May 27, 2014

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: 5.27.2014
Pages: 544
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Issues
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Source: Finished copy from publisher

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

It's like the year simply doesn't work without a Katie McGarry book in my life. Over nearly 3 years, she has become one of my absolute favorite authors, and I love owning every single one of her books in multiple formats. With TAKE ME ON, McGarry is back in full force with Rachel's bad boy brother, West.

West definitely caught my attention in Crash Into You. I loved him and was drawn to him, so getting the chance to see how his mind really worked in TAKE ME ON was fantastic. He's loyal and stubborn as hell, but he has a habit of carrying around the weight of the world on his shoulders while laughing it off to everyone else.

Enter Haley, a girl with more issues than Us Weekly, who sees through his BS and bravado. Haley, who has her own scars and demons and issues, but these two somehow find a balance and solace with each other.

I breezed through this book, absolutely loving every second of it. But when I finished, I realized I still had some questions. A lot of loose ends that didn't make sense and were never fully resolved. Sometimes they felt like random moments that served as unnecessary fillers. There were a few extra characters that just felt out of place and if it had been a movie, their scenes would have been on the cutting room floor.

Overall, you cannot go wrong with a Katie McGarry book. You simply can't. She could write a book about lawn furniture and make it romantic. She's that good. Anytime someone asks for a swoony recommendation, I immediately point them to this series.

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  1. I agree -- you can't go wrong with a Katie McGarry. Her love stories are sweet and sexy while still having a good plot and strong characters. Can't wait to read West's story!


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