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Whatever It Takes

Bad Reputation, Book 1
Series: Bad Reputation, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs
Categories: Romance
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Summary

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 heard and enjoyed without listening to any of Krista & Becca's other novels.

©2020 K.B. Ritchie (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Morgan Kindle Customer
  • 18-06-20

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I absolutely loved this audiobook! I've been waiting a long time for this book to come out in audio format, and it was well worth the wait. Both narrators did an amazing job with this audiobook and I'm looking forwards to listening to book 2. This is my first time listening to an audiobook narrated by Charlotte North and I thought she did a wonderful job with Willow's character. I've listened to Cooper North a couple of times before with M/M books, but this was my first time listening to him in an M/F romance type of book. I thought he did a wonderful job and was absolutely perfect for Garrison. *Spoilers* -storyline- I've read this book before a couple of times, so that might be why I don't have a whole lot to say about it besides my love for the narration. (Never mind about that, I apparently do have quite a bit to say about this book). This is the first time that I've read and listened to this book after I've read and listened to the Addicted and Callaway Sisters series. I did go back to Addicted After All to reread a couple of scenes from Lo and Lily's point of view, just as a reminder to see what was going on in their heads. Like with the scene when Lo offered Garrison and his former friends a job and when Lily hired Garrison. I also found it interesting just how different Garrison and Willow's point of view are of each other compared to how they think of themselves. Willow thinks of Garrison as a very kind and wonderful person, while Garrison thinks he's a horrible human being who has done terrible things to people. His thoughts of himself are partly true, as he has done and said some pretty awful things, but I love how Willow sees the good in him and his true self who loves computers and video games. Garrison thinks Willow is cute and is one of the bravest people he has met, while Willow considers herself to be awkward and sometimes over thinks. I really love both Garrison and Willow, and I will always have a soft spot for them in my heart. I also found it interesting that Lo was the person who started changing their lives. For Willow, it first began when Lo met her when she was in middle school and really influenced her love for comics. Then it turned into Lo and Willow building a brother and sister relationship, which she really needed after what her family did to her. I for one, dislike her family and Garrison's family. For Garrison, Lo showed compassion and just how human he is - along with the rest of the core six - when Garrison first portrayed him as more of an object to push his pain, resentment, and boredom onto (I think it was also his way of screaming out for help and drawing attention onto himself). But Lo gradually started working his way into his life and making him realize that he want's change and out of this situation. Which I am really proud of him for realizing it. For some reason, this read through and listening to the audiobook for the first time, really made me realize just how bad Garrison's family situation was. I knew it was bad, but it has been a while since I read this series and the narration really made it hit even harder. Like the way his brothers were voiced, how Mitchell and his mother purposefully ignored Garrison when he was obviously being abused right in front of them, and then the anger, pain, and other emotions Cooper North expressed in his narration during those scenes. It was honestly rather heartbreaking and I feel so bad that Garrison had to go through that. I was also more aware of the moments when Garrison jerked away or started panicking when he was being touched or pushed into a corner, which really shows just how much he has been abused by his older brothers and in extension his parents since they didn't stop his brothers from treating him that way, and in a way added onto it. *(Spoilors for the end of the book)* The last scene of the book is my least favorite because I keep thinking of ways that could have prevented it from happening and what Willow had to go through because of it, but I think I now have a better understanding of why Garrison acted that way and it was bound to happen at some point so there was actually no way of avoiding it since they are both partially famous. Garrison for one, was not in a good place. Emotionally, physically, and mentally. He was depressed because Willow left, then he got beat up by his brothers which added onto his already bad state of mind, and then he runs into his neighbor who wants his fame but actually resents him so that upset him even more. But then he gets the call from Willow who is rightfully concerned about him and basically flys him over to London (not sure it was a good idea, but flying back to Philadelphia to check on him would have also probably ended badly. She probably should have called Lo or someone to check on him and maybe waited a day or two before meeting up in London). Then he got drunk on vodka, which might of been his way to help with the emotional and physical pain he was feeling. Then he met Salvatore, who he dislikes and reminds him of his brothers, which doesn't help his negative state of mind. Salvatore made the bad decision to touch Garrison when he just got beat up by his brothers and is still very on edge and is fresh in his mind because of it, so he ended up punching him on instinct, as that is what he wanted to do to his brothers. Which added onto his negative feelings and how he doesn't think he is good enough for Willow, when Willow is just extremely concerned about him. I do agree with Garrison that she probably thinks it has to do with his family, especially with how he even rejected her touching him. I am also glad that Willow stood up to him about not wanting to break up. I will say that maybe to an outsider, that might have been kind of possessive or pushy or some other word that I can't think of to refuse to break up with someone, but between Garrison and Willow it was right for Willow to refuse. She could tell he wasn't thinking right because he was intoxicated and something was clearly bothering him enough that he wanted to run away. They are meant to be together. Sorry for my rambling.

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  • Pix
  • 02-07-20

For the young adult market.

For young adults, the themes and storylines within this series are better suited to their market. It is sweet and age appropriate, but still has a tender sexy element of young love. For those who love the 'Like US' series, I found this a drastic contrast to the passionate love styles, where well rounded characters intertwined family stories, but there was excitement missing from this book. In 'Like US' I felt a close connection to the characters and my imagination was really engaged in a full sensory experience. This story was just a bit flat in comparison. A bit slow for me. A cool intro into the younger market, but for more mature readers/listeners, especially die hard "Like Us" fans...this is not something I would recommend out of all the books that these terrific authors have!

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  • TALIA
  • 23-06-20

Yes 5 STARS WORTHY

As one would expect from KB RITCHIE's work this book was fantastic. Simply put if you have read and loved the Addicted & Callaway series then this book is a must read.

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  • Andrea @ A Starry Reader
  • 17-06-20

Love this couple

Willow 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!

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  • Claudia @ DrunkOnABook
  • 20-10-20

This audio is perfection!

I gave this 4 stars the first time I read it, and I don’t know if it’s the audio or the fact that I actually read it instead of picking it up and putting it down, but, on second listen this is definitely a 5 star read for me. The narrators are perfect for this book. You can really feel the pain and heartache within Garrison. I just wanted to wrap him up in all the love and I can’t wait to see how this story wraps up. I love Willow and Garrison so much!

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  • Lacey @ Booklovers For Life
  • 11-10-20

Gillow!! <3

I loved being back in this world! If you enjoy New Adult romances, Whatever It Takes 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. Cooper North and Charlotte North did a fantastic job narrating Garrison and Willow's voices. It was just a great first book in this duet and I immediately dove into book two as soon as I finished WIT. Fans of the Addicted series know we've been waiting a long time for Willow and Garrison's much awaited romance, and it's finally here. 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. The narrators voiced all the ups and downs, all the emotions of this book so well. It's a wonderful audio!

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  • Holly (Daydreaming Book)
  • 09-10-20

My Heart Breaks for these Characters

I loved it even more the second time. Willow and Garrison are just precious little beans. I want to hug and protect them-especially Garrison. I really enjoyed the narrators. I can be picky and I had never heard anything from them before. But they were so good. They didn’t try too hard which I find happens a lot-especially in romance. And they had good voices for the opposite gender. That always drives me crazy when a guy does a super nasally female voice. Probably because I’m a little nasally and I’m bitter. Here’s my thoughts from my first read: Willow and Garrison just touch my heart. They are my 2nd favorite Ritchie couple. The story goes between the past and present. The past is when they are 17 and when they first met. That is also what was in the original Wattpad story. My heart just melts when they are interacting. I just love the Tumblr questionnaires. The present takes place 3 years later when Willow goes to college in London. So, they are facing a long-distance relationship. The conflicts surrounding that are fairly predictable, but I’m still invested in their story. Of course, I love the romance between Willow and Garrison. But I have always loved the friendship between Lo and Garrison. I’m a huge sucker for Lo, but his desire to help Garrison not be him is beautiful I hope there is more of this friendship in the next book. I also want more of the growing friendship between Willow and Daisy. It is really hard to read about Garrison’s family. Let’s be honest, his brothers are physically abusive. It’s so disturbing, because there are really bad people in the world. I hope he is able to escape this and enjoy a happy life he truly deserves. I guess I’ll find out in a couple weeks.

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  • Stephen L Barkley
  • 01-10-20

My HEART

I’ve been waiting for a finished version of this book for years and years and it is finally here! Charlotte and Cooper brought it to life so well and it so adorable how they are married!!! It makes the story feel even more real when you know the readers are married. My favorite parts of the book were the chapters set in the past bc those were what I loved back in the day. Thank you KB!! -Written by Olivia (Steve’s Daughter)

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  • Sintija
  • 19-06-20

it's a good young adult book

this book is great addiction series addition. great to see situations already shown on previous books from different perspective. all the book is very slow... I am not sure if I liked this due if I haven't read the whole series...