Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Publication Date: 7th June 2013
Book Source: Harlequin UK & NetGalley
Synopsis: Beth’s the bad girl that no-one wanted, not even parents.
Ryan’s the high school hero that everyone wants a piece of – even if no-one knows the real him.
Their paths should never have crossed – now they’re each other’s only life line.
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s mum they’d send her mother to jail. So seventeen year old Beth protects her mum at all costs. Until the day she can’t. Suddenly sent to live with her uncle in a small town Beth’s now stuck with an aunt who doesn’t want her, and at a school that doesn’t get her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t go anywhere near a girl like Beth. . . .
Ryan Stone is gorgeous, a popular jock and the town golden boy—with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Even his friends. As Ryan and Beth dare to let each other in, they’re treading on dangerous ground – and the consequences could change their worlds forever.
I enjoyed Dare You To just as much as Pushing the Limits and I really wasn't expecting to as Echo and Noah have a little place in my heart. I warmed to Beth and Ryan immediately, I think Ryan may have just pipped Noah for pole position, but it was close.
I liked Beth from Pushing the Limits, (she's Noah and Isaiah's friend) her prickly, hard-ass facade and obnoxious attitude covers a vulnerability that's really endearing. And Ryan, he's the hot baseball jock that just happens to break 'jock' stereotypes, I loved that he's sensitive and caring and I loved that he wanted to explore both his baseball and college dream.
Beth's life is seriously screwed up and her alcoholic, drug addicted mother has much to answer for. Got to applaud Beth for her protectiveness, loyalty and determination albeit misplaced and undeserved. Ryan's life despite what it looks like on the outside, isn't all smooth sailing, his controlling father is an ass and it's sad to see his parents' attitude in this day and age ... does that still happen??
Katie McGarry nails it again with insight and depth. Sad, crappy life circumstances so realistic it makes your heart hurt balanced by really believable connections and most importantly a sense of hope.
Isaiah's story Crash Into You is due for release Nov 26th 2013 ... oh yeah, can't wait!
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