Tuesday

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Meg is a wild and rebellious girl - she drives a motorcycle, has blue hair, indulges in casual sex, has a pot-head boyfriend and is counting down her last few months of high school. She has been looking forward to that moment her whole life - the moment when she can finally escape her parents, her job and the small town she’s always lived in. Somewhere different where she can be someone new - go to college, etc. And even more exciting than all that is her upcoming Spring Break trip to Mexico.... But one night’s stupid decision to hang with her friends and boyfriend on a train bridge (where some kids were killed a few years back) - lands her in jail and having to cancel her trip to spend quality time with the officer who arrests her.

Officer John After has the bright idea that Meg and her friends (sans boyfriend - whose dad is a hotshot attorney) should learn from their mistakes and thinks that each one should ride around with the emergency personnel called out to the bridge the night of their escapade. And guess who Meg has to drive around with for five nights? Yep, Officer After - who ends up being much younger (and cuter - okay, and hotter) then Meg originally thought.

Meg doesn’t understand why John would choose to stay in a small town - to help protect and serve and even talk dumb kids out of making wrong choices. She questions everything he learned at the police academy... but when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over.

I love character driven novels like this. Most of the book is just Meg and John - sitting in his cop car reminiscing and just opening up to each other little by little about their hopes, dreams, aspirations... life. When you first read about Meg - the way she looks and how she acts, you can picture and see her one way, but as she slowly unravels you find a person that you immediately side with, whose witty remarks have you laughing out loud or at the brink of tears. John comes off as the shy, quiet type with this underlying strength. But together they are perfect - they have such awesome chemistry that I was really saddened when this book was over. I wanted more of them. As their secrets are revealed you can't help but root for their love to overcome any obstacles.

I was sucked in from the first chapter and it was hard to put down (and I will confess I didn’t really do much of that). I sat down and read it and didn’t stop until I was done with it. I was surprised by how much I really liked it - I thought it would be a cute little romance without too much depth - but it was so much more than that. It was thoughtful, sexy and plainly unputdownable. I highly recommend this one.

13 comments:

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Wow. Great review. The cover hadn't sold me but your review did.

Michelle said...

I love your review. I agree 100% with everything you wrote. :D

heatherlo said...

I like character driven novels too. Maybe I will pick this one up sometime soon!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...
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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sorry about that! Found a typo.

Anyway, I LOVED the review and also really enjoy books about characters who make foolish choices...and hopefully learn from them!

Tina said...

Excellent review. I agree with Juju about the cover, but the review was great.

Beth F said...

I have to say that the safety pin in the eyebrow thing turns me off. So glad I read your review, because I probably would not have given this book a second look otherwise.

Mandi said...

This is on my wishlist..nice review:)

SusiSunshine said...

I have to get this book now. Thanks for the great review!

~The Book Pixie said...

Thankfully, I was able to get this in a trade with Melanie. I want to read it so bad and your review has only made me want to even more. Great review!

~Briana

Veens said...

Well for me plot should also be there... But this one sounds really good! great review as always

celi.a said...

To be honest, the first couple lines of summary turned me off. I didn't know if I'd be able to identify with and appreciate Meg as a character...
But you convinced me with the rest of your review. High praise - so I'll have to read it. Thanks!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

This sounds really interesting.. added to my TBR already :) thanks for a great review!!

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