Series: Pushing The Limits, #4
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
I’m running out of praises to throw at Katie McGarry. This is yet again another brilliantly woven story and contained a swoon-worthy romance. Despite the quibbles I have with these novels, she’s still one of my favourite authors.
I’m starting to feel like the characters are overlapping one and another. What I mean by this is that some of the characters feel like they’ve taken parts of someone else that we’ve already read about in previous instalments, and used bits of them in here. Sure, I might be a little too picky but I’m getting bored with the bad boy, good girl – but both have dark secrets premise. Diversity, in the main characters would be nice. Aside from that criticism, Katie McGarry still managed to pull me right into the story and feel. Both West and Haley’s situations were tough and grim and I could relate whole-heartedly. You have West, who has always been prejudiced for being a Young, and is kicked out of his own home by his father. Haley doesn’t even have a home. Her and her family have to live with her short-tempered uncle. I don’t know how McGarry does it but she pulls all the right strings to make us feel ineffably connected.
The romance, I feel, went too quick. Don’t run away yet! I wouldn’t label it as instant-love, but I was expecting a much slower burn between West and Haley. I thought the “I Love You” came too early on in the story however the chemistry was certainly there. And damn, it was so very sweet and authentic. If I had to say just one thing McGarry does best, it’s writing romances that are realistic and contain a lot of depth.
What I love about the Pushing the Limits series is that it’s not just the romance. Take Me On also possesses a sufficient amount of family dynamics. I loved how we still got to have snapshots of Rachel and Isaiah–even Abby was a pretty frequent character here. Haley’s family–I wanted to strangle. While her cousin and brother: Jax and Kaden were pretty cool (and I wouldn’t mind reading about their stories in the future) her uncle needs an award for being the worst human being to walk on this Earth. He’s absolutely infuriating; and the fact that McGarry could get that kind of emotion out of me deserves a gold star (or five).
If you are looking for some swoon worthy romance and a brilliantly constructed background plot, Katie McGarry is your lady. Take Me On is like chocolate. A fantastic ride and after I finished, I wanted more.
~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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