ARC Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Posted May 16, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 8 Comments

ARC Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Take Me On

by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Pages: 544
Published on May 27th 2014
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Also by this author: Crash Into You, Pushing The Limits, Nowhere But Here

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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

Well, Katie McGarry has done it again. Once again she has proven me why she deserves to be on my auto-buy list. She makes me love the characters in her books and then breaks my heart and makes me a sobbing mess and I love it. I’ll try to keep the spoilers for the other books to a minimum.

Take Me On is about West Young, we met him in Crash Into You and he’s Rachel’s brother. This story takes place right after a big tragic thing that happens in Crash Into You. For those of you who have read Crash Into You, you know how it all ends with Rachel and Isaiah, but you don’t know what they’ve gone through after that big event thingy and in this book you do get to see that. But it’s not about them. It’s about Rachel’s brother West and Haley. Haley has had a very difficult life so far and when West comes into her life, that only makes things harder and more complicated. Especially when West accepts a fight in her honor.

Once again, Katie McGarry had me reaching for the tissues while I was reading this book. Not only that, I was also screaming and yelling and laughing. If he didn’t already, my boyfriend now thinks I’m crazy for sure. But that’s what she does. She hits me right in the feels all the damn time. And I love it. I go into her books with high expectations and she never fails me. She can make me love a character so much I cry with them and for them. She can make me hate a character so much I want to hit my fist against the wall. And honestly, not many authors can get those kinds of reactions out of me. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it took me a few chapters to get into it. But once I was, it didn’t let me go.

Even though I knew how everything ends with them, I was still scared for Rachel in the beginning of the book. It might seem stupid, but I did. And I loved seeing what she went through after that tragic thing. But that’s only in the background. This story is completely about West. West’s story is so powerful. It’s about love, friendship, trust, family, finding yourself and fighting for what you love. And in this book, it’s literally fighting that he does. I loved him as a character. I had my doubts about him in Crash Into You, but then I got to know him in this book and I really love him. And I understand him and his actions.

Haley was such a cool character. And I felt so bad for her. She’s had a very hard life, still does. Her father lost his job a few months ago and they lost their home. Her uncle lets them live with him, but he’s an ass and the situation is everything but fine. But Haley’s a fighter and even a fighter sometimes needs to take a break. I love how loyal and protective she was to her family even though they didn’t know most of the time. But sometimes I did want to shake some sense into her. Everybody needs help sometimes.

Back from Crash Into You, next to Isaiah and Rachel, are West’s family and Abby. I loved Abby and I would love to read a book about her. But West’s family… I love Rachel, but I’m not so sure about the rest. I really didn’t like them for most part. I didn’t like them in Crash Into You and I didn’t like them here. Especially their dad. God he’s such an asshole in this book. I was so angry and frustrated because of him. Same with one of the new characters, Haley’s uncle. I hated him to my very core. I did like Jax and Kaden. Her cousin and brother. They’re cool.

Once again, Katie McGarry pulls on my heartstrings and makes me stay up way to late because I can’t put her book down. If you loved the other three books in this series, you’ll probably love this one too. It can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading the other ones because they’re awesome. But one piece of advice: keep the tissues ready.


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8 responses to “ARC Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

  1. So I have to admit that I only skimmed this review because I hope to read this one VERY soon. But what did you think about the length? I noticed that it’s 550 pages (OMG!!) and I’m a little nervous about that, since I don’t often enjoy books that are over 300. Yeah, I’m kinda weird when it comes to long books… I lose interest very quickly.

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