Published by Harlequin on 2014-06-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
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. Haley 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.
**WARNING: There are spoilers to book #3 in the series – Crash Into You – so if you have not yet read that book? Please don’t read this review! Instead? Jump into Katie McGarry’s fantastic world!!**
Early last year, DeAnna told me about this fantastic book she’d read – Katie McGarry’s Pushing The Limits. Since her book recommendations are typically spot on? I immediately read and LOVED the book. There is something about her writing that is so raw and real and just makes you fall in love with the characters in her world.
The fourth book in this amazing series is Take Me On, it’s the story of West and Haley. We met West in Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) – his sister Rachel’s book! (Which I gave Five Stars!) And while it’s absolutely fantastic? I felt a bit removed from the rest of the series. (Not in a bad way, it just really felt like it was out there on it’s own – and that’s totally ok. It felt more a companion than part of a series – again? Perfectly ok.)
West is kicked out of his parents house, following Rachel’s accident. (See, I said spoilers!) He finds himself on the bad side of town, and thrown into the world of Haley – a former champion kickboxer. Here’s what I absolutely love about this – Haley and West are both so broken (something Katie McGarry does so incredibly well) and they both need one another to begin to heal! Their story is pretty fantastic like that, and you can’t help but feel bad for both them. Especially as the bottom of West’s Rock Bottom plummets out from under him.
While this isn’t my favorite in the series? It’s definitely a strong story from one of my most beloved sets! If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading a Katie McGarry book? I cannot recommend it enough!