Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Summary: 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…. – GoodReads
I. Loved. This. Book. I read Pushing the Limits, book 1 of the series, a couple of months ago and had really enjoyed it. I was happy that this book carried on with the characters we already know and love; however even if you’ve never read book 1 you would be able to read this without confusion.
In this book we get more of Beth’s story, the snarky, sassy girl that we got snippets of in the first book. I really loved that with this story we got the girl being the one with a rough life. I fell in love with Beth right from the start, her strong desire to protect those she cares about endeared her me to right from the start. As for Ryan…I felt the same. McGarry wrote him perfectly, words cannot express how much I loved that Ryan was not written as this hot-shot ball player that was a ‘player’ and after one thing. Yes, he was a hot-shot ball player but he wasn’t this jerk who used girls. I found that aspect refreshing and as we got further into the story we got to know Ryan more and the struggles he was going through. Both Beth and Ryan were excellently written characters; even the secondary characters held my attention and made me want more.
Honestly, I cannot say enough about this book and how much I loved it. Not so patiently waiting for the next book in this series: Crash Into You (Expected Release Date November 26th).
- Katie McGarry: http://www.katielmcgarry.com/
- Twitter: @katiemcgarry