Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
May 28, 2013
It started with a dare. All Ryan had to do was get the Skater girl to go out with him. Of course, Skater girl had no interest in a jock like Ryan. Despite the bruised ego from being shot down, Ryan assumes he will never see the girl again. Little does he know their paths are about to collide. Beth, aka Skater girl, is a troubled girl with painful secrets, but she has her best friends Noah and Isaiah to watch out for her. When a situation with her mother gets out of control, Beth’s long-lost uncle swoops in to save the day. Of course this means ripping Beth away from the only family that has ever mattered and dumping her into a small, close-knit (read: judgmental and gossipy) community miles away. It’s here that she discovers that the cocky jock who recently hit on her is the towns golden boy and he hates to lose. Learning of Beth’s arrival in town, Ryan seized the opportunity to win his dare. Ryan and Beth mix about as well as oil and water, but will they discover that there is true to the old saying about opposites attracting?
Dare You To is another sizzling chapter in the lives of the characters readers met in Pushing the Limits. In this installment of the story Beth takes center stage and Ryan is introduced. Readers familiar with the first book will recall that Beth is Noah’s hardened, damaged, and fiercely protecting friend. In this book we learn more about how Beth came to be so angry and resentful. Her story is not an easy one to read and it’s no wonder that she is one tough cookie. My favorite thing about the book is the reversal of gender stereotypes. I love that Ryan is a good guy and I spent the entire time hoping that Beth would allow herself to believe that she deserved to be treated well. I also loved the relationship between Beth and Isaiah and appreciate that the author resisted taking the easy and obvious route with them. In many ways it is sad, but it is also real and it works. Readers looking for raw emotions and steamy romance will not be disappointed.
This series is a must read for fans of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series.
This book was provided by NetGalley.com and the publisher for review.