Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Shattered Love by C.A. Harms

Shattered by Love
Scarred by Love Series Book #3

Author: C.A. Harms
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Published on November 11th

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. 

He was the one. 

The man she wanted with all her heart. 

But it took years before Bree realized she deserved more then what Max was willing to give. 

Max, was cocky and arrogant… 

Too strong-headed to admit that he felt more for Bree than just lust. 

Then it happened… 

One devastating night, and it shook Max to his very core. 

That’s when he began to see life in whole new way. 

Now he’s left to sort through the mess that he’s created. 

Will he be able to rise above it all and make amends with those he needs the most? 

Or will the damage be irreversible and leave him longing for what could have been?

4.5 Star Review by Lisa Kane

This is the third book from CA Harms Scarred by Love Series. I have to say I devour these books. There is such a wide canvass of characters that there is plenty of material to keep this series going for a long time.

Max Parks is a dick when it comes to his treatment of Aubree. For years he has been aware that this girl has feelings for him, but he has used her as his regular booty call and has chosen to ignore the unfairness of what he was doing. In the last book, Broken by Love, Bree finally ends things for her own sanity and self respect. She was bounced around from foster home to foster home growing up. Her parents were forced to give her up when their neglect and abuse of her was discovered. It wasn't  until she met Ryan when she was a teenager that she received love and security. He is her best friend and she considers him to be her brother. She is finally ready to meet someone who will treat her with the respect she knows she deserves. Max just isn't that man.

Max is a firefighter; he is addicted to the adrenaline rush. But on his latest fire call, when he rescues a young boy things go terribly wrong. Both are taken to the hospital. Max is ridden with guilt that he slipped up and now this child will suffer because of his actions. Bree finds out he is hurt and goes to see him, but he lashes out at her and turns her away. She decides it's time to harden her heart and move on.

"I'm sorry, I never meant to..." Bree's tears ran down her cheeks heavily. "I just needed to see that you were okay. I'm gonna go. Sorry that I upset you, Max. I never intended to." 
Bree immerses herself in her work as a gymnastics instructor and her college classes. She attempts dating but that ends up being a disaster and Max goes ballistic on her douchebag date. Meanwhile Max has had a few come to Jesus moments, and knows he's really screwed up his life, especially when it comes to his treatment of Bree.

Bree rarely held a smile when we were together. I was not good to her; most of our nights ended with her crying or me slipping out of her bed to go home. That thought made my stomach hurt. She deserved more than me. I wasn't good for her. I was the cocky son of a bitch that should have just left her alone.

Once he made himself examine what he feels for her, he realized that he has strong, real feelings for this girl and he may have lost his chance with her. He is determined to make her see he can and will change to get her back.

Bree was the one that made me feel whole. Any other girl just left me feeling disgusted.  
Bree isn't the push over that she's  been in the past. Max hurt her too many times. In her life there's been too many people that should have loved her and cared for her the way she deserved to be loved, but they didn't and it's time to break that cycle. Maybe Max isn't the one for her after all.

"Can we talk?"
Bree shook her head and refused to look at me. "Can you at least look at me?"
She lifted her head and her eyes were glassy. A knot formed in my throat, I hated that I was so mean to her. She didn't deserve that shit. Bree had never hurt me. After everything I had done to her, she still  had never turned her back.
"I can't do this with you, not anymore." She turned from me before I could say another word, and I took that as my cue to walk away.  
Most of the story is spent with Max repenting for his past sins with Bree and his attempts to win her back. He is a strong Alpha and has to learn to rein it in a bit. Just because he wants her doesn't mean she has to do things in the time frame he wants.

This book introduced us to Lily, who becomes a good friend to Bree and gave us more insight into Tanner, Max's brother. Lily is being stalked by someone from her past and that is a catalyst for Bree and Max's living conditions to change. Tanner is a worse man whore than Max ever was and fights his feelings for Lily. They are the subject of the next book.

Tanner's eyes never left them as they continued to flirt and laugh. The guy walked her to her car, opening the door for her. He leaned forward and kissed her cheek, and I swear I heard Tanner growl. I wasn't blind; I recognized the reaction well. I was very familiar with the inner battle he was having over Lily.  
Max is trying so hard to gain Bree's trust, but one of Max's lies from the past is going to come back and bite him in the ass. He learns honesty is the best policy a little bit late in the game.

"I think we need to talk about the phone call and everything you heard." 
"Oh, do you mean the blowjob queen and her abilities? We need to  talk about the fact that you told me nothing was going on between you two, but you lied."

Bree thought she left her past behind her, but in a twist of fate it turns out that there is a connection to her past that she never envisioned.

"That's her, Max. Look at her. Tell me you don't see it. Please tell me I'm wrong and that this little girl couldn't possibly have experienced some of the things I did."

Max is a good guy and steps up to the plate when Bree needs him the most. But can they overcome all the heartache from before? Is Max worth taking another chance on, or will he just break Bree's heart again?

Loved this story and can't wait to feed my addiction with the next installment.

"I've waited around for you for so long, Max. I've spent a lot of time hoping that one day you would want the same things I do. Now you're saying you do, but you have to understand how nervous that makes me. I keep wondering if I'm only setting myself up once more to be crushed in the end. I'm so scared of what you could do to me, how bad you could hurt me." 

"I don't expect you not to be cautious, after everything I've done to you and put you through. Just know that I will do everything I can to prove to you that I mean everything I say. I'm going to make this work between us. I won't hurt you, baby. I'll mend all the heartache I've caused you in the past. I will be the man you deserve."

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Author Bio
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.

Other Books in this Series

Book #1
Scarred by Love

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.
Riley thought she was in love...
She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much for her to handle. Hurt and alone, she withdrew from the world, and hid from the chance of ever loving again.
Zander, a sexy voiced lead singer and guitar player, had his sights set on Riley...
Even though she continued to push him away.
Riley was guarded and hesitant when it came to bad boys. After all, it was a bad boy who shattered her once before.
But Riley soon realizes that Zander isn't who she thought he was, and he may be just what she needs.
Will the love that grows between them be enough to hold them together?
Or will the heartache they suffer drive a wedge between them forever?

Book #2
Broken by Love
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.
Kate thought she and Carson had finally reached level ground. They had moved in together and were preparing for the arrival of their baby.

She never thought they would only be driven further apart by his withdrawn and distant behavior.
Carson had always had his freedom, and for a moment, he thought he could still live that life.
Only Kate needs more. She can no longer pretend that what he's willing to offer is enough.
By the time Carson finally realizes that Kate deserves a better life than he's been giving her, it may be too late.
He may have finally pushed her away to the point of no return...

Shattered by Love

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