Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Release Review - Dare You To, by Katie McGarry

Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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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 hers
elf to want it all....

"Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile" - Ryan, 'Dare You To'

 There is a storm brewing in Beth Risk. A storm she doesn't let just anyone see.

A darkness that consumes her every day. Every time she gets the call to take her mother home from the bar.  That grows with every regret her mother drunkenly utters in her ear as Beth holds her up.  In every bruise her mother suffers at the hands of her boyfriend. At every powerless, hopeless moment when Beth knows she can't do any more than what she has already done.  That expands with every wall she builds around her heart.

Can't get close to anyone. Can't fall in love. Can't trust. Can't.


The moment Beth and Ryan cross paths, the word 'can't' is a word she has to fight for.

Because she can. She falls unwillingly. Kicking and screaming.  But he won't let her go. He sees the worth she hides. He sees her heart. And though she desperately wants to go at it alone, he won't let her.

Let your walls be torn.

Let yourself be held.

Open your heart.

Face your fear.

Kiss the man you are falling for. 

 "And I let the part of me that loved ribbons live for a few seconds and entwined my fingers with his." - Beth, 'Dare You To'

A crack in the strongest of walls can be its undoing. That weakness in the fortress of her heart will change her life forever. 

One person can not shoulder the troubles of others alone.  But will she ultimately realize that Ryan's love, the love of her friends, old and new, and the love of her estranged uncle, will make her stronger than she ever thought possible? 

After reading the stunningly touching first novel, Pushing the Limits, I was thrilled to be able to read 'Dare You To'.  This is another powerful story that will reach into the depths of your heart, and have you begging Beth to say 'CAN'.

"This overwhelming, encompassing feeling is love. It's not perfect and it's messy as hell. And it's exactly what I need." - Ryan, 'Dare You To"

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,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads. 


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