Guest Post: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted February 11, 2013 | 60 Comments

Today I have the wonderful Katie McGarry here with a great guest post!  I loved Pushing the Limits!
Echo & Noah = ♥

You can find my review here.



Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Pushing the Limits #1


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.


I was asked in an interview once if I believed in love at first sight. In my novel, Pushing the Limits, Echo and Noah hate each other upon first glance and their formed relationship is through a slow steady burn. Because of that, I think I might have shocked people when I answered that yes, I do believe in love at first sight—well sort of.

Before I met my husband, the answer was an absolute no way in hell, but my first meeting with him has since convinced me otherwise. I had gone through a rough break up and had one of those amazing best friends that held my hand through the aftermath. Of course, her version of hand holding was dragging me to every party available to a college student.
I had given up on love at that point. Trust was a four letter word disguised in five letters. I swore off dating and the thought of relationships. It was better and easier to be alone.

Then one night, at one additional party, my life changed when this guy wearing a blue University of Kentucky baseball cap entered the room. He wasn’t one of those guys that shouted loudly as he talked to gain attention, he didn’t try to wow the crowd with a funny story, he didn’t try to make himself look better by belittling someone else. Nope, he did none of those things.

He walked in and sat on the opposite side of the room from me. As I sat on the couch, I could feel his presence and to this day, I don’t know how to describe it. It was a warm heaviness, a force of gravity that pulled me to sneak peeks in his direction. I fought the urges because I didn’t want to be interested in a guy. I was used to being let down and wasn’t interested in spiraling again.

It became an itch embedded beneath my skin and when I finally felt like I was going to explode if I didn’t follow the compulsion, I looked and my heart melted with what I saw. On the floor, with his hands resting on his pulled up knees, he was staring at me. He had the most beautiful green eyes I had ever seen and he had this peaceful smile on his face that somehow promised all sorts of answers.

And then his eyes flickered to the right and a slow tip of his chin to someone out of my line of sight told me that our time was short. He glanced back at me and held my stare for a few more seconds. That peaceful smile lifted higher for a brief moment then he stood and left.

My heart pounded in my chest as I had never experienced something so strong with a stranger in my life. What was that and more importantly who? My best friend collapsed beside me, laughing at a joke I hadn’t heard, and when she saw the look on my face, she sobered up, asking what was going on.

The question of who the guy was flowed quickly from my mouth and she tilted her head. “That’s…” And I learned his name.
“Why?” she asked.

“Because, I think I may have just met someone crucial in my life.”

She laughed and so did I in order to make her think I wasn’t serious, but I was.

Our remaining love story is full of highs and lows, but I’m proud to say we’ve been together for over sixteen years and there is no one I love on the face of the planet as much as I love him.


Thank you, Katie, for sharing that story.  Seriously, this brought tears to my eyes when I first read it.

Katie has another book coming out May 28, 2013 called Dare You To.  It’s the 2nd book in the Pushing the Limits series, and it’s Beth’s story this time.  Once you read Pushing the Limits, you will without a doubt want to read this one too.


“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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60 responses to “Guest Post: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

    • I always forget to read the question before I comment…there has to be SOMETHING to that. I was dating someone else half-heartedly when I fell in love with my husband. We both felt it, but when we look back on it, it seems crazy that we knew it so strongly. I certainly don’t believe there’s only one person out there for each person, but in the right place at the right time…

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  1. Yes I do. I first met my husband when I was nine years old and he was thirteen. I told everyone that I was going to marry him. I knew.

    Life went on, I didn’t see him for a few years but I always asked about him and never forgot him. We both dated others and then we found each again when I was a teenager. We married when I was nineteen and are still happilly married soon to be 19 years later. There will never be anyone else for me. I know.

  2. Nancy L.R

    I honestly do! I’m just a hopeless romantic, and I’d like to think I would just KNOW when I see the person I’m suppose to be with.

  3. Awesome guest post Katie. I want to know what happened next lol….Great pick for the tour Christy, I absolutely loved this book and Noah and Echo. I can’t wait to read Dare You To.

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  4. Kelsey Summer

    I don’t think love at first sight is possible. I was attracted to my husband on sight and we flirted immediately, but it wasn’t love back then.


  5. Carl

    Yes, I do. I’m not sure it’s the kind of love that will always last but I’m sure it really happens. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  6. Viki S.

    I’m not sure it’s love at first sight but definitely lust at first sight. There has to be an initial attractions.

  7. Dorothy Reading

    I do. I also believe some people are too ready to believe in love at first sight, though. It’s a tough line to mark.

  8. sarah c.

    No i dont believe in love at first sight.. I have to get to know someone on the inside first.. thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Jody Duffy

    I loved his book and such a great post. I am a hopeless romantic and do believe in love at first sight. But I do think love can also grow from friendship. I would die for this signed copy.

  10. Wow! Now that is an amazing way to ‘meet’ someone. To just feel that strong draw like that. I just loved that guest post!
    I guess I do sort of believe in love at first sight. I thought I was in love when I was 12. I was just sure he was the guy I was going to marry and I felt that way all through high school even. And while I dated other guys I always felt like it was just until I actually got that shot with him. But then I became an adult and reality set in and I decided I wasn’t going to wait anymore. He knew how I felt. He lived in Canada and I only saw him once or so a year so it wasn’t like we even had an opportunity to know each other, but it really was just a feeling. I’m happily married to someone else, but I do remember that feeling and I just have to write it off as 12 year olds dreams (and obsessions, lol).

  11. Angela

    To some extent. It’s never happened to me though, but I sort of want it to. I feel like you should get to know a person first, otherwise you don’t actually LOVE that person. Love at first sight is more like attraction at first sight, I guess.

  12. Kamla L.

    Love at first sight, only in books and movies. In real life, there is infatuation, attraction, and lust at first sight. Love takes time.

  13. Dione Sage

    And to answer the question… I believe in strong attraction at first sight. Love is something that comes with knowing someone

  14. RIN

    I’m not sure whether or not I believe in love at first sight. Though, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t fall in love at first sight.

  15. I don’t believe in love at first sight but I certainly believe in LUST at first sight. Although, maybe I’ve just not met that one to change my mind 🙂

  16. Michelle Lovell

    I won’t say that I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I haven’t experienced it. I think it’s pretty unlikely though.

  17. Bonnie Hilligoss

    Lust, maybe. Love, no. I believe that love needs to grow as you get to know someone. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. In a way yes. I think the initial attraction in love is always physical though love can creep up on you. Love at first sight I think is a strong physical reaction with love mixed in.

  19. Danielle

    As cynical as it sounds. No. I believe in LUST at first sight but I thing LOVE is too strong an emotion to feel so quickly.

  20. Michelle Morris

    I personally don’t believe in love at first sight because I think love is based on trust and you can’t trust somebody you don’t know.

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