Whatever It Takes: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

When your best friend is describing your tastes in men

Note: contains some graphic sex scenes

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Tess is a lot of things. Strong. Independent. Determined. Completely overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being her little brother’s caretaker. But she can handle it. She has to. Because there’s no way in hell she’s letting anyone else raise Noah.

Ryan’s happy with a life on cruise control. He has no intention of tying himself down. That road only leads to heartbreak, a lesson he learned the hard way when he was fifteen. So why can’t he stay away from the one woman who broke his heart? Tess knows exactly why Ryan keeps popping up right when she needs the most help: He’s got a hero complex big enough to save Cinderella. But Tess isn’t that girl, and she refuses to let him be part of her life. Not even when Noah takes a liking to him. Not even when they kind of, maybe, hook up.

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I was elated to discover there was a sequel to Right Where You Are because I enjoyed the romance of Seth and Avery so much.

Unlike the first book where our main characters meet for the first time and fall in love, Whatever It Takes follows two long lost loves whose romance is inadvertently rekindled when life throws both of them a curveball.

This was a one sit read for me. I had initially hoped that this would be a continuation of the Seth and Avery story but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really loved following Ryan as he navigates a new relationship with his first love. This is very similar to the first in that both characters are troubled by life and have secrets they are hiding.

There is a lot of push and pull between Tess and Ryan and while they try to deny their feelings for each other in the beginning, their chemistry is obviously palpable. There are sex scenes scattered throughout that allow the reader to explore Tess and Ryan’s past and present relationship in a new way and while they certainly are descriptive, I wouldn’t say they are over the top – they may be a shock to the system however if you only read YA.

This was definitely a little slower than the first book and I wasn’t as captivated by Tess and Ryan but all in all I thought it was a pretty decent sequel for a contemporary. The story was well paced and there is a definite happy ending.

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