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4 stars = I REALLY liked this book I reread Him before starting
4 stars = I REALLY liked this bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I reread Him before starting Her so that I could reacquaint myself with Sarah and Will’s story. Where Him is narrated from Sarah’s perspective, Her is Will’s side of their story. I will admit slight reservations that this would simply be a rehashing of Him, Ms. Heywood surprised me be telling Will’s story in a linear fashion as opposed to the alternating past and present style used in Sarah’s story.
This allowed her to begin Will’s story with the first time he really noticed Sarah and how his feelings toward her changed over time. I found the information on Will’s family situation sad and my heart hurt for Will the boy. As the reader knows the things that Will doesn’t when their relationship breaks down, it makes his reactions that much more heartbreaking – to know that he loved Sarah as much as he loved her and to lose her through no fault of his own is tragic. As the story moves to the present and you witness that Will is in as much pain as Sarah over their separation, it makes for a difficult read. But this makes the story that much sweeter once Will goes to Colorado with Sarah for the summer.
Fortunately for the reader, Ms. Heywood takes the story beyond where it ended in Him and we get to see what Sarah and Will endure as they move their relationship forward. The author keeps a level of realism in the book by not letting things go perfectly. There are bumps and turns on their path forward, but as they overcome them, it just helps to strengthen their relationship – especially when those bumps are other people flirting with them. Fortunately, they do move forward and find their way to their happy ending.
Ms. Heywood has written a lovely companion novel that serves to enrich Sarah and Will’s story without it being a regurgitation of material from Him. It allows the reader to connect with Will and feel the heartbreak that he went through as well. I will say that I absolutely LOVED the proposal scene and felt that it was perfect for this couple. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Heywood’s writing in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Posted July 3, 2014
Will had his heart crushed 7 years ago when the love of his life
Will had his heart crushed 7 years ago when the love of his life disappeared after graduation. He has never understood why she left but now she is returning to town for her brother's wedding so maybe he will get the answers he needs and well, deserves. If you read Him you already know how this story ends up but reading it from Will's point of view was fabulous for me. I liked Her better than Him … I connected with Will better and how the story was told with his voice. Understanding what he was really thinking/feeling helped me appreciate Him more. Even knowing what I did from book 1 I was still frustrated with both characters at various points for their lack of communication but the chemistry between the two still jumped off the page for me and I just wanted to see these two happy together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2014
I can relate to Sarah, I kind of grew up like she did. I was pus
I can relate to Sarah, I kind of grew up like she did. I was pushed later in life to gain the confidence to really love and be accepted for who I was. Heart warming story of a woman who has not moved on from the one she will love for her life time. Heading on to read Her. Will leave more later. :) After HERWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2014
I was looking forward to seeing Will's POV after reading "H
I was looking forward to seeing Will's POV after reading "HIM" that had Sarah's POV. To tell the truth, I liked the first half better than the last part. Too much "I love you so much". If you did not read HIM by this author, then do read it because this book will make more sense. It is possible for two people in love, have a terrible misunderstanding and don't speak for 7 years! Sad but true. it is nice to have a HEA. But my real question is "will there be a story about Sawyer?" She is such a great BFF for Sarah and her story needs to be told. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2013
Since reading the first book, which I fell in love with, I¿m sup
Since reading the first book, which I fell in love with, I’m super excited to read this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Plot: The only part I really enjoyed is the beginning. The plot gave a good back round history on how the characters met. How they grew up together to them falling in love. It then repeats the same plot in the first book, then goes to their life now. Their life now is what I expected. Drama with unexpected characters and lots of sex. Not that the sex is bad it just that, that’s all they do! The last few chapters was them getting it on. Their was no romance, no romantic speak, just that. For me, that’s get boring fast. I want more plot, more dates, more interaction. Not just sex.
Love: Well, you already know that these two characters fall in love. I really love the first half of the story. Getting to know them while they were kids and watching them be each other friend is the sweetest thing to watch.
Overall, this book is good. It did provide some differences from the first book but pretty much it was as expected. If you enjoyed the first book then you will like this one.
Posted November 26, 2013
Posted November 7, 2013
"What do you do when the girl you're in love with runs away
"What do you do when the girl you're in love with runs away?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I read the first book in this series, Him, a few months ago, I really enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for a book where the characters have a history with each other and are reunited for one reason or another. Second chances are one of my favorite plot devices, especially when it feels real and I can connect with the characters. That was absolutely the case with Him. It's even more true with Her. Him was told from Sarah's perspective; Her from Will's. But it's more than just a switch in the perspective, it's an addition to Sarah and Will's story. It spans more time in their history… and future.
"She is still wearing the ring I gave her over a decade ago. That has to mean something. It means, whether she knows it or not, that she is still mine."
If you read Him (and if you haven't, why not?!), you know the basics of the story… Girl meets boy and they become friends. Both date other people and eventually realize they're in love with the other. Confessions. Girl and boy date. There's a misunderstanding and girl runs away. Boy and girl come face-to-face years later and the old feelings are still there. It's as though they were waiting all those years to find their way back to each other. It's sweet (and maybe not entirely realistic), but anyone who has a person like that in their past wishes it happened like it did for this boy and this girl.
"I miss what Sarah and I once had. It might be crazy to still be hung up on the girl I dated my senior year of high school, but she was so much more than that. She was my best friend."
Sarah and Will come face-to-face with each other for the first time in seven years on a plane. She's heading back home for her brother's wedding. Will still lives in their hometown and he's heading back there after a business trip. Sarah doesn't realize that Will and her brother are best friends, that he's responsible for introducing her brother to his future wife or that he's in the wedding. Sarah's walls are up. Will is just thrilled to have her back around and desperate to find out what happened all those years ago. It takes some time for Sarah to open up to Will. Will was an open book. (Have I mentioned I love a sensitive guy?) They longer they spend together, the more apparent it is that their feelings are just as strong as they were seven years ago, if not stronger, and that they absolutely belong together.
"I've loved you and only you, Sarah, for the last seven years. When you left, I never got over it."
What I loved most about this book - and it was difficult to pick just one thing - is the amount of Will's vulnerability, and the depth of his feelings, it showed. The first book dove right in. This one had more of a slow build. We're in Will's head from the time they met, through when they became friends, until they became more and Sarah left after a misunderstanding, leaving him brokenhearted and bewildered. I feel like I got a better grasp of their history and his feelings. Will's character development was excellent. He was in love and determined to do whatever he could to find out how Sarah felt, what caused a rift between them in the past, and if they still have a future together. And all this with very little angst! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy dark and angsty, but sometimes sweet and fluffy feels pretty good. I love a good happily ever after, especially when it's between characters I adored as much as Will and Sarah. This was a beautiful story about love and second chances. I was left with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.
Posted November 5, 2013
I think I liked this book better than Him mostly due to the fact
I think I liked this book better than Him mostly due to the fact that I got a little more info from where things left off with that one. The characters were written wonderfully and the story seemed more complete after I finished. There were lots of moments that as I was reading I felt like all the little questions I had while reading the first book were being answered.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see how Will reacted to every situation. The thoughts and heartbreak that he goes through was painful to read about. I felt sorry for him and I really liked being able to get Will’s side to everything. It made the story feel more complete to me. Sarah kind of annoyed me at first with how easily she ran away but I could also see where she was coming from. Despite all the misunderstandings and angst that happens it’s obvious they are meant for each other.
I really enjoyed the characters in this one. Some of the secondary characters that don’t get much attention in the first book have a little more involvement in the second book and I feel like it added to Sarah and Will’s world. The story felt authentic and I was easily engrossed from the very beginning. I highly recommend this book (after reading Him of course). I think this is an awesome 5 out 5 stars!
Posted November 4, 2013
Once again Carey hit it out of the park. I absolutely loved Her.
Once again Carey hit it out of the park. I absolutely loved Her. This is Will's point of view and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I really thought there couldn't be more to the story, but in Her, Carey takes us past where Him ended and gave us a wonderful happily-ever-after.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There were so many questions that I had after reading Him and I just couldn't fathom why that 7 years happened, but Her addresses that. It also shows the growing relationship between Brian, Sarah's brother, and Sarah's family.
My most favorite moment is when Will calls Sawyer for a sneaky scene and the thought behind the detail in that scene was so brilliant. I don't want to say what it is because it would spoil it, but it was such a thoughtful touch that really adds to Will & Sarah's relationship.
Also in this book, we have a little bit of Sawyer, Sarah's best friend for the last 7 years, but she doesn't play a dominant role in the story. I really can't wait until we hear her story because from the foreshadowing in these two stories, it's going to be a doosey. I absolutely love the way she treats Will's Mom and hope that is included in her story as well.
Her is a completely sweet and satisfying story that helps me come to terms and closure on Will and Sarah's story. A wonderful read that I highly suggest. 4.5 stars.
Posted November 3, 2013
Star Rating: 3.5 Heat Rating: SIZZLING! I really wanted Hi
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Star Rating: 3.5
Heat Rating: SIZZLING!
I really wanted Him to be the best of both worlds in one book and I will admit my expectations were pretty high. I wanted to be in Will's head and really get into what he was thinking during all the agonizing/amazing moments from Her AND I wanted the story to go farther and really give me that great finish to a series (tall order, I know). Her delivered some of what I expected but left me wanting more "new" and less "same". I may be the type of reader that can't really get lost in a story I have read before just from a new POV because at times I found myself skimming pages because I knew what was going to happen. (I am not the type to re-read stories either
Carey Heywood has a delightful way of telling a story and it is really easy to sit down and finish her books in one sitting. The pacing for Her felt a bit fast, so if you hadn't read Him, you might be left confused in places. I really wanted to know more about Will's background and we got a bit more but not what I was hoping to learn. I really wanted to understand his relationship with his mother better and I would have liked to spend more time on how he and Sarah's brother became so close. I felt like I really got to know Sarah in Him, and wanted the same for Will in Her.
Overall, this was a good story, I liked that this time around it was told in chronological order instead of jumping back in forth in time. I enjoyed getting to see inside Will's head during that "beginning" time back when they were in high school and uncover his side of things (emotions and thoughts). My thought when finishing the book was I wanted more new material, I wanted to get that conclusion I didn't get with Him and I am left still waiting. I really hope that Carey Heywood continues this series with a spin-off featuring Sawyer (dying to know more about her) and we can get more from Will and Sarah that way too.
I am a fan of Carey Heywood and will continue to gobble up her stories in the future. If you loved Him and are dying to get your hands on more Will than Her is a great way to spend an evening re-visiting a favorite story with characters you can't help but love. And if you haven't read Him, now you can pick whose head you want to be in Will's in Her or Sarah's in Him.
Posted October 29, 2013
I won¿t lie, I was disappointed. I was really looking forward t
I won’t lie, I was disappointed. I was really looking forward to reading Her from Will’s pov. I was more curious about what he thought when I was reading Him. My review for Him is here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The first half of this Her is a rehash of Him but from Will’s perspective. Yes we do get some insight however, I found Will to more endearing and sweet in Him. I think Her ruined Will for me. Maybe because Sarah was written similarly. This is one of those books where you like the side characters more than the lead. I’m not sure where the disconnect is.
There are good things and bad things about Her. The good stuff for me happened during the last half of the book. We get to see what happens after Will goes to Colorado for the summer with Sarah. It’s basically a wrap up. What bothered me though was that the last half of the book was pretty much nothing but sex with bits and pieces of the story. The filler was sex. That’s pretty much all Will and Sarah did. I found myself skipping through those parts to get to the good stuff. What happened with Will’s mom and Sawyer? What happens with the business, does Sarah move back to Colorado.? Do they get married.? Do they have kids? Do they ever rub their togetherness in Jessica’s face?
Some of this is addressed and some of it isn’t over all I was okay with the way it ended. Sawyer continued to be a highlight for me in the book. I really liked her character. Jared makes more of an appearance. I was NOT happy with where that storyline went. I felt like the author did him a big dis-service there.
I still found myself annoyed with Sarah. She still seemed very immature to me. She continues to stick her tongue out every chance she gets. Miley anyone?
The book wraps up the story in a neat little package. Not sure if there will be another book for Sawyer and/or Jared.
All in all it was just okay for me.
Posted October 26, 2013
This is Will's POV and it is absolutely perfect. This fills in h
This is Will's POV and it is absolutely perfect. This fills in his feelings that I wondered while reading Him. It was a quick read because I couldn't put it down. While they are in high school Will realizes that he is in love with Sarah but he doesn't think she feels the same about him. So he dates others while still keeping Sarah as his best friend. While dating Jessica is when he realizes he would rather be with Sarah. Jessica is jealous because they are the perfect couple or so she thinks. When Sarah leaves town without telling Will, he is heartbroken and you feel his pain. He hurts for seven years. Then on a flight back from winning a photo contest, he is in the same plane as Sarah. he can't get her to tell him why she left. Can he get her to tell him why? Will she be able to get over what Jessica did? If you haven't read Him, then you should and then read Her by Carey Heywood. A perfect love story with seven years of Will missing Sarah. Great job Carey. Looking forward to reading more from her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2013
The perfect pair!
Him and Her. Yes, the perfect pair.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Thank you, Carey, for these beautiful stories of second chance love. I fell in love and felt so connected with Sarah and Will in HIM, but seeing it also from Will's eyes in HER, just took me deeper. And of course, the view from a guy's mind can be so much hotter!
I also want to acknowledge the closure you gave us at the end of HER. So many books leave us hanging...
Please keep writing. You have captured my attention.
Posted October 26, 2013
*** Author provided ARC in exchange for an honest review*** I h
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I happily grant this book a nice strong set of 5 stars! I stand proud about this rating because the author did such a great job and wrote this book with such grace and clarity. I was super excited to read part 2 of the series but will admit that I was a little skeptical of whether or not the author would be able to pull it off. I will say she totally did! I’ve read books in the past where a different point of view was depicted as basically a repetition of the first one and it’s so annoying. Ms. Heywood provided so much substance between the two points of view that each book had the ability to shine on its own. I loved reading about what was going on in Will’s head throughout the friendship/relationship and getting to find out what occurred behind the scenes when they were separated as well.
Posted December 2, 2013
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Posted May 26, 2014
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