Title: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Genre: YA Romance
Format: Kindle 605 KB | Hardcover 304 pages
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Author's Website: http://www.katielmcgarry.com/
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
My Thoughts...Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."
"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....
"I dare you..."
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...
I loved, loved, loved this story! Maybe even more than I did Echo and Noah's story. Ms. McGarry has a way of really packing a punch when it comes to heartbreaking stories. This isn't your typical feel good YA/NA romance with a little twist of angst. This is a full-blown "make you feel hard" read.
We know Beth from Pushing The Limits and we know that she is extremely rough around the edges. She is dysfunctional at best which makes her pretty miserable to be around. The only people who really "get" her are Isaiah and Noah, everyone else she keeps at arms length with her bad attitude and demeanor. We see SO much deeper into her life right of the bat in this book and when you see where she same from it makes so much sense.
Ryan is the "all-American" guy, quite literally. He's a baseball player from a prominent family in Groveton. His father is controlling and he definitely has a plan for how he expects Ryan's life to go. He already has one son who got away from him so he stays right on top of Ryan so he doesn't stray from the path set up for him. To say that Beth doesn't fit into that plan is a major understatement!
A run in with the law in the beginning lands Beth in Groveton with her suddenly returned uncle who just happens to be a recently retired Pro-Baseball player. Scott has moved back to the town he grew up in. He built a house for his new wife and they are trying to make a life there. He wants nothing more than for Beth to be a part of that life, but neither she or his wife are very happy about his plans. It's clear that Scott loves her and he wants what is best for her, but she can't see past her belief that he abandoned her when she needed him most. I really like Scott, his character is one of the best in the story.
I love the tension between Beth and Ryan. It's there from the very first scene when they meet at Taco Bell and it's there quite far into the book. It takes Ryan some time to break down her walls, but when he does it's pretty awesome. Noah and Echo make a couple of appearances in this book, I still love Noah! Isaiah kind of got a raw deal in this book, but it was all set up for his story that is coming next. I think that he and Beth will always be close because they are such good friends.
I think that if you liked the first book in the series then you will enjoy this one. I know that I am really looking forward to the next installment!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC Galley of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.