Whatever It Takes by L. Maretta

Whatever It Takes


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.


I was looking forward to reading Whatever It Takes. It is not your normal romance since it starts off the day after Gavin admits he cheated on his wife Emma. I was curious to see if the author would be able to write it so that the couple would be able to work it out and get stronger or if this was the beginning of the end of the relationship.

Gavin cheated on his wife. It was just one night and it will never happen again according to him. He is happy in his marriage, he loves his wife, but it was just one mistake.

Emma was very happy with  her marriage. Everything was perfect. Gavin was the perfect guy, perfect marriage, perfect life. Until he cheated on her. She has panic attacks and anxiety disorders, and Gavin is the only one who can help her. He is the one who can calm her down. That whole part, where Emma needs Gavin to survive...they had a strange co-dependent relationship that did not seem good. I wish Emma would have learned through the book to be independent. I wish she could have been a little stronger and learned to deal with her anxiety by herself. I did like her chapters, her inner voice. It seemed realistic, I just wish she would have been a stronger person.

So the story is told from the present with some flashback chapters that I think are supposed to highlight how amazing Gavin and Emma's relationship is. How perfect Gavin is. Really those flashback chapters made me dislike Gavin more that I did initially. Also, it was like just a bunch of sexy time. It was not good. Like one of the early flashbacks Gavin is lame, then he is all sorry I love you, let's have sexy time. It was just...it did not make me see how wonderful he was. It did not make me see how great their relationship is and why Emma would fight to save it. It just didn't work and I didn't want to read all the sex when I didn't even like the characters.

So what about the present chapters? As I said above I like Emma's thoughts and feelings. They seemed real for her so they were good. Gavin's reason for cheating? Super lame! Really when he tells Emma what happened I thought really? Why would you want to stay with this guy? Then when he digs deeper to see why he did it the reason that was revealed was absolutely ridiculous. I was just like come on. It was just so not good. Really the whole ending, how easy it was to fix everything, how quick it wrapped up, what they decided to do right afterwards, all of it was just not good. Not believable. It was just....I did not like it. I really wanted it to end differently. It was was an alright read if you skip the flashback chapters, but the ending just ruined it for me. Too easy, too unbelievable.

Rating: ★ ★

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