What It Takes by Jude Sierra ~ Book Review by Christine

WhatItTakesCoverTitle: What It Takes

Author: Jude Sierra

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: CB Messer and Nelli I

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/14/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


The connection was instantaneous. Moments after Milo Graham’s family relocates to Cape Cod, he meets Andrew Witherell—launching a lifelong friendship built on a foundation of deep bonds, secret forts, and plans for the future.

When Milo is called home from college to attend his domineering father’s funeral, he and Andrew finally act on their mutual attraction. But doubtful of his worth, Milo decides to sever all ties with his childhood friend.

Circumstances send both men home again years later, and their long held feelings will not be denied. But will they have what it takes to find lasting love

My View:

*Note: Although this novel deals with the subject of child abuse, readers should know that the author does a commendable job of portraying the traumas of Milo’s childhood without overplaying the acts of abuse themselves, most of which take place off-page.


What It Takes does two things magnificently that I hope every book I read will do to some degree: it transports and touches the reader. While within its pages, the reader is there, in Santuit, Massachusetts, wandering on the beach, roaming through the woods, and gazing up at the stars with Milo and Andrew. Lovely and lyrical, this relationship-driven novel takes the reader along the paths of the characters’ childhood and adolescence, their teenage years, and into adulthood; paths that intersect and remain solid, then separate and run parallel and distant for a time, and join again in tenuous inevitability. Thick with detail and varied emotion, it devotes ample page time to each life stage, building upon the foundation of childhood love and secrets and allowing the characters to develop together and then part and mature as most friends do.

Bittersweet and tender, it gently beckons the reader to bear witness to Andrew and Milo’s struggles, confessions, and growth as the years pass. Told from alternating third-person POV, their feelings, ins-and-outs, and relationships blossom and flow among the pages through pure, simple dialogue and narrative that seizes the heart. Passages resonate with the undeniable intricacies of life’s truths, capturing their sweetness, joy, pain, and sorrows with honesty and compassion for the characters. Ms. Sierra crafts poignant phrases that sum up the complexities and confusion of relationships and life events, and I found myself frequently connecting with the candor and sincerity of her prose.

I highly recommend What It Takes. It is the second book of Jude Sierra’s I have had the pleasure to read and review, and I do hope she has more beautiful stories waiting to be penned. I will automatically pick them up, secure in the knowledge that I will once again be transported and touched by her words.


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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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