Young Adult review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Title: Take Me On  
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #4
Acquired: Bought
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mira Ink
Release date:6th June 2014

Haley Williams was once a champion kickboxer but things changed and now she is putting everything into getting into college instead. 

West Young is everything Haley said she would stay away from but when he accepts a challenge that forces him to fight for her honour she knows he won’t last unless she helps him. 

Both Haley and West have secrets from each other but maybe together they’ll find something worth fighting for. 

Take Me On is the fourth book in the Pushing The Limits series and while it can be read on its own, it is better to read the series in order as this one is set just after events in other books. 

West and Haley meet in pretty bad circumstances but they soon find themselves forced together when West faces off against Haley’s ex-boyfriend. I really loved the idea for the plot as I haven’t read anything like this before. The drama builds from the very beginning and leads up to one big fight between West and Haley’s ex. There is so much tension between a lot of characters in this book and I really enjoyed watching things play out and to figure out how things would end for everyone. 

Not only is the plot dramatic and exciting but there’s also a much softer and emotional side to the story. Katy McGarry explores the idea of what family and home can mean to different people. This aspect of Take Me On was a wonderful contrast to the rest of the story. It also meant being able to really get to know Haley and West and all of the things that make them who they are in this book. 

From page one my heart went out to Haley. It is instantly clear that she and her family are in a pretty bad situation and that she used to fight. Used to being the operative word. She used to hold a national title. Then something happened and she stopped fighting completely. Haley clearly wants something better out of life than what she has but things aren’t looking very good for her. She is a fighter through and through even if she isn’t doing it in a ring and I loved her strength throughout this book. She really tried to keep things going for everyone around her even if it meant keeping things to herself and trying to sort everything out on her own. 

West on the other hand comes from a privileged background which we discovered in the previous book. I have to say that I wasn’t his biggest fan in the last book because of things that he did. However, he was actually a completely different person than I had expected him to be. I imagined him to be really selfish and stuck up but he wasn’t that at all. West is such a caring and chivalrous guy and I didn’t see it coming at all. What I loved most about him though is his protectiveness over Haley. 

Katy McGarry has the ability to write perfectly broken characters and give them one hell of a story, time after time. I loved Take Me On just as much as the other books in this series. 

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