The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…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 when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
Katie McGarry strikes gold again…but come on, did any of us really expect her to do otherwise? She can do no wrong, it seems, and man am I delighted about it. My favorite cast of characters is back with a bang in Crash Into You, delivering compelling love stories, betrayal, pain, all of the good stuff.
Isaiah already had my love from the get go, so all he had to do to have me hooked was say ‘hello’ pretty much. I loved being in his head, seeing what he thought and felt, and I loved him all the more for it, even if I wouldn’t have thought it possible. I love how real how authentic and raw the male characters of this series are, and Isaiah is yet another masterpiece in that regard. And he’s smoking hot, come on! Tats & piercings? Pffft, total hot stuff if you ask me. In fact, I’m curious if Katie McGarry will manage to make love her next male MC since he’s gonna be the first ‘type’ I don’t have a soft spot for. But let’s not worry about the next novel in the series until next year, because I might get mental waiting if I think about it for too long 🙂
Rachel was, I felt, a different type from the female MCs of the series so far. She was the sweet, very well behaved even when breaking some rules, angel type I guess. Had the looks to go with it too. She was vulnerable, delicate, almost breakable. In fact I found Isaiah observations about just how breakable she looks right on the money. She made me think of a porcelain doll, smooth and soft and beautiful, and doing her best to keep those appearances for the sake of her family. My heart went out to her, and she was so very easy to love. As the story evolved she slowly learned to come out of her shell, to be herself, and while I had a major ‘Oh, snap!!’ moment there, I won’t spoil it but it’s related to a certain race there (and I was holding a pillow over my face so my neighbors wouldn’t hear me screaming like a madwoman at 4 AM as I was reading it…), I’m delighted to tell you Katie McGarry will not disappoint you. So hang in there when that moment comes, because she won’t break your heart in the end. Trust me. 🙂
The chemistry between Isaiah and Rachel was awesome, and their relationship was a slow burn awesome love story that I totally into. And their one on one – yes, we have some xD – was totally romantic and sweet (which I don’t often like, but damn, I loved them together, Katie McGarry is a genius!).
The story outside of the romantic arc was very engaging, lots of of adrenaline, compelling action and masterful tension and character building. I loved, loved, loved the writing as usual, first person narrative from his and her POV. I loved how their voices were so different, and so different from the voices of the characters we’ve read about so far.
As far as curb appeal goes, kickass cover, hooking blurb, but come on – it’s Katie McGarry. You know it’s compulsive instant buy material right there, end of story.
I highly, highly recommend this novel, this series, this author if you’re into gorgeous love stories, strong characters, compelling storytelling and exhilarating reading experiences. Crash Into You is yet another example of all of that – a must read.