Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

Book Description:

Published: July 31, 2012

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. 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.

Review –

I rated this book 5 stars *****

I love the description of “bad boy” Noah Hutchins  – “pot smoking,girl-using loner in a black leather jacket”.  Is it just me or or does that just melt your insides?

Noah has lost his parents in a horrible house fire over two years ago and he and his two brothers were put into foster care but not together. Ever since punching out his  first foster-father(no matter how justified) he’s been labeled as a threat  and a hot head and hasn’t had much visitation with his younger brothers. They are in a good home, go to good schools and have everything they could want or need plus the foster parents want to adopt them. Noah wants to apply for custody after graduating from high school but realizes it will ne an up hill battle  because he can’t care for them like the foster parents can.

Echo doesn’t remember what happened two years ago but she woke up in the hospital almost dead and covered in deep red bloody cuts. These cuts left horrible scars, which she covers with long sleeves and gloves at all times. She is seeing the school clinical psychologist to try to remember and cope with the memories of that night. She needs a job to fix up her dead brothers car so Mrs. Collins suggested tutoring a fellow student.  Little did she know that it would be Noah, usually made fun of her like everyone else in school.

It takes time but Noah and Echo develop a friendship and much later a relationship and the road to either is not smooth.

The last fourth of the book was very emotional  and I cried like a baby and had to put down the book and go get some Kleenex. (I really love books that make me cry) I won’t say how it ends but I was hoping for a better outcome but I had to remember they were just 18 and out of high school.

There is a book that follows their journey and I plan to find it, hopefully for free, as soon as I can.

I’ve added Noah Hutchins to My Fictional Boyfriend List.

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After the Cure by Deirdra Gould

Book Description:

Published: August 24, 2013

Eight years ago the December Plague swept through the human population of earth. The Infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation. Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of Immune humans found a cure, and the Infected began to wake up and realize what they’d done. Over time, society has begun to rebuild itself. It’s now ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist and Frank Courtlen a defense attorney are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. Can they find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good?

Review –

This is zombie fiction at it’s best!

The plot is captivating and it’s scary to think that there are people out in our world TODAY crazy enough to pull off something like this. It also shows the lengths the human spirit will go to survive.  The characters are well-defined and Frank and Nella have such  good chemistry that you can’t help but route for them. Though this book is a good “stand  alone” it is the first of three in a series and I will definitely be reading those in the future.

If you like post-apocalyptic stories or the zombie genre, this book is for you!

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