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….