Take Me On

Take Me On

by Katie McGarry


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.

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Book #4 in Series

I think I might’ve outgrown these stories

west… Or maybe it’s just this family from both ‘Crash into You‘ and ‘Take me On’ that I can’t relate with no matter what. It’s all so random and inconsistent with these people. In fact with everybody in this book.

– The thing with the father being involved in the accident and blaming West for some reason.. Well, it was really getting on my nerves (not to mention the “get out – come back”; “I don’t like you – you’re my son, I love you” craziness; he should just decide already, as a bit of personality wouldn’t hurt, really) and I didn’t buy the whole reason for West needing to train for that fight with Matt’s brother in the first place. The reasons why Haley needed to keep things secret from her family involving West instead didn’t make much sense, neither did his need to step up and take her side. I guess that we just didn’t start that well.

– The insta-love was not my thing either (too much cheese and not enough wine to go with it) and that Abbie character was actually creepy in a stalking / knowing-it-all kind of way. The dynamics between different family members felt absolutely inconsistent – they said one thing, did the opposite, I could never keep up with their moods. Also, the non-relationship between West and Haley lacked any kind of spark, though they did have a few nice moments here and there; and the reasons they couldn’t be together made me roll my eyes multiple times, so there’s was not much luck with the middle part either.

– As for the ending, the only believable thing (sort of) about it was the actual fight show

, everything else felt unnecessary or out of this world – I do know this is fiction, but I couldn’t make myself believe quite a few things.

haleyThen, there is the character development -which this series is starting to lack more and more- that is really important to me and unfortunately I feel that it is getting to be more about the increasing number of books in the series and less about the quality of the content. I felt like watching a stick figure cartoon – people going from A to B with no motivation or believable reasoning behind it.

The main characters were flat, full of contradictions and I couldn’t believe their love story or their struggle, as neither of those felt real. The parents (like in all the other books, by the way) were simply nightmarish – I wanted to throw my book at them, and the same goes for friends, siblings, whatever.

You might ask yourself why did I continue reading if there wasn’t much I could have possibly liked – the truth is, I don’t know, with all those great ratings I hoped for.. more. And it wasn’t actually bad, it just wasn’t good either, if you are a big fan of the series you might enjoy it better (though I felt like one for the first 2 books too; not sure when that changed for me, I am not even sure of ‘why’).

A two-stars rating means ‘OK’ on GoodReads, so I’ll go with it, though I am not sure if I even liked it that much, but I did finish reading it, so there must be more good to it than I am letting you know. *sigh*

Conclusion: There might be many fans out there that will love it, I was just not one of them *double sigh*

Happy midnight reading!

Book source: Copy received from the publisher for review.
PS: probably these images do not represent the characters, as I’m afraid that I didn’t pay much attention to their description. Then again, I don’t think that the skinny couple from the cover is a better match either ;))

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4 responses to “Take Me On”

  1. ♥Rachel♥ says:

    Crash into Me wasn’t my favorite of the series, either, Ari. I have this one for review so now I’m even more worried I won’t like it after reading your review. Oh boy. *sigh* Great honest review. 🙂

    • Ari says:

      Maybe you will have better luck with it.

      Maybe Crash into Me came with high expectations because of Isaiah (for me it was the case, though I had more problems with it than just that), so maybe if you have lower expectations you will actually enjoy it more.

      Sadly, for me it simply didn’t work. I kept reading it hoping it would get better, but it never really did *sigh*

  2. Lis @ The reader lines says:

    Oh, I’m sorry you didn’t like this.
    I don’t know if I’m lucky I still haven’t read this one. I loved Dare you to, but the other one was just… okay. However, if I ever read this will be only because I want to see the cameos of the other characters.

    • Ari says:

      If that’s he whole reason, well.. let me tell you that only Abbie is actually in this book. Isaiah is mentioned a couple of times and I think he is in one or two scenes, the rest is basically about the couple and their parents (and of course some new characters). ‘Dare you to’ was my favourite, and then the first book. The last two were just not my cup of tea at all. *sigh*

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