Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Publication Date: 1st December 2013
Book Source: Harlequin Teen & NetGalley
Synopsis: The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
I don't think I have a clear favourite out of the three books in the series but if I had to choose, maybe by a smidgen, book 2, Dare You To. I've enjoyed them all, each one had that special something that pulled at my heart strings but there were still things in each that annoyed me. What is consistent across the series is Katie McGarry's tenderness towards her characters; she cares ... it shows ... you care.
Isaiah, I have a soft spot for, there's nothing more endearing than a badass exterior shielding vulnerability and a heart of gold, he's intensely protective and fiercely loyal. Rachel took a little longer to warm to, I didn't think of her as weak, more smothered by expectation. They make a sweet couple, despite their vastly different backgrounds, their intuitiveness and shared passion for fast cars makes their connection believable.
Rachel's brothers (and parents if I'm being honest) are quite insufferable, protective when it suited them, manipulative, selfish, arrogant and like Rachel all sorts of messed up. Privileged circumstances don't offer immunity from tragedy but some of that 'privilege' should have been channeled into therapy ... for the entire family!
Now Isaiah's friend Abby, she's quite a character, I hope she gets her own book because I'd love to know more about her. Can't say I was excited to hear the next book is West's (one of Rachel's brothers) ... he needs a smack up the head.
Entwined in all the toughness, angst and heartache is ultimately, a sense of hope ... that's an aspect I find appealing but heading to book 4 the same formula will be wearing thin, I hope Katie McGarry is up to the task of changing things up.
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