Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review: Take Me On

Take Me On
Take Me On by Katie McGarry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Haley has a national kickboxing title, but for the past 6 months she has refused to fight. Only one person knows why she stopped, and it is in his best interest not to tell. While coming home from getting her father’s medication she is forced with a choice. Let a stranger get beaten protecting her, or step in and fight the assailant. When school resumes she discovers that the mysterious stranger is now the new kid and he has his eyes on her. To make matters worse, he steps in (again) when she is confronted about the assault. In order to save face, West must fight a MMA cage match. Although he is a boxer, MMA is not the same. Haley decides she won’t fight, but she will help West train.

Take Me On is the newest and most thought provoking of the Pushing the Limits books. The first three books had a bad boy and good girl, but this book shakes the pattern up. West is rich but has a temper. Haley’s father lost his job a year earlier and she will do anything to keep her family together. Throw in fighting rivalry, family rifts on both sides and secrets that threaten to tear both people apart and you have a book you can’t put down. McGarry has really outdone herself with this book. It goes beyond a romance novel and touches on issues that most people can relate to, even if they never experienced it themselves. Can Haley get West ready in time? Will either of their families ever be whole again? Fans of the previous books will enjoy the cameo appearances of the characters from those books!

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