I guess by now you all know that we here at the Bookworms are mega fans of Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry. We not also love this book so so soooo much, but also Katie MacGarry who is simply wonderful!
Today we are incredibly excited to reveal part of a deleted Scene Katie wrote for Pushing The Limits. And … it’s an super awesome scene and .. it involves… kissing! Woooho!!
The first part you will get to read here at the Boookworms and you can find the second part at Katie’s website!
Oh and Katie is offering one signed copy!
In Pushing the Limits , high school seniors Echo and Noah couldn’t be more different, but they find themselves united by a common goal: to sneak into their court-ordered social worker’s case files in order to learn the truth about themselves and their families. What they didn’t count on is falling in love.
In this scene, Echo is on a date with another guy, Luke, but she left the movie they were watching when it became too violent, reminding her of her brother who died in Afghanistan. Luke stayed to watch the movie. Once outside of the theatre, Echo ran into Noah and the pair decided to waste time playing pool in the arcade.
This was part of the original pool scene, but I had decided it was too early in the story for Echo and Noah to kiss, so I ended up cutting this section of the scene.
Echo let out a long, exasperated sigh. “You don’t know how to make the next shot, do you?”
No and my pride wouldn’t allow me to say so. Echo hopped down from the stool and sauntered over to the table. She looked at the balls and then up at me. “Hit it behind your back.”
“That only happens in movies.”
She wrapped her hand around my pool stick. “Do you mind if I show you how?”
I nodded towards the table and took a step away, but Echo caught my arm. “No. You won’t learn by watching.”
Her cold fingers burned against the skin of my bicep. My heart beat once, twice, then stopped.
Echo’s siren smile returned. “Noah, are you uncomfortable with a girl showing you how to play pool?” She waggled her eyebrows. “Did you have one of those macho fantasies where you leaned your body against mine to show me how to break?”
I opened my mouth to say no, but quickly closed it. Her hand on the pool cue slid down and touched mine when she bent over laughing. My heart restarted, but this time a new tingling sensation pushed through my veins.
She straightened and stifled a few remaining giggles. “Come on. I’ll show you. Anyhow, who’s going to believe that Echo Emerson taught you a pool trick? This will be our dirty little secret.”
I caught the bitterness in her voice when she said her own name. “I’m all about dirty secrets, Echo.”
“I’m sure you are. Okay, put the cue behind your back.”
Feeling like an idiot, I gained a new respect for every girl I ever “taught” how to play pool. I was trapped. If I said no, I’d shut down any progress I’d made with Echo and by letting her do this, I’d feel like a stupid loser.
The moment I saw the excited expectation in her eyes, I sighed. Stupid loser it was. I flipped the cue behind me and every muscle in my body tightened. I looked like a moron.
I expected her to laugh again, though I wouldn’t find it enduring this time. Instead, she stared intently at my hands while biting that full bottom lip.
Her body grazed mine while placing both of her small hands on my biceps. Her slender fingers couldn’t even wrap fully around them. I tried to clear my head in an attempt to make the shot, but I couldn’t. I could only focus on the feel of her soft body, her warmth, and her sweet scent.
“Loosen up, Noah. If you’re going to make the shot, you need to be flexible.”
Her fingers massaged my muscles. She meant to help me relax, but it wasn’t working. Oh, her touch contained magic. It just wasn’t the relaxing type of magic. Her touch turned my nerve endings into exposed electrical wires.
Would you like to see how the rest of this scene plays out (spoiler alert: Echo and Noah will kiss!!!!)? You can check out the remainder of the scene starting now by visiting Katie McGarry’s Site
Ahh1!!! I am sooo excited – I just love those two *sigh* Their story made me cry so hard!
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“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
DARE TO YOU
May 21st 2013 by Harlequin Teen