Book Title: Scarred by Love Author: C.A. Harms Genre: Romance Release Date: January 10, 2014 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast PromotionsC.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. “I wouldn’t eat any of that if I were you.” She turned so quickly we almost bumped heads. I pulled back slightly and her lips we so close to mine as she looked up into my eyes. “And why’s that?” Fuck Zander…pull it together. “Well look around the room. Do you see all these guys here? “Yes.” Her voice was just above a whisper as she scanned the room before focusing back on me. I took just a few seconds to look at her curious eyes, when I felt my heartbeat slow just enough, I continued. “Well imagine that at least half of them have had their hands inside that bowl of chips.” I paused for just a second allowing her to think about it. “And then imagine that at least seventy five percent of those have used the bathroom without washing their hands after.” Her nose wrinkled up in the cutest way. I struggled with the chuckle I felt in my chest. “You see where I’m going with this?” Her nostrils flared and she took a deep breath. “Oh…that’s really gross.” I couldn’t help it; this time I laughed. “Yep, it’s honestly pretty nasty.” When she laughed and her eyes fluttered I almost lost it. Damn she was sexy. She wasn’t sleazy sexy…not at all. She was what my mom would have referred to as Beautiful sexy. She wasn’t throwing herself at me to gain my full attention. She was dressed pretty hot but yet covered up. “You’re staring.” Shit…I shook my head just a little. She had caught me. “Sorry, I couldn’t help it. It’s your lips and your eyes.” “Smooth.” “What? You want me to lie?” She bit her lower lip and I could see the smile pulling at the side of her mouth. “You’re kind of distracting.” Her eyebrows shot up as she stared at me. “Oh, really? Would you mind explaining how I’m distracting you?” I was mentally counting to ten. I so needed to breathe. My mind was racing. I was usually pretty relaxed around girls. I needed to climb out of my head…I was working myself up entirely too much. Okay, Zander time to man up. I reached out and traced my fingertip across her cheekbone just below her left eye. “You’re eyes remind me of the sky just before it storms. That hazy blue color…it’s really unique.” She watched me with no reaction, nothing. I let my hand fall back down and was about to say something to break the silence when she broke out in laughter. Not just a little giggle…I mean a hunched over heavy as hell laugh. Her eyes seemed to gloss over and I watched in confusion. I stood in front of this gorgeous girl watching as she continued to laugh at me. “What?” I had to ask because I was lost. Once she calmed herself enough to answer she spoke. “So does that shit really work for you? I mean that was a pretty lame ass pick up line.” She placed her hand on my cheek and took a step toward me. “Your eyes look like the sky right before the perfect storm.” Then she laughed again. Fuck I was really bombing…big time. I smiled, “I’m being serious. Have you ever fucking looked closely at your eyes? I’m not trying to spout lame pickup lines. I mean it.” She pulled her hand back and I missed it instantly. “What’s your name?” Maybe I didn’t bomb as bad as I had thought. “Zander…What’s yours?” She brushed her hair away from her face and tucked it behind her ear. Son of a bitch I was acting like such a pussy. She was so fuckin’ beautiful. She had me forgetting how to breathe. “I’m Riley and Zander it was really nice to meet you. Thanks for the laugh.” She handed me a full bottle of beer and walked away. That’s right, she fucking walked away. I watched her disappear into the crowd of people. I watched until I could no longer see her before I hung my head and turned back toward to Beth. When I looked up she was laughing so hard she literally fell sideways into Mark’s lap. I walked in their direction and flopped down next to her, “Fuck off Beth. Seriously just fuck off.” She patted my back, “What’s wrong Z…wasn’t she impressed?” I shook her off, “I panicked.” I hung my head in defeat. Her laughter broke out once more and I couldn’t help it, I laughed too. What the hell was wrong with me? I know how to charm a girl. I had done it a million times. For some reason Riley had me stumbling at every turn. She wasn’t a girl that fell for the everyday charm…she was tougher.
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