Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
Harder (Caroline & West, #2) by Robin York
on July 1st 2014
Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible
Series: Caroline & West #2
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.
I can’t even express how surprised I am by these two audiobooks. I was not expecting to love them so much. The author hit an out of the park homerun with these two characters (Caroline and West) that she created, and her writing was excellent. So impressed!
“I want you, and I don’t know how to stop wanting you. I want to get deep inside you, and then deeper, until I’m so deep I don’t even know what’s me anymore and what’s you.”
If you follow my reviews and the books I read, then you may have noticed I very rarely read college new adult romances anymore. I really got burnt out on the tropes of the genre. However, these books felt fresh to me even though it’s a story about a rich girl and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
If you are a fan of Tammara Webber’s Easy, then I believe you will enjoy Deeper and Harder as well. The author did a terrific job tackling social issues and creating a strong heroine that any female would look up to.
“You arm yourself with love, friends, knowledge. You figure out who you are. What you want. You figure it out, and you go after it with everything you’ve got. And that means sometimes you have to let yourself be scared.”
These books are written from dual POVs which enables the reader to get to know both Caroline and West exceptionally well. Those two touched my heart so deeply with their connection. I also think the audio narrators did a fantastic job voicing Caroline and West. The switch between POVs flowed seamlessly.
If you are looking for a well written new adult novels with great main characters, angst, and an unpredictable storyline then give this duology a shot .
Deeper = 5 Stars!
Harder = 4 Stars!