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All It Takes Paperback – June 28, 2015
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Ash made an awful mistake 5 years ago that had tragic consequences. He spend 5 years in jail paying for what he did and when he is released he learns that people in his small town and even his own family aren't very forgiving. Ash needs a job and Star needs help cleaning out her moms house.
I really loved this book. Both Star and Ash were fantastic characters and I loved the chemistry and friendship between them. This was a slow-build romance. There were some really serious parts of this story but there were also some funny moments as well. I like that this was told in dual pov because both Star and Ash were such interesting characters. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by this author!
So things get good really fast. I liked the way she never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue, but the minute she gets there is struck by a former friend. The diner houses a few very opinionated idiots who cause drama where Star doesnt need it. The other lead enters
Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison comes into the diner and blah blah
She encounters him....blah blah
Here is where the serious issues are. So many reveals are added in small does except for the reason behind the hoarding. WOW it was big!! It is a meaningful issue that I know people will enjoy. The plot is well put together. The story is unique as is the relationship between Star and her friends from college, Ash and the people in Avenue.
Overall PLEASE read this one it will not disappoint you.
I do agree with the other reviewers, though... this could've been a 5 star for me if the ending was more.... complete. I wanted to see some follow-up with the couple. There's a lot of unanswered questions/issues for them, there's no justice for their "accident (??! Really??), and I he stuff with his parents was a little TOO easy for me. Not once did anyone apologize for anything (his parents were kind of harsh with no good explanation- not even though love and I thought it was weird that they magically forgot any of it happened)
But, despite the unsatisfactory ending, it really was a good story and I enjoyed reading it.
Gosh, I just really don't know where to start ... I have so many things to cover. I'll just start at the beginning of the book and then work through my list from there. Whew. I think that the first thing that really bothered me with this one was how Star and Ash just kept talking about how hot or sexy the other one was. Yeah, this sounds like no biggie, right? I'm all for appreciating someone's appearance. I'm even for saying it repeatedly but this was just completely excessive. It was ALL THE TIME. The "he's so hot" and "she's so hot" shallow nonsense became old very quickly. It made the story seem as shallow as the characters were.
Another thing... I cuss. More than any lady should. Hell, more than any person should. This Houston traffic has brought on a potty mouth for me like I never imagined. But Ash's character cussed all the time. ALL THE TIME. It was every other word at times and mostly at times when it was just unnecessary. Do people really talk like this? Of course, I'm sure there are but they sound like idiots. A few well-placed f-bombs are great. It doesn't need to happen this much though. And if I (someone who curses all the damn time) has a problem with it, I know that people who hardly ever cuss are going to have a serious problem with it. Again, it just took away from the story and made it seem shallow.
The town that the story takes place in is just ... weird. It's like it takes place in The Twilight Zone or Wayward Pines. It was sooo weird. Yeah, this story is in a small town. Is everyone nosy in a small town? Does everyone know what everyone else is doing in a small town? Sure. But there was this one part that was just weird as s*** and out of left field. It felt like it didn't even belong in the story. I have an advance copy of the novel and that's why I can't say what the scene was ... it may end up getting taken out of the final copy and I really hope that it does because it detracts from the story.
All in all, this was an okay book ... the characters didn't seem very authentic and almost confused because their personalities didn't match up with how they were described. I didn't feel one iota of connection to anyone within these pages. It's sad. I can't stand not liking a book and I really, really hate having to say less than flattering things about something that someone has worked so hard on but ... it is what it is.
* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
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