Monday, 14 July 2014

14th July BLOGTOUR Harder by Robin York

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 July 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0349404216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349404219
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. 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.

Though they are together once more, 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 is going to be hard for me to review (no pun intended) because it was...well kind of disappointing for me. 
I enjoyed the first book but this book was hard to like.
Particularly West's attitude and actions towards Caroline, attempting to drive her away was just frustrating and cruel at some points.
 One 'scene' in particular that did not sit well with me, which involves him and another, older woman.  I  found it very difficult to like him and forgive him after that, which makes me kinda sad because I thought he was a great male protagonist and love interest for Caroline in book 1.

I did sympathize for him because he had a crap life and wants better for himself and his sister Frankie but doesn't know how to be anything else.  We did get more of his back story, which was definitely something that was lacking in the first book. 

Caroline is one understanding girl. Her love for West runs deep, and she wants to be by his side no matter.  Almost to the point where it got 'ohhh look at me.  I'm such a lovely carpet.  Walk all over me'.

I think my biggest issue, was that this book tried to be all intense, deep, and emotional.  These characters that are starcrossed- just can't be together.
But really, I didn't see WHY they couldn't.  What was stopping them.
I really just didn't see it.

2/5 stars

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