Published on: 30th January 2018
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Romance
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“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”
When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”
I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”
“Andrew?” someone asks.
“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?
“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.
“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.
“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.
“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.
My entire body recoils. “What?”
“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”
I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”
“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”
Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”
More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point? Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”
A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.
My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”
He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.
Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.
I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.
Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”
When I heard that Katie McGarry was releasing a new book I knew that I needed it. I hadn’t read a blurb, or seen a cover, I didn’t even know what is was about or who the characters were. But I needed it.
When it comes to YA romance Katie McGarry is one of the best. She consistently delivers real characters and emotional stories that I fall in love with every time I read them and this one was no different.
“It’s an awful place to be, the person responsible for someone else’s happiness, because being human, we’re going to fail. And by being human, we’ll take the lashing when we never meet expectations.”
This book centres around the theme of second chances and taking control of your life which are big issues in both of our MC’s lives. Drix, the reformed bad boy, is trying to figure out who he is after serving nearly a year for a crime he didn’t commit. Scared of falling into the trap of who he used to be he really struggles through the first half of this book. He knows that the Second Chance Program saved his life and feels like he owes a lot to it and the Governor but at the same time being the face of the program means being judged by everyone for the crime he supposedly committed.
“What type of man am I going to be? That’s the question. That’s always the question.“
Elle is our “her life looks perfect from the outside but from the inside she is miserable” character. Her parents are controlling and throughout her life have refused her the freedom of trying something new and making mistakes. At the beginning of the book Elle has become this character who is afraid to take a stand to do something that she loves through fear of failing at it and proving her parents right. It was frustrating to read at times because she spent a lot of the book unable to see just how manipulative her parents were being.
“As much as I want nothing more than to be around you, as much as I want to touch you and kiss you and hear your laughter and your voice, I can’t. You and me – it can’t happen. Not in public. Not in private. I lost one year of my life, and I can’t lose any more.”
The romance between Drix and Elle was one of those forbidden “we shouldn’t but we can’t help ourselves” type romances. Although the two were instantly attracted to each other it was a slow burn kind of romance which had started as a friendship so had a great foundation based on trust and total acceptance of the other person just as they were.
Although these two were great as a couple there were times when it just felt a little PG. They kiss and it is implied that more happens but not shown. I’m not saying that I wanted a full sex scene with all the glorious details but I would have loved a little bit more of the intimate moments. The bits that fill your tummy with butterflies and make you swoon. Don;t get me wrong I liked them as a couple but I just wanted a little bit more of it.
“Amazing things are going to happen because that’s what happens when you find your wings and finally fly.”
This book tied everything up perfectly with a fast paced and exciting final few chapters. There was a definite need for a tissue (how could you Katie!)…or maybe ten(!) but I finished this book with a very happy “that was AMAZING” smile on my face.
“What is this, Drix?” I whisper. “What is this between us?”
“I don’t know,” he says against by neck. “But I’m not ready to let it go yet.“
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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.
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