First off I have to disclose I haven’t read Pushing The Limits, the first book in the series. However this book holds up very well on its own, you don’t NEED to have read the first book. Admittedly, I’m now dying to read Pushing the Limits but that is a different story.
Dare you To focuses on two characters – Beth who dresses like a punk, has the attitude of a punk, and a mother whom she aims to protect at all costs. To keep her mother out of jail, she has to live with her uncle with whom she has a stormy relationship. Brash, out spoken, confident, Beth appears to be a tough cookie but deep inside there is a little girl crying out to be loved and taken care of.
Ryan on the other hand, is a winner with a capital W. Attractive, popular and successful, second place has no place in his life. He dreams of playing pro basketball after school or does he? Is that his dream or his father’s dream? At first he seems to be your typical jock but like Beth, there is a lot going on under the surface. He is a talented writer, caring and very intense.
The book is really well written. Katie McGarry has a great turn of phrase. Very descriptive and the language used is appealing, with many current references to set this book firmly in the now. This is one of those books where the pages held me riveted, I didn’t want to acknowledge that any other world outside the world in this book existed until I finished reading.
The characters are vividly drawn, so real they march, double file, off the pages and straight into your heart. You care about them, you want to see them succeed, you want them to throw off the stereotype shackles and just be who they are. There is great character development; you are given all the details you need to see what makes them tick. Not for one moment did I think that’s a bit unreal. It all started as a dare. But can Ryan and Beth put all their fears aside and dare to fall for each other? Hey spoiler free zone here, remember, go pick up this book and see!
So the big question, why 4 stars and not 5? Well for me, 4 stars is a great rating, it means I loved the book. 5 stars means, I want to read over and over. So while this was a great read it’s not one I’ll feel the need to reread.
For all fans of contemporary YA and NA, this one is a must read. Now excuse me, I’m off to download Pushing the Limits to see what went on between Noah and Echo.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin (UK) Limited for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.