Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review- Dare You To

I just finished reading Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry.

From Goodreads: 

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 enjoyed this next book in the Pushing the Limits series.  I liked Beth a lot better in this book than I did in the first one (yeah, I know that's the point).  But I did have a few small issues with it.

One, I found a conflict in how Ryan was acting to Beth in the beginning and how he came across in the chapters told by him.  He acted like a complete cocky jerk to her.  I didn't see any soft side (like I did with Noah in the first one).  Yet when I read the chapter about him, I didn't see any cockiness at all.  He seemed like a nice, polite guy.  I know that characters act differently around other characters than they do alone, but usually some niceness/softness seeps through even if that other character doesn't see it.  I really, really liked the real Ryan and I wanted to see that side of him with Beth.   Luckily, he redeemed himself and I liked how he was with her about halfway through.

My other issue was with Beth and Isaiah.  In the first book, they seemed like they were one of those in-love couples that just haven't figured it out yet.  And then in this book, Beth is all about them only being friends.  It just didn't seem to flow.  And if I were Ryan, I wouldn't trust the two of them together!

But none of those issues stopped me from enjoying the book.  I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying seeing the other side of these characters that I normally would find too wild and not interested in.  I can't wait to read about Isaiah's story in Crash into You as soon as I get the chance!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book from a friend.

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