Scarred by Love by C.A. Harms Book Tour
Jan. 27th Through February 3rd
Book Title: Scarred by Love
Author: C.A. Harms
Release Date: January 10, 2014
Hosted by: Book Junky Girls
Riley thought she was in love. She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much to handle and she ran.
Becoming withdrew from the world and hiding from the chance of loving again. Having four older brothers and a determined best friend she had no choice but to stand strong.
Over time Riley was able to open up once again. She had no idea that the one person she needed was right under her nose.
She was guarded and hesitant when it came to bad boys...after all it was a bad boy that shattered her once before.
Zander wanted the girl from the party. He wanted to be near her even though she continued to push him away. He couldn’t let go of the gorgeous girl with those stormy eyes.
They both had secrets they kept hidden from one another. They found it easier to talk to others than to confide in each other. Riley begins to realize Zander isn't who she thought he was and falling for the sexy voiced Lead Singer/Guitar player may be just what she needs.
They struggle through hard times and learn to trust again. But will the love that grows be enough to hold them together or will the heartache they suffer drive a wedge between them forever.
They could be toxic to one another or they could heal the wounds that run deep within their souls.
THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND IS MEANT FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
Well this was a lovely story of a girl scarred by love, but refuses to let it command her life. Riley's battle to conquer her past demons brought on by her abusive ex was inspiring. This was a nice change of pace from the heavy intense read I just finished. Zander was absolutely delicious and he definitely melted my heart and my knickers! He really made the story for me. He was so good to her, but was always filled with a fear that he was going to mess things up and she would leave him.
"I lowered my lips to hers and for a few moments we were lost within each other. When I pulled back she kept her eyes closed a few seconds longer. As they slowly opened she bit her lower lip. That moment I knew I was hooked on Riley. I just hoped that I didn't do something to screw it up." -Zander
The story begins with the last intense moment of Riley's violent relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Parker. That night was the worse that it ever has been and she runs to the safety of her brothers. She was stuck in a depressive state for a long time, hiding for everyone and everything. Riley finally breaks free of the emotionally crippling state she was in. She's convinced to go out to a party with her friends, in order to move on and what not. She meets a strapping sexy fella, who attempts to woo her with some cheesy pick up lines. Despite Zander being off his game that night, their meeting left a longing in both of them. He wants her and can't stop thinking about her. Riley is just as affected by him, but denies her feelings because she saw him dancing and singing with another woman. This other woman is Beth, Zander's childhood best friend. Zander reassures her that their relationship is completely platonic, even though they are very touchy feely. Riley pushes her doubts aside and finally gives in to her overwhelming feelings for Zander and all his sexiness. The connection they share is undeniable hot and consuming. He tries to take things slow with Riley, so that she knows he wants her more than just for sex. The sexual tension is agonizing between them.
"Don't for a second get it in your head that I don't want you. I want you so badly Riley, but I just wanna make sure that when we are together we have something more than that holding us together. Do you understand what I 'm trying to say?" -Zander
Their relationship flourished naturally, but of course, they have a few bumps in the road. Zander at times becomes completely controlled by his anger towards his father and his family, that he unintentionally lashes out on Riley. Those stumbles aren't the only thing that test their relationship along the way. His relationship with Beth as well as his step brother's vendetta against him, put an unfortunate strain on them both. They both still have a guard up on certain parts of their lives, in order to try to protect not only their feelings, but each other.
"I had almost missed out on Zander because I was being pigheaded brat. No more...I was letting my guard down. It was time to give in to the feeling I had when i was with him. It was time to allow myself to feel something for someone again and something was already telling me with Zander it wouldn't be hard to fall." - Riley
They were both scarred by love in the past and yearned for these newly acquired emotions to overcome the battle and heal the scars left behind. Can they use the broken fragments of themselves to mend each other and get to that brightly lit future they both see in the distance? Or will all the mounting obstacles being thrown at them win in the end, to finally drive them apart for good?
"I can't lose you Riley. I love you too much. Tell me we gotta a shot at fixing this...please. Even if you're lying and tomorrow it'll all be different. Just give me this night. Just one night to feel you next to me and imagine that we're okay; I need to get rid of this hurt in my chest. I'm begging you for that. I just want you to lie and tell me we'll be okay." -Zander
Ahh....that was such a heart squeezing moment. I thought this was a great story and enjoyed Riley and Zander's journey. You could feel that their love was real and true. Even the truest love needs to be tested. That's how you know it is true, if it survives the tests. I could sense the storm brewing with the whole woman-best-friend scenario, but I still thought that Zander handled it well in the end. Like I said before, Zander really was the spotlight of this book for me. He was just a swoony hunk of man meat, that I wanted to sink my teeth into for a good bite!
4 out of 5 Swoony, Scarred Hearts Stars!
Playlist - feel free to use:
Face Down -- The Red Jumpsuit Aparatus
Don’t Speak -- No Doubt
Jar of Hearts -- Christina Perry
Black Eyes Blue Tears -- Shania Twain
Control -- Puddle of Mudd
Fighter -- Christina Aguilera
Call Me When Your Sober -- Evanescence
She Fuckin’ Hates Me -- Puddle of Mudd
S&M Remix -- Rhianna/Brittnay Spears
Addicted -- Saving Abel
Whataya Want from Me -- Adam Lambert
I Believe in this Thing Called Love (The Darkness)
I gotta Through This -- Daniel Bedingfield
Stormy -- Hedley
This -- Darius Rucker
When You Kiss Me -- Shania Twain
Fall for You -- Secondhand Serenade
Sad -- Maroon 5
“I wouldn’t eat any of that if I were you.”
She turned so quickly we almost bumped heads. I pulled back slightly and her lips we so close to mine as she looked up into my eyes.
“And why’s that?”
Fuck Zander…pull it together. “Well look around the room. Do you see all these guys here?
“Yes.” Her voice was just above a whisper as she scanned the room before focusing back on me.
I took just a few seconds to look at her curious eyes, when I felt my heartbeat slow just enough, I continued.
“Well imagine that at least half of them have had their hands inside that bowl of chips.” I paused for just a second allowing her to think about it. “And then imagine that at least seventy five percent of those have used the bathroom without washing their hands after.” Her nose wrinkled up in the cutest way. I struggled with the chuckle I felt in my chest. “You see where I’m going with this?”
Her nostrils flared and she took a deep breath. “Oh…that’s really gross.”
I couldn’t help it; this time I laughed. “Yep, it’s honestly pretty nasty.”
When she laughed and her eyes fluttered I almost lost it. Damn she was sexy. She wasn’t sleazy sexy…not at all. She was what my mom would have referred to as Beautiful sexy. She wasn’t throwing herself at me to gain my full attention. She was dressed pretty hot but yet covered up.
Shit…I shook my head just a little. She had caught me. “Sorry, I couldn’t help it. It’s your lips and your eyes.”
“What? You want me to lie?”
She bit her lower lip and I could see the smile pulling at the side of her mouth.
“You’re kind of distracting.”
Her eyebrows shot up as she stared at me.
“Oh, really? Would you mind explaining how I’m distracting you?"
I was mentally counting to ten. I so needed to breathe. My mind was racing. I was usually pretty relaxed around girls. I needed to climb out of my head…I was working myself up entirely too much.
Okay, Zander time to man up. I reached out and traced my fingertip across her cheekbone just below her left eye. “You’re eyes remind me of the sky just before it storms. That hazy blue color…it’s really unique.”
She watched me with no reaction, nothing. I let my hand fall back down and was about to say something to break the silence when she broke out in laughter. Not just a little giggle…I mean a hunched over heavy as hell laugh. Her eyes seemed to gloss over and I watched in confusion. I stood in front of this gorgeous girl watching as she continued to laugh at me.
“What?” I had to ask because I was lost.
Once she calmed herself enough to answer she spoke. “So does that shit really work for you? I mean that was a pretty lame ass pick up line.” She placed her hand on my cheek and took a step toward me. “Your eyes look like the sky right before the perfect storm.” Then she laughed again.
Fuck I was really bombing…big time.
I smiled, “I’m being serious. Have you ever fucking looked closely at your eyes? I’m not trying to spout lame pickup lines. I mean it.”
She pulled her hand back and I missed it instantly.
“What’s your name?”
Maybe I didn’t bomb as bad as I had thought.
She brushed her hair away from her face and tucked it behind her ear. Son of a bitch I was acting like such a pussy. She was so fuckin’ beautiful. She had me forgetting how to breathe.
“I’m Riley and Zander it was really nice to meet you. Thanks for the laugh.”
She handed me a full bottle of beer and walked away. That’s right, she fucking walked away. I watched her disappear into the crowd of people. I watched until I could no longer see her before I hung my head and turned back toward to Beth.
When I looked up she was laughing so hard she literally fell sideways into Mark’s lap. I walked in their direction and flopped down next to her, “Fuck off Beth. Seriously just fuck off.”
She patted my back, “What’s wrong Z…wasn’t she impressed?”
I shook her off, “I panicked.” I hung my head in defeat.
Her laughter broke out once more and I couldn’t help it, I laughed too. What the hell was wrong with me? I know how to charm a girl. I had done it a million times. For some reason Riley had me stumbling at every turn. She wasn’t a girl that fell for the everyday charm…she was tougher.
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.