Title: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
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.Crash Into You ends my three-day Katie McGarry read-a-thon, and let me tell you that it does so in a very high note. Echo and Noah made my heart beat like it was on steroids, Beth and Ryan had me laughing one moment and then tearing up on the next, but Rachel and Isaiah? They gave me all those but with a bonus: adrenaline rush. I'd been excited to read the first two books in this series but I particularly looked forward to this one because I share the MCs' love for cars and speed. And props to Katie because I sure felt my blood pumping while reading the racing scenes.
When Rachel was introduced, I immediately thought, "Four older brothers?! Even Isaiah the Fierce is gonna have a problem with that." I loved how protective they were of their baby sister, but I could easily imagine how Rachel felt they were smothering her. At first, she'd felt like she had no choice but to do anything and everything that her family asked of her, living in the shadow of someone who'd died before she had even born. That's what made it so much fun to see her silent bravery coming out; she was also shy and awkward and would often get overexcited, and I totally understood how Isaiah saw her as an angel. Even with her spurts of rebelliousness, she really was just that good.
Isaiah, on the other hand, was the boy Rachel's family disapproved of—not that her brothers approved of anyone. His earrings and tattoos were meant as a beacon that signaled everyone to stay away from him, but beneath the tough exterior was a boy who only yearned to be loved and accepted. I liked how Isaiah never backed down and always kept true to his word. Even when things got rough, he would be the determined, trust-worthy one.
Rachel and Isaiah killed me with their brand of sexy and adorable. Until now, my brain tells me that their relationship took off way faster than it should have, but what else could you expect from two people who had a need for speed? (See what I did there? LOL) Aside from their six-week situation, one of the biggest hurdles they faced were their financial differences.
"Are you here?"
"At the gate. Do you mind informing your militia that I'm not here to rape and pillage?"Oh, and apparently, Katie McGarry has mastered the art of writing a kissing scene. Jesus.
Unlike the first two books, Crash Into You had this sense of urgency and heightened stakes because the MCs' lives were in real danger, unlike Echo who battled with her past and Beth who had a choice of staying away from her demons. Isaiah and Rachel—they couldn't run. This book was so intense that it tired me out, the kind of exhaustion that comes from emotional stress. I had two mini-heart attacks in the last quarter of the story, and, seriously, what is it with this series and mommy issues?
MY FAVORITE PART was Noah walking in on Rachel and Isaiah in their new apartment. Oh, Noah =))
About the author:
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
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