Title: Pushing The Limit
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date: July 30th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Read synopsis: Goodreads
Rating: 4 stars
The moment I saw the blurb of this book I realized this was definitely my kind of book! I love pairings that were completely opposite but always found and share a connection between them. It really never failed to entertain and amaze me. Although I did have some qualms before I started it, they soon disappeared as I found myself being devoured by Echo and Noah's story in a short period of time.
This was an intense and emotional read that made me really ache for the characters yet it also had some humorous and swooning moments that made me love them more and enjoy the story thoroughly. Echo and Noah were both broken characters struggling to put their lives back to normal after having such a devastating and awful experience.
Both character definitely had my heart out after learning what happened in their past lives. It was emotionally gripping and very raw. The characters problems and struggles were realistic and that made it easier to connect and understand them. Echo struggled on remembering what happened to her that caused her to have that awful-looking scar on her arm. And to top with that she also had to deal with his very controlling father. Noah's, on the other hand, tried to bring back his family together after being taken apart after losing their parents.
What happened to Echo was really terrible and disturbing and I wouldn't even be able to imagine what I have to endure if I was the one carrying that emotional baggage. However it was Noah and his brother's story that had me really touched and moved. I just discovered that I have really soft spots when it comes to baby brothers (I cried with Kel in Slammed, with Caulder in Point of Retreat and now with Jacob and Tyler.) I was touched seeing how Noah internally struggled on choosing which was the best for his brothers and for him as well. His character was so much more and deeper than what he always tried to show. And that made him a very interesting and endearing character.
Another favorite character of mine was Miss Collins. I never thought I would describe a middle-age woman a kick-ass! But Miss Collins indeed was! I love how she handled both Echo and Noah and her contributions on making the two realized what they have to do and make the right decisions.
This was a really great read. It was a heartwarming and touching story with good amount of sweet and hot romance. I was hooked and I definitely look forward for more of Katie McGarry's book. I recommend this.
Thank you Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing an advance readers copy of this book!