Five Minute Friday: Dare You To

I fangirled when I had the opportunity to meet Katie McGarry at BEA in May, especially since Pushing the Limits was one of my favorite reads in 2012. I was DYING to read Dare to You, because I wanted to know what happened to Noah and Echo. I quickly discovered that Dare to You wasn’t going to be about these characters, but would be Beth’s story. This made me even more excited to read! 

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Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)

by Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)

by Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)
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….

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WHAT DID I THINK?

Who is Beth? Beth lives with her aunt, because her alcoholic mother can’t take care of her and the drug dealer boyfriend beat them both. She has found friendship, if not family, in Noah and Isaiah. They’re all rough-drink, swear, smoke pot, have tattoos and piercings-but none of these characters is as hard to like as Beth is. She has built walls so high, no one can see over them. That is until her life falls apart and she’s forced to live with her Uncle Scott. This is where Ryan comes in. A jock who asks Beth out on a dare.

I was absolutely enthralled by Beth’s story. The more I got to know her, as the bricks of her walls came crumbling down, the more I liked her. I could actually see myself in her. I was definitely not disappointed in this story! Now, I am even more excited to read Isaiah’s story Crash into You!

*Thank you to Harlequin Teen for the copy of Dare to You.

**Thank you to Katie McGarry for taking the time to sigh Dare to You at BEA.

***Thank you to goodreads.com for the use of cover photos and summaries.

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Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)

by Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)
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.

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NEXT WEEK: BEA Spotlight on Susane Colasanti ARC and Giveaway!

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Posted on June 21, 2013, in ARC Reveiw, ARC Spotlight, BEA, Five Minute Friday, Review, Signed Books and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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