Review ~ Harder by Robin York

Harder (Caroline & West, #2)Title: Harder
Author: Robin York
Series: Caroline & West #2
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: July 1st 2014

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.
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I have been eager to read Harder because I was left hanging a bit at the end of Deeper and I wanted to know what Caroline and West were going to do next. You can see they belong together, but West can’t see how Caroline can fit in his world now. It is difficult and often frustrating, but I did enjoy how they came back together…
What I found with these two was that they were different when they were apart. West became toxic: cold and heartless. He did a really horrible thing that would’ve had me ranting and raving. Caroline took it in and put walls around it and casually gave him a piece of her mind. I certainly tipped my hat to her, because she has been through so much and is willing to be the bigger person.

Caroline is more independent, but you can see that she still wants West. She knows that he is the one and she can see that he is pushing her away. She has grown so much since I first met her, and I love how she has taken control of her life and is willing to fight for what she wants.

This book was more about West and the demons he has had to face, both from the past and the present. He needs to get past them to find the happiness he deserves. When he reconnects with Caroline, they become a great team and their passion hits new heights. I loved how Robin wrapped up this book; I was relieved that both Caroline and West were able to find happiness and peace. I am definitely going to read more of Robin’s work in the future!!

Other reviews featuring Robin York
Caroline & West
Deeper #1


  1. Bea @ Bea's Book NookOctober 10, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    So the story has a happy ending? I keep wavering on whether or not to read these books but I'm tempted after your review.

  2. Oh and now you have me curious what he did. lol I don't know. I'm kinda mean. I probably would have wanted to take him down. ::snort::

  3. Yes Bea!! Harder has the good ending that we want! I so love West, and he deserved someone to love him. Get both books when you read it though, you may get cranky after the first!!

  4. Girl.... I wanted to, don't worry! I'll bring you with me too! He needed a good kick in the junk!! lol

  5. It sounds like York really made Caroline and West work for their HEA in this book, but that usually makes it all the sweeter. I like how the author played up the fact that certain peeps act differently depending on who they are hanging with. Good stuff!

  6. Oh West made me SO mad when he did that!!! I can't believe how well she handled it though - because if I was Caroline I would have had a brick in my hand.... ahem. :)

  7. I can't wait to read this! And now I'm dying to know what West did.DYING, I tell you!

  8. I'm glad you were able to be get such an intimate look at West and the reasons he is the way he is, Naomi. And I'm glad that Harder was so satisfying. I still need to read Deeper. Maybe before the end of the year. I think I'm going to continue with my Rec Fest because I haven't gotten to read as much as I've wanted. :) Hope you're having a great week, girl!

  9. Thanks Carmel. They did work hard, but i really did enjoy it!

  10. UH HUH!! I would've flipped my lid for sure!

  11. Hehe!! Oh, he is naughty, but I love him still!!

  12. I hope you get to Deeper soon.... but have Harder on standby, you will want it!

  13. Bea @ Bea's Book NookMay 23, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    LOL Thanks for the warning. :D


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