Monday, September 30, 2013

EARLY REVIEW: HER (HIM #2) by Carey Heywood

Her (Him #2)
By Carey Heywood
Cover reveal October 1st!
Publication Date: October 2013
Source: Digital ARC provided by the author in exchange for honest review.
You know her side of the story, now learn his. 

"It was useless. I felt branded beneath my skin by a girl who left without even saying goodbye." 

When Will Price was assigned a partner for a sixth grade class project he had no idea she would become his best friend. After years of friendship, she eventually became so much more. Then, one day she left with no explanation. 

Will’s life shattered right before his eyes and he was left alone to pick up the pieces. Floundering, Will must figure out a way to carry on, to find a way to exist without her. 

Seven years later, a chance encounter leaves him desperate to get her back. He has one week to make her his again. Not everyone gets a second chance with the love of their life and Will is determined to never lose her again.

So, I'm a lucky, lucky girl because I absolutely adore Carey, and she was so kind as to give me an early copy of HER!  You may have read my review of HIM, but if not, you can bounce on over and ready it by clicking here

Now that you're back, let me tell you about HER!

I completely fell in love with Will Price all over again in this follow up! Well, it’s not really a follow up. It’s more of a companion. Her is every bit the amazing and captivating love story that Him was with the grit of male POV and a lot more scintillating sex! Will is such a guy! I adored him in Him, but being inside his head was like a completely different experience.

Will tells his story from beginning to end, versus Sarah’s flashbacks to the past. I liked this change since it really sets Her apart from Him. And it’s such guy perspective. We learn about some of the same events in Sarah and Will’s relationship, but we’re inside Will’s head. And let me tell you, being in a man’s head is MUCH different than being is a woman’s. That grit I mentioned? Yea, Will has a bit of a dirty mind like most men. I kind of thought of him as this sweet, polite, pretty boy in Him, and I mean that in a good way. But let’s just say this inside his head, there’s a whole dirty word vocabulary that would make his mother blush. It was so much fun seeing the events that Sarah described in Him through Will’s eyes. “The talk” with Brian after the couch incident… priceless!

And the sex scenes? Carey does a wonderful job writing those. Since they are told from Will’s POV, they’re grittier (yes, I really like that word for Will) and HOT! H.O.T.T. HOT! There’s more substance in the sex from Will’s POV because his character isn’t as shy about it. It’s really a great addition and well written.

And there’s another benefit of getting the story from Will’s POV. We find out what the hell he’d been up to all those years! Oh, and what he was really thinking while he and Sarah were just friends. So many questions answered! Being inside his head at the water park… priceless! Even better, we get to hear all the conversations he has with Brian, and how they become such good friends. I really love their relationship.

But there is one question answered that blew me out of the water. It’s not really important per se, but it was damn funny and probably my favorite little blip in the book. Who is Jessica engaged to? Yep, you’ll love it! As soon as I read this part I set the book down and emailed Carey this exact email…

OMG! Jessica is engaged to **************?!?!?! That is just too good!

While this little tidbit isn’t vital to the story, it sure as hell made my day! After you read it, please, please, please come tell me what you think! Comment, Facebook me, Tweet me… anything! I just want to know your reaction to this little revelation.

Ok, moving on. You may be thinking, “Is this just a retelling of Him?” No! It’s so much more. Will may be telling the same story, but his POV adds so much to the events from Him that you’re really reading a new version. However, if that’s not enough for you, Her goes past the conclusion of Him. Yep… way past the conclusion of Him. So trust me… you will be completely satisfied by the time you read the final words of this book.

If you haven’t read Him yet, that’s ok. You don’t have to read it first, but I would suggest it. You can read my review of Him by clicking on the cover below. And please, share, share, share! And come back tomorrow for the absolutely fabulous cover reveal for HER. It's awesome, I promise. I can't wait to share it with you all!

updated carey heywood pic
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. I make up stuff and write it down. Here are some things that make up who I am, in no particular order; Books, Swedish Fish, Rivers, Kids (I have some), Husband (I have 1), Dog, Wuss, Reader, Elephants, Mermaid Shows, Belgian Chocolate, Plastic Rings, Fizzy Water, Abs (I don't have them...well yes, I have them but they're nothing to look at I meant Abs that I like to look at), Twitter (@careylolo), Making up Words, Chair Dancing, Old Movies, Cartoons, Belgian Waffles, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, People, Kayaks, Screen Porches, Laughing, Colored Paperclips, Junky Green Laptop, Golden Rule, Falling in Love, Jumping in Puddles, Spellcheck, Windy Days.

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