Title: Forgiving Reed
Author: C.A. Harms
Series: Southern Boys #1
Release Date: October 13, 2014
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 Rhetts 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?
Forgiving Reed was my first novel from C.A. Harms and it will definitely not be the last. While I absolutely adore a good second chance romance, this sweet, southern novel had an emotional component that had my heart aching (in the very best way) from beginning to end. Kori and Reed’s journey was raw and at times painful, but they had a palpable connection that seemed worthy of a second chance. The tension that built between them from the moment they were reunited was nearly explosive and I just knew these two had some seriously unfinished business that would refuse to remain in the past. I adored the secondary characters that helped shape this story and brought the emotions to life. I’m already attached to them and look forward to seeing them again as the series progresses. C.A. Harms’ writing is fluid and colorful, bringing her words to life with little effort. The voice C.A. created seemed genuine and heartfelt, further pulling me in to Forgiving Reed.
“Baby, I have waited for a second chance with you. I won’t lie and say I didn’t try to get over you, but it was impossible. There is only one Kori, one girl who stole my heart.”
Reed certainly had his work cut out for him with Kori. Not only did he have to face up to the mistakes he made when they were younger, but he had to find a way to put Kori’s recently demolished heart back together. I loved the way C.A. Harms wrote this character. Reed came across as strong, sensitive, and fiercely loyal, willing to do anything to help Kori heal. He definitely earned more than a few swoony sighs from me. While his personal history was briefly touched upon, I definitely wanted more from him in regards to their time apart. I would have liked to better understand the journey that had shaped him into the ideal man we met in this novel. The few glimpses we got into his personal pain stirred something inside me, endearing this otherwise perfect man to me in unexpected ways. I loved how fiercely and without reservation he loved Kori and Rhett and this was definitely the thing about him that had me on Team Reed from start to finish.
“This is real for me, Kori, everything. I want it more than my next breath. You make me happy, both of you.”
Kori’s personal journey was definitely the main focus of Forgiving Reed, her grief and emotional conflict the driving force of the story. Kori’s heartbreak and loss brought tears to my eyes and more than once I felt compelled to reach out and hug her. I enjoyed the way Reed and her best friend, Maria, encouraged her to move forward and the moments where she decided to stay strong really struck a chord with me. While I can’t imagine the heartache of losing the person you love most only to be reminded of them every time you look at your child, there were a few moments where the grieving became too much. As a reader, I like to see the growth and overcoming that these kinds of emotions bring and in my opinion there was just a little too much focus on her falling apart. Overall, Kori was lovable and I was absolutely smitten with Rhett. I certainly found myself invested in their happily ever after.
“That man made it possible for her to love you stronger in the end, because Kori knows how to love fully, unconditionally.”
Forgiving Reed was well written and the pacing was solid, allowing the story to flow smoothly. I enjoyed the concept of this novel, loving the idea that Kori was not only getting a second chance with Reed but a second chance at a life of love. I would have liked to dive a little deeper into Kori and Reed’s previous relationship. I think the strength of their foundation would have come through a lot more clearly had we experienced the better side of their past instead of just hearing from outside perspectives that they had once been so good together. I did enjoy exploring Blake and Kori’s relationship a little bit, despite Blake’s early departure from the story. Kori’s memories of him slipped seamlessly into the story and really allowed me to understand the depth of her loss. Forgiving Reed is sweet, sorrowful, and southern with a sexy twist that will make your heart race – the perfect lighthearted weekend read.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Southern Boys series:
Finding Gavin (Southern Boys #2)
Loving Colt (Southern Boys #3)