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Dare You To

Dare You To - Katie McGarry Dare To You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: May 28th 2013
Print Length: 462 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Net Galley
Review Date: June 14th 2013
Cover Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Sensuality Rating: Mild (YA)

I LOVED Pushing The Limits! So I knew when Dare To You was released I’d want to read it. And I liked it, but…

First I want to point out what I LOVED about Dare To You. Which almost entirely centers around the character Ryan Stone. He is the PERFECT book boyfriend. I LOVED him. He was cute, sexy, smart, talented, athletic, charming, and literally a perfect gentleman (with the biggest heart). He was not a player, he treats women with respect, and I LOVE him for it.

Ryan also never annoyed me. Which brings me to what I didn’t like about Dare To You. Beth. Oh Beth. I wanted to love her, and sometimes I did, but she was sooo unbelievably frustrating when it came to situations including her mother. She was literally an idiot. I wanted to throw my Kindle out the window, with not just frustration, but even anger at times. She was hurting the people who cared about her consistently to help someone who didn’t, couldn’t. And a senior in high school is smart enough to know better. I frequently get annoyed when YA books make the mistake of giving the teenager the emotional maturity of a 40 year old, but I also get annoyed when giving them the emotional maturity of a 5 year old, and the common sense to match. I do not need to be in her situation to know it’s thoroughly unbelievable for her to be so naïve.

She was also closed off to a fault. She pushed people away who wanted to help her (while, of course, remaining steadfast and trusting of her mother, who didn’t deserve it in the least). She pushed away Isaiah, Noah’s foster brother from Pushing The Limits, continuously—and swore she knew how he felt about her was only friendship, when he continuously showed her by his actions that he loved the crap out of her… (I’m so glad we get to see his side of the story next in Crash Into You—releasing this November). I understand she has been the victim of abuse, but it does not explain her behavior—at least I don’t think so…

Overall, I recommend this book to people who loved Pushing The Limits and want to see the storyline continued. You can read this as a standalone, but I wouldn’t. If you want to read something by Katie McGarry the read the first book, then decide if this one is for you.

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