Harder by Robin York

Posted October 26, 2014 | 20 Comments

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Author: Robin York
Series: Caroline & West #2
Published by: Bantam
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

I was so excited to read Harder! I loved Deeper a lot, and couldn’t wait to continue Caroline and West’s story. Especially after that ending. Did the author pull through with Harder? Hell yes!

West is back in Oregon dealing with an awful family situation and is prepared to forgo his dreams of bettering his future, by taking care of and supporting his little sister. Included in that crushed future was Caroline. Or so he thinks.

Again, Caroline is an amazing heroine. I love how strong and intelligent she is. She looks at things logically and is so insightful. Like I said in my review of Deeper, she’s the type of female character I wish there were more of in YA and NA. Her relationship and influence on Frankie made me so damn happy.

What I also love is, how West recognizes and appreciates what a strong woman Caroline is. He encourages and supports her. Yeah, they go through some crap, but that never changes how he feels about her.

The whole world feels quiet, with Caroline’s words just echoing around.
This is what it sounds like, I think, to know exactly what you want.
This is what it sounds like to thrive.
I’ve heard her before like this. Every time, it wrecks me, because I’m so fucking proud of her.

West does something messed up, and it’s sad. But people aren’t perfect! I appreciate a character who is realistically flawed. If you want a cookie cutter perfect guy who does no wrong, then look elsewhere. West is a wonderful man, but he is a man with baggage. And that’s what’s so beautiful about this story, the growth in both characters. He was there for Caroline in the first book, and she’s there to set him straight in this one.

I was extremely pleased with the way everything turned out. Not only with Caroline and West, but with Caroline and her court case. It became so much more, and I love that she’s so dedicated and passionate about making a difference. Caroline for president!

So, yeah, read Deeper and Harder!



20 responses to “Harder by Robin York

  1. I won book one a long time ago during a goodreads giveaway. I never read it because I didn’t think it would be any good, but you’ve changed my mind. It does seem angsty, but I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks for the excellent review. 🙂

  2. I really need to give this series a try! All my trusted bloggers really love it. And I like a realistic character/story, flaws and all, too.
    Thanks for the review!

  3. “West does something messed up, and it’s sad.”

    It’s not cheating is it Christy? I like my characters flawed and don’t mind when they mess up because I certainly do it all the time, but when the mess up is cheating I get all squirmy and uncomfortable. Other than that though, this sounds like an amazing series!

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    • Christy

      They’re both full length novels, both with alternating POVs of Caroline and West. This book picks up about a month or so after the last. So it’s a full, continuous story spanning two books.

  4. I ADORE this series so much, Christy. I love the characters and while I was angry with Wes in this book, I got where he we was coming from and understood what he did. I did want to repeatedly punch him in the face though.
    I’m so glad you loved this too!

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