Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Netgalley Review - Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3), by Katie McGarry

Title: Crash Into You
Series:  Pushing the Limits #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 26, 2013

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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

One of my best discoveries in 2012 was Katie McGarry's 'Pushing the Limits', the first novel in the series. Thank you Netgalley, and Harlequin Teen for allowing me the opportunity of reading it for a review. It was one of those novels that stuck with me, and I didn't hesitate to request the second novel, and also 'Crash Into You' in 2013. Lots of happy dances ensued on receiving confirmation of approval.

What is it about 'damaged', bad boys that draw us like a moth to a flame? Heck if I know. Isaiah certainly fits the profile. Angry, beautiful and unapproachable, he is the prime example of a boy you shouldn't bring home to mother. But, like the characters in her other novels, there is so much more to him than meets the eye, and that's what I think attracts me so much to McGarry's novels.

The idea of someone who thinks they are unworthy of happiness finally understanding that they deserve to be loved just melts my heart.  And Isaiah melted my heart.

Rachel was a surprise to me. When first introduced to her she cowers under the over protectiveness of her family and the immense pressure of measuring up to a deceased sister that she had never met. Such is the pressure that she suffers from debilitating panic attacks that she tries to now hide from her family. Her only escape is the thrill of speed and adrenaline that she gets from being behind the wheel of her muscle car.

How exactly would these two cross paths?

And how these two people that couldn't be more different if they tried have that spark of amazing chemistry was beyond me. But that's Katie McGarry's specialty. 

Not only do these two sizzle (even though this book is pretty PG),  they almost successfully broke and melted my heart at the same time. With a plot packed with action and conflict, - racing from the police, and evading the threats of a street thug looking to be seen as the alpha on the streets - this novel was impossible to put down.

It is difficult to say if this is the best one yet. I can't say it, actually. Each of the installments so far have been so different from one another, yet staying true to the message that I love so much about them.

It sure changed everything for Isaiah and Rachel.

Keep 'em coming, Katie McGarry. I can't get enough.


KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads. 



  1. I actually think Isaiah is not a bad boy at all :) He's a GOOD boy pretending to be bad to keep himself safe in the environment he lives in, but he's actually super sweet, loyal, studious, and not half as "messed up" as he appears. He's actually the perfect guy to bring home... *cough cough* if you look pass his appearance.
    "The idea of someone who thinks they are unworthy of happiness finally understanding that they deserve to be loved just melts my heart." <-- totally heart this sentence! It's something I LOVE about McGarry's novels, and she makes that transition so believable!
    I totally agree with everything you said here, and I love the review!

    Nitzan @ Drugs Called Books

    1. Totally agree with you! And the same goes for Noah, and Beth in the other books too. Come to think of it, every 'bad boy/girl" in all the books I have read recently that have left a lasting impression fall into the same category. They are forced to use whatever defenses allow them to survive and yet, on the inside, they are such amazing people.

      Thank you so much for your comment!!


  2. I love Katie`s books and Rachel was relatable to me in this one. I can`t wait for the new book in series. I would love to see Abby`s story one day!!


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