Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review of Harder by Robin York

Synopsis: In Robin York’s provocative new novel, two young ex-lovers find themselves together again in the shadow of tragedy—and an intense, undeniable attraction. 

Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart.

Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family—a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.

They’re together again, but things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who posted their explicit pictures on a revenge porn website. But here she is. Deeply into West, wrapped up in him, in love with him. Still

They fought the odds once. Losing each other was hard. But finding their way back to each other couldn’t be harder.

5 Stars!

Review: When Deeper left off, West had left to go back home to Oregon to take care of his younger sister. He let Caroline know that they were pretty much over, but she continued to have hope because she had fought through so much this last year, that she was unwilling to give up on West. After all, West was a huge part of her learning how to fight for herself again, so she couldn't let him not fight for himself. 

I have to say that I really loved this book. There were so many amazing parts where Caroline showed how strong she was - how strong she had always been, really. She was able to pull herself through a horrible nightmare of betrayal and cyber abuse, and, in some cases, the only person she had to count on was herself. Her father, whom I respected in so many ways, even had to learn how to encourage her to fight for herself in different ways than he had taught her, previously. I was so mad at him, and at one of Caroline's sisters, at one point, but her whole family really came through for her in many ways. 

One of the most incredible things about this book is that it does a 180 from the first book, and Caroline is now fighting for West. She is being his strength when he has none for himself. She teaches him that he can't take away her pride in herself now that she has really learned how to own it for herself. After she was beat down so much in the first book, it was truly great to see Caroline come back. What was also amazing was how proud West was to see her fight for herself and to be a strong woman. He didn't feel threatened, at all, by her strength, and in fact, encouraged it even in the face of others not believing in her. 

These two did not have it easy. Time, life circumstances, family members, sex scandals, college name much was against them. This was a very well written story, and it was just beautiful to see so much strength come from adversity. 


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