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Guarded Heart

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Life can be very scary...Really Scary when a wounded heart is involved. Giving your entire heart to someone is hard enough once but when it is completely shattered by the one person you believed would always keep it safe only makes it almost impossible to give it away a second time.

Insecurity and Jealousy play a huge roll in Samantha Riggins life as she has her whole worl
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published March 30th 2013
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Kristine Arnold
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
After finding her fiancé in a less than appropriate situation with her own cousin, Sam realizes that she just may give up on love. That was until she met Wes. He could be her downfall. She was all he wanted, he was what she was afraid of. So begins the love story of Wes and Sam. Now it isn't all pretty. Throw in a couple of jealous exes, an infuriating mother and some really great friends and you have a wild ride. I loved that Tony (the idiot ex-fiancé) was always making appearances throughout t ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
ARC received in return for honest review.

Heartbreaking, compelling and romantic. How I loved this book. One to read for anyone who likes there romance novels to come with a side serving of heartache.

Samantha is excitedly looking forward to her wedding to Tony in a week, until she walks in on him getting jiggy with her cousin on their kitchen table. She is understandably devastated and relies on her best friend Allison and her husband Mitch to help her through this tough time. After mont
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
What could make my week better ?? Having to read 2 CA HArms books for a blog tour !!

Once again I am here delivering a 5 star review. I apologize for rambling and/or gushing but I do not know how else to get my point across !! There are many real life situations in this book. Some may seem a little too easy but others really take their toll. I enjoyed every minute of it. I felt sick , I felt heartache , I felt joy , I felt extremely turned on and hot !! Again CA really knows how to add a bit of e
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Sam is a week away from walking down the aisle to marry the love of her life, Tony. They've been inseparable for the past four years and can't wait to start their lives together.
Sam is an unfortunate example of someone being blinded by love… She refused to acknowledge the signs and warning bells until reality gave her a nice bitch slap.
Sam gives up on love and swears off men in fear of getting her heart broken. We've all be
Donna Porter
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does have some sexual scenes so it may not be for everyone. I did love the story Samantha thought she had it all. She worked as a physical therapist at a job she loved. She had a great boyfriend, Tony, of four years and a year ago they got engaged. It was only a few days before the wedding so Sam worked half a day. She stopped a the store to get some groceries to make Tony a wonderful supper. When she got home she noticed Tony's truck in the driveway. She thought great he came home ear ...more
Mary Mooney
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the author for my honest review, so here it is. If you are looking for a great story with heartache, pain, love, laughter and HEA, then this book is for you. Sam is less than a week away from her wedding to longtime boyfriend Tony. When she returns home after the last dress fitting and finds Tony screwing her cousin, she throws them both out before the tears begin to fall. He tries to tell her he loves her and always will and it was a mistake but Sam is not buying his ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads-2013
**I received an ARC copy for my review**
After finishing Stripped I couldn’t wait to start at a new book from Cynthia. And off course this was also a great story.

From the moment you start reading you get sucked in the story and yes sometimes you will laugh or cry with this story. It was written easy and all characters where flowing in to each other.

Only 5 days to go before her wedding Sam feels great, she has a lot of nerves but what happens next will shatters all her dreams, she finds her fiancé
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha comes home to find her fiance Tony the guy she has spent the last 4 years of her life with and is suppose to marry in less than a week banging her cousin on her kitchen table. Wow, talk about a punch to the gut! Samantha drags her cousin out by the hair(awesome)and kicks Tony out of the house. I loved how she scattered his belongings all over the lawn. I can so relate. This story is about hitting bottom and trying to pull yourself up. When you have had your trust broken it's really har ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
I was asked to review this book by the author so here we go! This is a story about a girl Sam who gets done wrong by a man! But her two best friends Mitch and Allison who are there for her throughout everything want her to try and move on! Although it is very hard she is introduced to a guy by her 2 best friends the attraction is undeniable they have a instant chemistry that is cosmic! But it's not easy and there is many different bumps or should I say hills in the road! LOL It is a very good re ...more
Myra Espino
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**I was given a copy n exchange for an honest review**

I really loved this book. I love that it has 2 POVs where I can also see what's on each others' sides. I really enjoyed it. I love how the author brought the characters to compliment with each other.

About the story... Well, it really captured my interest. I love the story's flow. It was easy to read and to understand. And as the story goes to an end, wow..I feel like crying.. All in all, it's so worth my time reading this book.. =)

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Suzanne Critelli
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Guarded Heart is the first story I have read from C.A. Harms. As I read the story, it held my interest! I like where the story was going and the build-up of the events.

Sam is engaged to Tony, until she just happens to come home early and catches Tony cheating on her with her cousin, Heather. I love the fact that no matter how many times her mother would nag Sam to take Tony back, she would stand up to her mother and refuse. Throughout the story, Tony is constantly trying to beg her to take him b
Jamie Rhodes
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked by the author to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad that I accepted this challenge, and I am happy that I picked this book to read. Well, all I can say is HOLY CRAP!!!!! WHEW!!! WOW!!!! I didn't want to stop reading. In fact I read this entire book while at a family outing ( I know it probably wasn't a nice thing to do, but the book was that good.) The book begins as Samantha learns that her finance, Tony (A$$HOLE), is cheating on her with her cousin, Heath ...more
Maria's Book Blog
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Guarded Heart is a very fast paced and intense quick read. I started reading late at night and if I didn't have to be up extra early the next day I would have kept reading until I was done. The prologue sends you head first into the story and its just a non-stop ride until the very end. I really enjoy books that cut out the fluff and get right to the heart of the story, the juicy stuff that you're dying to know about. And trust me when I say there is tons of juicy stuff in this one. There's love ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a chance to read and review this book by the author.
This book held my interest from the first page. I love that it had different point of views. i really enjoyed it. I love how the author brought the characters to compliment with each other. It was easy to read and to understand. I was laughing, and wanting to cry through the story.

Sam and Wes are amazing characters with a lot going on in life. They find each other when they need each other the most. Life hasn't been easy for eith
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I loved the characters in it. Once I started I could not put it down. The story starts off about Sam who walks in on her fiancée cheating on her with her cousin. She kicks him out and tries to pull herself together with the the help of her best friend Allison and her boyfriend Mitch. Allison sets Sam up with Mitchs best friend Wes who is seriously hot, to get over her heartache. But it turns from a one night stand to become more, but can she trust a man in her life anymore. ...more
Lisa  Rockin' Between The Sheets Reviews
For her Debut Novel Harms has set the bar very high! This book is a non stop emotional rollercoaster, that leaves your heart aching for Samantha. How do you move on after you feel you're happily ever after has been robbed from you? The one person you loved with all of your heart turns around and crushes you. You question weather love truly exists. Jaded and broken Samantha meets the sexy alpha male Wes. Can his love helper live again? The deep wounds that she suffered turn into very ugly scars m ...more
Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️
A MUST READ!! I devoured this book in less than 12hrs. Loved Wes.....definitely has all the requirements for a favorite book boyfriend!!

Sam & Wes's story had me happy, frustrated, laughing, hot (as in steamy), & even crying. I was so in to the characters that they were being played out in my mind like a movie. I definitely did not want their story to end. The supporting characters Allison & Mitch were great too.....real best friends portrayed as they should be.

I really can't say enou
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start off by saying. I think I just found a new author I'm marking down as one of my favorites! I absolutely loved this book! While reading this I felt so bad for Sam because it seemed like she just kept getting hurt let and right by her crazy ex fiancé. Then comes Wes, oh man did I fall in love with him! (I think his is my new book boyfriend (:) I loved that he was so caring and loving! I don't know what all to say w
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Samantha finds her fiancé in a compromising position less than a week before their wedding. After throwing him out she tries to put her life back, but finds putting her heart on the line again very hard to do after all she's been through.
Wes sees Sam first when she's at her friends house devastated by how things have turned out for her. He's instantly falls for her and when he finally gets his chance with her sparks fly. However both of their pasts threaten to tear them apart. Can they trust eac
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by C.A. Harms I have read. I have to admit from start to finish I didn't want to stop reading. No cliffhangers, story is complete, HEA included. Love the angst with not only the hero (Wes) and heroin (Samantha) but other family members and characters. It seems as though someone was pulling from both sides, Sam's mother and both exes. Sam finds her ex banging her cousin on her kitchen table. Wes's ex is a drug addict. Both of them kept trying to return to the scene of the ...more
Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. The lead character Sam is having to deal with a lot and honestly I dont know how diff I would react. It is a bit predictable which Im ok with. but I loooove Wes. A lot of drama going on in this book and it seems a bit over the top. i liked the characters. overall it kept my attention and I enjoyed it. great soap opera novel :) and lets face it soaps are awesome cause there is constant drama! sorry normally I write long re
Charity Foster
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**Provided Copy for Honest Review**

I really enjoyed this book. It had all the elements that you want to read about: heartbreak, someone finding themselves, strong friendships and undying love. I love how the author provided two POV's (always love this!) and showed all the heartbreak/love going on with Wes and Sam. The book really hooks you in and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the HEA and the fact that it is a complete book, no cliffhanger! I would highly recommend reading this book
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Wow. 'Guarded Heart' completely blew me away. I love when a story puts my emotions into hyperdrive. I smiled, laughed, got angry, cried and had to fan myself throughout. This book is another awesome example of C.A. Harms talent as a writer. I loved the storyline. The way it played out was brilliant. Well written. The hot and steamy parts were as always erotic. The characters were amazing. Sam is a great lead. I want a Wes
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*ARC. This is my second book by his author and I can say I really enjoy her style. She write a tell of women being stepped on and having to build themselves up again. Usually a past love gone wrong with a new true love trying to find.way into her heart. Trust seems to be a key element. Sam & Wes have all the makings of a beautiful future if their past could stay out the way. I love the comfortable and easy, yet everyday story a lot like R L Mathewson. i will read more from this author!
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review**

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick, fun read with an HEA. I felt the author was realistic and while to two main characters hooked up quick, their relationship was not. The main female character, Samantha, was realistic in her insecurities and distrust. She and Wes have their share of struggles and misunderstandings and through it all they developed well to their HEA.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet wonderful story. Love the single dad! Wes is such a great man. Sam's stubbornness could be her only fault but it is comical. I felt like I was cheering for these 2 from the moment Sam laid eyes on him at the club. I wanted to kick Tony's a$$ but also wanted to thank him for messing up so terribly b/c that led to this beautiful love affair. I would have enjoyed maybe a little more about Wes's family. I loved Alli & Mitch too. They were loyal friends. Great book!
Lisa Cox
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great read! CA Harms is becoming a favorite of mine!! This story is about Samantha trying to give love a chance again after having her heart stomped on by her jerkoff fiancée. Man I hated that guy (Tony). She finds herself feeling more for Wes than a one night stand. They find their way after many ups and downs. I love a happy ending and lots of steamy scenes.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stellar piece of work from C.A.Harms! I just love her emotional, tear jerking beautiful love stories. In her books, love truly does conquer all. And believe me when I say that her characters seem to have a rough start but love always wins in the end! It really is a 'must read'. Congrats to Harms on another beautiful piece!
Wendy Syposs Litz
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read books by this author before and have never been disappointed. This book has drama,romance and a touch of suspense. I enjoyed reading it! Samantha had her heart broken before her wedding,and has some trust issues. Wes has an adorable daughter,Kayla, and a worthless ex-wife. Congratulations on another good read!
Colleen Ciano
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was perfect from the first chapter. The characters Sam and Wes got into my heart and I never wanted the story to end. This story was a mix of romance, sexy hotness and the realities of life. I loved it. It made me laugh, cry and I never wanted the story to end.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I can't wait to read all of the author's books.
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“You are so beautiful Sam. I feel like I can’t get enough of those sweet lips,” Wes sucked on my lower lip very lightly. My body was trembling with need. He traced the tip of his nose across my cheek. I felt his tongue run along the side of my neck before he whispered, “You have no idea how much you are turning me on tonight. You are so f$$king sexy.” 6 likes
“You actually believe that you have no effect on me huh? You think that I don’t actually feel the need you do. I find it hard to think about you without feeling insanely hungry. I have thought about your body every f$$king day since I got my first taste. I control my hunger for you but it is there Sam. Every damn second it is there. I told you that you are under my skin and I meant it. I crave you so badly. Your soft skin, feeling your body and the taste of you, Sam you are so addicting. I want you so badly and today not being able to make love to you drove me out of my mind. I want to bury myself deep inside of you and forget about everything else.” 4 likes
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