Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
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’m in love with the Pushing the Limits series and I’m not afraid to show it! When I finished Crash Into You, I was hoping the next book would either be about Logan and Abby or West with someone else. So I was excited to see West’s name when Take Me On was announced. And guess what. Take Me On rocked! I actually felt the least emotionally invested in this book out of the four, but I still loved it and everyone in it.
The Take Me On timeline overlaps with the very end of Crash Into You. I love how it was done, getting to see what West was going through during that time, and getting glimpses of Rachel and Isaiah from his perspective.
I loved what we saw of West’s personality in Crash Into You. He’s the cocky rich boy, but he seemed to have a sense of humor. And that proved true in this book. He goes through a lot, and I’m really happy with how much growth he showed by the end. It was sad to see what he went through with his parents, and can sympathize with the situation he found himself in.
Then there’s Haley. The girl is a badass and can easily take down some of the biggest guys around, including West. Her story broke my heart though. The situation she was in with her family sucked, but the secret and shame she was hiding because of an incident that happened to her made me both incredibly sad and infuriated me.
I really liked these two together. McGarry always does a wonderful job of pairing her characters off with those who are healthy for them. Sure they both might have issues and struggling with something in their own life, but she introduces them to someone who helps them become better versions of themselves. West and Haley were no exception. They pushed and challenged each other in positive ways. I also liked how they would tease and joke around. And I absolutely loved that Haley taught West to fight, and their use for “tap out”.
Take Me On had great secondary characters. Besides appearances from a few characters we already know and love, there are some new characters. I love Jax, Haley’s cousin. Man though, that guy has it rough living with his super dick of a dad, but he is obviously a really great guy that made me laugh. I hope to see more of him in the future. I also loved seeing Mrs. Collins and her little nod to Noah.
Of course, Beth from the previous books will always be my girl. We have a special connection, people! But Abby, I love her too. The girl is a little crazy, but she’s also wicked smart. I really enjoyed her role in this book and her and West’s “friendship.” I hope Katie puts her and Logan together for the next book, if there is one. She needs someone a little bit crazy and fearless, yet has a good head on his shoulders. He has to be able to keep up with her. Logan is that guy! Yes, I’m campaigning. I don’t want to hear any of that Ethan nonsense, he and Abby aren’t right for each other. I have spoken! Therefore, it shall be!
If you have started this series, you really should. Katie McGarry writes some damn good books!
Pushing the Limits Series