Everything I've Never Had
Author: Lynetta Halat
Release Date: 2 Septemeber 2013
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Celeste Hebert has always appeared to have it all, but there are many things she's never had, been forbidden from having.
One night. One song. One kiss. The perfect trifecta to unleash the floodgates of a forbidden attraction between the widow and her husband’s bad boy cousin, Adrian.
Celeste endeavors to rebury the feelings that surface after this one night since her powerful family despises him. Kindred spirits, best of friends they attempt to douse their attraction; however, Adrian always seems to know exactly how to push her buttons and may prove too much to resist.
Having defied his family by making his way on his own terms, Adrian struggles to regain their acceptance. When he meets his cousin’s wife and wants her for his own, he feels he’s finally lived down to the title—black sheep. But, when his cousin dies unexpectedly, Adrian fights his attraction and swears to honor them both by helping her raise her boys.
Finding himself enveloped in a cocoon of love and acceptance, Adrian knows it’s more than just physical attraction. However, unforeseen events threaten to destroy those he now holds dear and his newfound peace.
Will the ties that bind them be their undoing?
ExcerptI consider exactly how truthful I should be with him. He was so truthful with me. I owe him that much, don't I? "Adrian, I don't need time apart. You're my friend and you're amazing with the boys. They love you. I would never deny them your presence. I just...I just need us to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I...I am attracted to you. I have been for a while. But that's all it is—a physical attraction." On these words, I see his eyes narrow ever so slightly. I turn my head quickly and vow, "I promise to control myself, though." I allow my eyes to find his again. "I don't want to lose you either."
He studies me for a minute. Just as I find myself about to squirm under his intense gaze, he releases me. "OK, Celeste, that settles that. Back to normal. We'll both behave. This physical thing between us will pass. No harm, no foul. Right?"
"Right," I say on a smile.
Standing up, he turns to go back to his mowing; but then he spins around and comes back to tower over me. My head flies up, my gaze searching. I open my mouth to ask him what's wrong, but he beats me once again.
"Celeste, just so you know," he says as he tilts my chin back further and runs his calloused fingertips up my cheek to tuck a strand of errant hair behind my ear. His hand curls itself along my jaw. "That kiss...that kiss was exceptional, and I'll never forget it. As I stand here and as long as I live, it was the best I've ever had, the best I could ever have."
Since my heart has lodged itself firmly in my throat, he's gone before I can speak or even form a coherent thought for that matter. Slowly, I shake my head at his retreating back. We'll never get back to normal if he keeps touching me and talking to me like that.
Celeste Hebert is a young widow with three boys that she loves more than life, she's also the dutiful daughter in a powerful and manipulative family. Her deceased husband's cousin, Adrian, makes everything a bit easier, he is wonderful with the boys and becomes her rock after her husband's death. But there's a powerful attraction simmering between Celeste and Adrian that they've both tried to ignore for too long.
Celeste has always done what she has to, she's a devoted mother and has always been an obedient daughter. One night she does what she wants to do, and kisses Adrian. I felt for Celeste, she's never been able to experience the kind of love and passion that she has with Adrian. She loved her husband but she was never in love with him. She has such a strong spirit, and deserves to find true happiness.
Adrian is, of course, delicious and sounds rather edible! He has loved Celeste since he met her, even when she was married to his cousin. He would never do anything to lose Celeste or her boys, so he buries his feelings for her, never imagining that they could be reciprocated. He's incredibly sweet, and protective of Celeste, and is always there for her. Plus he's a Marine and a guitarist....what a combination!
I loved Celeste and Adrian's relationship, they had one of the truest connections I've ever read. They were close friends for so long, but have always had that strong, underlying, physical attraction as well. When they finally give in to their lust, it combusts and a strong love emerges that refuses to be ignored. I just loved them together!
I was a bit confused by Celeste and Adrian's families at first, I didn't really understand why they were such a threat- then it all clicked into place for me. Celeste's family definitely don't want her to be with Adrian, and Adrian is hardly welcomed with open arms by his own family. I loved that they were strong enough to stand up to their families together, and fight for their love.
Some of the issues that were brought up were dealt with delicately and realistically, and it's at these times that Celeste's strength and will were really tested. My favourite bits were with the letters and guitar picks- I won't say more, so I don't ruin it!
There were also lots of secondary characters that I adored, and special mention has to go to Celeste's adorable sons! They stole the scene on several occasions and melted my heart.
Overall, Everything I've Never Had is rich and emotional, with a passion that burns hot and steady. I loved how Celeste never gives up on Adrian and they made such a beautiful family that it tugged on my heart strings. The epilogue finishes it off on a sweet note, that made me grin like an idiot.
*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!
About the Author
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, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to attain her 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 third book.
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