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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Whatever It Takes by L. Maretta

Total Score The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 5
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 4
  • Romance = 4 
  • Sex = 5

The Gist of the Thing

Technical Details

  • Published by Maretta Publishing on June 5, 2013
  • I received a ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.
  • 236 pages
  • Contemporary romance

Back Blurb 

Gavin Fitzgerald is the perfect husband. His wife, Emma, was always able to brag to her friends about how caring, loving, helpful, and successful he was. Having been married five years, they have just put the finishing touches on their dream home and are ready to start a family. Everything seems ideal until one day Gavin confesses to Emma that he was unfaithful, turning their entire relationship from perfect to a total disaster. Suddenly Emma's carefully controlled world is chaotic and her future uncertain as she struggles to determine if she is able to forgive Gavin or have the strength to move on.

What I LIKED about this book.

Brutal honesty. If the author wanted to write about the complex emotions after infidelity, I would say he knocked that ball out of the park.

What I DISLIKED about this book.

Crying. I loathe crying but I could not stop reading. I can hear the people that know me well gasping in shock that I did not throw my e-reader when the first tear fell. 

Pft! I wish I looked that good when I cry.

Full Review

First things first, infidelity is not something I want to read about. I have been known to chunk a book in the trash due to cheating. I like to read outside my comfort zone. The author was upfront that cheating had taken place and the book was about the road to recovery. I can handle that. The characters were authentic. The emotions they felt were believable. They were not always good, but they were honest.

The reactions the couple had through out the book were ones I thought I might have in the same situation. Two examples of this are the slap and Gavin's irritation.
The slap - Emma, a normally non violent woman, lashes out at Gavin in one scene and hits him. She is hurting deeply and angry. Her husband is supposed to be the one who loves and cherishes her but instead he is the source of her pain. The slap comes from a place of such intense emotion that she was not even thinking clearly any longer, just reacting to her pain.

Gavin's irritation - Gavin loves his wife. He is genuinely sorry and knowing he is the source of her pain is tearing him up. Even the most apologetic person will eventually become defensive. It is a emotional survival mechanism. How long will I have to do this before we can move on? He knows deep down that it is going to take time to heal but his guilt turns to irritation a few times. It was a natural response.

The reason behind the infidelity and the professional diagnosis of why Gavin cheated were well thought out. I do not think the story would have been as good if Gavin had cheated for any other reason.

Over all, the book is well plotted, has an organic development of the story, and characters that you can empathize with. L. Maretta made a anti-infidelity reader fall in love with a cheater. I stayed up way, way past any respectable hour to read the whole book in one sitting. What am I going to do now?

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  1. Thank you for sticking with it even though there was crying! Glad you enjoyed! xoxo


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