Whatever It Takes by Lindsey Pogue
(Nothing But Trouble, #1)
Publication date: January 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.
Review by Jen Skewes
Whatever it Takes is a friends to lovers romance as well as a story about second chances. But there is also so much more to this story than that. It is about forgiveness, healing and letting go of the past and the guilt.
It was about four years ago when Sam’s life took a turn in a direction that left her completely broken. Since that day she has basically just been living, doing everything that she can to keep her father’s ranch running. She is trying so hard to just keep her head above water. On the outside it may seem that she is ok, at least that is what she wants everyone to believe, including her two best friends. But deep down she is anything but. She has so much guilt that she is carrying around for the tragic moments in her life four years ago. She is still so broken from it all and feels so alone.
Sam’s ex boyfriend and friend, Reilly is back in town for a little while. It has been four years since she has seen him and let’s just say that things between them did not end well. She is not sure that she can even handle seeing him right now, but she doesn’t have much of choice considering the town they live in. Oh and he lives next door to her. There is so much bitterness, anger and frustration between them but there is also love. Even if love is something that neither one of them want to admit. They have a history and in order to move forward they need to talk about what happened, talk about their feelings and open up to each other. But Sam has this way of running away when things get uncomfortable. Will she be able to stay long enough to move on from her past and be able to have a future with Reilly?
Sam and Reilly had a past and I wanted to know what happened between them. I wanted to know what caused them to break up and how they hurt each other. I wanted them to let it all out when it came to their feelings. Those are the moments I wanted to get to in this story. I needed to know. But just when I thought they were getting close, Sam had a tendency to run or fall back on the past and put her guard back up. She frustrated me so much to be honest. I felt how much they still cared for each other but they both just had a hard time communicating. And I think because of this, the book at times did drag a little bit for me. I still feel that there were some things that I didn’t quite understand as far as what happened or why. But aside from that I did enjoy the book. And I really loved the characters, especially Sam’s two best friends, Nick and Mac. I am looking forward to Mac's story and hopes that Nick gets his own story as well.
Lindsey Pogue has always been a little creative. As a child she established a bug hospital on her elementary school soccer field, wrote her first YA manuscript in high school, and as an adult, expresses herself through writing. Her novels are inspired by her observations of the world around her—whether she’s traveling, people watching, or hiking. When not plotting her next storyline or dreaming up new, brooding characters, Lindsey’s wrapped in blankets watching her favorite action flicks or going on road trips with her own leading man.