Book Review : Take Me On by Katie McGarry

June 24, 2014 Book review 10 ★★★★★

As far as I’m concerned, the Pushing the Limits series is the best contemporary YA series there is. Katie McGarry can do no wrong in my bookish eyes and every book just makes me crush on her characters a little bit more. This book is no exception.

Book Review : Take Me On by Katie McGarryTake Me On by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Published by Harlequin UK on 1st July 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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. Haley 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.

First Line of Take Me On:
“A door squeaks open at the far end of the barren hallway and the clicking of high heels echoes off the row of metal post-office boxes.”

I love everything about this book. The feisty characters, the gritty setting, the fab writing, the swoony romance. Everything. It all pulls together perfectly and wraps me in a happy little bubble for the duration of book.

The Highs of Take Me On:

– Strong characters. If I have to pick the one thing that is standout for all the books in this series; it has to be the characters. They nestle into your heart and make you feel every single emotion that they feel.
– I love that Haley is a boxer. I love female sporty main characters as they inspire me with their strength and motivation.
– West is a charmer and surprised me at times with some secrets I wasn’t expecting. I thought he was a bit of a loser in the last book but within one chapter he had me firmly in his corner. He can go the distance; not just in the cage but in life.
– The romance. Forget fairytales. This is real life; it’s honest and full of complications.
– Haley and West together = fireworks. I love how they team up and I really, really love that West had no misplaced pride and was happy for Haley to coach him.
– The theme of homelessness that is present in every book in the series continues in this one. It is hard hitting, realistic and heart-breaking and as I read this book snuggled up in my own warm house, I felt beyond grateful for all that I have.
– Little flashes of characters from the other books. Seeing what they are up to now feels as comforting as a catch up coffee with an old friend. And makes me want to re-read the other books.
– Abby has a pretty big part in this book and I’m so intrigued by her. I need a book about her; she is a mass of contradictions and is one of my favourite characters. Drug dealer, liar, honour student, loyal friend; I need the full story.
– The writing is vivid, fast flowing and fluid. And brings all the feels. At times it punches you in the gut but then it wraps you up in the softest of hugs.

The Lows of Take Me On:

– Not a one! I can’t think of anything that disappointed me or frustrated me.

On the Balance:

It’s a knockout for the highs.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Take Me On?

If you are a lover of YA contemporary books, then you probably already love this series, so you don’t need any recommendation to it. All I’ll say is this is my favourite book so far. I’m not just recommending this book, I’m book pushing it. IT’S A MUST READ.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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10 Responses to “Book Review : Take Me On by Katie McGarry”

    • trish

      I agree. I love books where the girls/women are into sport and not just standing on the sidelines cheering the guy on.

    • trish

      It’s worth trying to make the time to squeeze one in! Pushing The Limits is book one and it’s ace 🙂

    • trish

      I’d highly recommend them Ana. I rarely find contemp that I consider 5 star but a few in this series qualify for me.

  1. CeCe

    My love for this book knows no bounds. I still actively miss Wes and Haley. Katie McGarry is so talents and writes the most beautiful and entertaining stories. Great review : )
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