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What It Takes

What It Takes [Kindle Edition]

Terry Tyler
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A tale of three sisters...

Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like the runt of the family.

Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father's droopy, dull brown hair and long nose - pitted against two Scandinavian sauna babes, she feels like Cinderella in reverse.

Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful.
Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen.
He pursues her with the devotion of a stalker - but she pushes him away. Then she realises what she’s done…

Set in Norfolk, Terry Tyler's sixth novel, "What It Takes", is a story of insecurity, jealousy, sibling rivalry, love and loss, and the games people play in the search for love - because if you love someone with all your heart you’ll do what it takes to make them yours…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1509 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZV832M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terry Tyler's first book on Amazon, 'You Wish', was the winner of the 'Best Women's Lit/Chick Lit' category in the eFestival of Words 2013.

Terry lives in the north of England with her husband. She has six novels on Amazon: 'You Wish', 'Nobody's Fault', 'The Other Side' and 'What It Takes' fall into the all encompassing contemporary drama genre - relationship stuff, love, jealousy, obsessions, addiction and general every-day angst, whereas 'Dream On' and 'Full Circle' are lighter and can be placed under the banner of rock fiction/romcom. Her short story collection, 'Nine Lives', covers all these and more, with some intriguing twists in the tales...

Terry is currently at work on her next book, which is another contemporary drama with an unusual historical fiction aspect - all will be revealed! She hopes this will be finished in around April 2014, providing she does not become too distracted by Twitter and Spider Solitaire.

She has a blog on which she writes about anything she feels like, and also writes for the UK Arts Directory on a weekly basis, about self-publishing. Both blogs are widely read.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a good read! 7 Sep 2013
By Stormd
Format:Kindle Edition
Well the course of true love never did run smooth...

Meet hopeless in love Karen, the 'plain Jane' against her two stunning 'Skandinavian beauty' sisters. Karen feels like "Cinderella in reverse". Being the ugly duckling of the family has made finding love very difficult, not helped by the fact that Karen is a bit of an unstable drama queen according to all who know her. She hasn't been quite right in the head ever since that 'Spice Girls incident'...

But then Karen meets Danny. The gorgeous, half-Mediterranean hunk who worships the ground she walks on. But the attention is too much for Karen, and they are both on such very different intellectual levels...its not going to work, or so Karen decides, breaking Danny's heart in the process. Has Karen been too hasty? All she wants is to be loved, and this Adonis does love her!

Is it too late to change her mind...?

Well I can now officially state that I am a bona fide Terry Tyler fan! I loved. loved, loved this book!

Skilfully written from the perspectives of various main players - Karen, Danny, Karen's sister - Ava, Karen's friend and colleague - Sam; the multiple narratives are subtly different in tone, so that you get to know each character in depth. This keeps what otherwise might seem a bit of a slow starter, fresh and a pleasure to read. And some fantastic lines in there too - my favourite being "She couldn't exist on seaweed and dreams." That there is poetic genius haha!

The story plods along quite nicely, when slowly you realise that something a bit darker may be just around the corner. Admittedly I had very quickly figured out who may be responsible for the disaster zone that is Karen's love life, and I was so busy waiting for that reveal that BAM!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 11 Oct 2013
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I love the way that Terry develops her stories through the eyes of different characters so that you see the same events played out slightly differently.
As has been mentioned in previous reviews this means that your loyalties do change from one chapter to the other but she creates characters that you want to know more about.
Once again she has left me wanting more :)
Thanks Terry great book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Offering 4 Oct 2013
By Kerry B
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As a big fan of Terry's work I was looking forward to reading What It Takes and I wasnt disappointed. A tale of family dramas and unrequited love with a few nice twists thrown in for good measure.

You have to feel for Karen. Growing up feeling like the black sheep of the family, fading into the background while her beautiful sisters took centre stage. That is until she meets the gorgeous Danny. Then everything is turned upside down.

This is a real feel good read and one that made me wish my lunch hour was longer as I found it difficult to put down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relationships, loves and losses. 22 Sep 2013
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This review is based on a free copy given to me by the author. "What it Takes" is a modern tale of family, relationships, loves and losses, it is very easy to relate to and I could imagine it happening in today's world. The reader is drawn by a human desire to know what goes on in other people's lives and ultimately to sub consciously compare it to your own. The characters are very realistic, dealing with their own hardships and finding ways to survive on their own paths. This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her best one yet! 20 Sep 2013
By Shiraz
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I have read all of Terry Tyler's books but this one is my favourite by far.
I loved the format in which it was written and I read it in 2 sittings as I was hooked from the very first page.
If you love a book that you can get in to from Page 1, this is definitely the book for you.
Well done Terry, I can't wait for your next novel :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day love story with a difference. 19 Sep 2013
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Brilliant, I really enjoyed this modern day love story with a difference. I get a little bored of reading story's that end predictably. `What it takes' however had me gripped and totally unsure of just who was going to get with who.

The story is told through each of the characters eyes. The chapters are named indicating whose telling the story and then their side of the tale is told. This builds depth into each character, I found that although the story is centered around Karen each individual plays a main role with this way of writing. The author builds each person by filling in the back grounds and writing with a different voice. This allows you to get a feel for them as individuals and makes it easy to actually get lost in their worlds.

Terry is amazing at playing with your loyalties. One moment your all over Karen feeling sorry for her and her sad little life, then she hits you with a twist and you really start to believe that this women is twisted and you get a horrid feeling of pity for the male of the story, and then another two unexpected twists are thrown in the mix again making you question just whose team you want to be on.

Terry work is humorous and I especially love her little "girl power" hints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What it takes to make a brilliant read 16 Sep 2013
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This is the 4th of Terry Tyler's books that I've read, and I think it is my firm favourite. Told very cleverly from different characters' viewpoints throughout, Tyler deftly moves us through events in the love life of a Karen - a character who it is not always easy to like, but who is written in such a way it's impossible not to root for her. What I LOVED about this book was the way the author keeps you guessing right to the end - although on the surface this is contemporary women's fiction (although it is not restricted to a genre at all), it has just enough of a darker edge to lift it out of the predictable plotting of many of the books I've read. You literally don't know what this author is going to do with - or to! - her characters, and I found that very refreshing. There is no sentimentality, the reader is left to judge events for herself. And apart from all of that, it's a great read! I finished this book in a couple of days and I found it hard to put it down. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Contemporary Fiction
Terry writes intricate, deep and tightly woven stories about real people. There are no quests to faraway lands, no impossible sexual situations and no unlikely political... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars It didn't take much to get me hooked
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This is my fourth, Terry Tyler, and it's a good 'un, as they say. On the surface, a story about ordinary guys and gals falling in and out of love in an English provincial town. Read more
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I really enjoyed this book, which I downloaded after reading 'Nine Lives', a collection of short stories from the same author. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars What It Takes
In this book the characters are so real. Within a few pages you are involved in the family's complex relationships and rivalries because author Terry Tyler develops her characters... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars If anyone deserves to be a best-seller, it is Terry Tyler
"What It Takes" is a kind of Cinderella story in reverse. Karen Kavanagh is the youngest and plainest of three sisters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jennytwist
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just about sums it up
I have just (literally) finished reading "What it takes" by Terry Tyler. I was captivated from the start and can honestly say that it is the best thing I have read in contemporary... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Terry Tyler Terrific Read
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