Friday, May 2, 2014

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Source:  Purchased
Genre:  YA-Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Date Published:  May 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 456

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....(from Goodreads)

I seriously enjoyed this one better than Pushing the Limits.  I loved Beth.  Everything that she went through, you kind of understood.  I love my mom enough to take care of her if she needed me to.  I can understand her feelings towards her uncle, and hating the new school.  And with Ryan being her saving grace, and how his feelings grow, it was just magical.  You gotta love it.  

The atmosphere was dark, yet light, and the differing POVs again made me happy to see exactly what Ryan was thinking at different points.  I spent a lot of this book actually smiling (which tells me husband to leave me alone and let me read!) so it was a rather quick read for me.  I hated his parents, yet enjoyed the ending at the same time.  Beth's uncle is infuriating but I would do anything for my nephews.  

                                    5 out of 5 Happy Clouds :)

If you liked Pushing the Limits, then you'll love Beth's story in Dare You To.  I can't wait to read Crash Into You, but I'm forcing myself to read other things first, because I might hit a book hangover after that one haha.


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