get to learn so much about Denver during this time and actually experience what has shaped her and it helps build our emotions into this "non-relationship" between the two. Without this part the later part of this book would not have the impact it did. Further more, let me just say the Lynetta constructs such well crafted and multi-dimensional characters, especially in Denver, that you feel like you know this girl. It is as though she is someone you know in real life.
I loved the underlying theme of labels. Labels we place on others and labels we place on ourselves. Labels pigeon hole us all, trying to force many to conform to that which they are titled even if they don't fit the mold. Instead of just being a person who is who they are we try and force people into categories and judge them based off of where we think they lie. We become blinded to who the person really is and often only see their label. Used shows how labels aren't always correct, often are misleading, and not only that but how damaging labels can be to the people we place them upon. This is shown to us not just with Denver, but all the characters.
Okay. Taking a breath.
I was not sure what to expect but I got nothing like what I could imagine. I didn't know how much I would love Denver but I couldn't not love her. My heart broke for her and her situation. I pitied her, I shook her in my mind and screamed "You are not HER!". However, more than the pity I felt, there was pride in her too. She is strong, so amazingly strong and smart. Greer melted me every damn time. I Started reading and all I could see was this book going one way, one freaking way and I was okay with that. I accepted that direction from the start. I was intrigued by how the journey would be but I was enjoing it all the same. Ransom was holding a soft spot in me. I was confused, I felt a kinship between him and Denver. I felt the anger and hate that was directed at Denver, just as she felt it.
Then, THEN 67% in and my mind was F***ING BLOWN. Yeah, I need to use those words to describe this moment. I know it isn't normally me but I am riding a book high and it is just the emotion I am surfing.
I did not see it coming, the wind was knocked out of me, my world was rocked and suddenly everywhere I thought this story was going was totally not where it went.
My heart still breaks for Denver, I am still screaming in my head for her to say the one crucial thing that if she said no one would think anymore about the rumors.
Used was a powerful, touching, deep, and brilliant story that felt like a slow seduction with a sudden sucker punch; it will surprise you and leave you wanting more.
April can't come soon enough when book #2 , FREED, is released.
So did all of that happen for me? Well, yes and no. I am a small town mountain girl so horses and cows really were nothing new to me; I've got several pairs of cowboy boots and hats to match. I think if I dig into storage, I could probably produce an eight track tape, but finding that black truck with the stereo to play it on may be a bit more difficult. I didn't have to look up pole bending and I tend to think of myself as a small town girl trapped in the big city and cowboy butts do indeed drive me nuts. What Used did for me was something different, it took something I dearly love and turned it into an amazing ride.
Denver and Greer have grown up together. They know everything there is to know about each other. They are best friends and best friends with benefits. But Denver knows that she can never be what Greer deserves. She can't do a relationship. But that's the thing; Greer is so in love with Denver that it doesn't seem feasible to him to not win over her heart. That's why Denver has chosen to go to a different college than Greer. She wants him to be able to find what she can never be. But Greer is not giving up that easily. That's why he follows her to school but she doesn't know it until she is there and getting ready for her fresh start. A new beginning to become the person she wants to be without the reputation she has always held following her.
So one of the first people she meets when she gets to college is this amazing bull rider by the name of Ransom... The attraction is there between the two of them, but he is a man-whore. But really is Denver any better being a slut? There lies the problem... Ransom doesn't want any part of a woman like her... but that attraction is there and no matter how much he wants to be away from it, it isn't going anywhere.
So wait... so Greer is in love with Denver who is attracted to Ransom... oh my...
This book is a page turner and so hard to put down and yes, as I told the author, I had to put it down because of prior commitments and that crazy thing called a day job and I hated every moment of it. I wanted to consume this book and devour each and every word in it.
The thing about it is that you don't have to like cowboys or the rodeo to appreciate this book. The characters will make you fall in and out and back in of love with each one of them. I loved each of the characters for very different reasons. I loved that Greer was so in love with Denver that he would do anything for her. I loved that Ransom wanted to protect her. I loved that Denver was a sassy girl who didn't take crap from anyone.
I have so much love for this story and I am so very excited that there is more of it to come. For those of you worried now that I have added that last sentence, there is no cliff hanger at the end of the book, but there is definitely more of the story waiting to be told and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I am already getting ready to read this one again, it is THAT GOOD! No, it's better.
Lynetta Halat has such a great writing style and it just captures me. I don't want to put the books down and this one seriously drove me over the edge to actually do it... I was dying! I even had this great little set up at my desk so people couldn't see me sneaking in chapters at work... Yes, that good.
I just completely adore Lynetta Halat and she amazes me more and more each time she writes a book. Her books are beautifully written and so full of love and character and completely balanced out with angst and heartache. But Used definitely sold me on a new standard of greatness. I am so in love with this book that five stars will never do it justice. This book deserves all 10 stars that I am going to give it. It exceeded all of my expectations in a good book and has set such a high standard for which all books must follow.
Whether it's the eight seconds on the back of a bull or the time to beat in tie-down roping or digging in with your heals and making every turn count... this book had every aspect of a great read all between the covers. When you read Used, hold on to your hat and get ready for a great ride! It is a ten out of five star read and I CANNOT WAIT for more!
*I received a complimentary copy of Used in exchange for an honest review... and I honestly loved every moment of it!
Lynetta’s books are not for the faint hearted, you get messed emotionally every single damn time…. Denver is messed up big time, through no fault of her own….but I love her character, she is very unique, I have never be this choked up over a female character before, alot of people won’t like her character but I believe there need to be more messed up females in the books we read, they have amazing stories to tell.
Greer or Ransom?? That is the big question isn’t it…. I am team Ransom, I did love Greer but I think it is time to let her go, Ransom will be good for her…
LOVED AUSTIN….. Just sayin.. I hope we see more of him!
Lynetta’s stories take you on a wild ride of emotional turmoil and I love every freaking second on it!
Blown away by the ending… um hell yeh but I can not wait to see what happens next!!!