Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Sharing Harper by V. Murphy

A pain too hard to understand.

A struggle too deep to reach.

A love too complicated to work…but too intense to let go.

Harper Mae ran as far away as she could from her abusive past. She went to a different city and numbed her pain by using men, never sleeping with the same guy more than once.

Ryder worked at a coffee shop trying blend in with the rest of the world, desperately trying to live a normal life. After leaving a relationship and losing his family, he vowed never to fall in love again.

Until one day they are unexpectedly drawn to each other unable to let go.

Harper and Ryder’s turbulent relationship, two people who are struggling to find themselves, realize the answer lies within each other.

Secrets, so deep, that both have, end up surfacing causing irrevocable pain.

Will their love be strong enough to survive or will their pain be the downfall to their relationship?

Will Harper open up enough to share her past with Ryder or will he be just another number on her list?

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My Take
Harper Mae is very broken, damaged young woman due to disturbing events from a secret past that she ran from three years ago. She spends her days going to school, working at the shop with Rita, and her nights going out with her best friend, Skye, and sleeping around with countless men, never with the same guy more than once. She doesn't date as she believes herself incapable of loving or deserving of love. 

When she meets Ryder Kent,  a sexy strangers at a coffee shop, she's instantly taken by him. Unable to get him off of her mind for weeks, she's not prepared for him to be the knight in shining armor that comes to her rescue when he stops an attempted assault at a night club. 

From that day forward, Ryder makes it clear that he wants her, all of her, but Harper's terrified of letting anyone in again. She's afraid that if he finds out her past, he'll never be able to love her and he'll leave, but he's insistent that he'll never leave her, no matter what. 

Can Harper finally let go of the pain of the past in order to have a future with Ryder, or will she continue to push him away as she continues to self-destruct?
V. Murphy's debut novel it gritty, dark, and keeps your interest. The disturbing descriptions of Harper's nightmares and flashbacks keep the reader engaged and itching to figure out the complete story. They have you shivering at the depictions of the horrible things that Harper had to endure in her past, and as awful as it is, you find yourself needing to know what exactly was all done to her, and who the culprit was. 

Harper and Ryan are both very damaged individuals, so it's only natural that they are drawn to each other. Their chemistry is off the charts, especially in one very sexy night club dance scene. It's no surprise that they find themselves sans clothes quite often. 

It was heartwarming to see Ryder to protective and supportive of Harper, but for me, he became a bit frustrating when he would push Harper to open up to him and let him all the way in, but he refused to do the same. I also felt that Ryder fell for Harper a little too quickly, but upon getting his back story, I can somewhat understand how easy it was for him to fall. 

There is going to be a second book, but this one does not really end in a cliffhanger. It's more of a what happens next, so don't be afraid to read, because you won't be cliffhanged!

About the Author
Her name is V. Murphy and she loves everything about reading (some may call her a bibliophile). She is a current graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and heading out west to live the California dream while pursuing her masters degree in school counseling at the University of San Diego. You can find her writing in a Panera, small coffeeshop or on campus. When she is not spending her time in school or reading, she loves to write, bake and shop.

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