Published on: May 1st 2014
Published by: Harlequin
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Genre: YA Romance
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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.
In this sequel to Pushing the Limits Katie McGarry takes her successful formula of two main characters with problems finding each other. We met Beth in Pushing the Limits, but there was so much mystery surrounding her so I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know her.
Beth is an extremely loyal person to those she cares about, which doesn’t always end in the best results for her. In trying to save her mum from going to jail she ends up being taken away from all she has ever known by an Uncle who wants to give her a second chance. She fights this, a hell of a lot, and refuses to conform to the new life her uncle is offering. I found it really refreshing in this book that the female is the ‘bad character’. But as with any bad character in a YA romance, they soon find something to make them good.
“You’re falling for me like I’m falling for you. That’s why you’re pushing me so hard.”
Ryan is on the right tracks. He has scouts coming to watch his baseball games, has a great out of friends and refuses to loose a bet. So when his friends bet him to get a random girl at the mall’s number he is up for it. Problem is, the girl is Beth, and she is not giving anyone her number.
“This overwhelming, encompassing feeling is love. It’s not perfect and it’s messy as hell. And it’s exactly what I need.”
A story of second chances, starting over and realising how important your life really is to you. At first Beth hates her Uncle’s rules, but through the book as she is able to let the weight that she has been carrying for years, from having a drug addict mum with a violent boyfriend, Beth is finally able to just be a teenage girl.
“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.”
Ryan has his own problems, with a seriously broken family. And Beth gives him the strength needed to start to heal his family, whilst learning to let go of the bad parts of her own that are pulling her down.
Just like in Pushing the Limits Katie McGarry writes a realistic non ‘insta love’ relationship that is real for the characters she has written. It is a very cute love story and just shows (just like in Pushing the Limits) that you don’t need a sex scene for a good romance.
“There are times when you stand on the cusp of moments so huge, you know you’ll remember them forever. This is that moment for me and for Ryan.”
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
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