Saturday, 7 June 2014

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Mira Ink
Publication Date: 6th June 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon US|Amazon UK

Tell Me About It
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry (Pushing The Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You) returns with a new story about love, loss and 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 him fighting for her is a shot at redemption. Especially since it' s his fault her 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.
My Thoughts
I have been desperate to read this book since the moment I heard about it, and it's been a long and painful wait till I was able to finally pick it up and read it. One thing I love about this series is how it overlaps and follows the previous books in the series, and Take Me On is no exception. West and Haley's story is told during the events near the end of Crash Into You. I loved getting to see some of the old characters, whether I loved them or hated them.

Take Me On alternates chapters between West and Haley, once again giving us two sides to the story, and letting us see what the other person is thinking and feeling. When I initially began reading it took me a while to make the connection of who West is, this was aided with the mention of his sister Rachel and the event at the end of Crash Into You.

The characters in Take Me On do not have easy lives. West has been kicked out of his home and is living in his car. Haley and her family have also lost their home, but are staying with her Uncle who isn't exactly the most friendly person around. Both West and Haley are stubborn to a fault, but this makes then somehow endearing and you can't help feel sympathy towards them.
I loved Haley's family, her cousin Jax may be a pain in the ass, but he has good intentions and does what he does to keep her safe. Her brother Kaden you don't see as much as Jax, but he is hiding in the background also keeping an eye on Haley.

Take Me On was just as addictive as the previous books in the series, but I have never felt as nervous as I read whilst reading this one. The constant threat of never knowing what was going to happen in the end made for a very nervous read. Add into the mix the doubts about the relationship, the ever present ex hovering in the shadows ready to stake his claim on Haley again, and beat West to a pulp. Then if all went to plan would West actually survive and finish in one piece?

Katie McGarry has once again worked her magic with words, and even though Take Me On is a big book, I flew through the pages. The only problem with reading this book at this moment in time, is the HUGE wait to have the next book in my hands. January needs to get here fast.

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