Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Publish Date: May 28th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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….
5 out of 5 Goodreads Stars
I received this book in January and I know there’s another month to go before it’s released but I can’t keep this review in any longer!
This book was amazing! I wish I could read books like this all the time! It was so different from the first, I wasn’t reading it and thinking of Echo and Noah, I was totally focused on these new characters. Despite reading a whole book dedicated to Noah and Echo, they proved to be brilliant secondary characters. Or, perhaps, third-y characters seeing as they weren’t very prominent in the novel other than comparison.
A good thing because you can get confused if it is too similar to the first in the series.
Gwen. Her character was nailed! When she said/done those things to poor Beth, I was holding my phone so tight I thought the screen was going to crack! (Sidenote: Kindle on the phone, everyone! I can take it to people’s houses and if I get bored I can just creep into a warm corner and read steamy romances.)
Gwen had just the right amount of gumph and the whole, “I was saving you, YOU LOVE ME!!” I wanted to hurt her face! Brilliantly written, it got me passionate and ready to defend the love of Beth and Ryan so much that at one point I collapsed into a twitching ball.
Calm. And…continue with the review.
I must admit that when I read Pushing the Limits I loved the idea of Isaiah and Beth, and although her and Ryan took some getting used to, all I can say is that Beth ended up with the right person and I’m looking forward to book three.
**writhes on floor, waiting for third book**
I really want to own this series, so I will buy all three at the same time. (Three? Kate, thats a bit similar to Simone Elkeles, dontcha think? Can’t you just…slip another book in there? A whole one, none of this novella business. ** Wink, wink**)
While reading a part of this book, i was thinking, ‘Oh my goodness. This is better than PTL!’ Thats is a very rare thing in second novels, BUT in fact, in the end, I think the two books were on the same level.
I realise that I read an eARC copy of this book, but if the published version is any better…I will preorder the third one right now.
Just to let you know, I stayed up until 2AM to finish this book, that hasn’t happened since Breaking Dawn 😛
There was NO FLAW in this book, everything just seemed spot on! Although, Beth needed to stop running away so often. I know that that was intentional, but it got a little repetitive. And she should have trusted herself more, quite excessive in her distrust.
McGarrys’ writing just seems to whisk you away to American high school and make you fall in love with a girl from a troubled background and a boy who isn’t as perfect as everyone thinks. I am ruined for life, love will never be the same because I will always say, ‘I’m sorry. You’re just not like the boys that Katie has written about. I will wait for my Noah/Ryan/ Isaiah.”
I must admit that YA boyfriends are way more reliable than REAL boyfriends.
(Thanks to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.)
Click the cover art to read my review of the first book in the series, Pushing The Limits.
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
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