Truth. Pain. Freedom. An awakening like no other. When life is determined to buck you off, dig in and ride hard. The bull. The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves. To survive, I have to face the truth. Easier said than done when it’s not all black and white. There’s the in-between, and this murky void is where I always tend to land. The horns. Lies don’t always hurt. My lies protected me, but when they are exposed and I can no longer outrun the many shades of truth, I’ll be in for one hell of a reckoning. The ride. From the outside, my life looks like one big adventure after another. But, there is no freedom in anarchy, and that’s the way I’ve lived my life. Until now. Until Ransom. Denver Dempsey was a slut for oblivion. Now, she’s a slut for love. And it’s that kind of thinking that got her in trouble in the first place. Ransom awakens Denver in ways she never imagined, but when her true feelings send her reeling, will they catapult her into the arms of Greer—her ex best-friend-with-benefits? After never loving anyone, herself included, she now loves two. One kept her alive. One teaches her how to live. If they didn’t both love her … if hearts weren’t bound to be broken, it would be the stuff dreams are made of. Will Denver remain locked up in the bullpen, or is she strong enough to open the chute and be freed?
We have all been emotionally USED by Lynetta Halat, but she has FREED us with a little more of RANSOM & DENVER in FREED :D!!! Let me just begin by saying that I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED reading more from Ransom’s POV in Freed, because in USED we only got a few chapters in his POV. Freed picks up a few days after Ransom proposes the agreement to Denver in USED.
Denver’s character has improved so much from the girl we got in USED. She still blames herself a little for how things went down between her and Greer, but she has finally realized that she shouldn’t put the blame all on herself. With Ransom’s help, Denver is learning to love herself, not take the blame on all the things that happened in the past, and she is learning how it feels to love someone in return. I loved watching how Denver’s character developed in Freed and how Ransom, her friends, and the new people in her life have helped her free herself of all her troubles.
I was TEAM RANSOM from the very beginning of USED, so I was freaking excited that Lynetta gave us a lot more chapters from his POV in FREED!!! I was already in love with Ransom, but reading his POV in FREED had me falling in love with him all over again!!! Ransom just has it all going for him. He is a hot bull rider and fighter that will have all the ladies swooning throughout the whole story, because he is just the ideal book boyfriend. In FREED we get to know more about Ransom’s family, and Lynetta adds a few little twist to his character that I was not expecting at all. But one of these twists just shocked me, because I was not expecting this from Ransom’s character at all lol.
Ransom and Denver’s relationship picks up where it left off in USED. They were both attracted to each other from the beginning of USED, but they just didn’t let their attraction towards each other develop into a relationship. By the end of USED they both become friends in a way, and Ransom propose the agreement to Denver. In FREED, Denver accepts but not for them to just have a relationship like the one she had with Greer, but to be together as Boyfriend and Girlfriend with the added Bonus of the BDSM. I was expecting their relationship to be a little hotter, since Ransom is into the whole BDSM, but it was not as hot as I expected it to be. I can't complain though, because I was still getting a little hot with these scenes. So I still enjoyed the hot moments between them and their relationship, because they are just the perfect couple. Ransom found the girl he wanted and needed and Denver found in Ransom what she always wanted. I just love RANSOM AND DENVER :D!
I have to mention Greer, since he and Denver were all close in USED. I liked Greer at the beginning of USED, but absolutely HATED his character at the end of USED. In FREED, my feelings for his character changed again, because I just felt sorry for the guy. It wasn’t completely his fault in the way he acted with Denver, but it was still not right to rape her. In FREED, he changes and realizes how much damage they both did to each other, and he is becoming a new and better Greer. So I can say that by the end of FREED I ended up liking his character again.
FREED is what all the TEAM RANSOM fans wanted and expected it to be- at least it was for me. I loved watching Denver grow and become free of all her the troubles and bad experiences in the past, and to have the happy ending with RANSOM. Thank you Lynetta Halat for not making this a love triangle, because that would have just killed me. If you have been USED then be ready to be FREED! If you haven’t been USED, then you need to go and start reading these books.
Final Verdict: 4.5 Stars
Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.
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