Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by: Katie McGarry

Release Date: May 28, 2013
from Harlequin TEEN
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"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...."


My Thoughts:

I have been dying to read Dare You To ever since I finished Pushing the Limits and discovered that we were getting a companion novel. I needed more from Katie McGarry and I was very curious about Beth’s story. While I admit that I liked Noah and Echo’s story more, I still really loved Beth and Ryan’s story. It was heart wrenching and emotional and it hurt, but I loved every single second of it. 

Beth is a very very tough character. I admit that I struggled with her character a lot, especially in the beginning. It was very hard for me to connect with her, not because Katie didn’t portray her well, but because her situation is very extreme. I was fully invested in her story and I truly sympathized with her, but I still struggled with her at times. I wanted all the good things for her, but she really frustrated me.

Ryan I absolutely loved. He was so sweet and caring and his feelings for Beth unwavering. I was able to connect with Ryan in a way that I couldn’t with Beth. He is so strong and determined and losing is not an option. However, Ryan has a difficult life as well. Not the same kind of difficult as Beth, but his life is far from perfect.

I really love that this story is focused on two very different kinds of imperfect. We have the imperfect that everyone can see and immediately judges without second thought and then we have the imperfect that nobody knows about but can be just as harmful. Neither Beth nor Ryan has a good home life. Neither have parents with their best interests at heart. However, both Beth and Ryan have someone who truly cares, it is just a matter of them letting their walls down and seeing that someone does care. I loved how their journeys and growth were parallel and almost the same but in very different situations.

The plot in Dare You To hurts and it is very emotional. However, it will also take you by surprise. This one didn’t pan out exactly the way I expected it to and I mean this in a good way. I knew the ending would hold a twist, but I never thought it would be this twist. On that note, the ending is also very sweet. I definitely had a good amount of awww moments. 

Despite me spending a good portion of the book wanting to strangle Beth, I still absolutely love this book. From beginning to end, I was invested in the story and it took a lot to pull me away once I got sucked in. This is a series I recommend to all.

9 comments:

  1. I loved Ryan too and agree Beth was so tough

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  2. I've been wanting to read this book ever since I started seeing it on many blogs, with praises galore heaped upon it! While I do prefer to read mostly paranormal romance, that cover, with the intensity of the couple's absorption in each other, pulled me in! Your excellent review has clinched it -- I MUST read this novel!! Thanks for your thoughts!! :)

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    1. I too used to be all about the paranormal, but lately I am in love with contemps! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I also liked Noah and Echo's story a bit more, but having the chance to read Beth and Ryan's story was still amazing! And I agree with you 100% it was such a heart wrenching and emotional book!

    Beth was a very story character and Ryan *sigh* oh that boy was a sweetheart, but also a wonderful character! Though, like you, I wanted to slap Beth a few times.

    Gah, your review, AMAZING!!! Hit got all my feels for the book!!!!! Can not wait for the next one :D

    Great review!!
    Magen Corrie

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    1. Thanks Magen! Ryan really is a sweetie! I am ready for Isaiah's story now!

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  4. Loved this book so much! And Ryan! I think I might have loved his character more than Noah from Pushing the Limits... or at least in a different way!

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  5. We're review twins today! I loved this book, in a completely different way than Pushing the Limits. Such a great review, Teresa!

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  6. I've had mixed feelings about this one when it comes to reading it, I really really want to! I had it on my Kindle for months and I adored Pushing the Limits too, but the idea that this was Beth's story kinda keeps putting me off. I really didn't like her in book one, so I'm wondering whether I'll struggle with her in this book?
    Guess, there's only one way to find out, right? ;)
    Great review, Honey!
    Hope you're doing superbly! =D

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    1. I was initially put off by Beth being the main gal, but Katie does not disappoint. There is so much more to her than meets the eye!

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