Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: EVERY ROSE by Lynetta Halat

Every Rose

by: Lynetta Halat


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.

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Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Heat Rating: Mild

I finished reading Every Rose a few days ago and I have been staring at my computer screen trying to figure out how I am going to review this story, without over-sharing and without tearing up while doing this emotional (and slightly religious) book justice.  Here is my attempt:

Every Rose was not the story I was expecting to read when I picked this up a few weeks ago.  I was assumed this was an angst filled story about two friends who were recovering from terrible pasts, finally reuniting and becoming lovers.  Well, I assumed wrong! (You know what they say about assuming...)  Every Rose took me by surprise and left me gutted,  Michael and Lorraina's journey from being best friends as teenagers to falling in love as young adults was an unexpected and enjoyable book (not ansty or drama-filled chaos at all)  

The first part of the story is written going back and forth into the past as Lorraina journals her time and past friendship with Michael while also showing the reader the present as Michael and Lorraina reconnect after many years apart.  This was an interesting way for us to get to know Michael as a character, but I would have loved a Michael POV or journaling in the beginning (I would have liked to get into his head and hear his thoughts at several point in the story really).  

Every Rose was written beautifully, giving the reader a chance to fall in love along with the characters, while the story flowed in a natural way that was easy to get lost in.  Michael and Lorraina kept their relationship a secret so the reader gets wrapped up in their new found love and everything else drops away.  The story focuses on the main characters and their lives, never allowing secondary characters to take over or get in the way (really we don't get introduced to other characters which was a nice change for their not to be a quirky best friend ready for a book 2 spin off)

If you are looking for a sweet, coming together of old friends who always wanted more you are in for a treat with Michael and Lorraina.  You will fall in love, have your heart broken and find yourself left at the end not wanting to let go of this story, it will haunt you for days afterward.  Grab a box of Kleenex and find a comfortable place to sit, because once you start reading you won't be able to stop until it is all over.  (BONUS:  on Friday 6/28 Lynetta Halat is releasing an epilogue and bonus scene for this book, I got to read it early and trust me it isn't to be missed)


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.


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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.

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