Harder (Caroline & West #2) by Robin York

Harder (Caroline & West #2) by Robin YorkSeries: Caroline & West #2
on 2014-07-01
Pages: 352
AmazonNarrator: Emily Beresford
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.
three-half-stars

3.75 stars, not quite 4-stars.
I hate that this book went from a Revenge Porn Plot to a “save him from his hot mess family” angsty NA. The Revenge Porn thing is not been explored that much so I was really enjoying it. But I guess the author defaulted to NA standard, rude boy from a messed up family who needs that love to give him the strength to aim higher and.

If you liked Wes and Caroline in book 1, then it is the same but reverse here. In Book 1, Caroline was drowning in misery after her ex Nate released her pictures on social media. Wes gave her space, encouragement and used the bakery to give her something else to focus on. In this book Caroline was the anchor for Wes after his father died and his family was in a tailspin. Caroline had to endure some seriously mean attempts by Wes to push her away before he finally gave up fighting her and gave into their love. He found peace and joy and a clearly path to a new future.

I have mixed feelings about Caroline.  When she wants something, she just ignores everything else. Some would call it focus and determination, I call saw her as having tunnel vision. I get her need to save Wes the way he saved her, but I found she sacrificed Bridget, her father’s efforts on the lawsuits and even her own dignity at times to the altar of Wes. Maybe Wes was worth it, but I wanted more of a focus on the issue with Nate–on that crime that needed to be addressed more.

*Special Thanks to Librarything for the advanced reading copy, though I chose to get the audio

Deeper (Caroline & West #1) by Robin York

Deeper (Caroline & West #1) by Robin YorkSeries: Caroline & West #1
on 2014-01-28
Pages: 400
AmazonB&NNarrator: Lynde Houck, Mike Chamberlain
In the New Adult debut from beloved contemporary romance author Ruthie Knox, writing under the pseudonym Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.   West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.   They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.   When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
four-stars
I only read this book because I won book 2, Harder, from Librarything and I’m so glad that I did. This book grabbed my attention from page one.Caroline  Piasecki was a college student who decided that after 3 yrs with her first boyfriend . He decides to get revenge by posting intimate pictures of her on social media. Caroline was devastated and confused as to what she could do because she now feels like anyone she’ll meet,any potential job opportunity or even family friends would have seen her naked.Resident bad boy West Leavitt  encourages Caroline to stop hiding and fight back by living her life. They develop a friendship but she learns West has deeper issues than she does. Can she help him live again, the way he has helped her?

This book felt like it was fast paced in some arenas, then slow in other areas. I liked Caroline and I liked  West. They were both survivors. Caroline was betrayed by her ex boyfriend and  West was betrayed by his parents, both had to learn to trust again. Nice story and I look foward to book 2.