Series: Unlovable #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance, Social Issues
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I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. I’m not one of those girls who thinks she’s too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy … no, I don’t have that kind of luck. I’m the girl who knows she’s just right for everyone. — Denver
A reputation as a manwhore–with–a–heart–of–gold tends to precede me. But, I don’t do girls with issues, that is until this girl. It's this girl I want to fix. This girl I want to protect. And maybe … more. — Ransom
Being in love with the same girl your entire life isn't all it's cracked up to be. She uses me in every way imaginable. How does she see me? I am her perpetual one-night stand. No strings, no attachments. Just mind-numbing sex ... for her anyway. — Greer
Feeling like the life is being choked out of her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana, Denver Dempsey craves the escape that college offers … even if that means leaving her “best friend with benefits” and looking for a new way to forget. Thinking she's found the perfect hookup in Ransom, Denver's outlook on college is bright. That is, until Greer shows up looking for a second chance, and Ransom's interest turns to hatred.
Love. Hate. Triangle.
Who's using who?
Used is the story of Denver, Greer, and Ransom. Yes it’s totally a love triangle. But that’s pretty much made clear from the cover. Greer and Denver have been friends since birth, and once in high school they became more than friends, in a very weird, cold and calculated way. Denver’s mother is not a loving woman, and her father has abandoned her. Denver is the cold calculated one. She has a very harsh view of herself. Greer is nothing but great to her, well on the surface.
The book is told through a series of THEN, NOW, and different POV’s. Ransom and Denver trade off. We get to see the history of Denver and Greer in the flashbacks, and in the present we get to see the growing history of Ransom and Denver. It all sounds kind of confusing when I word it like that, but trust me it’s not.
What I liked: I loved the characters. They are funny, harsh, and developing. Since this is an ongoing series I would hate to say that they are developed fully, because then there would be no growth.
I liked the cowboy/rodeo setting. I guess I never realized that it was a college sport…but then again, I’m not really into the rodeo scene so how would I know.
I like the romance aspects of it too. The triangle was well put together, and it’s pretty clear who she will choose.
I loved that while Ransom was an Alpha he didn’t have an abusive bone in his body. Note I said abusive, because he does beat the crap out of someone in the book. However, the violence was never directed toward Denver.
What I wasn’t so fond of:
The possibility of one of the male characters being seen as a possible love interest bothers me. I take rape pretty seriously, it’s one of my hard limits in life. However, despite that fact that it bugs me I am willing to work with it, because the author is treating the subject fairly.
If you love books like Easy by Tammara Webber, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McQuire, and Going Under by S. Walden then you’ll like USED.