Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
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….
Here’s the scoop:
Meg is sort of a wild child. She and a group of friends (including her mega-scumbag boyfriend) are arrested one night after taking a drunken and highly illegal stroll on the train tracks of a local bridge. Since they’re all minors, they get off pretty easily, each having to serve one week of community service. Meg gets stuck patrolling with the annoying goody-two shoes arresting cop, Officer John After (really). She’s pretty bitter about the whole thing.
To Meg, John seems awfully stuffy and ridiculously content considering the fact that he’s in a dead-end job in a dead-end town. She can’t wait to blow off her home town and go to college, if only to escape her parents and the low expectations on the horizon. She can’t understand why John, who is only a year older than her, would choose to stay and obsessively guard the bridge. Worse, she resents the fact that John is making it his personal quest to teach Meg about the dangers of her crazy lifestyle.
You know that saying “opposites attract?” It often seems overdone, but somehow in this story it sets the perfect tone. Both Meg and John have something to learn from one another (more Meg than John because girlfriend can be totally obnoxious at times). Though she begins her week-long punishment with dread, Meg starts to look forward to her time with John. He’s actually a really nice guy and for some reason he seems to have quite the soft spot for Meg. And though this story isn’t crazy romantic, there are some sweet, tender moments as well as some sexy intensity.
These two, though they seem so different, are so likeable. Meg tries so hard to present a tough facade when in actuality she can be very thoughtful and sweet. She has reason–or so she believes– to live as she does. As I got to know her, I really loved her heart. And John, he’s the perfect good boy. There is no question about his kindness or his sense of morality, but as the story progresses he conveys a vulnerability (though he tries not to) that is pretty swoonworthy (as are the mentions of him in his awesome shirtless glory, just sayin). These two have some serious chemistry.
I liked the story and I’d definitely like to read more by Jennifer Echols. Special thanks to Ryann at Novel Addiction. You were right about John. Sa-woon!
Crush Intensity: 4/5 I must read more of her books!