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Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Net Galley
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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
I received a copy of this from Netgalley and was in no way compensated for my review. These thoughts are my own.
I was looking back through my notes when I started this review, and by the number of highlights I’d say i really loved this book. I wouldn’t have said it was possible, I’m just not a contemporary romance fan. But Katie McGarry had me falling in love. I wanted to scream every time I had to put it down. KM created such an amazing story for Isaiah and Rachel. From page one I fell in love with tattooed, rough, and intimidating Isaiah Walker, but what you don’t know from the beginning is that Isaiah is smart, honorable, loyal and incredible with cars. Rachel Young is the youngest daughter in a family with 4 brothers. She is a character that I wasn’t sure I would be able to relate to, but KM wove her story beautifully.
Rachel is a replacement daughter, her sister died of leukemia before Rachel was born and she is the reason for her mother’s happiness. Rachel has panic attacks when forced to speak to large groups, which wouldn’t normally be an issue except her parents want her to give speeches for the leukemia charity foundation on behalf of her dead sister. Isaiah is a foster kid who fell in love and was burned and who doesn’t want to open up again. He’s in a rough spot with money, him and Noah are living together but are no longer able to afford rent.
I loved this book. KM had me keep coming back for more. She writes about real problems and her stories, while not tied together in a nice little bow, have real endings that have room for great happiness. I would highly recommend picking up this book.
“Noah and I–we’re brothers despite not sharing blood, and Echo became my sister the day she put a smile on his face. They’re my family and I’m going to fight to keep what’s mine.”
“I have four brothers, and one is the type that mothers warn their daughters against. In other words, I’m not that naive, but to be honest, his proposal intrigues me. But I’m also sure this is how horror movies begin. Or the best action flicks on the face of the planet.”
“In midsentence, Courtney notices me and immediately yells, ‘Don’t you dare bolt Isaiah.'”
“‘Are you kidding?’ I ask with a bounce that I’m sure makes me look like a five-year-old. ‘I want to lie on the hood and hug it.'”
“‘That’s a lot of food. Do you also eat small children as appetizers?'”
“‘I can’t give you the world, Rachel, but I’ll give you all I got.'”
“And to make it worse, the courage to contact him completely eludes me. I now understand why so many deer are hit by cars.”
I hope you give this book a chance, it surprised me and I loved it!