Take On Me (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry
Take Me On (Pushing the Limits Book 4)
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.
I was really excited to start Take On Me since I loved the last book in this series. I didn't really like West from the last book, really I didn't like anyone in his family because of how they treated Rachel, but I thought it can't be worse than Beth right? Unfortunately not so much. At least with Beth's story I liked the guy. I didn't like West or Haley in this one. They were both so tedious to read. So whiny complaining poor me attitudes. I did not like it, nor did I understand most of the time. Some spoilers ahead.
So West blames himself for everything. Anything bad that happens is his fault. Rachel's accident at the end of the last book? His fault. Why? I am not sure. He was not driving, I don't even know that he was there when it happened, but somehow she was there because he stole her money so that means it is his fault his dad went crazy and didn't pay attention and got them into an accident that almost killed Rachel. Yep, definitely West's fault...He is also incredibly stubborn in his self hatred and won't listen to anyone. Rachel wants to see him, but he refuses to because she doesn't want to see him. Yeah...cause she would ask for him because she didn't want to see him. That makes sense. He is way too stubborn for his own good and I found myself just being incredibly frustrated with him all the time. Like why are you so stupid? Why do you have to be so stubborn so you keep hurting those you care about? It just didn't make much sense to me.
Then Haley? Well she is not much better. Really they were perfect for each other. They could be all poor me, I am terrible, everything is my fault together. She was a fighter, champion kick boxer, but then she stops one day and refuses to fight again. Why? Well early on you find out that her ex hit her and she fought back, but there seemed to be more to the story. I kept waiting to find out what else happened with the ex to make her give up and not be able to tell anyone what really happened. Well you find out...there is nothing else. Her ex hit her and she fought back and hurt him. So she fought and hurt someone so she will never fight again. Did she never hurt anyone in any of her other fights? Never drew blood? I find that hard to believe. And yes, she should be super upset that she defended herself against another trained fighter...I didn't get it. And no one can ever know because...her brothers will fight her ex for her? I don't know. West ends up fighting the ex and he doesn't win, but he puts up a good fight and then it is over. No more issues with the ex. It just made me go oh...okay....so West fights the ex, ex wins, West still gets "his girl" and the ex is just like cool and leaves them alone. I mean the ex wanted Haley, but West ends up with her so...why couldn't Haley say anything before? I mean the ex really didn't do anything so...It was that easy to solve her issues? Why was she so stubborn and set against accepting help from anyone? From telling anyone what happened? I kept expecting more, a greater conflict, and it just wasn't there so the whole thing seemed pointless.
So between the two of them and the oh no something bad will happen! Must keep everything a secret. Wait nothing happens? Of the story I just didn't enjoy this book. I was so disappointed, especially after I loved the last book so much. Oh well. Not the story for me.