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Book Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits 2) by Katie McGarry

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” I dare you . . .”

So much of life seems to start with a simple dare.  Ryan Stone and his friends are spending the evening daring each other to collect phone numbers when Beth walks in.  Beth looks hard, and there is no way that Ryan will get her phone number.  Beth, you see, is hiding a secret.  If people knew what her home life was like, they would take her out of it at once.  An uncertain future seems more terrifying than the things that are happening at home, no matter how bad they are.  Soon the two find themselves being drawn to each other in an intense, passionate romance but can they dare themselves to love and be open.

“You’re a lot like that bird in the barn. You’re so scared that you’re going to be caged in forever you can’t see the way out. You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again. The door is open, Beth. Stop running in circles and walk out.” – Dare You To

Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits, this is the second book in this connected trilogy.  The books aren’t sequels per se, but they tell the stories of various characters.  If you haven’t read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, you should do so now.  It’s okay – I’ll wait here.  See? I told you – Pushing the Limits is an intensely awesome contemporary romance, and Dare You To continues in that same vein.

“I like you. I. Like. You. I’ll admit you’re annoying. Sometimes you agitate me to the brink of insanity, but you can throw it back at me like no one else. When you laugh, I want to laugh. When you smile, I want to smile. Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile.”  – Dare You To

Beth is a sarcastic, difficult character at first.  She has walls, but there are good reasons for them.  But she also is strong and loyal and, when she allows herself to, dreams big things.  In many ways Ryan is a typical jock who knows that he can melt girls like putty in his hands.  But Beth, that is a challenge.  As their relationship grows, they must each allow themselves to be open.

“How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?”  – Dare You To

There is some beautiful imagery here: birds in barns, rain water.  I am not going to lie, I am not very romantic and it made me get a little weak in the knees.  But this is more than a romance, it is a powerful contemporary that looks honestly at teen lives and emotions. Crash into You, book 3 in the Pushing the Limits series, is scheduled for release in December 2013.  This series is HIGHLY recommended. Dare You To is scheduled for publication in May of 2013, that gives you plenty of time to read book 1 if you haven’t already.

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  1. I didn't know this was coming out so soon! So excited loved the first one.

  2. This is an amazing giveaway with all the great reads that are coming this year. Thank you.

  3. I need to read this ASAP. Katie McGarry is such an amazing author! <3
    Thanks for the great giveaway as well.

  4. SUCH a fabulous review. I still need to read it. I can't wait!!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I love Harelquin Teen! I especially cannot wait for Dare You To! LOVED Pushing the Limits!!!

  6. These books really great! I am looking forward to reading both! I haven't such good things about PUSHING THE LIMITS, must get it ASAP!

  7. What an amazing giveaway! Loved Pushing the Limits, and can't wait to read Dare You To!

  8. I LOVED Pushing the Limits! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! Awesome giveaway! So many great HT books coming out this year!!! Thanks 🙂

  9. Loved Pushing the Limits… Can't wait for Dare You To!! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for the giveaway!to
    I read Pushing the Limits and LOVED IT!
    Can't wait to get my hand on Dare to You!

  11. I absolutely loved Pushing the Limits! I can't wait to read Dare You To!

  12. I absolutely adored Noah and Echo's story. Can't wait for Dare You To

  13. I can't wait to get my hands on Dare You To. I loved Noah and Echo's story and I can't wait to read Beth's.


  14. i've heard so much great things about this series! can't wait to read it for myself! thanks for the giveaway!!

  15. Ooooo what a fabulous contest! I'll spread the word! Thanks. =)
    ~Shelby @ Gobs and Gobs of Books

  16. Harlequin Teen Rocks! I've heard on excellent things about Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits. I totally stoked to start reading her soon. =D

  17. Yay! This is awesome

  18. I loved Pushing the Limits! I can't wait to read Dare You To!

  19. Thanks for the review and giveaway 🙂
    Pushing the limits is a fabolous book and I can´t wait to read Dare you to! 🙂

  20. Thanks for the giveaway! Winning would make my month! Here's to praying to the random number generator gods!

  21. I loved Dare You To so much <3 Definitely one of my 2013 favourites so far! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  22. Can't wait for this book, loved the first one!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. I can't wait!!!!

  25. I'd choose Dare You To!

  26. How awesome!

  27. Thank you!! I can't wait!

  28. What an awesome giveaway! I loved Pushing the Limits and can't wait to read Dare you to!

  29. Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

  30. Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  31. I LOVE the giveaway. Though, I admit my love for Pushing the Limits and Katie McGarry over rules 🙂

  32. i loved Pushing the Limits and cannot wait to read Dare You To!

  33. I need to read Dare You too ASAP! I loved Pushing the Limits, and this book looks amazing! Thanks for such an exciting giveaway!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  34. Pushing the Limits was my favorite book from last year and an impressive debut! I bought a hardcover copy and ebook version. I cannot wait for Dare You To and am happy that each character will get to have own book!

  35. This is an amazing giveaway! I haven't yet read Pushing the Limits, but I've been wanting to. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

  36. CynthiaElle says:

    Can't wait for Pushing the Limits <3

  37. I loved Pushing the Limits I can't wait for Dare You To! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  38. Loved pushing the limits & I know I won't be disappointed with dare to you (:

  39. Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  40. I loved Pushing the Limits and I loved Noah!! Can't wait for Dare to you 🙂

  41. OMG!!! Thanks so much for having this contest Pushing The Limits is on my shelf I need to get to it soon as my review pile gets lower its a little heavy at the moment =( but its ok I'm saving it as a special treat and good luck everyone.

  42. wow thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  43. Pushing the Limits was fantastic and I am beyond excited for Dare You To! It sounds just as amazing!

  44. Loved Dare You To, even better than Pushing The Limits and I can't wait to read the last book! 🙂

  45. Woohoo! I'm so excited. 2013 is going to be amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. I loved Pushing the Limits, but I haven't read Dare You To yet. I'm super excited it for it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. dare you to was so awsome

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