Thursday, June 5, 2014

Take Me On: Review


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.


For some reason this book is more interesting than the first three. While the first three books are entertaining and good in their own way, there are still some things that I'm not satisfied. This is not the case with Take Me On. I like this book way more than any of the three previous books in the series. It has a place in my mind and my heart while the three doesn't. Yep.

I think this has to do with 1) Haley 2) Chemistry between Haley and West. Let's start with Haley. She's extremely strong, both physically and mentally. She literally puts the "girl" in girl-power. She doesn't need to be bossed around because she's very independent on her own. She has dealt with some extreme family issues (like a lot of characters from Pushing The Limits, Dare You To and Crash Into You) but that's different. I feel more connected with the issues Haley faces. She shows her strength through the mess, which I think is one of the reasons why I'm very interested in her character.

The whole not-so-fake fake relationship between West and Haley is freaking awesome as well as it's hilarious. There's such great chemistry between them, with all the bickering, teasing and laughter and pouting. It's awesome between the two of them because they have a deeper and darker connection than they've ever thought of in the first place, which makes the conflict so much more intense. This is not obvious in the precious three books. It's safe to say this is the main reason why I'm more attached to this book.

But despite my extreme liking towards this book, I kind of want this story to be about Abby because she's such a phenomenal character in Crash Into You and there's so much mystery revolving around her that she can't be the heartless witty bitch she shows the world. There's definitely more about Abby and I'm curious about her. I hope there will actually be a story about Abby in the future.

Rating: 7.5/10

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