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Title: Clash
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Contemporary NA Romance
Published: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
It was time to fight back. 

Time to live. 

Too much of my life had already been taken from me by a man that should have protected me. At the hands of pure evil I have lived in fear. When most young women were learning to love, I was fighting to live. 
I had broken free of the hate. 
Finally getting the chance to feel what real love was, but with all good things, bad times seem to follow. At least for me it does. My name is Payton Walters and I refused to allow them anymore of my freedom. 
I will not fall… 
Not this time.

Prologue
Payton
I was eleven years old when Maggie, my mother, left. Just packed her bags and walked away. She just couldn’t deal with it anymore; the hate and anger was all too much. But there was something I would never understand. Why did she choose to leave me behind? It was something I often wondered.
That was seven years ago.
Seven long years of dealing with the backlash of her absence. My father had always been a broody, irritable man—extremely unapproachable. I guess that was one of the reasons my mother chose to leave. That, and the fact he was a heavy drinker. Alcohol, to him, was like breathing; it was something his body had to have to survive. His perpetual intoxication almost always led to a fight between them—a physical fight full of anger. For days I would see the marks of those disagreements gracing my mother’s beautiful face. He tore her down whenever and however he could. I remember lying in bed at night wishing I could stop him, hoping for someone, anyone, to take my mother and me away to safety.
At all costs I found myself doing whatever I could to avoid him. Though he never lay a hand on me before Maggie left, things changed afterward. He became even angrier and more violent; I never even thought that was possible. Those nights of terror I used to listen to my mother live through now became my own.
It didn’t matter what I did or how much I abandoned, in his eyes I still screwed everything up. He blamed me for all that was wrong in his life; it all fell at my feet.
Soon it would all be over; I had plans. All I had to do was finish these last few months of school and I could escape forever. No matter what it took, or how many jobs I had to work, I would be rid of John Walters.
review
4.5 Stars

I found this book to be different from CA Harms other stories. It was a grittier read which featured both physical and mental abuse!
Payton had suffered so much at the hands of the monster who she was cursed with as a father. He was a horrendous human being! Payton’s strength was one of my favourite aspects of this story. She just kept picking herself up and dusting herself off.
Dylan was a complete sweetheart, sure it took a little encouragement for him to make his move but once he got his head out of his ass he proceeded to make me swoon.
The relationship between Dylan and Payton was beautiful to watch their love blossom and their story unfold. Dylan was so protective of Payton and he loved her immensely.
Casey was a riot, she was such a wildcard and I loved her take no shit attitude. Her friendship with Payton was great to read about.
CA Harms is definitely one of my favourite authors, she writes such swoon worthy men and such kickass heroines you can’t help but love the characters. Her writing always draws me into the story and captures my attention right from the start.
This book was emotional at times and really pulled at my heartstrings, it gave me a bad case of ugly cry syndrome.

 

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.

 


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