Used by Kate Dunbar
Publisher: self-published
Genres: Abusive past, Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: the author
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Heartbreakingly beautiful and completely engrossing, USED is packed full of twists, turns, and a gripping romance sure to leave readers emotionally spent and asking for more. At the age of seventeen, after a decade of lies, hurt, and severe abuse by her brother Lucas, Sabra Valentine is able to breathe. Lucas is behind bars thanks in large part to Sabra’s quick thinking and self-preservation—even if that’s one more secret she has to keep. Now, seven years later, life is moving forward, and Sabra is starting to heal, live, and love again with her friends and Trevor Collins by her side. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, and he doesn’t fall for Sabra’s games. The future is finally looking bright—until one phone call shatters everything.


Used is a romantic suspense with domestic thriller elements. Please be aware that there are topics that may be triggers for some readers, and this work is meant for mature readers.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Author but that did not in any way influence this review!

Sometimes you read a story and it touches you in a way that others haven’t in the past.  It burrows into your heart and makes your feelings tingle across your skin.  It makes you hyper aware of a world you’re thankful never to have experienced and it saddens you that others have.  But yet it brings you hope that there is opportunity for something different and that tragedy can be just a part of someone’s life, not their entire story.

This is Kate Dunbar’s first novel and she’s done this heart-wrenching tale justice.  The characters and the situations seem so real and the emotions undeniable.  I read this entire book with a sense of urgency.  I didn’t want to put it down because I needed to know how Sabra was feeling, what she was experiencing, and what would happen next. I adored Trevor and his unconditional love and support for her.  He was her healing balm even when she didn’t know it.  And, he was her savior.

I have no doubt that this is a difficult story to read and that some may not be able to do so.  But it’s a worthwhile story…one that will open your eyes to tragedy…one that will make you believe in love and hope…one that will stay with you for a very long time.

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