I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Happy release day, Katie McGarry! 😀 This was a solid book in a phenomenal series. It’s not my favorite, because seriously, how can you top Isaiah?! It just can’t be done.
So, West. When I first found out that this book would be West’s story, I was a little disappointed. Honestly, I had been holding my breath waiting for Abby’s story, and West was a little darker than I wanted. He felt like he had an inner shadow and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to delve into that. He was carrying around a lot of guilt, and I have a particularly hard time reading books dripping with remorse. I tend to take it home with me. I did get excited, however, for Haley! I absolutely love a strong female character, and you can’t get much stronger than a kickboxing champ! Plus, a man who isn’t intimidated by that! Go West! Haley isn’t perfect, don’t worry. She’s harboring a secret, and it’s eating her up inside. West is exactly what she needs to move on… she just doesn’t know it yet.
What I love most about Katie McGarry’s writing is that she never rushes. She takes her sweet time, drawing out the feels into long strands of lust, frustration, anger and hope, until you’re ripped entirely to shreds. Since I couldn’t help but compare this to Crash Into You, I felt like it started off slowly. The plot was a little stilted, with a few gaps that I couldn’t get past. Once it got going though, I fell in love with West and Haley (and did I mention Abby?). I can’t wait to see whose story is next! 😀
Seriously though. It needs to be Abby.