Monday, May 26, 2014

"Take Me On" by Katie McGarry

This week I received my first ever ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) from NetGalley.  I was seriously overjoyed and doing a happy dance. When your a book junkie and get one before it is released it's like the best Christmas morning that you ever had as a kid.

Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Publish Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.


I've read all the other books in this series "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry and I enjoyed them all. I have to say that my favorites were the first book "Pushing the Limits" and now "Take Me On". I really loved the main characters Wes and Haley. The authors style was continued in this book. Teenagers dealing with different serious issues at home. Katie's ability as an author to shape this world and the progress of her characters growing and changing from beginning to end is amazing. She fully captures the feeling of being a teen and having to learn and figure life out even if you don't have a solid adult role model. Most of her characters in the books are having to figure it out on their own. 

This is my favorite cover for one of her books so far. I love the coloring of the clothing and background. My only complaint is that Haley isn't shown in any gear. When I see this cover I see a shy girl that was won over by the "cute fighter". Which isn't at all who she is. I think this cover misrepresents her. She's tough. She kicks ass. I would have liked to see her in gloves also. I think younger female readers would see that and be empowered.

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