Thursday, September 12, 2013

Swoon Thursday #56 - Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

Dare You To
(Pushing the Limits #2)

Katie McGarry

First - The Blurb:

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...

Second - The Swoon:

My tank rides up farther when Ryan strokes the bare flesh of my stomach. He angles closer to me and I'm immediately overwhelmed by the size of his body. My blood tingles with excitement. "You're soft," he whispers.

I knot my fingers in his hair, guiding his head to mine. "You talk too much."

"I do," he agrees and his lips finally meet mine.

It's an innocent kiss at first. Soft lips meeting; a gentle pressure that creates a slow burn. The type of kiss you give to someone that means something. This isn't the type of kiss to be wasted on me. But still, I prolong it by taking his lower lip into mine and I touch his smooth face.

For this one second, I'll feel. I'll let myself pretend that Ryan cares for me. That I'm the girl worthy of this type of kiss.

Third - My Thoughts:

A friend asked me not to give away any spoilers on this one so I'm going to try and keep this brief and not give too much away.

For those of you who don't know, Dare You To is the next installment of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. In PTL we were introduced to Beth (Elisabeth) but only superficially. DYT is her story and Ryan's.

Ryan's a jock, a baseball fanatic and loves to play dare. Beth is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She has attitude and hides her true-self behind a facade.

Both have secrets they want to keep concealed. Unfortunately for them, secrets have a way of being discovered. As they both struggle with family issues, a bond begins to develop between them, and something which started as a dare, suddenly becomes so much more.

Katie has a great writing style and DYT does not disappoint. I found it to be a great read and I am looking forward to the release of Crash Into You.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?

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  1. Fantastic swoon! I absolutely loved this book! AHh you always have amazing swoon!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. I absolutely loved this book! It had so many swoony moments, great pick.

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    Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

  3. OMG excellent post. I loved Pushing the Limits but for some reason I keep putting off reading Dare You To. Love the swoon & your review makes me want to read it, like, NOW.

    Have a great day,
    Elizabeth @ Blue Eyed Book Reviews

  4. Dreamy sighhhhhh! I loved Dare You To! LOVED it. (even more than PTL to be honest!) I just loved Ryan to death. Great swoon Marilyn! I remember that exact scene!

  5. I remember this scene. It made my heart melt. What a great Swoon pick! Here's my Swoon:

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  6. Oh I loved this book so much!! Ryan was such a sweetie and Beth totally deserves to be kissed like that! I can't wait to read Isaiah's story! :)

  7. Love the swoon!! So glad you loved this one too.... I'm hanging for Crash into You!!

    Thanx for visiting my SWOON!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  8. Love the dynamics between these two! Great pick.