Monday, October 22, 2012

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) ~ Katie McGarry

This is a mature young adult or "new adult" contemporary romance novel (Rated R)

(Four Thunderous Beating Hearts)

Book Summary

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Review

This book began inn its opening pages with a too many times to count scene done in books, tv and movies, that it lacked originality. With that said, if I had not gotten on good faith that this book was awesome, I would have stopped there.

However, things did pick up with each chapter while we learned bits more about each of the main characters. I have to say, I liked Noah more. Echo wasn’t bad, but she was a push over and that annoyed me at times even though it gave the author room for her to grow.

This author "pushed the limits" with the content of this story. Noah’s POV particulary felt authentic and sooo very male. He thought about sex and he did often. Nothing very graphic in the book, but it felt like it. HOT!
Which leads me to the end. Let’s just say that I didn’t feel the ending matched with the rest of the book. It’s hard to go from edgy to syrupy sweet and do it well. No go here. I felt cheated with the ending.

Now, don’t read this if you haven’t read. SPOILER ALERT!

Noah wanted sex. But the good guy he was, he was willing to wait on Echo. Echo wants to take things to the next level, but he stops her. So why in the end, she’s back to not wanting it and him waiting. It was weird to me. They were both adults. Her life was more F’d up before, but now she’s too fragile. It was a cop out. There wasn’t a reason not to have sex, based on the flimsy reason given. Just say she changed her mind. It was a let down to all the build up and didn’t fit the edgy style of the story.

Two and the most important thing that pissed me off…. Echo has been a push over all her life. She’s claimed that she’s changed. So why apologize to the nanny and the dad. The Dad crossed the line of trust. I don’t care if he didn’t mean too. I’m with the mother on this. He should have kept his in his pants. Divorce the wife and met someone new. This relationship of his affected the kids. She didn’t need to apologize. If she wanted a relationship with them fine. But the apology wasn’t necessary and felt like her push over self again.
And because of the unoriginal beginning and didn’t fit the story ending, I have to knock off a heart.


Audio Revew

The dual narration by MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands. How I wish they would have blended the two, having them read the male and female POVs, worked. I really enjoyed both very much. I found that even thought when they switched off, having them read the other character didn’t bother me as some other dual narrations in the past. Well done

So overall, I liked it. I will be reading the next story.

My book boyfriend Noah. (Two pictures - keep scrolling - pushing the limits)

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  1. this one is a great one but maybe if there is a sequel to what happens in the beginning

    1. There is a sequel and I will read. Still the ending could have been better suited for the book as a whole.