I’m so excited to be the first stop on Noah and Echo’s road trip. Noah and Echo are our protagonists from Katie McGarry’s newest release, Breaking the Rules, the companion novel to Pushing the Limits! Check out today’s location and excerpt below!
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.
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.
Great Sand Dunes, CO
Echo shifts, and the cold rush of air against my skin causes my eyes to flash open. The Colorado State Park Ranger for the Great Sand Dunes wasn’t kidding when he said temperatures drop overnight. I stretch the muscles in my back then turn onto my side in order to touch Echo again. My palm melts into the curve of her waist.
She’s curled in with her back to me, and she’s tugged the blanket tight to her neck. Her tank top no longer provides protection against the elements. Last night was hot, in more ways than I can count, and the cover wasn’t required for any of our activities—neither for the sleeping nor the kissing. Without a doubt, this has been the best damned summer of my life.
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I visited the Great Sand Dunes eight years ago with my husband. The place took my breath away. It was literally mountains of sand. It was beautiful, peaceful, gorgeous, but listening to the park ranger, it was also dangerous. There were entire train wagons that were lost in the dunes during a freak storm.
BREAKING THE RULES begins at the Great Sand Dunes. At the start of the story, Echo and Noah are in a peaceful place in their relationship, but due to one phone call for Echo and one e-mail for Noah, they are thrown into a storm.
Reading Order and Links
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December 15-Vilma’s Book Blog
December 16–True Story Book Blog
December 17–KimberlyFaye Reads
December 18–Krista’s Dust Jacket
December 19–Nose Stuck in a Book
December 20–TSK TSK What to Read
December 22–A Bookish Escape
December 23–Stuck in Books
December 24–Jenuine Cupcakes
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.