Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

Release date: December 4th 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Bestselling author Tu-Shonda Whitaker has penned a witty and sizzling romance that will leave you begging for more.

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.

*Publisher provided ebooks via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

This was my first time reading anything by this author and I must say, I found this novella to be hilarious. While I never read books according to seasons, I was curious about this one more than the others that the publisher had emailed me and ended up liking it more. 

First of all, you can't go into this short story looking for a lot of depth to characters or something that will rock your emotions in a serious way. It was more on the humor and erotic side. Everything happened fast. Nothing was realistic, but it's definitely interesting. 

So the premise is about an older woman dating a younger man, and all the drama that comes with it. I don't know how I'd feel about my best friend having a relationship with my son, so I could understand why India would be apprehensive about telling Devin's mother. But the fact that they even went out to various public places wasn't exactly keeping things secret, so that had me rolling my eyes at her. As for Devin's mom, she was crazy. Sneaking around and watching her husband, trying to catch him in the act, that's messed up and if she's going to spend her life doing that then maybe she shouldn't be with him. The whole thing was just wild, but it made for an enjoyable read, to me. 

Of course, India had all these issues with dating Devin, as anyone would. Throughout the story, and even though it's already short, she kept bringing up all the reasons why they shouldn't be together. She worried about him wanting children because she felt that time was running out for her, and she feared he wouldn't want to settle down. She even allowed her insecurities to almost destroy what they were starting to have, but thankfully by the end, India was able to get over all that and just be with Devin.

Overall, like I said, it's not deep. Just a short and sexy novella that's warm for the cold weather, funny and light enough to not leave you feeling gloomy. Cute story, Ms. Whitaker.


Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
About the Author
Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker is the award winning, Essence bestselling author of Flip Side of the Game and Game Over. 
She is also a contributing writer to the anthologies: Cream and Kiss The Year Goodbye. 
Whitaker was awarded the Ella Baker and W.E.B. Du Bois International Award for fiction writing. Her most recent title, The Ex Factor has been featured in several magazines such as Vibe Vixen and Romantic Times Book Review as one of the hottest, sensual, and humorous tales released this year. 
Whitaker lives in New Jersey with her husband and their children.


  1. It's great to find a novella like this one! I didn't know about it

  2. This is the first that I have heard of this one. I love books with humor worked into the story. Sounds like a great way to try this author.

    1. It was quite entertaining. Hope you find it enjoyable too :)

  3. OMG! Dating your friend's son?! My! Sounds like a very exciting read indeed. I've read a story like this one where the woman is older than the guy and I ended up loving the whole story. And seeing that it's just a short read, I think I'll give it a try. Awesome review Shane :)

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

    1. Yeah, at first it made me cringe cause I can't imagine dating a friend's son. But, it was interesting.

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  4. I'm not a huge novella fan because I like to fully connect with my characters and novellas seem to only scratch the surface for me. However, this sounds like a very entertaining read. I may have to add this to my list.

    1. I'm that way too. Novellas aren't as fleshed out as full length novels but I like to read short stories when I'm in a reading slump or just looking for something light and quick. Hope you give this one a shot :)


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