Book Title: Scarred by Love
Author: C.A. Harms
Release Date: January 10, 2014
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
Meet the Author:
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.
The sun was starting to set and I couldn’t stop yawning. I honestly felt like I could have slept for days.
“Do you wanna come over for a little while?”
When I faced him he looked so hopeful. I laughed at his pouting lip and pushed against his chest.
“Okay, just for a little while.”
I secretly prayed that tonight would be a Beth free night. When we pulled into the driveway and I saw her playing basketball with Mark and Cody, I sighed. Over the roar of the bike I figured Zander couldn’t hear my disappointment.
I know they’re friends but I felt like she was always there. We never got time alone because she seemed to always show up. I don’t know how many times she walked in on us making out on the couch or against the counter.
She looked up when I removed the helmet and handed it to Zander.
“Hey Ry…it’s good to see you. Our boy here has been a fuckin buzz kill the last few days. I think he was suffering from ‘Riley’s Hot Ass’ withdrawal.” I smiled at Cody. Leave it to him to break the silence.
Zander grabbed my hand and pulled me toward the stairs.
“Dude where are you going? You gonna join the game?”
Zander laced his fingers with mine, “Nah Mark, tonight I’m all Riley’s. Catch you guys tomorrow.”
I felt a flutter in my stomach and smiled up at him. When he winked back at me I swooned. God damn, he had me right there in that moment; I was giddy. All it took was for him to make me feel important to him.
An hour later we were snuggled on his couch with a movie in the DVD player. He threw a blanket over us and I was wrapped up in his arms.
“Are we gonna be okay baby? Can we move forward from this together?” I nodded my head and he kissed my neck just behind my ear. “I love you, Ry. I felt my heart race as I turned in his arms. I looked up into his beautiful face and he smiled down at me. I traced his jaw with my fingertip and ran it across his lower lip.
Swallowing past the thickness within my throat, I took his face into my hands. “I love you too Zander.” I brought his lips to mine and we began to kiss each other with such passion. I could have kissed him for hours because the gentleness he expressed melted me from the inside out. I felt desired and treasured as he made love to my mouth with his.
“Say it again Riley, please.” He watched me intensely.
“I love you.”
He smiled and closed his eyes, “Damn, if that isn’t the greatest thing I’ve heard in a long time.”
I lightly laughed, “You’re so easy, you know that?”
He shifted me underneath him, “If you remember right I was the one that made you wait.” I raised my eyebrows waiting for him to continue. “And it was pure hell to restrain myself.”
Our lips met once more and we were once again lost in each other. “Stay with me tonight…I want you in my arms.”
“You just wanna get laid.”
He chuckled, “No, I wanna make love to you though.” He pushed forward against me and I could feel his arousal. “Will you spend the night with me Riley?”
I nodded my head and pulled his mouth back to mine. There was no going back and I wanted it…I wanted him. I wanted all of him, his heartache and smiles, his laughter and tears. I was going to hold on tightly because Zander made my heart flutter and my knees wobble and damn it if that didn’t feel amazing.
He picked me up and carried me to his bed with my legs wrapped tightly around his waist. There was little talking and it was perfect. We scrambled to remove each other’s clothes and to feel each other without restrictions. He left me to reach for a condom and I instantly missed his warmth. I shuddered instantly when I felt him return and his body pressed against me.
Scarred by Love follows the relationship of Riley and Zander, two college students who have been burned in the past by love. Riley is a college junior. She just got out of an abusive relationship and is scared to move on. Will her fear of more abuse and her lack of trust in men allow her to miss out of a relationship that could be her everything? Will Zander be able to show her that not all men are abusive?
Zander is such a great guy but his best friend Beth is something else. Beth has a boyfriend named Mark but she touches Zander like her life depends on it. Zander has been friends with Beth for so long, he doesn’t realize how his relationship with Beth looks in the eyes of other people. Will Zander be able to let Beth slide into second place for Riley? Will his relationship with Riley be more important than his relationship with Beth?
I really like this book. I thought it was well written with little to no mistakes. This book showed us just how much trust is important in a relationship. When you are in love with someone who has a best friend of the opposite sex, trust can be the only thing that saves a relationship. This book also shows just how important brothers are to their sisters.
The secondary characters were awesome for the most part. Carson and Kate were so funny at times. Their relationship was fun to follow as well as Riley and Zander.
I recommend this book to those of you who like to read about college students, hot guys in bands, or who like reading about overprotective big brothers.