Breaking The Rules

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Pushing The Limits
Dare You To
Crossing The Line
Crash Into You
Take Me On

Synopsis:

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.

Thoughts:

When I heard that Breaking The Rules was going to be about Noah and Echo, I was so excited. Noah and Echo are one of my favourite couples in contemporary romance! I loved their story in Pushing The Limits and couldn’t wait to devour more from Katie McGarry. Noah is one of my favourite male characters. He may be flawed, but I find him incredibly endearing in his love for his brothers and for Echo. This wasn’t a perfect read for me though which is why I have given it 3.5 stars.

This book picks up after Noah and Echo have graduated. They plan to go on a road trip so Echo can visit galleries across the country. At the beginning of this book, Noah and Echo are nearing the end of their trip and are due home to Kentucky in a week or so. The closer the time gets to leaving for home, the more questions that are raised about the future. Before they look to the future, they have to face their pasts, which we know, from Pushing The Limits, are rather troubled.

What I really liked about this book was that the love Noah and Echo have for each other is clear. You’re never left doubting about how they feel about each other. They’re just struggling with coming to terms with their past and thinking about the future they have together. Especially Echo. Echo has been through so much with the loss of her brother and the incident with her mother. Echo wants to move beyond all that and move forward with her art work. Noah is trying to prove that he’s better than the foster system he came from. He’s constantly trying to prove that he’s a better person and that he’s worthy of Echo’s love.

I really liked that other characters from the series popped up within this book. Isaiah and Beth are involved. I’m always happy when characters reoccur in future stories. It makes the reader feel really at home, especially if they’re particularly invested in the other characters stories. I adore Isaiah. I was never too keen on him until I read his story, but now he is potentially one of my favourite characters.

As I mentioned earlier in this review, this book only got 3.5 stars from me and the reason that is, is because I was getting a bit fed up of all the arguing over the same things. It’s totally believable that given Noah and Echo’s past that they would have issues to work on, but to me they were arguing over silly things. It became too repetitive for me. I know that relationships aren’t perfect but the arguments just seemed monotonous and it made me lose interest. I guess I just wanted more of a happy tale for two characters that I really care about!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

An enjoyable continuation of the story, but beware it’s not easy going for Noah and Echo!

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Comparing ‘Pushing The Limits’- Katie McGarry

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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.

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Thoughts:

This is the second book I’ve read with Luna from Luna’s Little Library. As you will see, we both ADORED this book. I can’t wait to get stuck into our next read.

Thoughts before you started reading Pushing the Limits?

CHRISSI: After hearing so much about it, I’m really intrigued. I’m hope I like it.

LUNA: So much hype, I’m a little worried about that to be honest.

What did you think of Echo & Noah?

CHRISSI: I absolutely loved Echo and Noah. They are such troubled characters but Katie McGarry developed the characters so well, it was easy to like them. Noah, I have to admit.. I completely fell in love with.

LUNA: Echo is relatively easy to sympathise with from the start but it was actually Noah that I grew really fond of. There was a humour to his narration at times which was needed. The more I read the more I really liked him, whereas Echo wasn’t always the easiest. Both characters were a disaster waiting to happen and you could see it coming but as the reader you were wishing it wouldn’t even in the middle of it all. I think that’s a very hard thing to achieve in books.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I couldn’t stop reading it. I was completely drawn into the story and the characters. It doesn’t happen all the time with young adult books for me, but when it does it’s special. I know that the book has really made an impact with me.

LUNA: That I believed them, I don’t often get so involved in the lives of the characters in books but I absolutely believed in Echo and Noah. At times I was in such an emotional knot I wanted to stop and carry on reading at the same time.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I don’t think there was a worst bit. The subject matter was uncomfortable which isn’t nice to read, but Katie McGarry is talented in the way she really makes you empathise with the characters and feel the pain they’re going through. A less talented author wouldn’t make me feel the emotions I felt whilst reading Echo and Noah’s story.

LUNA: Not actually awful in the sense that I didn’t like it but the story of Echo and her mother’s history was horrendous. Ok Noah’s wasn’t fluffy but it was familiar. As a rule foster care and the reasons for ending up there are not happy so I wasn’t unprepared but what happened to Echo really got to me.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: I really liked Noah. His love for his brothers was adorable and I liked the humour that came through with his narration.

LUNA: I loved Beth, which is just as well as she is the protagonist in Dare To You. Mrs Collin’s was interesting as well. My favourite moment is harder to pick, I think they’d be all of Isaiah’s declarations of love to Aires car while he was fixing it. (I loved Isaiah too)

Was Pushing the Limits what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was better than I expected. I could rave about it all day long.

LUNA: No actually it was better. 🙂

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Definitely!

LUNA: Most certainly.