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....
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5/5 STARS!! This is my 2nd read by Katie McGarry and the books just get better and better, I was glued to my kindle from start to finish. She has a way of breaking my heart and putting it back together so perfectly. My emotions were up and down and all over the place with these characters. I liked Beth in Pushing the Limits but she wasn't my favorite, and I was so excited thinking that her and Isaiah might be together. BUT, that was short lived when I found out that Beth and Isaiah are both getting their own stories. I was upset at first, I thought that they should be together, they have been through so much and have always been there for each other. THEN, I read this book and well deep down I'm glad they get their own stories. Both of them are so damaged and deserve to be able to tell their own story.
There were times I wanted to shake Beth, scream at her and ask what in the hell she is thinking!! I would argue with my kindle that she should think things through or open her eyes and see things for what they are. With all that being said, I love Beth's character. She is so broken and has so many walls built around her that no one gets close.
Beth Risk has seen a lot and done a lot in her seventeen years, much more than any teenager should ever see or do. Her life is one bad decision after the next, trying to look after her mom and take care of herself. One night things go too far and she makes a split decision to help her mother out of a bad situation that changes her life forever. The repercussions of that decision lands her with her long lost uncle and his wife, who isn't the most welcoming, in a new town with a bunch of strangers. But, Beth has a plan.
Ryan Stone is the perfect son, the perfect baseball player and the towns golden boy. He can do no wrong. He has the perfect life on the outside, but inside are the secrets that are eating away at him. Then out of nowhere this the girl shows up and changes everything he thought he knew.
I can't wait for Isaiah's story. He is one of my favorites and I know he has a sad, broken story to tell.