Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Whatever It Takes by Lindsey Pogue (#1 Nothing But Trouble New Adult Series)

Whatever It Takes
by Lindsey Pogue

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Nothing But Trouble - Book 1
Publication Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Lindsey Pogue
Genre: New Adult
Print Length: 314 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
**This is a story about love and loss. It contains mature content, sexual and other**

Whatever It Takes is the first book in the Nothing But Trouble Series
Book Two, Nothing But Trouble, TBR

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.

 
Whatever It Takes by Lindsey Pogue 
(#1 Nothing But Trouble New Adult Series)

Whatever It Takes (#1 Nothing But Trouble New Adult Series)Life growing up wasn’t easy for Sam, sure she had a loving father and lived in a world she loved, until her widowed father found love again and well, two is company, and three is a crowd. Sam also thought she had found the love of her life, someone to trust in, believe in and give herself to, but he needed to get away, and the military was his escape. But nothing could shred her soul more than the night she lost her father in the accident she survived and the daily dose of guilt and sense of loss comes from within and from her bitter stepmother.

Damaged, alone and trying so hard to re-pay an emotional debt she never owed, Sam struggles to keep her father’s dream of horse ranching alive. Is it worth always failing in the eyes of her step mother? Those eyes that blame her for her father’s death? Even her friends cannot put joy into her life, and then it happened, Reilly came home, but unlike fairy tale romances, they did not have a happy ever after as soon as their eyes met. They had real life uneasiness, real life awkwardness and real life fear of opening up.

For Sam, it is just another facet of her over-burdened life, secret pain, secret love, secret guilt and another heart-wrenching secret she keeps to herself. How much pain can one young woman carry? How much guilt? How can the boy she loved return as a man and break down her walls? Everyone has secrets, but healing cannot begin until the wounds are cleansed. Is love strong enough to heal the past?

Prepare yourself for real human characters, filled with self-doubt, flawed and worn down by life long before their time. Whatever It Takes has been given the perfect title by Lindsey Pogue, because this tale of loss, love and guilt is a story of doing whatever it takes to learn to live again. Ms. Pogue takes a simple backdrop, a ranch, and a small town and from it creates a breathing world that will wrench your soul from your body. There is darkness, a little quirkiness and there is love, peeking just around the corner for two souls in need of each other, of a do over at a chance for happiness and inner redemption. Beautifully written, like watching lives unfold from a one-way mirror, one day, one mistake and one joy at a time.

I received this review copy from Lindsey Pogue in exchange for my honest review.


 

2 comments:

  1. I just saw this! Thank you for posting this on your blog! I received one of your giveaway invites and I wanted to offer you my "services" if and when you're even in need a new adult giveaway or sci fi. I can offer up either series for you since you're so great. Let me know and thanks again for sharing the love!

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    1. Wow! Thank you! Always a pleasure reading your work! :) Dianne

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