Publication Date: May 28th 2013
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….
As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the first novel in this series, Pushing the Limits, it was a no-brainer that this novel would be a must read.
Once again, we find our story told through alternating points of view. This time around we have Beth, Noah’s friend who we first meet in Pushing the Limits, and a new character, Ryan. For those of you who read the first book, you may be wondering about Isaiah, and he is there at times, but more on that later.
From what we already knew of Beth, she had family problems that often led her to escape and stay at her Aunt’s house with Noah and Isaiah. We get a glimpse of her life with her alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend and what a tragic position she finds herself in, needing to be the parent and take care of her mother but not really having the means to. She continues to have the spunk I remember of her before but on a whole new level, making her one of my favorite YA female characters. She has that no nonsense attitude full of sarcasm and wit, but underneath is someone a little vulnerable and doesn’t believe herself worthy. Piss her off though and she will curse and threaten bodily harm.
“Get your arm off of me before I rip it off and beat the shit out of you with it.”
Yep, that’s my girl! She has some serious balls and I love her for it. An unfortunate turn of events takes her away from this life and thrown into a new one with her Uncle as guardian. This is where she meet Ryan.
Ryan also has a few issues going on at home but nothing to the extreme we get with Beth, which I appreciated. Pushing the Limits was super high on drama and it was nice to have it a bit toned down in this companion, which made it feel more realistic. I usually go for the bad boy but I think it’s safe to say my tastes are slowly changing. Ryan’s a whole different type of swoony. Ryan plays to win in all aspects of life. His life has always been baseball, but he discovers a few extra interests as the story progresses. He’s a gentleman with perfect manners and boy is he sweet! (Bottle of rain for anyone who has read it?) He has just enough imperfections to balance out all of his perfections though. But man, every time he turned his hat around for a kiss and pulled it down to cover his embarrassment… DEAD.
I’d love to kiss her right now. Not the type of kiss that makes her body come alive. The type of kiss that shows her how much I care – the type that involves my soul.
These two come together on a dare and what develops is a truly remarkable love story. Obviously there is a lot of outside factors coming into play from both families as well, but the fun carefree moments give it a good balance and keeps you engaged in their lives. And of course there was Isaiah… Let me just tell you how hard my heart broke for poor Isaiah. I think my impression from the first book was that Beth and Isaiah would develop into something more so it was so hard to see him hurt and root for the other guy. BUT I know his story is coming in the next book and I am DYING to see him get a happily ever after.
Overall, this book is one of my favorites for the year so far! A truly amazing story with characters you cannot help but love, I strongly recommend this novel. As more of a companion, you do not have to read Pushing the Limits to read Dare You To.
Beth feels like this storm. Constant and persistent as a whole, but the more I get close and try to clutch the individual drops of rain, the more the water falls out of my hands.