Date of Publication: May 28 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Source: Library ebook
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....
I enjoyed Dare You To even more than I enjoyed Pushing the Limits. It's a completely personal thing: I just felt like I could connect with Ryan and Beth better than with Noah and Echo.
Ryan is absolute perfection. No seriously. He is adorable in ever way. I love his desire to win. I love how he pushes himself to succeed. I love that he is also a decent guy. He respects women, he is big on communicating, and he's sexy as hell too. His character just came alive and I think without a doubt he is one of my favourite book boyfriends, if not the favourite. He's that incredible.
I also connected with Beth. She was so guilty and felt so trapped. She couldn't believe that she was getting something good. She was so guarded it was heartbreaking, but I loved watching her grow.
I love how all the characters had backgrounds and back stories. Their lives were difficult, especially when it came to family, but the story remained hopeful. The relationships were well fleshed out, and there were many of them. I loved when Ryan hung out with Chris and Logan. Lacy was a fantastic character. Isaiah was given the short end of the stick, but honestly I agreed with the author. In the end, Beth got exactly what she needed.
Dare You To is a romance, and it did its job extremely well. There was so much chemistry between Beth and Ryan, and their relationship developed very well. It took time, and I love how it started with interest, then grew to like and love. I'm not usually into romance, but this one stuck with me.
In conclusion, Dare You To is awesome and this review should be longer but I can't do it because I'm still swooning over Ryan Stone.