Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
Published November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
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.
So this is the first book I have read by Katie McGarry. I walked right into Book # 3 of the Pushing the Limit Series which when I realized that I was freaking out! Thank goodness they are stand alone books or I would of been very upset. So while some folks had already come to love Isaiah in previous books and were waiting for this book to come out -- I walked in with no clue and no expectations. I really enjoyed this book and I liked Isaiah...a lot and his relationship with Rachel. The book totally left me wanting for more so I now I have gone back and bought book # 1 Pushing the limits and am loving Noah. Review on that one to come soon!
So back to Isaiah - he has definitely not had an easy life -- even before he became a foster kid - his life was tough. Through his last foster home he met his best friend Noah, Noah’s girlfriend Echo, and Beth. They are his only family. Beth has moved on to a new boyfriend so now its just Noah and Isaiah. Isaiah to sum him up is a bad ass with a heart of gold. He has tattoos, piercings, he loves to work on cars, also he is smart, sweet, funny, loving and loyal to his few friends.
Rachel Young -- well she is the exact opposite of Isaiah in a lot of ways. Different world, Different Life, Different upbringing. She lives at home with both of her parents and her 4 brothers - she and her twin Ethan are the youngest of the bunch but Rachel is definitely considered the youngest -- not Ethan. Though her world may seem picture perfect..it is far far from it. She feels like a replacement for her older sister that died at a very young age. Her brothers, her parents all put an enormous amount of pressure on Rachel to be someone she is not in the vain of keeping her mother happy. To be the replacement daughter for the tragedy they suffered long ago. Even though Rachel is not her sister, Rachel doesn’t want to disappoint anyone so she suffers through living up to their expectations at a physical expense to herself and of course at the expense of losing her true self. The only time she feels free, feels like herself, is when she’s on the road- just her and her 2005 Mustang GT.
So that's exactly how Isaiah and Rachel meet. Rachel is out doing what she loves -- driving her fast mustang. One thing leads to another and both Rachel and Isaiah end up at an illegal street race. Well as you might expect, things go wrong really quickly -- but they get out safely together. Thus starts what you might call a friendship but there is absolutely a spark between them.
They find themselves in a huge situation and they race against the time to fix it so it doesn't cost them possibly their lives at the end.
Isaiah and Rachel's relationship was great. They had an amazing spark that Katie depicted very well and I loved watching it grow and watching them get to know each other. You rooted for them from the beginning. Even they had many differences they also shared lots of things in common which I liked to see -- they both had imperfect family lives, they loved cars, and understood each other.
Rachel and Abby's friendship: This was a great friendship and I hope we learn more about Abby in books to come. Rachel and her hit it off and began fast good friends. They both needed a true friendship in their lives and found a real one in each other.
I really enjoyed the way Katie writes and the characters (Rachel, Isaiah, Noah, Echo, Logan, and Abby)they were real, had real relationships and were lovable despite any flaws they had :-) The alternating POV is wonderful as I loved getting into the minds of both of them.
The only aspect of the story that annoyed me were her brothers - I mean really could they be that clueless about their own sister - to not know the pain she's in - ? then could they really be that overprotective that she couldn't even date? I get being over-protective but to the point that NO boy in the entire school wants to talk to her and she can't date anyone? So over-protective that they don't want her to be happy? I don't have brothers so I'm the first to admit that I don't have a clue if that's a possibility but it definitely made me NOT like their characters at all. All 4 of the brothers kinda grated on my nervous throughout the book (but they didn't have that big of a role so its a small issue overall). All that being said I will be reading book #4 that focuses on Rachel's brother West and maybe I will find a new like for him.
So if want to read a great plot -- fast cards, racing, and shady deals along with a steamy romance then race into reading Crash into You by Katie McGarry!