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Everything I've Never Had (2013)

by Lynetta Halat(Favorite Author)
3.88 of 5 Votes: 1
1492206083 (ISBN13: 9781492206088)
Lynetta Halat
review 1: I'm not usually a fan of stories about forbidden love, but this one is achingly beautiful. The author does a great job of writing about the variable ways in which people have to be patient in love and show great strength and sacrifices. The first time they deny each other is because their families have other plans for who Celeste should marry and it's not Adrian. Then Adrian has to spent several months away to service our country. Finally Adrian suffers from what most men who serve suffer from, post traumatic stress disorder.It's tragic and beautiful. It's definitely a page turner. Do men like Adrian actually exist or must we only read about them in fabricated love stories? Adrian is every women's dream come true. I want my own Adrian. All the characters are amazing. The f... moreamily unit was wonderful and the children were great. I love that it was a story about people in their thirties with established lives. There were no insecurities to battle. Celeste was a strong and confident female and a take charge woman. I envy her.
review 2: 4.5 Stars Everything I Wanted to ReadI’ve read second chance romances, where the widowed wife attempts to love again but this story is a kind of its own. Celeste Hebert a 38 year old widow has her plate full, balancing life as a single mom of three sons who are gentlemen in the making, expectations of her family, sorting out her feelings for her deceased husband’s cousin as well as her best friend, Adrian. While Celeste has so much to cope with, her number one priority is to her sons. I was completely captivated by the family aspect Ms. Halat intertwines in the story. Celeste did not crumble and leave the boys to pick up her pieces, rather her strength thrived from her love for her sons.“You and your brothers are my heart, Archer, and I need you to be very careful with my heart, OK?”Adrian, 7yrs her junior and cousin by marriage, has been there every step of the way following the passing of her husband and offering a hand in caring for her sons. Although Adrian is younger, his sense of maturity and empathy are beyond his years. His loyalty and compassion for Celeste and the boys Archer, Paris and Finn is utterly heartwarming.“I can’t imagine my live without you or the boys.”As if his actions don’t melt your heart, Adrian is also a Marine (yummy man in uniform) whose loyalty for his brotherhood runs deeper than the ocean. Yet, still he recognizes the pain his occupation may inflict on Celeste and wants nothing else than to reassure her he will fight to return for them.The letters these two write while Adrian is on deployment brought tears to my eyes. I could feel their longing and sorrow from being separated yet their passion doesn’t fade and if anything gets stronger. Adrian also exchanges letters with the boys (you will turn to mush).Over the course of the journey that is this story, both characters struggle with accepting their feelings for one another. The chemistry is explosive which leads to a chain of reactions. Celeste has not dated in over 15 years and Adrian ignites feelings she didn’t know existed.“Always on edge, always looking for love and acceptance. But never really finding it until I found you.”—CelesteIn return Celeste elicits a vulnerable side of Adrian while offering him an element he’s never had, family.“I’ve always liked my life other than the fact that I felt estranged from my family. Babe, you and the boys make me love my life.”—AdrianUnfortunately, their own conscious aren’t the only things that interfere with sorting out their relationship. Family expectations, lies, deception and side effects of Adrian’s deployment add more obstacles for Celeste and Adrian to weave through in order to stay on course toward a road to happiness. Both characters must fight together as well as for one another.“He hurts. I hurt.”—CelesteCeleste never ceases to amaze you throughout the book, never does her inner warrior falter. This woman has endured a lot of pain and basically has to redefine herself at the sensitive age of 38yrs. Her strength is blatantly clear, she loves and protects her family fiercely always putting them first.“I’ll never let you go. I’ll never stop. You’re mine. And I protect what’s mine.”—CelesteAside from the chaos the families bring, the friends - Farah and Bonnie and Celeste’s brother Louis help Adrian and Celeste cope with the chaos, while offering shoulders to lean on and pushes in the right direction.Ms. Halat’s writing is beautiful. It grasps your heart, playing your heartstrings like a guitar. You will feel every chord - happiness, pain, struggle and passion. This story truly takes you on a journey. Tuck yourself in, the pace isn’t slow, isn’t fast it is realistic and relatable. While there isn’t insta nakedness between Adrian + Celeste the build-up will have you squirming as much as Celeste. This man takes sex appeal to a new level. When the intimacy strikes whew *fans self* replaying the scenes in mind. This man is a musician, in and out of bed, he sheds light on the understanding that music brings pleasureI will never look at guitar picks without thinking of Adrian“For maximum pleasure: use for purposes not intended.”YES PLEASE!!!!Everything I’ve Never Had is a must read. You will not only read this story, you will feel this story from start to finish.~ Review by Tori less
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3.5 Stars. Good, but not earth shattering for me. Dragged a bit in places.
pretty great story with fantastic characters
it was ok
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