by Katie McGarry
Book: Pushing the Limits #2
Pub Date: May 28 2013
Genre: Young Adult
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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.
My Review: Book two was written just like Book one. This time it was about Beth and Ryan.
Beth is this cool chick, with some dark secrets. She lives with Isaiah, Noah, and Echo. Noah and Echo are from book one, and are mention a bit. Now about Beth, she is living with them due to her home life. Her mom is dating this douchbag who beats on them both. So Beth left not wanting to be thrown around anymore. Though that doesn't stop those two, both of them are on probation. One night Beth gets another call from the bar about her mom. As usual she goes out to get her and take her home. This night was different, her boyfriend smashed a car window with a bat. Beth takes the bat in her hands planning to hit him, so he wouldn't hurt them. Suddenly the cops she up and arrest Beth. Only reason was so that her mom doesn't go to jail for breaking her probation.
What happens next is her uncle Scott comes and takes legal guardianship of Beth, which means taking her away from everything and giving her a new life. Beth doesn't want that and Scott ins't exactly this role model for her.
Ryan is a baseball player, and a good one at that. He has lead his team to victory and won't start to lose any time soon. Right now its him and his parents. Before his brother Mark used to be in the picture. When he told them he was gay, Mark had the choice to say or go. Staying meant hiding, so out Mark went.
After being left by his brother thing have changed, and Ryan's family hasn't been the same. So after a night of hanging out with some friends, Ryan heads back home. Only for one day to meet the player of his dreams. Scott Risk, grew up and is moving back to Ryan's hometown, along with wife Allison and niece Beth. He and Ryan talk, well mainly his dad talks for him. Though Ryan and Scott have a chat about baseball and hoping he would help show Beth around.
Finally they meet and everything can start. Beth is all attitude with Ryan, and he just wants to help out for Scott. What they didn't plan was their attraction for each other. Of course they won't say it right away. Whatever Beth does, makes Ryan smile and like her more. Beth likes that she can throw anything at Ryan and he just takes it, and sometimes gives it right back.
These two are so many things! Annoying, aggravating, interest, excitement, everything a good pair has! They act just fine and get along for a while, until the day Isaiah shows up at the school and takes her to the woods, where they talk. He gives her a new phone and plans to take her back. Ryan even saved her from Isaiah one night. After that night she doesn't plan to run off again. Ryan still likes her after all that. At a point Ryan goes and tells Beth about the dare. She is upset at first, but knowing her she just forgets and moves on after.
At the night of a party, things seem to be all smooth. Beth joins Ryan and after an hour the dare is done. Though 15 min later he and Beth are off. They end up stopping to rest and have some beer behind the barn. Here Ryan reveals that his life isn't so perfect and he gets drunk, when Beth barley has one. Things get going and nearly out of hand, at least Beth thinks so. The following day Ryan goes to see Beth. They talk and end up trying the whole dating thing. Who knows, this must just be perfect.
Well I love Katie's writing and can't wait for more.
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