Scarred By Love

Scarred By Love

by C.A. Harms


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**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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496112767
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2014
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Scarred by Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed well I was kept interested in the story. The story has laughs, pain, betrayal, abuse, and heartbreak. This is Riley and Zander’s story. Riley just got out of a relationship where she was abused. When she meets Zander he seems attracted but later that same night she finds him with another girl. After a few misunderstandings they seem to come together but every time things are going good something breaks them off. Usually it has something to do with Beth Zander’s best friend. After Riley’s abuse ex comes around Zander protects her. While Zander is taking care of her Ex Beth mouths off to Riley when Riley pushes her and Beth falls Zander takes care of Beth. Does Zander even love her like he states he does? Will he always choose Beth over her? Why does Beth hate Riley so much? I loved both Zander and Riley. Also loved all of Riley’s brothers and can’t wait for them to get stories. You can feel the love they both feel for each other and the frustration they feel with each other. There are some tear filled moments and some anger filled moments in this story. I have to say I really hated Beth through most of this story. But all in all I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and this author.
AnyTime_ReaderSF More than 1 year ago
I am giving this review for author C.A. Harms. This is book 1 of the Scarred by Love series by the author. Riley was in an abusive relationship and after leaving it her friends convince her to go out and have fun. She was not looking for romance at all and had tried to shy away from it completely. Zander is the lead singer in a group and he was attracted to his friend Beth but when Riley agrees to give him a chance his feelings change. This story is just a simple sweet story of romance. The characters are just like the people next door. I think the author played the abusive relationship Riley suffered spot on and you can feel how her character is torn. This is a romance story that has some sexual content and language so it is for mature romance book readers. 
BookJunkyGirls More than 1 year ago
5 RAVING...STARS ¿ Riley has had pain in her life that she never should have had to endure, but with the help of her family and friends she was able to move passed it. Because of HIM she missed a semester of college now back though she's ready for some fun and a college party is just the thing. Seeing her across the dance floor there's just something about her that called to him. Too bad a cheesy sounding pickup line had her laughing in his face. Zander knew she was special and when a second chance to convince her to hang out with him comes along.... he blows it again. Sometimes misunderstandings can lead to the best things if you're willing to give them a chance. There are ups and downs Zander and Riley aren't perfect and they don't pretend to be, but what they have is real. Riley is my kinda girl with the right mix of girly girl and tomboy to make her able to fit in anywhere and stun everyone in the process. Zander is your not so typical bad boy rocker with a dream for his future you don't expect. He can be hot headed at times but he shows his emotions for Riley on his sleeves. Their journey is filled with bumps, but the ending makes it all worth it
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Riley met Parker and had what she thought was a great relationship, till his drinking made him become aggressive. After a few slaps, insults and shoves, his abuse took a turn for the worse. Battered and bloody she made her escape from his house to her brother Carson’s place. That is when big brother took over and made sure Parker never bothered Riley again. After taking a break from school Riley picked up the pieces and moved in with her best friend Kate. She started college again and met Grant. Not feeling the spark she stayed with him for a little while because he was safe she thought. Zander, the tough guy, had his sights on Riley. Z was the kind of guy that Riley would normally go for yet she wasn’t sure after her last situation. She was careful with him but she felt deep in her heart there was something about him. As the story goes on we find that Zander and Grant have a connection, it isn’t a good one. Zander was raised by his single mother who recently passed away. His father decided it was time for him to step in to be a dad but Zander was livid about it. With the anger that he felt towards his father and that family, he took it out on Riley verbally. This was a constant battle for them because she refused to ever be in an abusive relationship again, but Zander didn’t know her past. Zander was clearly a man who was trying to figure things out, how to have a relationship when he had never witnessed a healthy one. He was forced to let go of the past with him mom, while the present with his dad was invading every part of his world. Getting on his bike and going at high speeds, being reckless was his only therapy until he found Riley. All he wanted was to love her, but would his kind of love be acceptable to her with her fear of picking the wrong guy again? I love how the author wrote Riley, she could have been a victim throughout the whole book but she wasn’t, she was a survivor who learned a hard lesson and refused to go down that road again. I fell in love with Zander. His best friend Beth I could have done without but then I understood their loyalty to each other. Carson and Kate were hilarious together. I always laughed when Riley would worry about what she was going to find when she opened the front door. I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t a long read, I didn’t feel a great deal of intensity, but true to C.A Harms writing style she gave ups characters that we could invest in and care about. We had strong people who never quit, trying to find their way in life with determination and humor at times. Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
whitley97 More than 1 year ago
I received this book for an honest review from the author. I Loved This Book!!!  Riley was in an abusive relationship and is ready to get her life back.  Her first night out she goes to a party with her brother Carson and best friend Kate and meets Zander.  Zander tries to make a good impression on Riley but keeps messing it up.  A while later and some nudging from Beth (Zander's best friend) Riley decides to give him a chance.  Can thier budding relationship work with a jealous best friend and Zander's vindictive half brother working against them.  This was a great read that was well written, I felt like I could know the characters in real life with real life obsticales to face.  I am new to this author and can say I am a fan!
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
I was gifted this book by the Author for an honest review. I gave this book 5 stars. This is book one in the Scarred by Love Series and it is Riley and Zander's story. First off let me say I love the names. Very unique and very different.  Riley has been in a relationship with a guy for two years and for the first 18 mths she was very happy. But when he drinks he gets way out of hand and he hurts her, and at first it wasn't as bad as it is now. One night she has had enough and he pushes it too far, and she leaves.  After a few weeks she is tired of hiding and decides it's time to get back out there and goes to a party with her best friend Kate and her brother. This is where she meets Zander.  Zander has had some great loss in his life and all he really has is Beth his best friend and her mother. He has lost his mom and his dad isn't worth the dirt on his shoes. When he sees Riley though he knows that he has to get to know her. He feels drawn to her, but when he tries he gets shot down. I mean who can blame her after what she just went through.  Can these two put what has been done to them aside and get to know each other and give it a try. And if they do can they make it with all the damage that has been done to them?  I really liked this book, it was refreshing. I have read so many books with such tragedy I was sitting there waiting for the really bad thing to happen, and yes there is angst in this book, but it is I can still breathe angst if you know what I mean. And sometimes we need that when we are reading. I sure did. Riley and Zander are two beautiful souls that are both searching for more. Something that will complete them and something that will last a life time. They both are looking for something they can call home and be able to relax and live life. They need someone they can trust and love with their whole hearts.  This is a book that I know you will enjoy. It doesn't have over the top scenarios. It has real life situations that happen to us everyday. You will fall in love with Zander and his beautiful face. He is more then that though he is loving, faithful, and very trust worthy. You will swoon. Follow Riley and Zander's story and learn about trust, love, friendship and HOPE.. There is always hope. <3 Thank you for this beautiful story.. I cannot wait to see where this story goes. I will be following closely.  
CMFoster More than 1 year ago
As soon as this story begins, you are drawn right into the mess that is Riley’s life. She is in an abusive relationship and is afraid of what her boyfriend will do to her. She manages to escape him and runs to her brother. Needless to say, the boyfriend got what was coming to him and Riley got a restraining order. This relationship has left her scarred; she doesn’t believe she will ever be able to trust another man again. Zander is drawn to Riley the first time he sees her. Once they finally start seeing each other, you can almost feel the sexual tension. Riley and Zander agree to wait to take their relationship to the next level and it only makes them closer. Once they do experience the full benefits of their relationship, there is no holding back. While their relationship may be growing, others don’t like it and will do anything to try and create doubts between them. Will Zander’s best friend, Beth, get over her insecurities and let him be happy? Will Riley’s ex Parker finally leave her alone? You will need to pick up your copy to see if they get their HEA. I truly enjoyed this book. It sucks you in right from the start and has you dying for Riley to get a HEA. Once you meet Zander, it is the same for him. They both suffer from heartache, Riley because of her ex and Zander because he has only really felt loved by his mom. There is so much other stuff going on around them that it makes you wonder how much one couple can take. One of my favorite parts in the book is when Zander shows Riley how he spends his Sundays, having a picnic at his mom’s gravesite. It was so touching and gives you some insight to the true Zander. I can’t recommend this book enough. I have already read it a couple of times and I’m sure I will read it again. This book will make you cry, angry, laugh (love Grandma and her comments about tattoos) and yell at the characters. What are you waiting for? Go on the journey with Riley and Zander to find their HEA today!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sgrass222 More than 1 year ago
The ARC was given to me for my honest review.  This was a great book. I finished it in record time. I couldn't put the book down. This book was about pain, love, loss, and friendships. The author did a wonderful job conveying feelings in this book. You could feel the pain and the love coming from these characters.  Riley was in an a relationship for 2 years which turned aggressive. She couldn't handle it anymore so she ran from that relationship. She became withdrawn from everyone and wouldn't go anywhere.  Once she was ready to put herself back out there, she went to this party with her friend Kate. It was at that party where she meets Zander. He approaches her with is cheesy pick up line but she's not going for it. He can't stay away from her. He is really drawn to her. Later on during the party, she sees Zander dancing with a girl and singing to her and she couldn't believe it. After he just hit on her.  On school campus she meets Grant, but the sparks aren't there. She only feels friendship for him.  Riley was approached by Beth. Beth has been friends with Zander since they were 4 yrs. old. Beth tries to convince her to give it a chance with Zander. Does she?