Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Series: Pushing the Limits, #4

Publication: May 27th 2014 by Harlequin TEEN

Goodreads Description:
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. 

My thoughts:
I love all Katie McGarry's books so it's no wonder I really enjoyed this one too. Take Me On starts of during the ending of Crash into You so I'd recommend reading that one first; it's not necessary but you will be spoiled for the ending if you read Take Me On first.

The main character Haley was such a joy to read. I loved her straight away, she was nothing like other female character in YA contemporary. She was so stubborn and independent and I loved it! She was in a very difficult situation but stayed strong and thought things through before making decisions. I loved her chapters. It's was also fun having a female character who was involved in a mostly male dominated sport.

It took me a lot longer to warm up to West. He has a great character development arc over the course of the book but in the beginning I just didn't care about him. He can be quite impulsive and makes things more difficult for himself when it's not necessary but he has a good heart.

Their relationship had its ups and downs but I loved how they worked together as a team and always did what they could to help each other out.

I loved how this book touched on some more serious topics like homelessness. It was interesting reading from the perspective of a homeless main character as it's not something I rally come across in my reading. It really made me think about how lucky I am to have what I have and not to take it for granted.

This isn't a cutesy romance contemporary it's more of a dramatic one. There was lots of drama in this book, lots of lying and fighting but there was some heart warming moments here and there too.

I was so happy we got to see Abby, Rachel and Isaiah in this book. I thought we wouldn't since Haley doesn't run in the same circles and the characters from the previous books but we did!

Take Me On was not my favourite in the Pushing the Limits series but did really really like it; I just love Crash into You and Dare You To more!

Thanks for reading,

A :)

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