"I dare you..."
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and 17-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....
©2013 Katie McGarry (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I liked the rawness of Beth's character. She's a character more real to life than most characters tend to be, but then again, McGarry's last book was the same way. Well done!
Beth, because she's so innocent event though she thinks she's a badass and loser, and she's ignorant to what life's possibilities are which I believe a lot of youth in her situation would view life too. She's guarded with good cause, but she's also smart and witty and compassionate and it makes for a very compelling/complex character. This is a gritty story, not sugar coated at all, it's real to life and I like that. Even Ryan's life is far from perfect beneath his all-star, boy-next-door exterior.
No I never have before. I thought Brittany was a perfect fit for Beth, but Christopher was only okay. It's nothing against his narrating because he's great, but I can't picture the character the way he's described when I'm listening to Christopher. He sounds too nice, maybe even too young. I'm not sure.
I love this author and I'll definitely be listening to the next book.
Great book! Highly recommend the audio and absolutely fell in love with Beth and Ryan. Happy that the second book in the series was as amazing as the first. Basics: HEA, his/her point of view, steamy make out scenes, no cheating, main characters evolve while staying true to character, story has an ending--no cliffhanger, cool glimpse of high school, stereotypes thrown out the Window, and three dimensional main characters who make me not only believe they could be real, but I liked them. A lot.**spoilers**Beth isn't really "bad" it's just circumstances that have made her have to be tough, though she has done some things she shouldn't (a little pot use to escape her horrible life). Beth is continuously trying to save her hopeless drug-using mom from her abusive boyfriend. The relationship between Beth and her mom Skye is severely dysfunctional and doomed to failure. Until Beth accepts that, she can't really start to live her life the way a 17 year-old should. Ironically, it's while trying to save her mom one last time that starts the chain of events leading to a new life for her in small town Groveton. High school baseball hero Ryan shows Beth not only a new life, but he gives her the unconditional love she desperately needs. Trust is a huge element in the book and Beth lacks the ability to trust anyone, even her uncle. She has horrible abandonment issues as well. Ryan has so many walls to break down, but he does. Gently. The author made a great choice in building Ryan's character. He isn't a stereotypical alpha male. He's sensitive, a gentleman, a caring, kind young man that any mom would love her daughter to bring home. He's easy going, but never falters from his care--turned love for Beth. He is exactly what she needs. I find it ironic and completely appropriate that Ryan is a popular jock just like Luke from the first book, but that's where the similarities end. Ryan is a sensitive man who loves her--skater girl and homecoming queen.This book and Pushing the Limits can be stand alone books. but I recommend PTL first so as to see Beth as she was before.
This story really pulled me in. And I found myself feeling the emotions they were
There were a few but if I told you it would give to much away
Against the odds
This a great story and well worth the time
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