Review “Take Me On” – Katie McGarry

June 5, 2014 Author Interview, Book Review 1

Take Me On by Katie McGarry
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Published on: 27th May 2014
Published by: Harlequin
Pages: 544
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Pushing the Limits Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Pushing The Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
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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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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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My Thoughts

Although part of the Pushing the Limits Series, this book was slightly different as it was the first book to not centre around the trio we have fallen in love with from the first three books. Upon starting the book I missed their presence, but Katie McGarry’s talent very quickly had me in love with these new characters and it didn’t take long for me to become completely wrapped up in their story.

“I’m in love with you. I’m in love with you and I don’t know how to make you feel better. I’m in love with you and I shouldn’t be. I’m in love with you and once you figure out who I am, you’re not going to love me. I’m in love with you and I seem to fuck up the ones who love me back.”

We met West in Crash Into You, Rachel (his sisters) story, and I was curious about what West’s “problem” back story was going to be as we had already had the ‘dead sister’ storyline, and so thought that Katie McGarry couldn’t us it again. But she kind of did, but in a really clever way. Instead of the ‘replacement child’ issues that Rachel had in Crash into You, West was instead ‘the child that failed’ to save his sister. This problem is brought back up to the surface for West with his guilt over Rachel’s accident and the feeling that he has failed yet another sister.

We’re strong together, Hayley. Stronger then we are apart.”
“I don’t feel strong,” I whisper.
“Then I’ll be strong enough for both of us.”
My fingers dig into his shoulders and I cling to him.
“I love you.

Hayley’s life is pretty disastrous. Her family is homeless and forced to live with her disrespectful and basically horrible uncle, her ex boyfriend took away the one thing she felt passionate about and in trying to protect the people she cares the most about she has managed to push everyone away. All of this results in Hayley thinking lesser of herself and as someone not worth saving.

“Don’t think of it as falling. Think of it as jumping- with me.”
“How is jumping better?”
“Falling happens. Jumping you choose.”

These two broken individuals come together in a time when they both feel that the world is against them and they they don’t deserve to be saved. But after spending time together and learning of the others situation, they become extremely important to each other, and even though they don’t want to save themselves they would do anything to save the other. Even though his whole world is falling apart around him West shows Hayley that she is worth saving, and that he will risk everything to do so. In return Hayley gives West a reason to believe in himself again, and takes on her own fears to help he conquer his own.

It is a beautiful story of healing and believing in yourself, believing that you are worth more then the world tells you.

“I’ve had a lot of time to think and even though the silence is new, the loneliness isn’t. How is it possible to have been surrounded by people and never feel complete”

One thing I LOVE about this book is Kayden and Jax, Hayley’s brother and cousin. Their relationship with Hayley at the beginning of the book is a little rocky but they all there for her the entire time, waiting on the sidelines for her to stop trying to save them and so they in turn can save her. They make a really funny and caring duo and their interactions with West can be quite amusing.

I really loved the whole fighting theme throughout this story. I love when books introduce me to something new and this was no exception. I like the way Hayley describes it as the ultimate game of chess, it’s about skill and intelligence. To anyone else it just looks like two guys going at it, but its so much more then that, and Katie McGarry manages to invite us into this world and help us to understand and feel welcome it in.

“I will always hold you, I will always love you and I will always be right here.”

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Final Thoughts

A really good continuation to the series. Initially I missed the trio of Noah, Beth & Isaiah, but I like that we have now moved onto Rachel’s family and so we are still able to get some of the past characters in there. I don’t know about anyone else but I am really hoping that we get Abby’s story in the next book. I would love to know more about her back story, and I really do think she deserves a happy ending.

Re-Readability: Hells Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: damaged characters, healing romances, ya romance, characters who can fight

Check out my other reviews for Katie McGarry’s books:
Nowhere But Here . Walk the Edge

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1) Favourite quote from Take Me On?
“Because you’re the girl I’ve been waiting for.” ~ West, Take Me On

2) In the entire series who was your favourite character to write the POV from? Who was the hardest?
I have loved writing Abby. She’s a secondary character who first appeared in Crash Into You and appears again in Take Me On. She is complex and gritty and I love the stuff that comes out of her mouth.  Haley from Take Me On was a tough character to write. She has a ton of emotional issues and sometimes I hurt deeply while writing her.

3) You are having a dinner party and can invite any 3 of your characters from any of your books. Who do you chose and why?
Oh, that is so hard to choose! I would love to have dinner with Isaiah, Beth, and Noah. I would love to see how they interact!

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