Friday, July 4, 2014

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

Title: Take Me On
(Pushing the Limits #4)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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.


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“‘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.


Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits, #1.5) Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)
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4 comments:

  1. So glad you're still loving these books, Michele! I still haven't read ANY of them . . . even though I own them ALL, lol. They are, however, at the top of my YA contemporary TBR pile, so I'm sure I'll fit them in eventually. I'm hoping before the summer's over *crosses fingers*

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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  2. Stop it. Just stop it. Why are you doing this to me. You know I haven't read this yet and you know it's eating me up inside so just stop okay! Lol anyway now that my breakdown is out of the way - I loved this review and I seriously cannot wait to meet West better. And Haley sounds amazing. Love this review.

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  3. Woot! Of course you loved this. Yup, I loved Jax and hope to see more of him. lol - I giggled at Mrs. Collins little nod to Noah. I can't wait for the next book.

    TEAM ABBY AND LOGAN!

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  4. I MUST read this one!! I enjoyed this series so much and West's story sounds like a must read! This review just has me wanting to pick it up right now!!!

    *hugs* Lovely review!

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