How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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 keep waiting to see if a book in this series is going to disappoint me. It’s yet to happen and I sincerely hope that it never does! Take Me On was an incredible read with some great characters. I want to talk about my history with this series before I get on with the review. I first read Pushing The Limits as part of my Comparing… series with Luna from Luna’s Little Library. Little did I know that I’d be sucked into this series and feel completely invested in these characters lives. Characters that we see snippets from in each book, but then another book comes out and we learn more about their story. I swear each book makes me want another book about a minor character. Katie McGarry has me gripped and I’m not complaining.
Take Me On follows Haley and West. I remember West from Crash Into You and I remember being quite intrigued by him. Haley was a fantastically strong character. She’s physically strong, but yet very vulnerable. Haley was a champion kickboxer, but after an experience with her now ex-boyfriend she vowed she would never fight again. Then West comes into her life. West hasn’t had it easy. His sister Rachel (the Rachel I adored from Crash Into You) has been injured in a car accident, and his relationship with his father is at boiling point. Haley and West find themselves in a situation where Haley has to train West to fight. There’s an attraction between Haley and West, but Haley doesn’t want to date another fighter. Will she be able to resist?
I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this book. I was a bit dubious about it at first, because I didn’t think I’d enjoy reading about professional fighting, much like in Crash Into You, I wasn’t sure that I’d like to read about street racing. I should know by now, that everything Katie McGarry writes I adore. She finds ways to make subjects I find dull interesting and a way to make even the most annoying character understandable and relatable. Am I gushing? I really don’t care…because it’s true!
Katie McGarry also makes me ADORE her male characters. West doesn’t have a great time of it in this book, but you can really see his growth from Crash Into You until the end of Take Me On. I loved how protective he was over his sister Rachel. I also loved how he was so flawed, but yet so REAL. I really liked how West accepted how he felt about Haley and went for it. It’s nice to see a male character know what they want and go for it, rather than playing females around.
I don’t want to spoil the reading experience for those yet to read Take Me On. Just know that I loved it and can’t wait for the next instalment from Katie McGarry. If you haven’t read this series yet, you really need to consider doing so!
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!