EVERYTHING I'VE NEVER HAD by LYNETTA HALAT ~ Blog Tour (Excerpt, Review & Giveaways)


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?



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 with fire.

"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. Never."

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.


Everything I've Never Had is an amazing book! This is the first book I have read by Lynetta Halat and it will definitely not be my last.  I loved loved loved Celeste and Adrian!

We meet Celeste two years after her husband passed away. Celeste is a strong vibrant women. She is raising her three sons and life has slipped into a fast paced but easy routine. Celeste's character was refreshing. She is very accomplished, independent and such a caring person! Yes, she had her weak moments and let her family push her around but on the inside she was still yearning for their acceptance.

Adrian.... oh Adrian where do I even begin? If he doesn't win you over during their balcony kiss then you will definitely be done for when he is mowing the yard! Adrian is a YUMMY hot guitarist in a local band. He is moody, bossy and the perfect book boyfriend package! Adrian was the black sheep cousin to Celeste's late husband. Over the past two years Adrian has become a caregiver, friend and confidant to Celeste and her boys.

"I  realize his words and his actions over the past could of years have found a way to weave their way into my heart, creating a cocoon of knitting that has pulled tighter with each endearment, each look, each action."    

Adrian and Celeste share an attraction that would be forbidden by Celeste's family. Not because Adrian is her late husband's cousin but because her family already has a future husband in mind. Celeste's family is powerful and controlling in the business world, but also within the structure of their own family.

Celeste and Adrian finally come to their senses and admit they are meant to be together. However, just as we think they might actually have their HEA, life throws them a shitty curve-ball. I am not going to lie, I was really scared as Adrian received orders that his Marine troop was called back into active duty. Little did I know the real danger to their relationship was yet to come.

"Celeste, I'll spend the rest of my life trying to be deserving of you love.  I can't even imagine the hell I've put you through these past few days, and the fact that you're willing to forgive me all that and stand by me."   

A few things you will walk away with:

1. Some of the largest, most powerful families have the darkest secrets.
2. Nosy neighbors have the best advice:
"Strength isn't the ability to feel strong, Celeste.  It's the ability to overcome weakness."
3. Last but certainly not least..... A guitar pick will never just be a guitar pick after you read this book!!

The writing throughout the whole book is exceptional but at around 80% the true joy and elation that Celeste is experiencing during a certain reunion is just OVERWHELMING! Lynetta will pull you through the wringer in Everything I've Never Had but don't fret she pieces it all back together. You all know I am a Epilogue lovin' girl and this Epilogue is one of my favs!
Grab this is a 4.5 star fabulous read!


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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