The bit on the back…
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 is the sequel to Robin York’s novel Deeper. The story of Caroline and West continues in Harder.
At the end of Deeper, West was headed back to his home town Silt to deal with family drama and that is where this story picks up a few months on.
I completely fell head over heels for West in the first book. There is something about him that is so wild and unrestrained that makes him sooooo appealing but there is also this kind and protective side to him and it’s that sense of protectiveness over his little sister that’s driven him back to Silt. He has a lot going on in this novel and in a way it’s more about him than it is about Caroline which is the opposite to Deeper.
One thing that really stood out for me about Caroline in this book was her determination. Although this personality trait was obvious in the first book I think that now she starts to fight for the love of her life instead of fighting for her reputation that determination doubles. It might seem like she just lets West do what he likes but in actual fact it appeared more to me that she was so willing to stand by him when he needed her the most.
The story is written again in a dual POV which I love in a story but it also lends itself to this in particular as there are a lot of complex emotions surrounding the actions of the characters and understanding them from both perspectives helps to complete the reading experience.
There is a lot of self-discovery going on for both characters in this story and it is also a lot to do with faith in yourself and faith in other people. For West this meant allowing Caroline to share some of the burden that he’s carrying around. Each character has their own story but together they are so engaging that I read this in less than 24 hours.
This is an amazing sequel to Deeper that I highly recommend.