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review 2017-02-12 16:09
Wasn't my favorite of the series...
Take Me On - Cherrie Lynn

Take Me On - Cherrie Lynn 

 

*3.5 STARS*

I've really been a fan of this series, and I was looking forward to reading this book. It's been a while since I've returned to the series and I was in a challenge that gave me just the excuse I needed to get to it. And while it was good, I felt like I didn't truly connect with the characters for some reason. It was the first time that happened to me in this series. Maybe because I have "known" them as long? I'm not sure.

I was a bit disappointed not to feel the connection that I've felt with other books in the series but it was still a pretty good (not to mention hot) romance. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-31 11:00
Take Me On (Pushing The Limits #4) by Katie McGarry
Take Me On - Katie McGarry

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

 

 

Review:

 

I really enjoyed this story as I couldn’t not like one of Katie McGarry’s books but I would have to agree with the other reviews and say this was my least favourite of the series so far.

 

I think what annoyed me about West was how he wouldn’t visit Rachel in the hospital because he blamed himself for her accident, yes he stole her money which led to her having to drag race, but it was completely their dad’s fault for stalling the car! He also wouldn’t listen to Haley whenever she told him not to do something. His pride got in the way a lot which frustrated me. I was strangely happy about Denny being West’s real father, maybe I was just so relieved that West and Haley weren’t cousins! haha, nice twist there Katie!

 

Was it just me or did we not get the whole story of what happened with Haley and Matt? We know they fought and that it traumatised her but why? Her aversion to fighting puzzled me.

 

Although I had a lot of feelings throughout the book, it just didn’t make me emotional like the other 3 did. I liked West and Haley and their relationship but I didn’t get attached to them like I thought I would.

 

They kept mentioning Rachel and Isaiah and my heart just hurt because all I wanted was to continue their story, I could read about them for forever!! I love Abby!! I love her friendship with Rachel and I cannot wait to read her story to find out more about her life! I’m hoping we’ll find out more about Rachel’s progress in Abby’s story as well. I also hope we get a book from Jax’s perspective, I think that would be interesting.

 

Overall this was a solid 4.5 stars for me, Katie McGarry’s writing is just amazing and she really knows how to suck you into a story. Although I wasn’t as emotionally attached to this story I’m glad I read it as I did really like how it ended. I’m excited to read the next in the series!

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review 2016-01-20 20:26
"Take Me On" by Katie McGarry
Take Me On - Katie McGarry

I think some authors, in their zeal to avoid the cardinal sin of telling too much and showing too little, err on the side of brevity so much that they leave the reader hanging. This fourth installment of Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits series, which I have totally devoured this week, is an example of such a book. This story has an interesting premise: both the hero and heroine are homeless, though by very different circumstances. Haley's family has been on a slow slide from lower middle class stability since her father lost his job, and they've been bouncing around from shelters and friends and finally settle in an overcrowded two bedroom house already occupied by Haley's mean-spirited and controlling uncle and his family. Meanwhile, West goes from being the pampered scion of Louisville's wealthiest family to living in the back of his car overnight when his rebellious behavior gets him kicked out of school, which is the last straw for his father, who kicks him out. There are so many issues this book could have explored about the similarities and differences between West and Haley's positions and their attitudes toward their shared circumstance, and it's not that the book didn't touch on these things... but it only touched on them, it didn't sink its teeth in.

 

That's true of so many of the subplots as well. There's a lot going on in this story: issues with Haley's family and West's family, Haley's history of domestic violence with an ex-boyfriend and the trauma associated with it, West's discovery of a deeply guarded secret regarding his past, West's sister's recovery from an almost fatal car accident, Haley's efforts to find a way to pay for college, Haley's history as a champion kickboxer (a sport she's walked away from) and West's introduction to that sport, a final confrontation between West and Haley's ex, and West's and Haley's developing feelings for each other. "Take Me On" deals with all of these things, but only glancingly. The plot skips right along, but all of these issues are too weighty to be addressed as summarily as they are. The whole book whet my appetite, but didn't satisfy.

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text 2015-07-07 02:12
Story of My Life, Pretty Much
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids - Sarah Ockler
Take Me On - Katie McGarry
The Girl in the Steel Corset - Kady Cross
Firefight - Brandon Sanderson
All the Rage - Courtney Summers
Six Feet Over It - Jennifer Longo
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen

Ye Gods, I've got to stop making these trips to the library. My TBR list is getting bigger and bigger (though I should think that's a good thing). Got a decent book haul, though I checked out more books than I had to return. Story of my life.

 

So you can see my book haul above, and all of them are YA reads.  I'm progressively getting back to being active on here, but it's between my actual reading time, day job time, and writing/editing time.

 

I'll be posting a NetGalley haul in a bit too.  I'm keeping my reading mojo, it's more that I'm having trouble with my reviewing mojo.  Meh. =/

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-06-30 02:49
Take me on
Take Me On - Katie McGarry

This book was so fast paced and so much fun to read. I really loved the relationship that developed between Haley and West. You meet West in the crash into you and I loved really learning more about him in this book and how much Crash into you events really effected him. 

 

Haley home life was so hard to read about but i know that so many people in the world have similar stories to Haley. I loved the brother characters that really tried to look out for her and they became my favorite characters. 

 

I think he concept of fights and running away was so large in this book for both lead characters and eventually they each became each other home. I mean when Haley left time i was so throwing my book against the wall and could not wait to see what happen.

 

I liked learning more about Abby and i know we get to read her story soon. 

 

I think also the abuse in this book that occurred was so important for young girls to read about and see the dangerous impact it could have on somebody life.

 

I really loved this book and the story that was told.

 

Check out my video review 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx0MuBCX0iU

 

 

 

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