Friday, June 28, 2013

Every Rose by Lynetta Halat (+Giveaway)

rating 5/5 stars

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What do you do when you realize you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love?
Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend's artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self.  This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina into a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could've been.

Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can't stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realizing his lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl.

Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.

Our review:

*Warning: If/when you read this book have tissues with you*

Honestly I have no idea what to say about Every Rose. I hated and loved it at the same time. As I am writing this review I cry like a baby. I hated the end. I  don't understand how the author did that and why. Couldn't see let them live happily after everything? Why?

I loved Michael so much. He was sweet, romantic and everything you could have asked. Yes he had his flaws but he had already won me over so I didn't mind. Do you know what made me love him? The fact that he declared that he was going to marry her even though he didn't even knew her that well. How determined was to convince her that he was the one for her. How he tried to be a better person for her. I loved his roses and everything about him.

Lorraina wasn't my favorite person in the beginning but after seeing her reasoning and how she changed with Michael I started liking her more and more. I felt sorry for her in the end.

If you don't want to read a book without a happily ever after don't read this. I wish someone had warn me. I wouldn't have the book if I knew what will happen in the end. I know that this is a silly reasoning but when I read a book I want a HEA. 

The writing was very good and I liked the story and the way it was unraveling. I thought that I should give the book a 3 star rating because I didn't liked the end but then I thought that it deserves 5 because it made me connect with the characters, it made me to want to read what's next and it made me care about the fate of the characters. So, that's what I thought about the book. You should read this too. Just remember to have tissues next to you. Lots of them.



Michael shakes his head and grins at me. I fight the sudden urge to run my hands through that silky midnight hair of his. “Always so quick to label and categorize.  I guess that’s what will make you an excellent attorney. Assess. Label. Categorize. Add up the W’s. ” He leans in a little and whispers, “How about we just go with the flow? See where it leads us. Label later?” He raises his brows, offering my type-A dominant personality a direct challenge.

Caution to the wind, very atypical for me, I reply, “OK. I’m up for it.” Challenge accepted. “You?” Challenge returned.

“You bet, Lorraina,” he rasps softly.

He leans into my door and places his hands on top of mine. I’m suddenly quite anxious and ever so grateful for the door between us. My hands get clammy and my heart races. Blood races and pounds in my ears, making me feel very much awake now. One hand moves up to brush my hair from my forehead and moves down feather light until his knuckles brush across my cheekbone and lips. He pulls his thumb slowly across my lips. It’s excruciating. It’s exquisite.

Both of his hands come forward to frame my face gently, and he pulls me in for a kiss. A too quick kiss. It’s over before I realize it’s even begun. He gives me a half smile and turns and walks away.
“Michael!” My voice barely sounds human. More animal in nature. It’s raw with ache.

He turns and takes two long strides back to me. This time when he grasps my head it’s anything but gentle. He pulls my lip in and nudges my lips open with his. All rational thought escapes me. I mirror his grasp and enjoy the fullness I feel with him in my mouth. I give as good as I get. This kiss is nothing like our two before. I savor it.

When he turns to walk away, I release a long pent up breath. If he would’ve looked back, he would’ve seen that I was the one on my knees now.

Author Bio:
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

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