Adrian runs his hands up my arms and shoulders until they grasp both sides of my neck
to tilt my head back so that I’m staring straight into his arctic blue eyes. I
immediately start trembling, and it’s not with fear. “Celeste, I’m begging you
not to leave here looking like that. You look gorgeous, babe, but I can’t sit
here all night wondering who’s hitting on you, who’s imagining moving that scrap
of fabric over to get a glimpse at what is…”
“What is what?” I breathe heavily.
“What is underneath it all.” His brow wrinkles, and I feel his hands tighten their
pleasurably painful grip. “What is underneath it all?”
“Just me, Adrian, just me,” I breathe. “That’s all.”
“So everything then. Just like I thought.” He removes one of his hands to run it up
the back of my thigh. My eyes widen and I swallow hard.
“That’s not a good idea,” I whisper. His hand wraps all the way around my thigh, his
fingertips coming to rest along the crease of my left cheek. My thigh pulses
“Why not?” His fingertips tease back and forth a little. Even though it’s a light
touch, it feels like his calloused fingertips mark me.
“Why not? Look at us. We can’t even have a civil conversation for everything that has
passed between us, and you want to further complicate it. What you’re doing will
further complicate matters.”
His hand stills. He exhales loudly and lets his head drop on my chest. “You do this
to me. I don’t act like this. That day in the park, watching you cross and
uncross your legs. Throwing your hair over your shoulder. Laughing without a
care in the world. Cheering me on like it was your favorite thing to do! It
killed me. Killed me. I’ve never wanted a woman the way I want you.
His words rain down on me like fiery drops of lust. I close my eyes and rewrite that
memory. I thought he was just being an ass, but his unexpected anger was because
he was yearning for me. I bite my lip, open my eyes, and shake my head. “It’s
just because you can’t have me, Adrian. I’m nothing special.”
“Oh, baby, you have no idea.” He runs his nose up my throat, scenting me as he goes.
I lean my neck back, giving him more access even as my brain screams at me to
run—not walk—out of this room. But when he says, “You’re everything to me.” My
head falls back even further and my eyes close again as I feel him slant his
head and attack my chin, throat, and neck with closed-mouth kisses. I hear
myself moan and give myself one more little jolt to try to spare myself from
this delicious torment that will only end in frustration.
Celeste Hebert appears 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?
I loved Celeste, she was strong. She was a widow at a young age, raising 3 boys and dealing with “the family”, both hers and her deceased husband. She has been attracted to Adrian since she first met him, but he is her husband’s cousin and the black sheep of the family. She knows that if they ever get together it will be worth the trouble that will explode when their families find out. That is, if Adrian will ever allow them to get together and stop the guilt he feels from getting in the way.
Adrian is freaking hot! He is a guitarist, he is a Marine, and he helps Celeste take care of her 3 boys like they were his own. Hot damn he is smokin’ hot between the sheets as well. He wants to be with Celeste and the boys, but he feels this guilt that he can’t seem to move past. When he can no longer fight his feelings for Celeste, will he be able to be with her like he wants or will he push her away once again when things get rough?
This is an emotional, at time heart wrenching read because you can feel the connection between Celeste and Adrian from the start. Too bad Adrian fights it and each time you start to think he will finally pull his head out of his ass he pulls away again. Adrian also deals with PTSD after his latest deployment and how he tries to push Celeste away I about lost it. For me, the PTSD is something that as a military wife hits home for me. I was proud and yelled out hell yes on how Celeste finally got Adrian to get help.
I was really drawn into Everything I’ve Never Had. I couldn’t stop reading it until it was finished. It is a book about family, about a connection so strong that even when fought it can’t be broken, and soul mates. It is about healing past and current pains, and being there through thick and thin. This is the first book that I have ever read by Lynetta Halat and I can guarantee that it will not be my last.
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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