Friday, April 22, 2016

Blog Tour: Clash by C.A.Harms

Title: Clash
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Contemporary NA Romance
Published: April 12, 2016 Publisher: Limitless Publishing
It was time to fight back. 
Time to live. 
Too much of my life had already been taken from me by a man that should have protected me. At the hands of pure evil I have lived in fear. When most young women were learning to love, I was fighting to live. 
I had broken free of the hate. 
Finally getting the chance to feel what real love was, but with all good things, bad times seem to follow. At least for me it does. My name is Payton Walters and I refused to allow them anymore of my freedom. 
I will not fall… 
Not this time.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Payton's life is pure hell. Her mother took off years ago and left her with her father. John Waters is a drunk, sadistic monster. When his wife left he was without a punching bag so he turned his attentions to Payton. Broken ribs, bones, bruises and cuts instead of hugs and kisses made up her childhood. Her only relief is her best friend Casey Andrews and her family. Casey's older brother, Dylan has been the subject of Payton's fantasies for years.

"You've been drooling over him since we were thirteen. Don't you think it's time to say something to him?"

As sick as John is, he ups his game and decides one of his friends can sample his daughter. But this night of terror leads to John being removed from her life. Payton moves in with Casey's family and has her first experience of living in a loving home. Dylan has moved out and is in college. Payton tries to ignore the number of girls he goes through. HIs frat house is party central. She knows he could never go for someone like her. He'll never stop thinking of her like a little sister who needs his protection.

Payton is a beautiful girl and it's only a matter of time until someone sets out to grab her attention. Will that stir protective feelings in Dylan or will he find that what he feels for Peyton is far from brotherly affection?

"I didn't ask you to leave, I'm telling you." It was her pain speaking for her, I knew that, but it still hit me low in the gut. "I'm telling you I'm not leaving you alone. Whether you want me here or you want me gone, I am fucking staying."

Clash has some nice drama and turmoil in it. There are a ton of misunderstandings and compromising positions. Dylan is a nice guy, but sometimes a little dense. But he redeems himself pretty quickly.

"So you're blaming your cheating on the alcohol you consumed."
"Payton..." I started to say, taking a seat at her side once more.
"Did you sleep with her?" she asked. 

The parts with Payton's father are hard to swallow. His abuse is sickening. But Payton is a strong character who has survived things that would have crushed most people. The road to happiness is full of bumps and curves for Dylan and Payton, but definitely worth the trip!

"I don't think I could ever be happier than I am right now."

I was eleven years old when Maggie, my mother, left. Just packed her bags and walked away. She just couldn't deal with it anymore; the hate and anger was all too much. But there was something I would never understand. Why did she choose to leave me behind? It was something I often wondered.
That was seven years ago.
Seven long years of dealing with the backlash of her absence. My father had always been a broody, irritable man—extremely unapproachable. I guess that was one of the reasons my mother chose to leave. That, and the fact he was a heavy drinker. Alcohol, to him, was like breathing; it was something his body had to have to survive. His perpetual intoxication almost always led to a fight between them—a physical fight full of anger. For days I would see the marks of those disagreements gracing my mother’s beautiful face. He tore her down whenever and however he could. I remember lying in bed at night wishing I could stop him, hoping for someone, anyone, to take my mother and me away to safety.
At all costs I found myself doing whatever I could to avoid him. Though he never lay a hand on me before Maggie left, things changed afterward. He 

became even angrier and more violent; I never even thought that was possible. Those nights of terror I used to listen to my mother live through now became my own.
It didn’t matter what I did or how much I abandoned, in his eyes I still screwed everything up. He blamed me for all that was wrong in his life; it all fell at my feet.
Soon it would all be over; I had plans. All I had to do was finish these last few months of school and I could escape forever. No matter what it took, or how many jobs I had to work, I would be rid of John Walters.

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.


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