“‘Don’t think of it as falling. Think of it as jumping- with me.’
‘How is jumping better?’
‘Falling happens. Jumping you choose.’
To all appearances, West Young has led a charmed life. His family's loaded; and he goes to the best school, drives the best car, and has always gotten any girl he wanted. Cocky and full of swagger, he should love his privileged life. But he doesn't. He knows his parents had him in the hopes he could be a bone marrow donor for his older sister Colleen who was dying of cancer. But he wasn't a match, Colleen lost her battle, and West believes that made him a failure at birth. And he just keeps failing everyone around him – including his parents and even his sister Rachel, who he cares about more than anything. It's his fault she's lying in a hospital and may never walk again. Now his dad has had it with his screw-ups, his failing grades, and all the fights. He puts West out on the street – just like the garbage West believes he is. But West isn't trash – he just needs somebody to believe in him and someone he can put his faith in.
“Because I need this fight.
For once, I need to know who I’m fighting against.
I need to know I can do it.
I need to know when I’ve been thrown away that I’m worth more.”
Haley Williams was a national title holder and had the world at her fingertips; but after her dad lost his job and she and her family lost their home, her plans crumbled. Then one moment with her ex Matt changed everything – everything she had worked so hard for. Haley never wants to step in the ring again after what happened – and she's done dating fighters. That is until West Young enters her life, and she begins training him for the fight of his life. West lives in his car and is lucky to score one meal a day – something Haley can understand. But when she realizes who West really is and that the side of the track he's truly from is light years away from hers, will she tap out? Or will she fight harder than she ever has for what she wants and what she deserves?
“‘Tap out of this right now, West. Walk away.’
‘Do you always roll over and die?
Since I’ve met you, you’re either running or scheming.
The one thing you never do is fight.’”
I loved West and Haley's story! Their banter was so much fun. The MMA fighting was fascinating, and I soaked in every vivid detail! Haley is incredible! She excels in Muay Thai, and she’s strong – physically, she’s a powerhouse… but inside she is enormously vulnerable. It is absolutely effortless to appreciate a character like Haley. The fact that Haley rescues those around her was not only riveting but a complete breath of fresh air from the damsel-in-distress heroines. Haley may not be fighting in the ring anymore, but the battle she fights within herself daily is tearing her apart. My heart broke for her and the secrets she lived with. I hurt even worse for West. Nobody should feel as worthless as he does. West is a great guy with a big heart, but he struggles with his own demons and a huge heaping of self-doubt. In fact, the only thing I didn't love about West was his animosity towards Isaiah, who happens to be the love of my... ahem... I mean... Rachel's life. But I enjoyed seeing how things played out on that front. There were a lot of characters to admire in this book: Haley's grandfather John is amazing, her brother Kaden is great, and her cousin Jax?? Talk about a character to fall for. I want so much more of Jax! He needs a book all his own! I adore this series, and I was so happy to get cameos from previous favorite characters, such as Ms. Collins and her brief mention of our beloved Noah. Abby is also a character I find delightful. She always cracks me up, and I’m left wanting to know more about this often bizarre and always enigmatic teen. She’s another character I’d like to hear more from.
Katie McGarry never ceases to impress me with her storytelling and character development. She makes me fall so hard for her characters, and I'm always sad to reach the last page. I love how this book ended and the future it promised. Take Me On is inspiring and full of heart. A fantastic addition to the Pushing the Limits series.
“For weeks Haley and I have talked about what home is and what it means: a building, a structure, a memory. It’s none of those things.
For me, home is the contentment currently bubbling up inside me.
Home is the rush of emotions buzzing in my veins.
‘You asked me earlier what it was like to come home,’ I say. …
‘This … I finally found home.’”
My Rating: ★★★★★
Quotes included in this review are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. A huge thank-you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.