Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Take Me On
(Pushing the Limits # 4)
By: Katie McGarry
Pub. Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 544
Source: Netgalley

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

We first meet West in ­Crash Into You, as Rachel's older brother. To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of his. You knew he loved his sister, but he was kind of a jerk. But in Take Me On, we see a whole other side of him. He's loyal, and caring, and feels so deeply. Isaiah will always be my favorite Pushing the Limits character, but West is a close second.

After getting expelled from school, West is forced to go to public school, it is here where he gets close to Haley, a girl he's met before when she was about to be robbed. I loved Haley! She was so awesome, and probably my favorite female Pushing the Limits character. Her father recently lost his job, and she and her family are living with her father's half brother, who is basically a horrible man. She used to love kickboxing, even winning a bunch of champions, but has given it up after an incident with her ex boyfriend. But now, after West stuck up for her, she has to help him train for a cage fighting tournament. I loved these two together. They were so sweet, yet tough and totally kick ass.

It was so wonderful getting inside of West's head. On the outside he seems to have it all, a loving family, money, friends, but on the inside he is totally broken. He feels like a failure and he believes himself to be worthless. He does not have a good relationship with his parents and even though he loves his sister, he can't bring himself to see her after her accident. I just wanted to hold him and tell him everything will be ok.

I really loved Jax, a secondary character and Haley's cousin. I really want to know more about him, and I hope we get to see him in future books! There is also a lot more of Abbey, which I really enjoyed! Abbey really is awesome character. Maybe her and Jax can get together in their own book!

Katie McGarry is easily one of my favorite authors! She is so talented and has written yet another wonderful and amazing story!

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