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Take Me On

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4) by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin TEEN on May 27th 2014
Pages: 544
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four-stars

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.
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 did it, guys. I finished up to book 4. Even though I still have the novellas to read, I feel a Katie McGarry withdraw coming on until Walk The Edge arrives at my house. I want more from these characters, so much more! I feel like I don’t know what I am going to do with myself after I finish all the books/novellas.  I think what I’m going to do is reread Nowhere But Here and then go right into Walk The Edge since my copy has arrived! My excitement level is through the roof!

I was curious who the next book was going to be based around, and I was so excited to see it was West. West has to be one of the most forward guys in the entire pushing the limits series. If you’re unsure who West is, he is the brother of Rachel who is the girl Isaiah falls in love with in Crash Into You.  He was one of the most interesting brothers out of Rachels siblings.  Cocky, confident and not afraid to go after what he wants.  I found that West was the most forward out of all the lovely guys I’ve read about in this series. He has no problem bringing out the charm at the drop of a dime. He doesn’t see eye to eye with his father, but let’s face it. He wasn’t the only one who agreed with everything his father did. After getting into a fight, and being kicked out of the house, West has a lot of guilt based around the accident Rachel was in from the previous book. It broke my heart that he felt like he was the sole cause of her accident.

Being kicked out was the best thing to happen to West. He needed to walk away from his family to find out who he truly was. It forced him to fend for himself and learn that he is so much more than he thought. He got a job, survived a few weeks, and had a lot of time to think about how things in life were going. He also had the chance to get to know Haley on a much more personal level. I feel like West from the very beginning of the book wouldn’t have been as capable of understanding as West from further into the book.

The elephant in the room – West finding out some information about his family that turned his world upside down. Something came forward to him that he had no idea about. This changes his positioning with them, and I feel it really helps him become who he is at the end of the book. Between this and learning to fight for himself, West was a knockout in this series.

Rachel had quite the interesting past. She comes from a constant struggle and deals with what happens after you’ve been abused by someone you trusted. When you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been hit by a loved one, it changes how you look at everything. It forced her out of something she loved doing so much and caused her so much pain when it came to learning to trust West. She is such a fighter, in more ways than one. It took some work from West to show that she can push past the events and lean on him. That the same thing was not going to happen just because he was a fighter.

Fights. Secrets. Challenges. Finding yourself. This book has everything that makes a Katie McGarry book wonderful. West and Rachel are one of my favorite pairs for different reasons. I felt these two were much different from the other couples. I hope in the future I get to see how this plays out for them.

four-stars

Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

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