ARC Review: Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Bad Reputation Duet #1
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Genres: New Adult
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I HAVE A BAD REPUTATION.

Call me what you want: Bad Boy Next Door. Trouble. That Kid Who Can’t Do Anything Right.

When Willow moves into my neighborhood, nothing should have happened. She’s geeky. Shy. A true wallflower.

Willow is a good girl.
Too good for me.

And how the hell was I supposed to know that she’s related to Loren Hale—yeah, that douchebag celebrity that lives on my street. The same guy I’ve been pranking by spray painting vulgar words on his mailbox and worse. Much worse.

Don’t ask me why I do the things I do.
Don’t ask me why it had to be her.

I’m cursed. Simple as that. But here’s the thing about people who are cursed—they break everything they touch.

And yet. . .I still want to touch her. ​

Willow and Garrison own my heart and soul. I’ve been waiting for this books for years, I kid you not. As you can imagine, my expectations were high. 

I find Willow entirely too relatable. It’s like the authors managed to get into my head to create Willow Hale. We see Willow’s first semester of college throughout the book, and I saw my own experience at college here. She’s quite and a bit awkward, but she also has this quiet bravery that I hope and strive for.

Garrison Abbey is so full of self-loathing. He’s a guy who has made a lot of mistakes in his young life, and while he strives to make better choices, he feels like he’ll never be worthy of anyone’s forgiveness.

This book is told through Past and Present scenes, which I thought worked really well. My one peeve was that all the “Past” scenes in this book were straight from the web series. So if you read the web series, you’ve read about half of this book already. However, the “Present” scenes more than make up for it.

The “Past” scenes show you how Willow and Garrison met, and their evolution from strangers to friends. The “Present” scenes follow Willow in college, Garrison working at Cobalt Inc., and them trying to maintain their long distance relationship.

My heart was so full after reading this. I cannot wait for the next book. This does end in a bit of a cliffhanger, so the 28th cannot get here soon enough. I’m expecting a few things for book 2, and I hope it delivers.

I recommend this to anyone who likes their angsty romances. Also, if you’ve read and enjoyed a K.B. book, you will love this one!

five stars

Book Two Review -> Wherever You Are

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