On its own, Dare You To, is a strong enough story about love and trust and coming to terms with who you are. But it pales in comparison to the first book which dealt with all that and more - the mystery of Echo's past and her scars, Noah's struggle to look after his younger brothers and deal with the welfare system. There was a lot more going on in the first book. And the addition of the baseball-focused storyline in Dare You To didn't do it for me. McGarry says in the Q&A at the back of the book that she did a lot of research on baseball and it shows. And for those who really like baseball stories this will probably be a big draw.
Overall this is a solid second installment to the trilogy and I'm looking forward to seeing what McGarry does with Isiah's story in the third book - her writing is great and I'll definitely be reading the next one. I only hope she recaptures some of the magic of book 1 in book 3. Not saying book 2 isn't worth the read - it's engaging and sensitive and entertaining, but I want McGarry to bring back the magic she infused her first boover her first book when she comes to the third!