Whatever It Takes (Bad Reputation Duet, #1)
​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. ​ Whatever It Takes is the first book in the Bad Reputation Duet and can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca's other novels.

Whatever It Takes (Bad Reputation Duet, #1) Details

TitleWhatever It Takes (Bad Reputation Duet, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 21st, 2020
PublisherK.B. Ritchie
Rating
GenreNew Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Whatever It Takes (Bad Reputation Duet, #1) Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars I was bookish and quiet. He was rebellious and misunderstood. Guys like him usually didn’t fall for girls like me. But here we were. Willow and Garrison… gah! This is one of those stories I’ve wanted for forever. I am the biggest ‘Addicted’ fan. It’s my favorite series ever and Lily and Loren Hale are my #1 favorite book couple. So it’s a given I’d want to read Lo’s sister Willow’s story. This one gave me so many feels and kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely love the bad 5 stars I was bookish and quiet. He was rebellious and misunderstood. Guys like him usually didn’t fall for girls like me. But here we were. Willow and Garrison… gah! This is one of those stories I’ve wanted for forever. I am the biggest ‘Addicted’ fan. It’s my favorite series ever and Lily and Loren Hale are my #1 favorite book couple. So it’s a given I’d want to read Lo’s sister Willow’s story. This one gave me so many feels and kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely love the bad boy/good girl troupe and I can’t wait to get to part 2! Whatever It Takes is told in alternating past and present chapters and follows the POV of both Willow and Garrison. The past chapters show Garrison when he is at his lowest. The Garrison we first met in the ‘Addicted’ series. He was a delinquent with an unsavory home life who could relate to Loren Hale in ways he never imagined. Willow has just found out she’s Loren Hale’s sister and goes to Philly to find him. It’s clear that Loren Hale changed both of their lives for the better. For their senior year of high school, Willow and Garrison become friends. They’re going to the same school and Willow becomes Garrison’s girl. Oh the 'My Girl’ references had me swooning. I loved these past chapters so much. Watching these two go from friends to more was great, and it was the most delicious slow burn. Our relationship moved slow from the start. Like the slowest I’ve ever had. And there wasn’t one day where I wanted to press fast-forward and speed up. The present chapters take place when Willow is in college overseas and Garrison is still in Philly working with Conner Cobalt. Things aren’t easy for them being apart, but they are willing to do the long distance thing. They love each other and want to make it work no matter what. Garrison knows how much easier it is for Willow outside of Philly. She’s not hounded like she is in the states. Being Lo’s sister comes with a lot of media attention. I never grow tired of the bad boy/damaged boy finding the girl who helps heal him. It is one of those story lines I devour. Garrison Abbey is my kind of hero. I loved him. I loved how much he loved Willow and did whatever he could to make her happy. Some of his story was hard to read about, but it’s a good thing that he got away from his family and now has the Hale’s. Plus… Loren Hale! I know he’s mentioned like 20 times in this review, but as my favorite book boyfriend, it bears repeating that we get lots of Lo in this book!My heart is so full right now. This story hooked me from the start and never let go. It’s part 1 of a duet and there is a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing too awful. And lets be honest, if you’ve read the ‘Addicted’ series, you know how Willow & Garrison end, you just don’t know how they get there. I can’t wait to find out. Krista & Becca Ritchie wrote another amazing book with Whatever it Takes. It’s got so much heart and I couldn’t have loved it more! “We always have each other.”
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I truly never thought I’d see the day where we finally get Willow and Garrison’s much-awaited full story!!! I am beyond happy and grateful Krista & Becca Ritchie have finally given it to us – at least the first part. Luckily, book two of the Bad Reputation Duet is out only a week after Whatever It Takes! This is a new adult romance that’s a spinoff of the Addicted series, though you don’t have to read the original to understand this duet. But if you are a fan of the Addicted world and all I truly never thought I’d see the day where we finally get Willow and Garrison’s much-awaited full story!!! I am beyond happy and grateful Krista & Becca Ritchie have finally given it to us – at least the first part. Luckily, book two of the Bad Reputation Duet is out only a week after Whatever It Takes! This is a new adult romance that’s a spinoff of the Addicted series, though you don’t have to read the original to understand this duet. But if you are a fan of the Addicted world and all its fantastic characters, you’ll want to get your hands on WIT immediately!Originally, Willow and Garrison’s beginning was released on Wattpad, and it was such an adorable, wholesome new adult romance. We have two complete opposites who connect over their loneliness and bond over all things nerdy like comic books. In Whatever It Takes, we do get to see those original chapters again. The book is told in past and present POVs, so the past chapters are mainly made up of what we’d read on Wattpad, which I honestly didn’t mind reading again. We get to see how Willow and Garrison first meet alongside their present-day, long-distance relationship and how they deal with living across an ocean from each other. It was an interesting contrast to read about their relationship at two different points – one being sweet, slow, romantic, and the other full of longing and little bit of heartbreak.I loved being back in this world. I enjoyed Garrison and Willow’s story so much, but I LOVED seeing the Calloways, Hales, Cobalts, and Meadows again. Seeing the Core 6 in their element made my heart sing. But don’t worry, if you haven’t read any of the original books, I don’t think you’ll feel lost. It’s just an amazing cast of secondary characters 😉If you enjoy NA romances, WIT is a must read. There are parts that are set in college, a first love between a bad boy and a good girl, and a little bit of angst. It was just a great first book in this duet and I’m dying to get my hands on Wherever You Are!Ebook: https://amzn.to/37gYwZLPaperback: https://amzn.to/2ttCuEx
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this just made it so glaringly obvious how much I MISS the first generation....... sigh
  • tai
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this! I have been wanting a Willow and Garrison book ever since I read Addicted a few years back, and it felt like a dream when the authors announced it. I admit I was a bit scared when we started to get closer to the release since their most recent releases have left something to be desired for me, but I am so glad this one did not disappoint!Here a few things I loved about this:- I enjoyed the past/present chapters! I noticed it wasn't something a lot of people enjoyed, but I absolutely loved this! I have been wanting a Willow and Garrison book ever since I read Addicted a few years back, and it felt like a dream when the authors announced it. I admit I was a bit scared when we started to get closer to the release since their most recent releases have left something to be desired for me, but I am so glad this one did not disappoint!Here a few things I loved about this:- I enjoyed the past/present chapters! I noticed it wasn't something a lot of people enjoyed, but i genuinely did. I read the web series back in 2017, and I never fully reread it, so I had forgotten a lot of it and it didn't really feel like I wasn't reading new stuff. I remembered just bits and pieces, and I do feel like that helped me enjoy the flashbacks so much! I am excited for more of those in the next book, and I hope we get a bit more of Loren and Garrison interactions, I have always loved their connection!- Which brings me to another thing I enjoyed: Garrison. He is for sure a younger version of Lo, his struggles remind me so much of how Lo felt in the beginning of the series. We've seen how much he grows through Lo's POV but I can't wait to see that in his POV!- Willow was also such a delight to read about. I relate so much to her when it comes to her being shy and not having many friends in the beginning, but I loved seeing how much she flourished and grew when she moved to London. She got out of her comfort zone and made friends, and I know how hard that can be. I admire her so much for it!-Lastly, Gillow. I've always rated them as 2nd on my favorite addicted ships list. But this just solidified that for me. I just absolutely love them. They are perfect for each other, and made me so happy!- I loved seeing one of my favorite friendships more in this: Daisy and Willow. And like I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I hope we see more of Lo and and Garrison, and even more Lo and Willow, in the next book!-Ok, actually lastly this time, but I loved the present chapters. I'm a fan of angst and their long distance definitely delivered on that!
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  • Sarah/DragonflyReads
    January 1, 1970
    You guys, I’ve been waiting for Garrison and Willow’s story for literally years and the Ritchie sisters brought it! Garrison and Willow are essentially outcasts to their friends and family. Polar opposites but misunderstood by others. Their shared love of fandoms and geekery brings them together as best friends and soulmates. MAN OH MAN did I need this story! Garrison and Willow are dynamic, explosive, star-crossed perfection. *and by explosive I mean that my heart exploded while reading this You guys, I’ve been waiting for Garrison and Willow’s story for literally years and the Ritchie sisters brought it! Garrison and Willow are essentially outcasts to their friends and family. Polar opposites but misunderstood by others. Their shared love of fandoms and geekery brings them together as best friends and soulmates. MAN OH MAN did I need this story! Garrison and Willow are dynamic, explosive, star-crossed perfection. *and by explosive I mean that my heart exploded while reading this angsty goodness. Whatever It Takes is the absolutely perfect jumping off point for new readers of Krista and Becca Ritchie. It seems like you’ve either read all of their books or they’re new-to-you authors. This book, though a spin-off, reads as its own start of a duet without leaving you wondering about other characters. And now we only have to wait one week for the conclusion to their what is sure to be epic duet! BBL, swooning forever.
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  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    January 1, 1970
    Rate: +5/ 5 starsI feel so happy and giddy and just blessed. I always wished I'd get to see these two's story from their own POVs and wow it was so much more than I'd ever imagined. We see so much of the core six, I could cry about how much that makes me happy. Yes, it's mostly moments we've lived from their eyes before but now getting to see them from the other side is just so precious. Every Lo and Willow moment had me close to freaking tears, specially when Willow officially meets him. My ➳ Rate: +5/ 5 starsI feel so happy and giddy and just blessed. I always wished I'd get to see these two's story from their own POVs and wow it was so much more than I'd ever imagined. We see so much of the core six, I could cry about how much that makes me happy. Yes, it's mostly moments we've lived from their eyes before but now getting to see them from the other side is just so precious. Every Lo and Willow moment had me close to freaking tears, specially when Willow officially meets him. My heart. Willow and Garrison's story is told in then and now chapters and I loved that so so much. We get to see the first time they met, which was not the moment I thought!! We get to see how they become best friends and each other's safe haven *eyes glistening* and then we get to see them working on their futures while doing a long distance relationship... oh man, it's so emotional reading about them missing each other and how distance emotionally and physically affects them. I feel so protective over these characters and boy they don't have it easy... they never did. Krista and Becca are truly capturing how hard a long distance relationship is... the time differences and how hard to talk they make it... the second guessing, the doubts and fears...boy did these two make my heart hurt. I feel so much for them and Willow will be in London for 4 freaking years, I doubt it will get any easier.Garrison completely tore my heart apart. There is so much going on inside his head... so much hate and self-loathing... I truly hope he gets some professional help to work through all that emotional heartache and anger.Willow, my sweet Willow. Gosh, she's so relatable... the social anxiety and awkwardness, the nerdiness. I am her, she is me. But despite all that, she is so brave and she slowly puts herself out there and makes some friends in a new country, all the while missing her family and boyfriend back home. I could also relate to that and it just made it hurt all the more whenever she talked about Garrison and her the core six. I cannot wait to read Wherever You Are. I honestly could have kept on reading about these two for days on end. I love them so much. My heart was SO full while reading Whatever It Takes, even with all the angst and emotion going on. I was just so happy to finally be reading about these two.➳ Paperback ARC kindly provided by Krista&Becca Ritchie, in exchange for an honest review. Again, thank you both so so much <3➳ Order at: Amazon UK ⁕ Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWillow and Garrison own my heart and soul. I've been waiting for this books foryears, I kid you not. As you can imagine, my expectations werehigh.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 4.5 starsWillow 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!~~~11/1/19:I'M SO EXCITED. Every day that passes my excitement grows.~~~I never thought I'd see these books. Willow & Garrison have been my favorite characters to come out of the Addicted World, and when their web series was cancelled I was crushed. The fact that we are now getting TWO books on them (when I didn't even think we'd get the one) makes me so happy <3We are about to get KBs softest couple and I can't wait.
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  • Lanie
    January 1, 1970
    must protect Garrison Abbey at all cost!!
  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsReunited and it feels so good!!It seems like it has been ages since I've immersed myself with the Hale and Co. clan, so it is no surprise that it was hard to wipe the smile off my face while reading Willow and Garrison's story. Especially when Loren Hale himself graced the pages (he is STILL one of my top 5 BBFs after 5+ years, an impressive feat)!This story is told both POVs of the main characters, and in two timelines.PastIn the past, we learn the backstory of how Willow and Garrison 4.5 StarsReunited and it feels so good!!It seems like it has been ages since I've immersed myself with the Hale and Co. clan, so it is no surprise that it was hard to wipe the smile off my face while reading Willow and Garrison's story. Especially when Loren Hale himself graced the pages (he is STILL one of my top 5 BBFs after 5+ years, an impressive feat)!This story is told both POVs of the main characters, and in two timelines.PastIn the past, we learn the backstory of how Willow and Garrison first meet and slowly get to know one another. Both are in a crossroads in their lives, so it made sense that they were drawn together.- Willow, as you may already know from reading books in the Addicted series (not required) has recently learned that Loren is her brother, and she leaves her mother in Maine to get to know him. Given her introverted personality it seems odd she'd want to surround herself with a group of celebrities all the ills that are part of that status. But I think she was just looking to escape a home where she was never fully appreciated or loved.- Garrison, as the synopsis details, it the ultimate bad boy. Drugs, alcohol and pranks on Hale and Co. have gotten him into trouble more than once. But Loren seems something in Garrison, something relatable, and welcomes Garrison into their world. Given that Garrison hates his home life with his abusive brothers and has recently been shunned by his "friends", he welcomes the change of surroundings.With time, Willow and Garrison find comfort with each other, a compatibility that begins with friendship but quickly morphs to something more. I thought they were a perfect fit."I've decided that I'd do whatever it takes to be the person I want to be and not what everyone else wants me to be, even if it means hurting some people i love along the way."PresentIn these chapters, which alternate with the past, the now couple is forced to adjust to their time apart in a long-distance relationship, with Willow in England for school and Garrison still in Philadelphia. There are some insecurities between them, afraid that the other doesn't miss them as much. However, with the dual POVs, we know that isn't the case and that their love hasn't faded with distance, and I never doubted that their love was real.The biggest challenge for this couple is how to manage their personally issues when the other isn't around to help them. This was most evident with Garrison, who clearly has some personal demons he is trying to ignore. Without Willow around to support him, he seems to be spiraling. As this is part of a duet, it is no surprise that there was a cliffhanger. I personally feel like it is something the couple can overcome, but their separation won't make things easy. I'm eager to see how things play out in book two and being re-immersed in this world again. *An ARC was received for an honest review.For more reviews, visit
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  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**The time has come for Willow and Garrison to get their own books. If you have read the Addicted series, then you already know these two and some of their background story. But if you don't you'll still get pieces of it in this book. This book alternates between present and past (3 years ago). You'll be getting to see how these two met and how they ended up in the relationship they are in present. Both Willow and Garrison have things they are **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**The time has come for Willow and Garrison to get their own books. If you have read the Addicted series, then you already know these two and some of their background story. But if you don't you'll still get pieces of it in this book. This book alternates between present and past (3 years ago). You'll be getting to see how these two met and how they ended up in the relationship they are in present. Both Willow and Garrison have things they are dealing with. While Willow is bookish and quiet, Garrison is rebellious and misunderstood. Even though from the outside these two are the opposites, they also have a lot in common. I absolutely loved seeing them together and getting their love story finally told from their POV. I already know where they will end up but I don't know the road to their HEA. So I am super excited to finally go on the journey with them. This is a new adult romance and even if I usually don't tend to read this genre, I will never say no to a book written by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I loved seeing all the relationships grow, especially between Willow and her newfound family. Garrison doesn't think he is good enough, and his insecurities have him make some bad decisions. It was really heartbreaking how hard he was on himself. He and Willow just make a great couple, and they really complete each other. This book has no crazy drama, no stupid miscommunications. It just about two outcasts trying to find their way in the real world. I am proud of the growth they go through as individuals. These two are awesome and I loved this first book to the Bad Reputation Duet. The ending has me very anxious to get my hands on the next book.
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  • Bee
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSReading any Krista & Becca Ritchie book feels like coming home, and this book was not an exception.Those that have read the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series know all about Garrison and Willow and have been begging for their book for the longest time now. And it is finally here!This book was the cutest thing I have read for a while now. It is told in two parts, the past (when Willow and Garrison were 17) and the present, in which they are 20 years old. We finally get inside the 4.5 STARSReading any Krista & Becca Ritchie book feels like coming home, and this book was not an exception.Those that have read the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series know all about Garrison and Willow and have been begging for their book for the longest time now. And it is finally here!This book was the cutest thing I have read for a while now. It is told in two parts, the past (when Willow and Garrison were 17) and the present, in which they are 20 years old. We finally get inside the very reserved and shy Willow's head and we learn that under all the clumsiness lies a girl with a heart of gold and ironclad strength. Willow is thrust into the world of fame after meeting her famous brothers. It is then when our girl meets Garrison, our tortured bad boy with the terrible reputation. I'm cursed. It's just the way it is. And she doesn't need to share in this damn thing. Let's get one thing straight: I love Garrison to death. This misunderstood boy with the a terrible backstory finding finally someone who understands him... Man I was swooning in this book every two seconds. Sometimes swooning in pain as we got to see the awful things Garrison suffered in the hands of his older brothers. Though I have to say, I loved how the situation wasn't all black and white. I had so many mixed feelings about these scenes; I didn't know if I wanted to kill the brothers or put them in psych ward. On the other hand, Garrison's past and his family history are layered with thousands different shades of grey and the way KB wrote the scenes and his character, all the inner turmoil and conflicts he has just made sense.Krista and Becca - like always - honor these characters and their difficulties. They never undermine their problems and always treat each one with the very same care and love. And reading this book, I was beyond happy to see that they never made Willow or Garrison something they're not. We get what we were promised.The romance between Willow and Garrison was a slow burn, with a brewing angst and so much warmth and cuteness. The ending of the book ripped my heart out and I am dying for more! We got to see the whole core six and I actually teared up in some scenes because of how much I love them.All in all, this was another AMAZING book by Krista & Becca Ritchie. They never fail to amaze me with their words and stories and this one was not an exception. Can not, CAN NOT, wait for the second book!**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided by the authors. I can’t wrap my head around how awesome this book is and maybe I’m a bit biased because I literally waited years for this story. Willow and Garrison were first introduced in 2014 in Addicted After All (book 3 in the Addicted Series) and I’ve been hooked ever since! (Side note: we actually meet Willow in Addicted for Now, book 2 in the Addicted Series). I needed their story like I need air!!! My initial reaction below still stands – my entire life I’ve been ❤️ An ARC was provided by the authors. ❤️I can’t wrap my head around how awesome this book is and maybe I’m a bit biased because I literally waited years for this story. Willow and Garrison were first introduced in 2014 in Addicted After All (book 3 in the Addicted Series) and I’ve been hooked ever since! (Side note: we actually meet Willow in Addicted for Now, book 2 in the Addicted Series). I needed their story like I need air!!! My initial reaction below still stands – my entire life I’ve been waiting for this moment. I’m the happiest person on earth right now.Quick note: if you’ve read the web series and loved it, you’ll be happy to know that most of Parts 1 and 2 made it into Whatever It Takes. There were some deviations and changes, but nothing major. I will add that without Parts 3 and 4, we don’t get a lot of insight on Garrison, so you won’t see all of his struggles from his POV. This paints a different picture and really gives him more of the “troubled, misunderstood, bad boy persona.” This book does end on a cliffhanger but thankfully, book 2 releases soon after this one. I can’t wait till book 2 is released so I can get all of my questions answered and to hopefully tie it all together.Willow and Garrison are so precious. They are an unlikely pair: she’s the good girl - the shy wallflower, who’s never been kissed, and he’s the bad boy with a bad reputation; yet somehow, they work. The “us against the world” thing they’ve got going on is a little heartbreaking, but I love that they respect one another and how they care and look out for each other whenever the world takes a big dump on either one of them. I relate to Willow so much it’s almost scary. I feel like her thoughts are my thoughts exactly, even down to her actions and reactions to situations. She is honestly the most relatable character for me and I absolutely LOVE her. Get ready for another emotional ride from the Ritchie sisters. This one will twist your heart and have you begging for more. I’m so excited for the release of this book and I’m glad that book 2, Wherever You Are, is releasing only a week after! ------- INITIAL REACTION - July 22, 2019 -------I can't believe this is actually happening! I'm still wondering if I'll wake up and realize this was all a dream. Willow and Garrison's story started in the Addicted Series. In 2015, the authors were wonderful enough to give us more of their romance by giving us Willow and Garrison's web series. They started writing the web series and added to it when they had time. But then it stopped on Part Four in 2016 and they haven't added to it since. Little did we know that they actually finished not one, but TWO full length novels on Willow and Garrison's story!!!! I'm still in shock. Somebody pinch me.My Review of Wherever You Are
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Bad Reputation Duet :Whatever it Takes: Wherever You Are: TBDBlog | Twitter | Instagram |You can find my stop on the blog tour here. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. "We're utterly silent, but it's the kind that begins to slow my heartbeat. Silence and calmness, void of that aching loneliness." Ah! There's something so surreal about reading this one after so long. I've been waiting for Bad Reputation Duet :Whatever it Takes: ★★★★★Wherever You Are: TBDBlog | Twitter | Instagram |You can find my stop on the blog tour here. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. "We're utterly silent, but it's the kind that begins to slow my heartbeat. Silence and calmness, void of that aching loneliness." Ah! There's something so surreal about reading this one after so long. I've been waiting for this book, this series, for what feels like a decade. (Yes, that is an exaggeration. No, I don't regret being a drama queen.) To make things even more wild, I can't believe the dynamic duo allowed me the privilege to be a part of experiencing it in ARC form. Totally wild, but totally dreamy.Receiving the little blue package and note from the two has definitely made it into my favourite book blogging memories. To say this was special to me would be an understatement and given the rocky couple of years I've had, Whatever It Takes has become something of a light at the end of the tunnel for me. Much like the series' it spins off of, it's electrified something in my heart that is irreplaceable and so very wonderful.But, let's focus on the novel, shall we?Whatever It Takes truly has been a long time coming. No, really. Longtime readers of the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series have been anticipating an in depth development of the romance between fan favourite side characters, Willow Moore and Garrison Abbey, like me, for years.We know what the future holds for them--but we've never truly been able to see how it all started. Whatever It Takes gives us a front row seat and fleshes out their relationship in a way that is breathtaking.What you'll notice first, within the pages of Whatever It Takes, is a reminder as to why Krista and Becca Ritchie are so beloved in the romance community. Their writing is something that takes you away and has great meaning. It buries itself into your heart and soul; captivating you with realistic characters and engrossing you with their flaws and strengths. So, have no fear, readers! Whatever It Takes is quick to take on the traits that these two are known for and doesn't let us down for a single moment.The romance is steamy, the friendship is full of warmth, and the characters feel as real as you or me. Willow Moore/Hale and Garrison Abbey make solid, likable leads, finally having their time to shine in the spotlight. Their connection is almost instantaneous and sweet as it develops, definitely playing out the 'good girl, bad boy' trope without losing itself to it.We watch as Willow takes a new path in life by leaving her mother to find a home to call her own, the knowledge of a brother she never had the chance to know propelling her forward; we watch Garrison begin to grow from angsty bad boy, within an abusive environment, into the person he was always meant to be.The plotline is furthered by smart changes in POV and timelines, that create a sort of contrast in the narration. I loved the rotating timeline, the glimpses into their lives before, during and after they fell in love. Mostly, I loved the spark that came about anytime Willow and Garrison fell into each other. Seeing it in its early stages, exploring this relationship, feels like something truly special. I've always been fond of the two, and had a soft spot for their bond, but Whatever It Takes brings that fondness to an all-time high.You can expect the feeling of grin-until-your-cheeks-hurt humor, right alongside the swoon-worthy leads and the search for connections in life. You can expect flaws and mistakes. You can expect new faces just as often as familiar faces. You can expect aching romance. You can expect tough topics tackled.As always, the combination of plotlines and archetypes are graceful and well balanced. Whatever It Takes is Krista and Becca Ritchie at their finest and I can't wait to see the conclusion.
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    2 & s The blurb caught my full attention immediately, especially with the authors’ note saying that it’s not required to read previous novels. By 66% I was so dizzy and frustrated with all this back and forth, I came close to dnf it. The alternate sequence of past and present time did not have a good flow and wasn’t justified. I had the feeling that the authors simply placed in order the past time chapters among the present, as to create angst and intrigue. But these alternations were not 2 😤☹️ 🔙 & ➡️ ⭐️s The blurb caught my full attention immediately, especially with the authors’ note saying that it’s not required to read previous novels. By 66% I was so dizzy and frustrated with all this back and forth, I came close to dnf it. The alternate sequence of past and present time did not have a good flow and wasn’t justified. I had the feeling that the authors simply placed in order the past time chapters among the present, as to create angst and intrigue. But these alternations were not connected!!!! While I wanted desperately to read the story of Garrison and Willow, I was constrained to read as well the stories of the secondary characters. Why????? I didn’t want to read so many details of the others and be informed of how they or their relationships developed! If I had read the series of the secondary characters then I could have felt a connection and excitement. All things considered, the authors’ note didn’t convince me....
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  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    January 1, 1970
    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY--Oh Garrison, my heart. My heart hurts for you so much.People, I have been dying for this couple's story since the Ritchie's posted the Wattpad chapters about them. Before this book was a for sure thing and those were taken down, I read them several times over. There was just something special about the quiet, nerdy girl from Maine who learned she was Loren Hale's half-sister and took a leap of faith to meet him and move close to him to get to know I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY--Oh Garrison, my heart. My heart hurts for you so much.People, I have been dying for this couple's story since the Ritchie's posted the Wattpad chapters about them. Before this book was a for sure thing and those were taken down, I read them several times over. There was just something special about the quiet, nerdy girl from Maine who learned she was Loren Hale's half-sister and took a leap of faith to meet him and move close to him to get to know him. Something about the damaged, "bad boy" who you could tell had a heard of fucking gold but had been raised in a HORRIBLE household with shitty friends and just wanted more, more, more out of life. The way these two form a tentative friendship over Tumblr and other nerdy things called to me and I needed to know more. When we found out we'd be getting that, I was ecstatic.This book is told in a series of chapters set both in the present day with Willow going to school in London and Garrison working for Connor at Cobalt, Inc. and in the past with chunks of those very same chapters from Wattpad where the two first meet and get to know each other. Because I already knew *those* chunks, the ones that really got me were the present day chapters because that's when you can really see Garrison struggling. Let me just tell you, I pray to God that Loren and/or Ryke beat the shit out his brothers in the second book, I really do. My heart was in my throat every single time he interacted or even THOUGHT about them. Like I can just FEEL his inner self silently screaming, knowing that while they are his flesh and blood, they are the worst part of his life. I want to slap that mom across the face.ANYWAY, I can't wait to see more of their relationship actually starting romantically and I am so glad we don't have long to wait to see how things pick up with Garrison in the next book in the present day because my boy is hurting in more ways than one and I want to see the gang rally around him to help heal him. *sobs* THEY'VE DONE IT AGAIN, PEOPLE.Huge thanks to Krista and Becca Ritchie and to Kandi Kane PR for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review! ♥For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsPros:* Garrison and Willow are so fucking perfect and soft together and I loved it. * I also loved how even though Willow is anxious and awkward about sex, we see that she wants it and craves it. I feel like so much of her self-esteem, confidence issues stems from physical touch and how she has never really had any of that in any form her entire life and so in many ways it affects her relationships with the people around her. She definitely still needs to grow into herself when it comes 4.5 starsPros:* Garrison and Willow are so fucking perfect and soft together and I loved it. * I also loved how even though Willow is anxious and awkward about sex, we see that she wants it and craves it. I feel like so much of her self-esteem, confidence issues stems from physical touch and how she has never really had any of that in any form her entire life and so in many ways it affects her relationships with the people around her. She definitely still needs to grow into herself when it comes to feeling comfortable about sex since she won’t/feels to anxious to even touch Garrison (view spoiler)[(oral, hand job, etc) (hide spoiler)] but I think that will come to her as they are more physical together and also she becomes more comfortable with herself and is able to stop overthinking everything to such a degree that she freezes the moment she touches him. * I love that Willow had friends in London and that through that we got some great diversity! POC characters and two female gay characters(not specified in the book whether either of them are lesbian, bisexual, etc) that are in a super cute relationship together! I loved Willow's life in London I really wish we got more of it and I wish that Garrison could be a part of it (even though I know that's not how their love story went but I wish he could be a part of it because she's living an amazing life over there and it made me so happy seeing her come out of her shell). * I love the juxtaposition between Willow and Garrison’s lives throughout the book. It was really heartbreaking seeing how sad and alone Garrison feels and how Willow feels the same but yet they are handling it in two different ways. Garrison is really struggling with life at this point and he’s so focused on not ruining Willow’s life or chances in London that it’s kinda putting a gap in their relationship. Garrison’s self-loathing for himself is heart-breaking and I can only hope we see an extensive character arc for him in the next book.Cons: * This book was sooo short. Like, depressingly short. I could not believe that it was over when I’d only started reading like 3 hours ago. It felt like I’d just started and didn’t even get into the meat of the story and it was over. Which ok, I know it’s a duology but this felt different. It felt like there needed to be more in book one because it ended when there could’ve been more development, more substance so that readers are getting more background and more from their present day. When I think about it, nothing really happened in this book. We barely scratched the surface on how they first met and went from strangers to friends to more. In fact from the past chapters we were just getting to them being friends. I just think about people who may go into this and not know anything about this world and I truly cannot see them enjoying this book the way I or anyone who has read their previous series would. *I wish that there weren't "past" and "present" chapters and that it wasn't the way it was set up. Now to be fair, I don't typically like books that go back and forth to begin with but with this one I couldn't help but think it would've been better to the overall story and help it feel more cohesive if the first book focused on their high school years and leading up to London and then the second book was London plus everything after. The past chapters didn't really connect with what was going on in the present and so it just kept taking me out of what was happening in the previous chapter. * I’m really worried that the next book won’t be long enough to give us EVERYTHING we’ve been waiting for. This book was just so short and only covers a few months when I was hoping we’d at least get 4 years of their relationship in college and if we don’t get that and everything that comes with it (the development of Garrison’s character as well as Willow becoming more confident in who she is, etc) I’m going to be seriously disappointed. There were so many scenes that I've been waiting years to read in their POV not to mention so many little questions and curiosities I've had about their relationship and I'm really worried I won't get all the scenes I wanted. This doesn't really play a part in my rating, per se but it does play into why I feel like this book could've been longer because this is like maybeeee20% of their story and we only have one book left to get the other 80% of their romance and...yeah. I'm worried. I really am so happy that I read this and I'm so happy that we finally got Garrison and Willow's book. And I definitely can't wait to read the second part of their love story!
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  • agustina ♓
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn't what I thought, wich is my own fault of course, but still... nothing happened until right at the end and even tho I didn't hate it, I didn't love this either.I've only read Maximoff's books from K&B so I'm not super into this whole famous family thing, but if you read the Addicted series and the Like Us series you would probably like this more than me.Not sure if I'm gonna read the next book...
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  • flavia
    January 1, 1970
    This was on the list of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m so sad it didn’t turn out to be as good as I expected it to be. I love Willow and Garrison with all my heart and I was so excited when the author announced their duology since we only had the web series when it came to content of them. I could not wait to get my hands on their book and I was happily waiting to get the story they deserved and I know there’s still one book to come out but… the authors didn’t to them justice.The ☆☆☆This was on the list of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m so sad it didn’t turn out to be as good as I expected it to be. I love Willow and Garrison with all my heart and I was so excited when the author announced their duology since we only had the web series when it came to content of them. I could not wait to get my hands on their book and I was happily waiting to get the story they deserved and I know there’s still one book to come out but… the authors didn’t to them justice.The book didn’t really have a plot to be honest and I think the main problem comes from how the book was structured chronologically. At first I thought that the whole ‘present day’ vs ‘back then’ thing would work out since we’re talking about Gillow but… it didn’t. The main reason being that the content from their past was not new, the whole past Gillow moments came from the web series that were posted back in the day. I thought we will get new content like Gillow’s first kiss or that time Garrison asked Willow to prom since her date cancelled at the last moment. I think I would have overlooked that if the content of the present was better but we barely got to really see them working out thought their long-distance relationship.When it comes to the characters I didn’t really see them grow into the people they are “now”. On one hand, I feel like Garrison is in the same place during the whole ‘present day’ part. What I mean by this is that his chapters are kind of repetitive and it makes me feel like the authors didn’t want to let him develop. We do know that he is definitely different from the past, but we don’t get to see him changing. On the other hand, Willow seems to have grown into a braver person, pushing herself to do things like make friends and be social. I really REALLY love them both and I was suffering through the whole book because of how they wanted to be with each other but the authors didn’t make them justice AT ALL.I would have loved to get a glimpse into how they grew closer, their first kiss, their first conversation about being together… In exchange we got half a book really since the other half (past Gillow) we already knew about and is really unfair because their characters are so interesting and their backgrounds too.It pains me to give their book such a low rating but when it comes to content and writing style and everything, I cannot give it more. I really hope the next book has so much more of them since the first one ended with that cliff-hanger, but I really don’t know how the authors are going to manage to give us the rest of their story.
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  • jordane
    January 1, 1970
    3/5 stars for garrison and willowI just want to say that I love them sooooo much, they are the softest and I want to protect garrison with my whole heart
  • konstantina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5after reading that ending I'm just gonna say that garrison is the softest boy I know and he should be protected and no I will not elaborate
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5* Whatever It Takes was my first introduction to Garrison and Willow, well except for that very brief mention in the Like Us series when it’s requested of Garrison to pick up a wedding ring.I’ve not read the Addicted or Calloway series yet, nor did I read this story when it was on Wattpad, so everything was new to me- and now I really can't wait to go back and read those series! Some thoughts I jotted down while reading- Garrison’s brothers are assholes!Baby Maximoff!!!“Bravery exists 4.5* Whatever It Takes was my first introduction to Garrison and Willow, well except for that very brief mention in the Like Us series when it’s requested of Garrison to pick up a wedding ring.I’ve not read the Addicted or Calloway series yet, nor did I read this story when it was on Wattpad, so everything was new to me- and now I really can't wait to go back and read those series! Some thoughts I jotted down while reading- Garrison’s brothers are assholes!Baby Maximoff!!!“Bravery exists somewhere inside of her. She just needs to remember that.”My heart is clenching while Garrison reads Willow’s answers to the Tumblr questionnaire.Ugh, my heart hurts for Garrison, I want him to have friends! He makes me so sad.FUCK HIS BROTHERS!!!No seriously, FUCK HIS BROTHERS.His family is awful.Why are his brothers such dicks?!?What is wrong with his family???Ugh, that hug- making me cry.*I'm going to have to seriously edit this for Amazon!Man did Willow and Garrison tug at all the heartstrings! Both during the present chapters and the ones set in the past. They each have pretty crappy family lives, so it was awesome to see Willow and Garrison embrace each other, and be embraced by Loren and Ryke, and the rest of the "core six". I loved seeing the relationships grow, especially Willow and Garrison's- they were 2 people who really needed each other. My poor heart broke for both 17yo Garrison and 20yo Garrison. I didn't understand his family, at all- they made me so angry, if you couldn't tell from my ramblings above. I felt so sad for him, he was troubled but such a sweetheart. He was so wonderful with Willow- you could just feel how much he cared. Willow was a sweetheart as well- these two really were made for each other. While I felt sad for Garrison, I felt really bad for Willow when it came to her family. Finding out that pretty much everything you knew about yourself was a lie, well that would be a lot to take let alone finding this out when you're just a teen-ager. I have to hand it to Willow though, she was so brave. She might not have thought she was, but I tip my hat to her!While certain parts of this story were definitely angsty, I'm looking at you Garrison's brothers and you, last chapter, overall I feel like this was a really heart-warming story. I've loved Willow and Garrison's journey so far, and I cannot wait to see what is to come for them!
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  • zaira
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5/5
  • Hanna's Book Obsession
    January 1, 1970
    {I have received this as an ARC in exchange for an Honest review}Reading this book over these past two days has been absolutely wonderful. I read it slowly because I did not want it to end. Willow and Garrison are absolutely amazing. This is a book that I have been dying for. It was everything I wanted and so much more. This story is so different from other new adult romance’s out there. It starts off with a bang. Once you pick up this bad boy and his girl you will not want to put them down. {I have received this as an ARC in exchange for an Honest review}Reading this book over these past two days has been absolutely wonderful. I read it slowly because I did not want it to end. Willow and Garrison are absolutely amazing. This is a book that I have been dying for. It was everything I wanted and so much more. This story is so different from other new adult romance’s out there. It starts off with a bang. Once you pick up this bad boy and his girl you will not want to put them down. Garrison is a tortured soul calling out for help. Willow is a wallflower who is daring to be brave. Together they are just what each other needs. Willow and Garrison are made for each other and even though they struggle they still fight for their love. This story is full of emotions and angst. It will captivate you and make you feel. I promise you that Garrison and Willow will steal your hearts. I can not wait to read part 2 “Wherever You Are”. This one ends so good and has me craving more. I am absolutely in Love with this story. If you have never read a KBR book before this is an amazing place to start!!“We are going to make this work, Willow. Because you’re my girl, and that’s not going to change.” P.S. This book is about two side characters in the “Addicted/ Calloway Sisters” Series but you do not have to read that series to enjoy Willow and Garrison’s story.
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  • Abeera
    January 1, 1970
    “So if someone asks you about me, you’ll say to them…?”“She’s my girl.” He says it with sincerity and threat, like don’t mess with her. He takes a hand off the steering wheel and catches my gaze once. “Yeah?”
  • ☆ sana ☆
    January 1, 1970
    not gonna lie, this turned out to be a lot better than i expected from kbr at this point.
  • Alyssa Summer
    January 1, 1970
    It is no secret that I love the Addicted crew and that I screamed when I saw we would finally get a standalone story for the softest couple that ever lived. To say I was excited about this would be the understatement of the year. Did I love reading this? yes. but it was seriously lacking with the little to no plot or character/couple development happening. I think the dual timeline really did a disservice to the couple because if this is *truly* supposed to work as a standalone, it seemed very It is no secret that I love the Addicted crew and that I screamed when I saw we would finally get a standalone story for the softest couple that ever lived. To say I was excited about this would be the understatement of the year. Did I love reading this? yes. but it was seriously lacking with the little to no plot or character/couple development happening. I think the dual timeline really did a disservice to the couple because if this is *truly* supposed to work as a standalone, it seemed very weak in terms of plot/relationship/character development. I know this romance/couple is a "friends-to-lovers" type of relationship based on what I have read in the Addicted/Calloway books, but I cannot imagine I would come to the same conclusion if I was learning about their relationship through this book alone. (if you can't tell this is one of my biggest pet-peeves when it comes to companion novels/spin-off series !!! ) The flipping made both timelines feel fragmented and therefore weakened. I feel that the majority of my love for this couple still comes from the crumbs I got throughout the original books. This felt more like a compilation of bonus stories/extended scenes that would show up on an author's website or holiday email short story. Again, I still enjoyed this and I will always take anything I can get with these characters.I left this book feeling happy but I cannot imagine how I would feel if I truly read this as a stand-alone without the content this couple got throughout the original series. In 100% transparency, I am sure I would be confused and severely underwhelmed because nothing was too memorable about this even with the love I hold for the couple. I feel like we got no real moments between Willow and Garrison!! I am really hoping book two brings some stronger development, emotions, connection and character/couple moments!! Overall it was enjoyable for someone who loves this world and these characters but I can't help but admit my slight disappointment :/
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  • fatin
    January 1, 1970
    full review now up on my blog! 3.5 stars. willow and garrison are adorable together but i wish the book weren't arranged in such a way that the past and present chapters are weaved together. i wish there was more build up to their relationship because it felt a liiiiitle rushed. rtc maybe? ✨ full review now up on my blog! ✨3.5 stars. willow and garrison are adorable together but i wish the book weren't arranged in such a way that the past and present chapters are weaved together. i wish there was more build up to their relationship because it felt a liiiiitle rushed. rtc maybe?
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  • Lula Grayson
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC provided by the authors***Krista and Becca Ritchie did it again.But in the process they broke my heart into million pieces.Some of us that have read the webseries -years ago- knew some things about their story.I did not expected him to be so angsty, so emotional and so broken inside. Or I did, not that deep. Not that strong feelings.You think Loren, Ryke and Connor sat the bar high, but actually, Garrison Abbey did it.This book is definitely, without a doubt, one of my most anticipated ***ARC provided by the authors***★★★★★★★★★Krista and Becca Ritchie did it again.But in the process they broke my heart into million pieces.Some of us that have read the webseries -years ago- knew some things about their story.I did not expected him to be so angsty, so emotional and so broken inside. Or I did, not that deep. Not that strong feelings.You think Loren, Ryke and Connor sat the bar high, but actually, Garrison Abbey did it.This book is definitely, without a doubt, one of my most anticipated books of the year.Willow is a girl from a small town in Maine that founds out she has a brother in Philadelphia, being that brother no one less than world-wide famous Loren Hale. At the age of seventeen, she decides to go find her brother and have a relationship with him, or at least try to found him. She is absolutely shy, loves internet and fangirls a lot. While getting to know her brother/s in a new and big city, she meets Garrison Abbey.Garrison is the bad boy next door. The troubled kid. The one who pranked and vandalized over and over again her brother's Loren Hale's house.Garrison wasn't exactly popular, but after something his group of friends did to Loren's house he is definitely non-popular at the school she'll go with Willow. He is lonely, but doesn't like to be alone or isn't used to.Both of them start as a friends, and the relationship develops from there.We have two timelines, one at age of 17, and the other -present time- at 20/21.At 20/21 Willow is in college, in London. But Garrison stays in Philadelphia, working for Cobalt Inc.They are trying to stay active, both of them trying not to think about how much they miss the other, but they are really working on staying together -that's how much they love them, and in all honesty, is the real relationship #goals-.They love each other, they keep their relationship long-distance (with a lot of love through messages, through sexy or not Skype, through videos and basically through the strong love they have for each other).The last few chapters -okay, I cried some at the beginning- are heartbreaking. You feel Garrison's pain, but also feel for Willow because at least I relate in a lot of ways with her.This book is beautiful, nothing like Krista and Becca have written before, but definitely with their soul and their unique signature. Is sweet, is something that you can feel in your bones, deep in your soul, and makes you feel the need curl in a fetal position in your bed, wishing them all the love in every universe and every dimension.Can not wait for book 2 in the Bad Reputation Duet: Wherever You Are
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  • simran
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book made me feel like I was cocooned in my fave comfy blanket and sipping hot chocolate on a rainy day! It's that warm and beautiful! Can I just start this review by saying how much I missed these characters? I love love love core 6 and gillow so much! I had high expectations from this book because I had already read the web series and it was one the most cutest things ever! This book gives us dual timelines about garrison and willow in the past when they started out as friends and Reading this book made me feel like I was cocooned in my fave comfy blanket and sipping hot chocolate on a rainy day! It's that warm and beautiful! Can I just start this review by saying how much I missed these characters? I love love love core 6 and gillow so much! I had high expectations from this book because I had already read the web series and it was one the most cutest things ever! This book gives us dual timelines about garrison and willow in the past when they started out as friends and another one where they're already dating and in love.I loved reading how garrison and willow care about each other, it's just so pure and wholesome... I was smiling through out this book cause cuteness overload! garrison always making sure that willow is comfortable and trying to ease her anxiety and willow always letting garrison know how he's a good person and deserves the world just makes my heart melt... these two are one of the softest relationship I've ever read about! The small snippets of young core 6 just made me realize how much I miss them and their dynamics and need more of it! The ONLY complain I have about this book is that it's too short... I want more gillow and core 6 moments... here's hoping we get them in the next book! can't wait for the wherever you are!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Angst, family (by choice & blood), lots of angst, & growing love from friendshipThis was my first read by these authors. I know it's book one of a duet (yay, I love duets.), so no HEA...yet. Willow and Garrison met through a series of random circumstances when they are 17. She's the shy, awkward, geeky girl. He's the broody, angsty bad boy. They become friends. He takes her under his wing when she ends up in Philadelphia. Both of their lives changed by the same man, her brother Loren Angst, family (by choice & blood), lots of angst, & growing love from friendshipThis was my first read by these authors. I know it's book one of a duet (yay, I love duets.), so no HEA...yet. Willow and Garrison met through a series of random circumstances when they are 17. She's the shy, awkward, geeky girl. He's the broody, angsty bad boy. They become friends. He takes her under his wing when she ends up in Philadelphia. Both of their lives changed by the same man, her brother Loren Hale. They are there for each other. They both discover new things about themselves because of each other. Garrison goes from being the rich popular guy to being the outcast because he rocked the boat. Willow starts to spread her wings since she ran away. The book bounces between the past and the present (them at 17 vs 20). Giving the details that explain the angst of the present. In the present they are trying to maintain a long distance relationship. A long long distance. He's back in Philadelphia and she's in London. She's coming into her own and making friends. He, on the other hand, is isolating himself, except there are those around him (her brother & friends) trying to bring him out of his cave. In the past, we see them shortly before they meet and after and all the circumstances that have led them to this point.They both shy away from the fame adjacent life they have now. But they adore each other. But can it work? Especially when one of you thinks they don't deserve anything good. This is not a happy uplifting read. I loved it! I adore angst though, so that is no big surprise. And Garrison has a lot of angst. And now I am impatiently waiting for the second book!!!!I received a review copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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