Review: Whatever It Takes by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker

whateverittakesTitle: Whatever It Takes
Author: Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
Published: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Erotic Romance
Pages: 90
Source: NetGalley
Rating: D
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads

India Parker has gotten to the point in her life where she accepts she will always be alone. All of that changes, however, when her best girlfriend asks her for help in catching her husband cheating on camera.

When India returns the camera, she comes across pictures of Devin, her friend’s twenty-three-year-old son. Only he’s not a boy anymore, and he wants to prove to India that he’s man enough for her.

Whatever It Takes was originally published in 2005 as part of the Kiss the Year Goodbye anthology. I absolutely love the cover of this novella. The model’s cheekbones are serious goals. I don’t think my contouring skills are good enough to even achieve a cheekbone look like that.

I’m always down for an older woman/younger man story. We don’t have enough of them so I was excited to read this novella. The fact that Devin is the son of India’s best friend is even better. It makes this story even more taboo. Imagine my disappointment that Whatever It Takes did not deliver the panty-melting sex scenes that I was hoping for.

There’s not much build up of the attraction between Devin and India. One day India shows up at her girlfriend’s house and Devin answers the door. There’s flirting and then next thing you know, Devin shows up at India’s house confessing that he’s always been attracted to her. Okay. So no history or build-up or flashback scenes to where they were in each other’s presence and fighting the attraction. We’re just gonna go with it. Got it.

The first time India and Devin have sex there was more telling than showing. We get a summary of what they did and where but weren’t privy to any of the details. I was disappointed. I need the juicy hot details! The nosey neighbor Mr. Marcus was comic relief that I found more annoying than funny. His part in the book was entirely too damn long. He could have been cut out and replaced him with some detailed sex scenes!

I’m all for women of all ages getting theirs but don’t throw romance and love into the mix and think that I’m going to believe it. As Devin and India’s relationship progressed, India started coming off as desperate. I would have preferred if the relationship stayed sexual and was just a short-term affair. I actually couldn’t see what they had in common where their sexual relationship would turn into a romance.

The novella was too short to fully flesh out the characters and their relationship. Since Whatever It Takes was originally published in 2005, it was very outdated. The one thing that stood out was the fact that India smoked a lot. In the year of 2017, it’s rare that the main character, especially a woman, would be written as a heavy smoker. It’s unattractive. I wish the novella had been updated to be more current. It felt like I was in a time machine and not in a good way.

Ratin : D



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