Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review: Take Me On (Pushing The Limits #4) by: Katie McGarry

Release Date:  May 27, 2014
from Harlequin Teen
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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."

My Thoughts:

So I seriously don’t know why I didn’t read this book sooner. I meant to pick it up when it first came out, but then life and other books got in the way. But, holy crap I just adored this book. I never thought I would say this because Pushing The Limits has always been my favorite, but Take Me On has just stolen that top spot. I loved this book. I loved West. I loved Haley. I loved everything about it.

Haley is awesome. I can’t even explain how much I loved her and I related to her in some ways. I know what it’s like to be good at a male dominated sport and to have others judge you for that, so I really got that and I knew how she felt. But aside from that, I just liked Haley. She thought things through and she didn’t fly off the handle for no reason. There were a few reveals that I thought was going to cause her to flip out, but then she didn’t and I just loved her all the more for that. My heart broke for her and for her situation, but I loved how she tried to stay strong through it all and I loved watching her power through and grow.

And then there is West. Honestly, I don’t know how I kept from starting this review with me just flailing all over him. I. Loved. Him. He is my new favorite Katie McGarry guy and honestly he is high up on my list of favorite book boyfriends. Noah had been holding strong as my favorite but West was just… I can’t even fully explain it, but I loved him. He loves his family so much and he tries so hard to help. He may be impulsive but he has a good heart. I loved watching him learn to stand on his own two feet and grow into a great man.

I have to take a second to rant about West’s parents because I struggled with them so much, especially West’s Dad. I could go on and on about all of the reasons they drive me crazy but they aren’t worth my anger. West learned to overcome their shortcomings (and there are many) and I was so proud of him for that. And then there is Haley’s Uncle and well I’m not gonna even go there because I’ll just end up in a rage spiral.

I also loved the MMA aspect with this one. I liked the sports aspect it added and I liked watching Haley be awesome at it. I also loved that Haley was a billion times better than West and it didn’t bother him in the least. He respected her for it and admired her for it.

And what else. I loved the romance and I thought West and Haley were perfect together. This book absolutely broke me on numerous occasions and I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest, but then there are some truly amazing moments that made me happy cry. I was on a rollercoaster of emotions and it was wonderful. Nobody puts my heart through the wringer quite like Katie McGarry.

Take Me On was a wonderful read and I could go on and on about this book for days. It is easily my favorite book of 2015 so far and it will honestly be very hard to top. I don’t know what it was, but I just absolutely fell in love with this book and I know I will be visiting it again and again.

6 comments:

  1. Okay. Wow. I haven't read this one yet. Like you, things just got in the way. But apparently I need to fix that like NOW. Need to meet Haley and West. Thanks for reminding me I need to read this one.

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  2. You know what's funny? I tried listening to the audio of this and it was SO terrible, I considered DNFing the book entirely. BUT I knew that this was a McGarry book, so it wasn't the book, it was the narrators. I need to go back and actually read this book bc I'm like you, I like the MMA aspect and West and Haley sound like great characters.

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    1. Thats funny because I actually listened to the audio for this one and loved it... then again I haven't listened to many audios so I don't have much for comparison haha

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  3. Stopping at CiY, I can't take the angst anymore even if the stories are oh so good. Just not built for that much antagonism.

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  4. I wish I could tell if you liked this book or not -- HAHAHA. I am SO happy that you loved this story even more than I did. I knew this one was going to be a perfect fit for you, and I am in such agreement with your wonderful flails. I loved reliving this book with you. Fabulous review full of feels! Love you <3

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  5. Sooooo I have a feeling I must meet this West character ;} And I do love a book that will play with my heart!

    I'm going to have to pick this one up when I can!

    *HUGGLES* You rock my socks

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