Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: 25th July 2012
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance
SO WRONG FOR EACH OTHER…AND YET SO RIGHT.
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. 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.
The characters are easily the reason behind this books greatness. They seem so round, so real. Real issues lead to real emotional and social problems which need to be resolved in realistic ways. Often this was painful and heat wrenching and hard, but you really connected to Noah and Echo as they persevered through it. Watching them grow and deal with their own horrible situations, with the help of the hilarious Mrs Collins, was fantastic. I think I might have liked their development better than the romance. And if it hadn’t been physically impossible, I honestly would have pulled them from the pages and into my much better (and luckier) life.
Romance and a relationship was one of the may things that helped them through the rough patches. It was a nice, slow building relationship with tension. Lots of tension. It’s magnificient. They’re one of those couples you just know are going to get together but you can’t tell when it will happen or how and you just have to know. And you struggle not to flail/squeal when it does.
This romance, along with the characters and beautifully flowing writing (which had two very distinct voices for Echo and Noah, by the way) is what lead to me reading 130 pages of this in a single night before I forced myself to go to sleep. I can’t wait to start the sequel, DARE YOU TO, and I hope I get the same greatness in Beth’s story. If you love contemporary and romance, or even great character development, you definitely need to invest in PUSHING THE LIMITS.