Monday, November 15, 2010

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Paperback, 245 pages
Date Published: March 17, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far... and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge - and over...
Okay Jennifer Echols, it is official – you’re amazing. Going Too Far blew me away with its strong lead characters and intelligent dialogue. Meg is sarcastic and angry and rebellious and wondrously complicated, while John After is slightly mysterious and calm and definitely a little sexy, but complicated at the same time.

Together, these two people create quite the story. Echols somehow squeezes so much into a week of cop car ride-alongs, stolen glances, arguments, fainting, and maybe even the possibility of a something more. Each chapter left me wanting to know more about Meg and John and the issues that they both hide; I couldn’t put the book down.

What starts with a night on a bridge somehow morphs into so much more. The story is peeled back slowly, layer by layer in Echols deliciously seductive writing. The love story isn’t fluffy or contrived, it’s raw and powerful, full of heat and desire and pain. Everything that makes a good love story. And the mystery of Meg’s panic attacks and John’s obsession with a railroad bridge had me eager to figure out just who these two people were below the surface.

Going Too Far is an unconventional love story that is well-written with incredible chemistry. Rebellious, blue-haired Meg is feisty and sarcastic and is the perfect counterpart to John’s clean-cut, rule-following self. It’s sexy and fun with laugh-out-loud comedy and tender moments that will steal your heart.

Opening lines: “That’s the worst idea I ever heard,” I told Eric. Then I took another sip of beer and swallowed. “Let’s do it.” ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines:
This was like no handshake I’d ever shared. Clumsy, and sexy, and way too friendly for comfort.
Friends my ass. ~ pg. 116
And this one:
As I watched him pull himself from the car and walk casually across the brightly lit parking lot, I thought dumb things: I will never wash my knee again. I will never wash these jeans again. I will cut the knee out of these jeans and sew a pillow to sleep on every night, just to have a molecule of him in my bed with me. ~ pg. 126
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Ashlie Swainston said...

This review makes me even happier that I added this to my reading list! Thank you!

Ashlie @ Bookish Novelties

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

So glad you loved this. I won this book awhile ago and was nervous to open it up and read it. I've heard of YA, never read one. Just didn't think it would give me what I wanted. I'm a stay at home momma of three and I wanted my hot smutty goodness. After reading this if felt like I had my eyes opened. Loved it Loved it

Carla said...

I loved Going Too Far as well. I thought the characters were very well developed and their chemistry was amazing.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Ashlie & Jolene - I hope you both enjoy it! And Jolene, there is plenty of smutty goodness, it's just not romance-novel smut, but definitely worth it =)

Carla - Agreed! Jennifer Echols is fantastic at developing her characters.

Small Review said...

Great review. I loved this book. I loved the chemistry between the two main characters (wow was it hot), but I also liked how they were both developed people. Their personalities had depth and they felt like they were real.

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