Dare You To
By: Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits – Book 2
Available June 2013
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Beth and Ryan are from two different worlds. Beth’s life has always been a hard one, with a drug addicted mom that she has to take care of. Ryan’s life appears perfect, he’s a star baseball player with the great parents.
We met Beth in Pushing the Limits and were eager to know her story. She was clearly damaged but lucky to have her guys there to help her. This book could easily stand alone but it’s much better when you’ve read the first book & can understand their history. In this one Beth has been taken from her life & moved back to her hometown, the place she lived when her life fell apart. She doesn’t fit there no matter how high her uncle has climbed or how much he tries to make it work for her. Asking golden boy Ryan to help her doesn’t make Beth like him any better.
Yet somehow they start to grow closer. Beth wants to be close to him and to touch him, something she hasn’t wanted with others. Before she knows it and against her will Beth slowly builds a life there. She has a friend in her childhood best friend who wouldn’t give up on her and Ryan. She discovers she has potential for a real future. Except she still feels like she needs to go take care of her norther, no matter how dangerous it could be for her.
Ryan thought his life was exactly what he wanted. He was on track with baseball and he had a real chance at going pro. His family might be falling apart behind closed doors but he was going to make it. Until he gets news that gives him another option. And until Beth.
As Beth & Ryan spend time together they form a connection neither expects. It’s something no one else can understand, side they don’t understand it themselves. Watching them learn to trust each other & themselves was really great.
At the same time you know that it won’t be easy & you keep waiting to see what will happen next. Will tragedy strike & drive them closer together or further apart?
I really enjoyed this story. It wasn’t what I expected to find when I picked up the second book in this series and that makes it better somehow.
I’d you enjoy reading about two kids from different sides of town with polar opposite families finding each other then you’ll enjoy this. If watching them learn to deal with their baggage and work out their lives appeals then this book will be one you don’t want to put down.