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…
I haven’t read Pushing The Limits. So Dare You To is the first book that I read by Katie McGarry.
At first, I dislike Ryan. I find him arrogant and a little on the obnoxious side. While I can understand his desire to want to win any kinds of competition, I have a feeling that he isn’t as happy and confident as he wants others to believe him to be. As the story unfolds, I start seeing why he behaves in a certain way and why he is unhappy. To be honest, it takes me a while to warm up to him, and when I do, I see him as an adorable person. I like his character growth and I like that he chooses to stop backing down and start taking action to honor what is truly important to him. It’s exciting to see him going all the way to be bold and claim what he wants and at the same time, it’s heart-fluttering to see him being this young gentleman – so considerate and protective – when he does whatever he can to offer all of him to the one person he dearly loves. *swoon*
What can I share about Beth? She is somewhat complicated … Her appearance reflects her inner turmoil and while she may act in an unfriendly way, I don’t find her off-putting. Personally, I find her character believable. Although she wants others to see her as rough and formidable, she has a sweet, innocent side that makes me want to just walk up to her and give her a hug. I like that she values family with utmost importance and I’m glad that she helps Ryan to mend his relationship with his family.
Moving, heart-wrenching and beautiful, Dare You To brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I think I’ll now have to see if I could find time in my schedule to read Pushing The Limits. Have you read any of McGarry’s books? Do you like them? Feel free to comment below and let me know.