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Most Alluring New Release of 2018 - Allure by C.A. Harms
Are you ready for the second generation of the Southern Boys?
Allure (Brooklet Dreams #1) is Rhett's story...Reed's son from Forgiving Reed!
The next generation of the Southern Boys returns in a new spin-off series, Brooklet Dreams…
She was supposed to be my forever...
I’ll never forget the first time I saw her. She wore overalls two sizes too big and a pair of gloves that were also too large for her little hands. But that didn’t faze her one bit, and we clicked instantly.
By the age of twelve, we had become best friends, and by the time we turned sixteen, we were more. I had eyes for only one girl. My girl.
But then life changed, and different paths led to broken promises. When she left town, I was forced to let go of our dreams.
I spent my days existing. Baseball, classes, and working at the family farm became my life. I didn’t care about anything else. Until I met Allison Jo.
AJ was the quiet girl I never expected. She brought me to my knees with that beautiful smile. She made me laugh and slowly brought the old me back to life. I found myself wanting more with her.
I became her world, and she was my everything.
But when my past returns, my world is turned upside down.
I’m not sure I was prepared for what was about to happen.
When a book starts with a quote like, “The love of a lifetime is worth a million tries…” it sets an expectation that the work will be nothing short of phenomenal. This one pretty much rocked it. Young adult isn’t usually my preferred genre, but I’ve come to realize C.A. Harms’ characters, while young in age, are complex, realistic and often mature for their age, so I was glad to be able to read an early copy of Allure. In the first few pages, it appeared to be a second chance romance, which I adore, but it wasn’t that at all. It was so much better.
Rhett and Harley were high school sweethearts, with plans for their future mapped out, until Harley changed the plan and went to college out of state. As often happens, time and distance pushed them farther apart, until Rhett faced the truth. Although he and Harley were no longer together, Rhett still hung on to the past, not dating anyone. Sure, he could tell AJ was interested in him, but it took several months before he gave her a chance.
Rhett and AJ's story has so much heart and emotion, but not too much angst to jerk the reader around. Somehow through everything that takes place in their growing relationship, there’s an underlying certainty that everything will work out for them, even when the past tries to split them apart. I love these two characters and love them together even more. They’re perfect together and fit each other beautifully. Harms creates a detailed setting that comes alive, with fantastic peripheral characters to inject just the right amount of humor, and you'll love this emotional, heartfelt, uplifting read!
Read the Southern Boys Series...All 3 books individually or in a BOXSET!
C.A. Harms is an avid romance and mystery reader. She's always had a love for books, getting lost in writing and storytelling even as a young girl. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories.
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She holds an addiction for Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha’s and KitKat when she should really be focusing on water and maybe a fruit or two to make herself feel less guilty, but that feeling quickly passes...thankfully.
She is easy going, fun, and although she may seem like one of the quiet ones at first, you just wait until she gets to know you better...that quietness changes, fast.
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