“I wasn’t the same girl I was before all this. I was stronger. More determined. Nothing— and no one— was going to make me apologize for any of it.”- Tess, Whatever It Takes
Title: Whatever It Takes
Author: L.E. Bross
Series: Second Chances
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Tess is burdened with a responsibility she’s not quite sure she can handle, and Ryan is determined to save her from it—if she ever stops pushing him away—in this sexy follow-up to Right Where You Are, the first new adult novel in the captivating Second Chances series.
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.
Not even when she starts to fall for him…
The cover of this book CUTE, just like the story!
This novel is told in your typical new adult format with alternating chapters between both Tess and Ryan’s POV. This story is all about first love and second chances. Tess and Ryan are childhood sweethearts that were separated after Tess moved away to live with her father. After running in to each other at a supermarket, the two start start spending more time together and the old flame is once again burning bright.
This story was cute! I love books about second chances and just reading about these two finding their way back to each other was such a delight. Family was a major theme in this book and it was my favorite part of the book. Ryan’s relationship with his father is kind of rocky at the beginning of the book and it was just great to see how their relationship evolved as the story went along. Ryan learning the real reason for why his mother abandoned them definitely brought these two closer and stabilized their relationship. Another relationship that I loved in this book was Tess and Noah’s relationship. Although they are brother and sister, Tess treats Noah as if he were her own son and she’s just so willing to do WHATEVER IT TAKES (yes, I said it!) to make sure he has everything he needs, even if that means putting her own desires and dreams on the back burner.
I LOVE Tess! Let’s just give that girl a medal for everything she has been through because I don’t know how I would have handled things put in that situation. I seriously wanted to just HURT her father for belittling her every time she went to visit him. She’s just such a selfless person and I was rooting for her the whole time, especially when things got messy towards to ending.
Ryan. *SWOON*. Ryan starts off being very closed off the idea of being in a relationship, but those walls soon start to crumble when Tess walks back into his life. He was just so great, especially with Noah. He cared for the little guy even though he had no connection to him and he too went to great lengths to do what was best for Noah. Also, Ryan has a way with words…SUCH A SWEET TALKER <3!
Just wanted to mention some quick thoughts about some side characters. Noah is such an ADORABLE LITTLE MUNCHKIN! I wanted to pinch his cheeks! Seth annoyed me in this book. I know he was just meant to be a voice of reason for Ryan, but seriously he NEEDED to back up and let Ryan and Tess do their own thing and figure everything out on their own.
The only main issue I had with this book was that I just wanted a few more chapters. When things got crazy towards the ending, I wanted there to be more chapters, maybe a few more obstacles, thrown in before all issues were resolved. I also felt like even though things ended on a happy note, it was a bit abrupt and maybe there could have been one last chapter just to tie everything up.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I couldn’t put it down (I finished it in less than 24 hours) and I definitely recommend picking up this series. I’m excited to read more new adult books by Bross and I can’t wait to read her next release.