Harder is the second novel in Robin York's Caroline & West series. It picks up right where Deeper left. I liked that because I didn’t feel like I had to play catch up to where the characters are "now".
I have to admit that I was a little annoyed with Caroline in the beginning of the novel, because she was so immersed in being with West and trying to get West back instead of looking at the situation logically. I understand it's hard when you love someone and they are pushing you away, but there was so much more going on than her feelings. Plus she made such a big deal about being independent and strong in Harder. That made it more difficult to watch her succumb to her feelings for West instead of standing up for herself. She does eventually do this, but I felt like it took too long.
Emotions are still running high which continues from the previous book. I really love York's writing. It almost feels poetic in some parts, which is refreshing and breaks up the narrative in a good way. We get to see more of West's life in Silt, and his family. It's difficult to read about and feel separate from it. York draws you in and keeps you there.
Overall, Harder is a good book. I recommend this book to anyone who has read the first in the series. It continues the story without being mundane or monotonous, making it a great sequel.
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.