Book Review: Whatever It Takes

review-cover-whatever it takesTitle: Whatever It Takes [Nothing But Trouble 1]

Author: Lindsey Pogue

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Four years ago, I thought my life was pretty normal for a teenager. Three years ago, my world was shattered, and now I’m just trying to hold the pieces together.But regret and anger aren’t so easy to ignore.

I just need to catch my breath … For it all to go away …

I thought I might finally be ready to move on from that horrible night, but then he decided to come back.

He can’t come back … he’ll ruin me completely.

One horror-filled night changes the course of Samantha’s seemingly normal life. She’s ruined everything. Despite her determination to keep the family ranch up and running, her guilt makes it impossible to completely move on or forget.

Sam takes comfort in her quirky, endearing friends as she tries to balance between the girl she was and the woman she wants to become. Just when she thinks she’s finally making amends with her past, someone she never thought she’d see again returns, and Sam’s life is once again turned upside down. Both her head and her heart want different things, so she’s lost when, once again, she’s forced to make a decision that will inevitably change her life.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Whatever It Takes is the first contemporary new adult romance I’ve read by Lindsey Pogue, but certainly not the first book of hers I’ve delved into. I wasn’t initially sure how I was going to feel about a change of genres from the author because some authors simply don’t write well in several genres, so while excited to read another book by a favorite author of mine, I went into this book with a healthy dose of trepidation.

Luckily, it was unwarranted. This was a solid romance read. The characters were full of depth and likable, the narrative was well-written and only contained a few typos (though to be fair, I got this book as an ARC pre-publication, so there’s a chance those typos are probably fixed by now). The pace was steady, the sentence structure flowed well… I have nothing to complain about. It was a good book.

If I had to pick out one thing I questioned about this all around well-balanced read, it would be the ending. I don’t know what I was expecting (okay, that’s a lie, I was expecting the usual trope-y romance ending where the couple got married and had a pregnancy prolog)—and for a while that seemed like what I was getting… but it wasn’t real clear. The book ended with a strange extra scene between Mac and Sam that was obviously meant as a teaser for the second book in the series, but to me, it felt a little out of place. It wasn’t a big deal.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I’m a huge romance reader, so when an author switches from dystopian to a flat out romance genre book, I’m a little nervous that it isn’t going to meet my expectations, but I liked it. It turned out well, it met my overall expectations, and I’m happy that I read it. I did knock it down 1 star because of the strange vague ending but don’t let that discourage you. If you like contemporary new adult romance, I recommend you give this a try.

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