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?
After reading the blurb for Forgiving Reed by C.A. Harms, my interest was piqued, I love a story about second chance love. I had the pleasure of reading two other books by C.A. Harms in the Scarred by Love series. I really enjoyed her writing and of course I was anxious to get my hands on this one and once again she does not disappoint. She has a way of writing her novels in such an intriguing and in depth way that I find myself connecting with her characters. Once again the author starts off with a prologue that is emotional, raw and gripping that just keeps things going right up to the end. I am a sucker for a cowboy. I don’t know what it is, but this City girl here is going to start moving south.
After Kori walked in and saw her boyfriend Reed cheating with the town slut Kimberly, she was left heartbroken, betrayed and devastated. She leaves her town behind, goes to college and puts distance between her first love and best friend. While in college, she is trying to get over the betrayal and in the process she meets Blake. Blake manages to help Kori heal and in the process the two fall in love and are expecting their first child together. Kori’s life is shattered once more when she loses Blake in an accident. Left to raise their child Rhett alone, she is forced to move back home, back to where the boy that broke her hurt still lives. I will tell you Kori goes through such an emotional journey, you will cry, laugh and get angry with her and for her. Mt heart broke for her over and over. Kori struggles with moving on and trying to hold onto the memories of Blake and deal with forgiving the one person that betrayed her trust.
Reed made one bad decision years ago, he was young, stupid, drunk and thinking with his raging hormones. He regretted cheating on Kori with Kimberly and has never gotten over his true love. Kori was everything to him but by the time he realized it, Kori was gone and in love with Blake. Loosing Kori and his mother has changed him over the years. He is mature, stable and no longer the town bad boy. He is settled. When he sees Kori is back in town, he wants nothing more than to see her smile and be happy. He is willing to do anything to see her not broken even if it just means being her friend. He knows he made the worst decision that night that cost him everything and Kori is not willing to forgive easily.
“You gonna act like you hate me forever, Kori?”
“I think I’ll just stick to hating you forever.”
“You don’t hate me, Kori, not like you say you do. I got drunk and fu*ked up, I will always regret that mistake.”
“You Reed, took what we had and threw it away, for a quick roll in the hay with the town slut. That was the moment I started hating you.”
“Whenever you decide you need a friend, when you feel like you just need to get it you lean on me, Mori. Let me here for you. Let me be a shoulder to cry on. Let me be your friend.”
I hate cheating like majorly, so I really wanted to hate Reed’s character but the author wrote his character in such a loving, selfless and giving way that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. With his persistence, Kori eventually forgave Reed and over time they became friends. He became the rock for Kori and Rhett, but trusting Reed completely is hard for Kori especially when the town slut is constantly trying to intervene.
“I want to do this with you; I want to go all in. I’m ready to move forward, with you. I just need to make sure you want the same thing.”
“You’re joking right? You know I want you and Rhett. I’ve wanted you my whole life, and Rhett is the best kind of bonus. I want in, baby, completely in without hesitation.”
Things are not easy for Reed and Kori. She will not be second best and Kimberly is a hard line for her. She will not tolerate her being around Reed. The author gives us just enough drama and angst in the story to keep it exciting, but the real story is about forgiveness and moving on. My heart broke for Kori because she was confused with her feelings for Blake and Reed. She thought being with Reed was betraying what she had with Blake. Overall I really loved this novel and can’t wait for the second book in this series. Oh and the sex, was crazy amazing also.
“Home, right here. This is where I belong.”
I did my best to clean us up. Placing a stack of pancakes onto a warming plate I took them to the table and set up everything else. When everything was ready it was time for the fun.
“Hey buddy, you wanna help mommy wake up Reed?” He didn’t answer me, instead he darted off toward the bedroom. I hurried after him as he struggled to climb up onto the bed. Once he got his footing he crawled up beside him and began bouncing on his stomach.
“Up…up.” He chanted as he continued to use Reed as a human trampoline. I laughed from the foot of the bed. Reed grunted each time Rhett’s butt connected with his ribs.
He grabbed him around his little waist and rolled to the side, pinning him down. “Well look what I have here.” Reed held up his opened hand above Rhett. Making it appear as if it were a claw. “It’s the cowboy tamer and it found a tiny cowboy that needs to be whipped into shape.”
Reed began tickling Rhett’s ribs and stomach. His giggles filled the room and he wiggled from side to side. Reed’s laughter followed and I was in awe of them. They were both beautiful in that moment. Smiling, completely lost in the happiness of one another. Sometimes it was so hard to accept that this was my life. I got to experience these amazing moments and I was so blessed.
Their laughter finally slowed down as Reed crawled from bed, lifting Rhett in to his arms. “I smell pancakes.” His eyes got big and he began bouncing up and down still holding Rhett close. “Did you and mommy make me pancakes?” He asked Rhett and in return my little man smiled proudly. He nodded his head and looked my way.
“Rhett made them, I just observed.”
Reed walked toward me, kissing my forehead. “Good morning beautiful.”
About 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.