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"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...
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If I am being honest, I have to admit that this book took a bit for me to warm up to it. And it is entirely my fault. I was just so enamored with the first book in the series that I was thrown off by the new leads.
But once I gave Beth and Ryan a chance, I found myself drawn into their story and cheered on their victories and felt sadness right along with them. Both of the characters experience a lot of growth both triggered by circumstances and by their connection to each other. I prefer Beth as a character because she is the more cynical and in your face of the two. Her brashness is her armor against the world whereas inside she is scared to let anyone get close. She thinks Ryan's life is perfect and that is how it appears from the outside. However, appearances do deceive.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.