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?
3.5 - 4 Stars
After the slight cliffy from Used…..I was really looking forward to this book. I truly needed more Ransom. *Needed* Do NOT read this review or book until you have read Used….because while this book review will NOT contain spoilers for Freed, it will for Used.
I imagine him standing over me, gazing down on me like he owns me……because he does. ~Denver
Denver has had a rough time of things; she had a horrible experience with Greer and has to honestly come to terms with what their relationship is….or isn’t. Finding that common ground that they can both accept and come to terms with isn’t exactly easy. They went from each other’s everything to each other’s friend, one that doesn’t necessarily talk to the other daily. Seeing this breakdown in their relationship has implications and causes a lot of heartache. I know that Greer loved Denver, but he messed up in the most epic way possible. He eventually got around to having a sit down with Denver and being able to explain to her everything he was thinking as it happened, and the after effects of what it caused. It was hard….and clear as mud, because nothing is black and white with Denver and Greer’s relationship. Nothing.
Thankfully she has a MAN in Ransom to lean on. Ransom is ALL man. All swoon and all sex appeal. He is the literal definition of HOT. I fell in love with him in USED and feel that he lived up to everything I thought he was in this book. Calm, cool and collected. Ransom truly was a solid rock that Denver had. He knew what Denver needed most in order to heal, but also knew when she had to learn a lesson as well. I love that he trusted her, but he was also there to protect her. He really was ALL man and protector and alpha and and and….
I revel in the fact that Ransom has always known what I needed—when I needed tenderness; when I needed tough love; when I needed to be held and coddled. He’s pretty amazing like that. ~Denver
This book, to me, was the perfect book that showed growth in Denver and her personal life. We watched Denver and Greer try to repair what was left of their friendship and we got to see Denver grow and try to come out of her shell. Ransom was really good for her and he helped her immensely.
To trust someone with all that I am, and willingly give them the power to destroy me? Sounds ludicrous for someone like me since I’ve never allowed anyone that close—not my parents, not my former so-called friends, not Greer—no one, ever. ~Denver
Denver and Ransom are really getting closer and their relationship is progressing along quite nicely. We found out in Used about his ‘preferences’ and what he needed in a relationship….and I enjoyed that side of it. Denver and Ransom explore his “likes” and we learned right along with Denver how he liked things. We also got to see her come into her own and learn the way that he likes to do things, and she seemed to really enjoy that side of ‘pleasing’ Ransom. She had to learn the very definition of trust just to allow herself to give her whole heart to Ransom.
How is it that I trust him more than I’ve ever trusted anyone in my life, yet barely even know him? ~Denver
Ransom won’t allow Denver to give herself to him fully until he feels she is ready…..and the playing they do?? Holy cow, there were some hot scenes of the two of them together. He really showed restraint and gave as much as was needed by Denver. I really loved the way he helped her ‘see’ things and learn things. He was so patient and so understanding. I saw a comment online that he is being referred to as the “Baby Dom”, and that description couldn’t be any more accurate.
“I want your willful submission, Denver, meaning you want that too with your mind—“ I trace my finger over her temple “—your heart—“ I tap her heart before flattening my palm over it “—and your soul.” ~Ransom
3.5-4 stars for this book that allowed us to see Denver come into her own and for Ransom to prove his worth to her. There was significant growth in every main character in this book. Greer grew and learned a valuable lesson; Denver learned trust and Ransom found what he had been searching for all along….in Denver. There was a HUGE revelation in this book that still has me questioning how everything honestly worked out, but it also made me look back at what I had previously read and analyze it for what was said and how it was implied. HUGE game changer…..I was completely and utterly blown away.
Have you ever seen a wreck about to happen and felt powerless to stop it? In the aftermath, everything you can think to do is not enough. Would it even make things worse? That’s how I’ve felt about my life over the last few years. I seized control over it using the only means I knew. Only, it wasn’t right. It wasn’t enough, and it made things worse. Then….John Ransom. His name is an entire sentence. He’s the first one the scene, the Jaws of Life, and the medic. He knows just what to do, and not only that, he’s good at showing you what to do, too.
I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. I’m not one of those girls who thinks she’s too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy … no, I don’t have that kind of luck. I’m the girl who knows she’s just right for everyone. — Denver
A reputation as a manwhore–with–a–heart–of–gold tends to precede me. But, I don’t 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 … more. — 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. — 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 … even if that means leaving her “best friend with benefits” 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?
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About the author:
Since the dawn of time, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written innumerable stories and plays. A lover of good books, bad boys, and kickass tunes, she'd always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember. She also has a secret penchant for wringing the emotions out of unsuspecting readers, and she collects reader's tears in much the same way that wine connoisseurs collect their favorite vintage.
Her first novel, Every Rose, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing, effectively burrowing her way into the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. Everything I've Never Had was her follow-up adult romance novel. Now, she has penned Used, a New Adult Romance that she hopes sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go.
Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.
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