Title: Dare You To
Series: Pushing the Limits, #2
Author: Katie McGarry
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Mature Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*ARC received from 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.
Pushing the Limits will probably be my favorite book in the series; however, Dare You To was simply amazing. And the story of Beth and Ryan pretty much took me on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. I enjoyed every moment of it, every breathtaking, unbelievable, suspenseful, heartbreaking, wonderful moment of it.
That’s how I describe Dare You To:
It really was a book with a whole heap of emotions thrown at me. Ryan and Beth’s story really is a story you must read. Learning to trust, learning to truly love, and to realize there is someone out there that you can put your faith and hope in. That is the story of these two pretty amazing characters.
“That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn't care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.”
Now, Dare You To moves along with the first book, Noah and Echo do make appearances (which I just loved), their story plays out along with Ryan and Beth’s. It was interesting to see this, and I really liked that. The pacing was great, didn’t move too fast, though it kind of lagged for me in places. It felt like it took some time for certain events to happen but, nonetheless, the story built and flowed nicely.
Even though I wanted to slap some major sense into Beth, she wasn’t an annoying character. Though she had her problems, and her flaws, she did try her best to overcome them. Even if her stubbornness got in the way, which it did a lot. But I felt like that made her more of a real, rounded character because of those flaws, and it made the story, her story, that much more enjoyable to read.
Ryan is basically the complete opposite of Beth and I loved that! I love when you have two completely, or seemingly different characters enter into each other’s world. That happened when these two collided. But despite that, Beth and Ryan also had their similarities. Both were trying to find who they are, find where their place in the world was; this is the main factor, in my opinion, that brings these two together in a collision of sparks and fireworks.
As I said, Ryan is really different than Beth. She’s the girl who grew up on the other side of the tracks, the bad part of town. Then you have Ryan, jock, handsome, friends with everyone, and let’s not forget the beautiful ex-girlfriend. Now, it would seem that Ryan would be stuck up, into himself. That couldn't be farther from the truth. I have another book crush, and he goes by the name of Ryan. He is a sweet guy, and he doesn’t care what other’s think of him. That’s what I enjoyed about him. Now, when Beth enters into his life, his life really does change. I felt that they challenged each other, helped each other.
I also enjoyed that the books switched POV’s between Ryan and Beth. I loved, really loved, being inside of their heads. It helped me to be able to understand why they made certain decisions, why they did what they did. I also just loved being in Ryan’s head!
Anyone who read the first book, Pushing the Limits, I recommend picking up Dare You To. It was a great read, and an amazing second book in the series.“I like you. I. Like. You. I'll admit you're annoying. Sometimes you agitate me to the brink of insanity, but you can throw it back at me like no one else. When you laugh, I want to laugh. When you smile, I want to smile. Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile.”