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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dare You To - Katie McGarry

Release Date - June 2013

Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Beth Risk steps in for her mother to keep her mother out of jail. Beth feels she's stronger and without a record, she won't be held for long. On the other hand, her mother has a larger risk of being put behind bars for years. Beth never expects for her long-absent uncle to suddenly reappear and demand custody.

Ryan Stone is the classic all-American jock. He's a strong contender on the pitcher's mound, and he can't figure out why he's so drawn to Beth. The fact that her uncle is a former MLB player doesn't hurt. Breaking through Beth's shell isn't going to be easy, but it's exactly what Ryan wants to focus on.

Dare You To starts with a simple dare. From there, it becomes an interesting look at two teens, both with personal demons. Watching their romance blossom and grow, even if they are high schoolers, is definitely involving and had me rooting for them.

Going back to my favorite books as a teen, Dare You To reminded me of the old Loveswept series for teens back in the 1980s. It had the same emotional pull, sense of true romance, and characters that felt real.

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