Dare You To by Katie McGarrySeries: Pushing the Limits #2
eBook, English, 365 pages
Debut: May 22, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Read First: January 25-27, 2015 | Snuck from: Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
"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....
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 150
recommended by Carmen @ Shelfspace Needed
omg, omg, omg -- Ryan was soooo cute! He was basically very ordinary, background and all, but I loved that he also turned out to be a talented writer, not just a talented jock. Although I usually like my bad boys, Ryan was the perfect gentleman who's not afraid to pull a punch for his girl, and that worked out for me just as well. I swear my eyes clouded over in fluffy swoon-pink while reading from his PoV. <3 And he had one bad boy trait: the dares! It's a nice tick, but it was good that they all knew where to draw the line. I really liked how the boys were with each other and Lacy, they are a group I'd feel right at home at. Beth got really, really lucky with all of them! =)
Yeah, about Beth:
Scott did warn me she was rough around the edges. He failed to mention that razor blades are her softest layer.
Oh did, she ever knew how to be snarky... She wasn't all soft and goey on the inside either, she didn't have a heart as big as Ryan's, but she was fragile like glass instead -- and she'd been broken one too many times. I didn't think her naive for what she believed in, it was the only thing she could hold onto without completely falling apart, and that's also what made her close her eyes to all the signs. She just didn't want them to be true, because it would mean so many bad things, take away her last hope... at least until Scott and Ryan can actually offer her a new one, a real hope, not a fantasy. Still, it takes alot of effort to break away from this kind of realtionship, and while Isaiah and Noah were an escape and people she could trust, she needed both Ryan and Scott to help pull her away, to open her eyes to the ugly truth and give her a new place to anchor herself to.
While I liked all the characters, there's one things that irks me. Beth was key in opening Ryan's eyes that he had to think for himself, and the mistakes he made while trying to please his parents. However, she couldn't do the same thing for herself because her character was made that way... Well, Ryan could thing for himself, always, maybe Beth coming into his life just made him take a closer look sooner rather than later? I don't know, but that and one totally cliche move towards the end is where half a point comes off.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
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