Review – What About Us by Emma Tharp

What About Us

Bluff Harbor #2
by Emma Tharp
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


My Review – 4 Stars

3.5 Stars first half; 4.5 Stars second half

If you haven’t read What About Her, stop now and read it. SPOILERS in regard to book 1 are below.

Going into this book, I had a nervous stomach. The anticipation of what I thought was going to happen between these three friends had me fearful of finishing their story. I loved Kate and River as a couple and hated the idea of them being ripped apart by Willow’s return. And while it was inevitable that there would be some tension and drama, what I didn’t expect was the level of crazy that would ensue. I was extremely frustrated throughout the first half of the book. I felt like I was reading the inner workings of a girl in high school not a college senior about to go off to NYU for her masters degree. The back and forth of Kate wanting and then pushing River away, how she seemed to be using Lane to get over River, and the whiplash of emotions every time she was around River or Willow was exhausting. I just wanted to scream and shake her to stop the madness and torture she was putting herself and River through. It was clear that Willow really didn’t care about him at all, so what was Kate’s hang up? I also had issues with River pretending to still want to be with Willow and so easily giving up on Kate. If River was so in love with Kate, why would he go back to Willow? He could have been there for her as a friend no matter what Kate wanted him to do. There was no need to destroy what he and Kate had and resolve himself to be with someone he no longer wanted.

In regard to the direction the story took, I had hoped that there would be less of the relationship stuff in the beginning. Going into it, I thought maybe the focus would be more on Kate and Willow’s friendship and Willow’s disappearance. However, there was minimal interaction between the friends, which is why it took weeks for Kate to even attempt to talk to Willow about what had been going on before she disappeared. Once the story moved into the second half of the book, I felt like I was finally getting the story I had been waiting for. We got the good kind of drama with Kate confronting Willow, the big reveal as to what happened to Willow, and the admission of feelings. I loved how the story played out and the ending. I can honestly say that the circumstances surrounding Willow’s disappearance were unexpected, but what happened to her was not.

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Torn between her desire for the guy who has her heart and her loyalty to her best friend, Kate Bergman knows she must break her own heart to give her broken and fragile friend a shot at happiness.

But letting go of River McEwan is the hardest thing she’s ever done. Moving on is even harder–especially when River doesn’t want to let her go. As the two resist their passion for one another, Kate uncovers the truth about her best friend. As the three of them forge a new path of friendship and discovery, tragedy strikes. Now, it’s up to Kate to fight for the only man she’s ever loved. But can she make River forget about the past to find a future together?

What About Her

by Emma Tharp
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back.

Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.

Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.

When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.

Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….

About Emma Tharp

Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page.

If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event.

A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.


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