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Series: Caroline & West #2
Publisher: Bantam Books on July 1, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
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.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
It’s been three months since West left Caroline behind, three months during which the hope that they would last dimmed away. But with one phone call, she’s on a plane to see him, to find him angry, all hard edges and cold eyes that show no matter how she tries to get to him, he’ll only push her away. The pain she felt when Nate exposed her online is nothing compared to the raw agony of knowing her life with West over, that he’s moved on, that she can’t have the person who carried her through the most difficult time in her life, who she fell in love with when she wasn’t looking. But as impossible as he tries to make things, now that she’s there in his hometown, she’s determined to see through the bitter armor he’s put up.
Pretty sure I am just wrecked. Harder cracked open my chest, ripped everything out and shredded me, only to put me back together in a jumbled mess of emotions I can’t even explain.
When West returned home to Silt, he crawled back into that inescapable darkness that told him life would never get better, that he didn’t deserve someone like Caro, and that she was certainly better off without him. His loss and grief, frustration and desperate attempt to act unaffected displayed itself in cruel anger and a callousness I didn’t think he was capable of. But Caro was nothing if not devoted, and while she couldn’t completely hide the hurt, she showed a strength we never fully saw in Deeper. But Harder isn’t a typical torn apart and found their way back to each other love story.
Caroline’s still dealing with the revenge porn pic disaster and trying to get out from under her well-meaning but heavy-handed father’s thumb. And West… Well, there was a while there that I really came close to hating him. But the more I saw into Caro’s mind, the more I understood that her patience didn’t make her a door mat; it made her stronger than he ever was. And once I got a look into West’s mind, my heart broke for him. He’d been given a pretty awful start in life, managed to claw his way out, and then been pulled back into that hopeless place with a disaster of a family and no light at the end of the tunnel. It’s no wonder he was so angry and convinced that life for someone like him was never going to stop sucking.
I thought Deeper was an incredible read, but Harder is beyond any kind of praise I can dish out. It’s an emotional roller coaster that takes a long detour through hell and doesn’t let you go until you’re safe on the other side, trying to wrap your head around all the intense feelings that still have you by the throat. And Robin York’s writing is simply amazing. There’s a poetic twist to the way she describes things, bringing everything to life — from the characters to the tension in the air to the snow on the ground. Her words don’t just describe scenes; they inject you with the sights and smells and sounds until you’re standing right there in the story, picking at the peeling laminate of an old kitchen table.
If you love feeling stories as much as reading them and want a story layered in emotion from every corner of the spectrum, grab these books and get comfortable. The situation is heartbreaking, the characters are flawed, and the entire journey is painfully beautiful. You’re in for an incredible read.