Monday 9 June 2014

Take Me On, Katie McGarry

Pages: 384
Publisher: Mira INK
Release Date: 1st June 2014
Edition: UK e-proof, review copy

Other Titles by this Author: Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You

Champion kickboxer Hayley 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 honour. Suddenly, Hayley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Hayley 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 Hayley. About who he really is. But helping him fight for her is a shot at redemption. Especially as it’s his fault her family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Hayley’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.

While the fourth book in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series wasn’t my favourite, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’m starting to find the stories of these novels a little formulaic. There’s the rich one and the down and out one. Sometimes one of the characters has gone from one to the other, sometimes, one has fallen from grace, and there are some tragic histories and sad families. West and Hayley were just another version of Echo and Noah, Beth and Ryan, Rachel and Isaiah. And yet, I did still enjoy Take Me On.

The aspect of kickboxing and how different Hayley’s life is to what it used to be was really interesting. Not having an athletic or competitive bone in my body it was cool to learn about something so alien to me, especially when Hayley’s confusion and hurt about competing was thrown into the mix. I didn’t have the emotional investment in Take Me On that I had in Pushing the Limits or Crash Into You, but I can’t pinpoint why – both West and Hayley are interesting characters and they sizzle as a couple.

Even though I felt lukewarm about Take Me On, I am intrigued to read the next book in the series, Breaking the Rules, the continuation of Noah and Echo’s story.

Thanks to NetGalley and Mira for the review copy.


1 comment:

  1. That's a shame you didn't fall in love with this one - I really did but can see what you mean about almost-re-tellings of Echo and Noah's story. I think mostly I liked seeing some of Rachel and Isaiah's story from another's perspective, plus Haley and West were adorable


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