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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, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a 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 second book.
on Sep. 18, 2013 :
I've come to the conclusion that Lynetta Halat is a freakin genius when it comes to writing emotionally captivating novels. In EINH she takes you on an unbelievable journey of forbidden love and heartache. It is written so beautifully that you'll be clinging to each and every word, completely enthralled and invested in this amazing story. I thought Every Rose was amazing, but Everything I've Never Had has completely blown me away.
The character development is perfect and obviously well planned out. The attention to detail and intense focus on story building is absolutely impressive. I think it's safe to say drama is the name of the game here. There are just so many obstacles (both past & present) put in the path of our main characters, and their strength & ability to carry on is admirable. Ms. Halat has constructed them in a way that you can't help but share their joys, anger and pain. They literally leap off the page and become very real in your mind. I especially like the fact that their issues mirror those of the average person and it's not sugar coated to make the reader feel at ease. No, it's raw and highly emotional, its life at its best and worst. So make sure you have tissues handy b/c ugly crying may ensue.
I'm adding this one to my list of "If you only read one book this year…" along with Arsen by Mia Asher, so needless to say I HIGHLY recommend it. I look forward to reading anything and everything this Ms. Halat comes out with.
On a slightly more serious note, Ms. Halat has tackled a very important subject that very few venture into. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's something that affects the brave men & women who fight for our freedom every day, who have sacrificed so much and have witnessed unspeakable acts of violence while doing so. She has done an amazing job of portraying this issue and I can only hope that reading this will open the eyes of many as to the severity of this disorder as well as instill a greater sense of appreciation for our armed forces.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2013 :
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Heat Rating: SIZZLING!
What if you gave in to a kiss you have been denying yourself for years, only to learn it was everything you have always wanted but never had? What would happen? Everything I've Never Had is Celeste and Adrian's journey finding out the answer to that question.
Lynetta Halat writes such beautiful, emotional and heart-achingly wonderful characters, that their struggles, happiness and longings reach off the page and grab the reader. Celeste and Adrian, what a pair! I loved that from the very beginning of the story we know that these two are meant to be together, but they can't allow themselves to fall, so we are immediately thrown into this story seeing the tension and frustration. This unique journey of theirs is fascinating, the reader gets to peel back the layers of their complex lives to find out why they are forced to stay "just friends" and why it would be so earth-shattering to their everyday lives if they decide to give in to temptation. I can't say more... Just READ this story!
The writing of Everything I've Never Had is so addictingly good that you find yourself reading just a bit more and then a bit more and then it is 2am and you are finishing the story with a sigh and a smile. Lynetta does a great job grabbing your attention and keeping things moving at the perfect pace, making it so you can't put the book down (if you do manage to pause you will be craving more and you will be consumed with thinking about getting back to this book). She excels at drawing you in and making you never want to leave these characters that you will fall in love with, cry with and rejoice with.
There are many things about this book that I really enjoyed; the dialogue, the secondary characters, the sexual tension, the heart-tugging sweetness but my very favorite part was the romance. This was truly a romantic book! Adrian wins hands down, right now, in the most romantic book boyfriend department. He paid attention, he knew Celeste and he was able to sweep her off her feet at times. I will admit to sighing several times reading Everything I've Never Had at just how sweet and sensual it was (this is was a nice change of pace for me). The letters! Ugh, I died! Lynetta Halat is truly bringing "romance" back into romance novels.
Everything I've Never Had is a MUST read book for me, I adored it. Lynetta Halat is a gem of an author and can make you cry, then laugh, then need a fan and then sigh in amazement at the power of love. She writes beautiful stories about how it can be easy to fall in love, but it is the journey to keeping that love strong and staying in love, that makes a great book! Run to Amazon and buy this book, you won't want to miss Adrian's blues or his talented guitar pick ;)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 04, 2013 :
Everything I’ve never had is not what I expected it would be. I anticipated amazing love story about burning feeling that eats you alife, but I got something entirely else and now I’m not really sure what to think about it. This novel can easily mesmerize and is definitely beautiful, but I felt the need for something more. I loved and admired most of the book, but something was poking me in the head, telling me there needs to be something more and fortunately last 100 pages had this „it”.
Celeste lost her husband, now she’s left with three boys to take care of. Fortunately her husband’s cousin Adrian is there to help her. The way he takes care of her and her children, the way her body acts around him, the way she feels toward him is forbidden. How can she feel attraction toward Adrian, the best friend of her dead husband?
One night they share passionate, sizzling kiss that seals they feelings. Both of them lust for each other, but if it’s only lust should they jeopardize everything? They agree to not act on their feelings, but when sexual tension is thicker and thicker and their love for each other grows, it’s harder to say no.
I really enjoyed few first chapters of Everything I’ve never had, they were everything I thought they would be full of sexual tension, love and longing. After that things started to go in other direction, which worried me, only to change all plot in the last 100 pages.
The things I loved were heartwarming, sexy and extremely passionate. I adored Celeste and her strength to fight for her family. The magnetic pull between Celeste and Adrian is straight from fairy tale. They share explosive chemistry that easily pulled me into the story. Sex was amazing. And writing really could touch you. Adrian was the sweetest, the sexiest man I’ve read about in long time, and the way he takes care of kids made my motherly instinct kick in with full force.
So what was my problem?
I waited for something explosive, something that would make me surprised and go all gaga over it, but it did not happen. I enjoyed reading EINH, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t totally satisfied me. Fortunately last 100 pages make me give it few brownie points more.
This story is definitely expceptional and beautiful, because every romantic journey like that is enthralling. I was touched in places I never thought existed, but my hideous greedy monster was bawling with need for more and I can’t argue with him, because then he’s making me hate myslef and every book I pick up don’t do it for me. So my rating will be 3.5 stars (shsh!! You dirty monster. He wants me to give it only 3 stars.)
(reviewed the day of purchase)