What they say: 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?
I received a copy of Sharing Harper in exchange for an honest review!
What I say (Review):I do enjoy a story with a tormented hero or heroine, but in this case you get both. Heroine Harper-Mae comes with a horrible past and a large self-destruct or run-button. the male lead, Ryder (yep I loved the name too) is all kinds of yummy. Armed with an interesting present and complicated past, Ryder knows exactly what (or who) he wants.
What I found particularly interesting about Harper was her coping technique; lots of nameless sex with strangers. Generally we see dozens of books with a damaged male who uses sex (man-whoring) to cope, until he is saved or enlightened by the female lead. Sharing Harper is not exactly the opposite of this but V. Murphy does cleverly twist the idea (without making Harper seem like a slut). Murphy analyses Harper's own lack of self-worth and why Harper does what she does.
The book includes some dark topics (abuse, violence and attempted rape), but it also looks at what comes next: survival. At first I wondered why Murphy hadn't called the book Saving Harper, but then as I read on I realised Sharing Harper is actually a perfect title for the story.
There are some grammatical issues and typos. These can easily be ironed out by an editor, who can help make the language flow more easily and make the convo's seem more natural. I think this is where self-published authors often miss out - we all know how expensive editors can be! There were a few times when I wondered whether people actually speak like Harper and her friends. But hey, maybe it's me being uber British?! On the whole Murphy has done a good job and stylistically Sharing Harper is similar to the Savannah series by Danielle Jamie (unsurprising as Jamie is Murphy's friend and mentor).
Sharing Harper (not to be confused with Stealing Harper, which is from a completely different series by a different author) is an interesting self-published contemporary romance. It's full of sex, tears and heartbreak. I'd probably class Sharing Harper as erotica because there is a lot of sexy times, which are told in a lot of detail. However, there is also a decent and really sad plot as well.
3.5 - 3.75 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
"Life's important question. Are you a tits or ass man?" his mouth went to form an O and his face was priceless.
"I don't want to share you with anybody else Harper, not even with the memories of your past."
Sometimes love is deeper than what your brain tells you love is.
Author Bio: 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.