Friday, October 24, 2014

Blog Tour: Forgiving Reed by C.A. Harms

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Kori suffered a great loss, one that left her feeling so desolate and alone, that she believed nothing would ever fill the void… The only thing that kept her going was the one little piece of joy she still had in her life, her baby boy, Rhett. She had no choice but to move forward and give her son the best life she could. Which meant moving back home. Except there was one problem Home was where Reed would be… The man who once held her heart, then shattered it into a million pieces. Grieving the loss of Rhett's dad, and learning to forgive those who have betrayed her, Kori was battling it all. But will she ever have the strength to forgive Reed?

4.5 Star Review by Lisa Kane

This is the first book I've read from CA Harms and believe me when I say it won't be the last!
I LOVED this book!

Kori grew up in Georgia. Her high school sweetheart was Reed, but in their senior year she felt him pulling away a bit and spending way too much time with his friends and less with her. Of course, when she walked in on him in a compromising position, that sealed the deal and they were no longer a couple.

After I left home and walked away from Reed, I never thought I would feel the same about another man. Reed was my first love...well, my first everything, and he broke my heart. He was older by a year. When he decided spending time out with the guys was more important than me, it helped sway my decision to leave for college. The night I walked into his house and found Kimberly Tucker kneeling down before him with her head bobbin in his crotch, it just sealed the deal.

It took a year and a half of nursing her broken heart, but when she met Blake she was ready to love again. Blake came from money and his parents felt his relationship with Kori was beneath his social status. When she became pregnant, they wanted her to get an abortion. After that, Blake kept any contact with them to a minimum. Kori and Blake are thrilled with the coming baby and decide to take a mini vacation before the baby arrives. Tragedy strikes when the car they are in skids toward an oncoming truck. Blake is killed and on the same day, their son Rhett is born.

 She had one encounter with Blake parents when they offered her money to get rid of her and to stay far away. She refused it and could not believe the depth of their cruelty towards their only son's child.Kori is devastated and moves home to be with her parents and best friend Maria. She focuses on her baby and finishes her course work to get her teaching certification. She dreads the day she will run into Reed again, she knows he still lives in the town.

Her first run in with Reed is by accident, and she finds out he is the owner of the town's local watering hole. Not only that, but he seems to be the town's handyman, in demand for jobs and something of the town's golden boy. His mom died tragically in a house fire, his dad is still in the same house and Reed built himself a beautiful home on the same land.

Kori can't let her defenses down, years ago, he hurt her with his betrayal. She won't let herself be hurt again. Reed looks for opportunities to see her, and he has a natural connection with her son. His face lights up when he sees him and that touches Kori more than she wants to admit.

Reed has matured since they were together. He owns up to his mistakes and make no bones about wanting Kori back. He may have had his share of women in the years they were apart, but no one has touched his heart but her.

"I got drunk and f*#ked up. I will always regret that mistake, Kori. Damn, I gave up not only my best friend that night, but also my girl." I'm sorry, Kori, I am so sorry I hurt you back then. I'm not the same horny teenager. I know now that every action I make has consequences and the ability to hurt the people I care about." "Maybe one day you can forgive me."

Can Kori take a chance on him again? When Kimberly Tucker tries to make trouble again, will their fragile relationship be able to survive?

Kimberly walked around the edge of the bar and placed her hand on Reed's arm. "Hey, baby," she cooed, and I rolled my eyes. I watched as she slid her hand down into the pocket of his jeans and felt around.

I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much was Kori's undying love for Blake. She truly loved him, and his death left her reeling with grief. Despite what is slowly building with Reed, her love for him remains. Sometimes in second chance at love stories, once the author reunites the separated couple, the heroine compares her other relationship and it pales in comparison to her first love. This wasn't the case, and that made the story line more believable. You can have more than one great love in real life and in fiction. This book was wonderful and there will be a follow up for two of the secondary characters. My 1-click finger will be ready!

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MeC.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.

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