"It doesn't take anything special to fight back against the world and all the ways it wants to box you in, hold you down, limit you, and keep you from thriving. You just have to know what it is you want to accomplish. You have to know who you want to be with and what you'll give up to get them."
Caroline gets a call in the middle of the night from West, her ex boyfriend, telling her that his dad passed away. She goes to him. This one phone call is the catalyst for a roller coaster of emotions as you read the story of this couple. The call is significant because West left Caroline and broke her heart. They were in college together and he left to go home. They hadn't talked in months. Even more significant is the fact that West's dad was extremely abusive to him growing up.
When she arrives she finds that he has not only changed physically but also emotionally as well. He has gotten more muscular and closed himself off seeming angry. When she asks how she can help, he asks they she stay with his younger sister. West is hostile and cold to Caroline the whole time she is there. He even goes to great lengths to get her to leave breaking her heart all over again. I wanted to stand up and give a cheer for Caroline after reading her speech after he did that which I will not speak of. Seriously standing ovation with a slow clap. Then I wanted to punch him in the face. Hard.
I don't want to give the rest of their story away. Robin has such a way with words and give great dialog. I was invested in the story at page one and couldn't put it down until the very end.
I absolutely loved this book.
I give Harder 5 hearts!
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Robin York grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She still isn’t sure why it didn’t occur to her to write New Adult sooner. Writing as Ruthie Knox, she is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance, including RITA-finalists About Last Night and Room at the Inn. She moonlights as a mother, makes killer salted caramels, and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike.