27 May 2014

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

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Format: Kindle (earc)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Published: 27th May 2014
Pages: 544
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Haley, West
Date Read: 13th May - 22nd May 2014
Rating Given:
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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.

"Because you're the girl I've been waiting for. If you want to break up, then you're going to have to do it because I won't. You're it for me and I'm not walking away."

I have been waiting on this book for what feels like forever so when it was available from Netgalley I obviously jumped at the chance to read it. I would say it was worth the wait but for me it wasn't as good as the previous books in this series...

I'm in two minds about this cover as it does continue on with the same feel as the other books. My favourite part of this cover is the font and layout of the title as it makes it a bit different to other books. I'm not a huge fan of the models as I don't feel like they are the right look for Haley and West.

When I first started Take Me On I thought I was loving it just as much as the rest of the series but when I stopped for a bit I realised for me it didn't have that wow factor that the others had. I felt it was a little on the dull side at times but for the rest of the time I did enjoy it especially the fight scenes as these where entertaining. I think for me the dull part of the book was the romance as it for me it didn't feel like there was any real connection between the pair of them until near to the end. What I love about Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits series is that it isn't all about the romance but about family as well even if they have dysfunctional families it doesn't matter there is still some love there especially from the siblings on both sides. The ending was as sweet as all the others in this series but also left open to revisit them.

Like in the previous two books we get to see some of the characters from other books in this series although there wasn't as many as they usually have but it was still nice to see Rachel and Isaiah. With Haley I wasn't quite sure I liked her at times as she was very annoying and I just wanted to shake some sense into her but when we find out more and more about her past and what she is still dealing with I do have a better understanding about her. I loved West even more than I did in Crash Into You as we got to know him a lot better and he was a great character to get to know better and there was time that I felt so sorry for him.

Overall this one just didn't stand up to the other books but it still was a very enjoyable read.