Published by Harlequin TEEN on November 26th 2013
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…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 after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
I need to share with you how I feel after reading an entire book about Isaiah. ( If it hasn’t been clear the past two reviews, I REALLY like Isaiah. )
Crash into you is officially my favorite book from the lovely Katie McGarry. Not only because it’s Isaiah’s story but because I really loved Rachel as well. They went together so well, even though they are like night and day.
This book had my favorite story line. From the drag race that forces Rachel and Isaiah and Rachel together, leading to Eric threatening them for money, all the way to the point where Isaiah busts into the room where she was doing her speech and takes her away to race. ( Which happens to be one of my favorite scenes. )
Rachel suffers from severe panic attacks to the point where she vomits constantly. Her birth was to help mend broken hearts, and along the way she got sucked into being someone she truly couldn’t be. The stress and needs of her mother fall onto her shoulders and she feels herself needing to make everyone in her family happy. She has 4 brothers, who are overly protective. I think overly doesn’t truly begin to describe these guys. They want to make sure she is looked out for and stays away for boys, but they just end up making her feel weak. Rachel is not weak by any means. In my opinion, she is one of the strongest women Katie has written about. Being strong doesn’t always mean how much you can lift. Sometimes the strongest people hold the burden of others, and that is the heaviest weight a person can hold.
I want to write so much about Isaiah right now, but it would involve me giving away one of the biggest parts of the book. He truly is incredible. He put his life on the line to make sure that Rachel wouldn’t come into danger. He came to her rescue not only when she was in danger, but the moment she slipped into a panic attack. Isaiah is fearless. You see him to strong and powerful in the first two books, and it almost seems like he never has moments of weakness. It’s so incredible to see him start to feel his connection with Rachel. You start to see a different side of him that you don’t normally get to glance into.
Isaiah can be my knight in shining armor any day he likes. *Swoon*
Logan and Abby are absolutely great characters that add to the story. I was really hoping to get to know Abby better and my prayers have been answered. Book 5 revolves around their relationship. For those who don’t know, Abby is a childhood friend of Isaiah, and Logan is one of Ryan’s best friends in Dare You To. Abby was someone I didn’t like in the beginning, but by the end, even I wanted to be friends with her. Logan is a fiend for danger it seems, and I want to know where that part of his personality comes from. You didn’t see that in Dare You To.
Near the end of this book, something big happens. Something really big. Then the following chapter goes to the WORST part it could and you think something REALLY bad just happened. I cried. I felt like everything I loved about this book was about to fall into a hole and it was going to be one of the worst feelings. It worked out. Well played Katie. Well played. I cried like a baby.
Katie has such an amazing way of matching characters so well and causing you to feel such an emotion while reading. It’s one of the things I have noticed while reading these books, and one of the things I love the most. As I read this series, I am finding myself more and more in love with how the books interact. Also, at the end of every book, Katie places a playlist of songs that go with the book. I am going to be sitting down and checking out the ones for Isaiah. ( Major crush if you haven’t noticed. ) After reading the first 3, I highly recommend reading them in order. You might end up missing something from a previous book. Trust me, if you’re looking at one of them start right from the first book. You won’t be disappointed.
Fast cards. Racing. Tattoos and piercings. Swoony guys. This book is absolutely my favorite so far. I’m looking forward to diving into book 4, which has Rachels brother West. West was such a strong character who seemed like he would have an interesting story. Book 5 has Abby and Logan and I am REALLY looking forward to that one as well! ( When I say REALLy, I mean I am flailing my arms in excitement! )
Stay tuned for my review of Take Me on!