Saturday, June 21, 2014

ARC Book Review: Harder by Robin York

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Harder continues the story of West and Caroline, the opposites who can't help but stay attracted.

West has returned to his hometown to try to take care of his family, but things are not turning out the way he expected. Yes, his mother has re-entered the toxic relationship with his father, but he has to keep an eye on his little sister from afar as his father won't even let him in the house. As a result, he is living with his mom's ex boyfriend and working himself to the bone to make ends meet. Meanwhile Caroline's father has taken the court case regarding her ex boyfriend's release of their private photos on and ran with it. It's all he wants to talk about but Caroline has become a stronger and better woman after dealing with this with West by her side. Suddenly, West calls her with terrible news, and she drops everything to run to his side. She flies to his hometown and supports him through the toughest time in his life, despite the fact that he regrets the momentary weakness in calling her. He tries everything he can to get her to go back to Iowa, to stay away from his crazy family and his crazy life, but she refuses until he pulls a stunt so revolting she gives in an gets on a plane home. However life is never easy or predictable, and West ends up back at school in Iowa, and he isn't alone.

Caroline is one of my favorite heroines. She is so intelligent, sharp, and she calls West out when she needs to. West is such a good guy but he can't see the forest for the trees. He doesn't know how to live a life when he isn't in survival mode and Caroline shows him the way. West has to figure out what he wants now that he has what he needs, and the results are happily surprising. Caroline and West are a true power couple-I would love to check in on them in 10 years and see where they are. Great read.

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