July 3, 2014 | by Alexis | Harder
by Robin York
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Published by Random House LLC on 2014-07-01
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
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.Advance praise for Harder “Bursting with chemistry, emotion, and heart, Caroline and West’s story will take your breath away!”—Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author of the REAL series“Robin York writes exceptionally real characters in achingly real situations. Harder had a hold on my heart and didn’t let go until the very end.”—New York Times bestselling author Cora CarmackFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Deeper, the first book in the series is one of my favorite reads of the year hands down. I inhaled Caroline and West’s story and was deeply upset when it ended in a cliffhanger. Then when I found out that Harder wasn’t going to be out for another 5 months I was even more depressed. I needed to know what was going to happen to these two, like that minute. Where they going to make it? Was West going to go back to Putnam? What was going to happen to Caroline and her lawsuit. Well, rest assured, all of my questions were answered.
The story picks up a few months after West has been in back home. He calls Caroline in the middle of the night because his father is dead. Caroline immediately jumps on the next plane knowing that he will need her there even though he doesn’t ask. What she doesn’t expect is to find a totally different West. The one she meets at the airport is distant, scary, and bulkier. I knew as soon as she landed that things were not going to go back to normal. What I was not expecting was West doing something so awful to Caroline. I honestly was so mad at him for a large portion of the book. How could he have done that? Well, I think being back at home broke his spirit so badly and he was mortified to have Caroline witness that at all. He would rather push her away and make her leave then have to deal with the reality of what his life had become.
“I loved her. Every day, every hour, every single fucking minute, I loved her.”
In Deeper, West put a broken Caroline back on the right path to healing. In Harder, it was now Caroline’s turn to return the favor. My heart literally broke for West the entire time. You realize just what he dealt with when he was younger and just how awful his poor excuses of parents were. It is Caroline who teaches not to survive, but thrive. I knew she was a very strong person but wow…she really pulled out the big guns in this book. At times, I was starting to question if West was even good enough for her. Alas, by the end of the book, I realized that they were just absolutely perfect for each other. When the two of them get back together, it is just insane. The chemistry these two have is flipping explosive.
“I have what it takes to claim what I want. I always did. All of us do.”
Another important person in this book is Frankie, West’s younger sister. She is only 10 years old but has dealt with way more than any 10 year old should have. In a way, Caroline was such a positive role-model for her and she was darn lucky to have two caring people in her life.
I absolutely adored this book but I just needed more at the end. I wanted to see what happened to Caroline, West, and Frankie. Besides that, I 100% recommend this book, it is a story that everyone should read. Caroline is amazing role model for young girls alike.
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