Published on: November 1st 2014
Published by: Harlequin
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Genre: YA Romance
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Pushing The Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
Every time I read a new book in this series I’m not sure if I’m going to like it as much as the previous. I was proved wrong with Dare to You and now I have been again with Isaiah & Rachel, and I was very happy to be!
Isaiah is a big fat middle finger to stereotypes. His bad boy reputation helps him to survive on the streets but underneath the tattoos and the slightly rough exterior he is an extremely loyal person who unfortunately just keep getting dealt the wrong hand in life. His obsession with all things cars is his way to make something of his life, skills that he has been working at for years. If I didn’t love Isaiah before this book then getting to know him in Crash into You would definitely do the trick. He has that whole tough but vulnerable thing going on and his dedication to those he cares about is such a beautiful thing to read.
“This is who I am, Rachel . Accept it or not. The tattoos won’t wash off. The earrings will never change. I am who I am and nothing more. I’m loyal to a chosen few, I always keep my word and I’ll protect you with my life. I scare the hell out of most people, but you will never have anything to fear from me. Choose. Love me or don’t. But tell me now.”
When I first met Rachel I was worried I wasn’t going to like her. I was worried that reading her POV along side Isaiah’s I was going to find her spoilt with typical rich person problems. But I very quickly grew to like her and sympathized with her situation as the “perfect daughter” to take the place (in her parents and brothers minds) for her deceased older sister. She grows up hiding her true, car loving, self along with some other family secrets which lead to her rebellious phase and her meeting Isaiah at a street race in which the two are forced together to fix a problem that could very well cost them their lives.
“You can ignore me, Rachel, and you can try to treat me as a friend, but none of that will erase the fact that I think about kissing you every second I’m awake and dream at night of my hands on your body. And it sure as hell won’t erase that I’m terrified by how much I like you.”
Although there are initial sparks, the romance between Rachel and Isaiah takes its time to fully manifest. Isaiah spends a lot of time pretending that he has no feelings for her so she cannot be used against him, therefore keeping her safe from his enemies. Rachel, having never had a boyfriend and with no confidence in herself doubts that Isiah even likes her. It can get a bit frustrating seeing these two circle each other for quite a while, but finally the two come together and become a very sweet couple. There are a few bumps, some bigger then others, but their relationship is strong and pushes through the obstacles put in its path.
“Maybe this is what happens when you fall in love. On the outside a lighter is nothing amazing, but it holds all the ingredients that can create something wonderful. With a few pushes in the right direction, you can inspire something so brilliant that it pushes back the darkness.”
One of my favorite things about this book is that characters from previous books are a big feature of the story. As Isiah lives with Noah, him and Echo appear a lot, and even Beth makes appearance with new boyfriend Ryan. Logan, Ryan’s friend from Dare You To, becomes a part of the main group and a new friend of Isiah’s which I really liked and helped to link Dare You To back to this book and Pushing the Limits.
“I don’t want to be without you. I like who I am with you, and I don’t want to go back to who I was before.”
There are also some great new characters in this book: Rachel’s 4 older brothers who can be overprotective and at times seem kinda mean that they are forcing her to be this perfect daughter just to keep their mother happy. But then you can see the reason why they are doing it, and there are times when they really show how much they care about her. The bond Rachel shares with her twin brother Ethan is really cute, and he is not just her brother but her best friend, and they have some really nice moments together.
“This is who I am. Accept it or not. The tattoos won’t wash off, the earrings will never change. I am who I am and nothing more. I am loyal to a chosen few, I always keep my word and I’ll protect you with my life.”
I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. It manages to be action packed but also feature all the deep and sweet moments whilst Rachel Isaiah struggle through both their individual troubles as well as their joint ones. Katie McGarry has once again created a set of characters who immediately draw you in and don’t let go.
The best bit about this book however had to be the announcement of Take Me On, which is West’s (Rachel’s brother) story, ad from the look of the two sneak preview chapters, it’s going to be another good one!
“I can’t give you the world, Rachel, but I’ll give you all I got.”
I would definitely recommend this book (but Pushing the Limits first!) to be read immediately … and then continue with the rest of the series!
Re-Readability: Hells Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: damaged characters, healing romances, ya romance, books set in high school, books with characters who race cars
Have you read any of the Pushing the Limits series?
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