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What It Takes: A Dirt Road Love Story (A Dirt Road Love Story #1)

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Gracen Lowell is on the hunt for a man—but not just any man. He has to be ‘the one’. Her only problem is that no one she’s dated has ever measured up to the charming qualities of her best friend.

Slade Owens knows no matter how much he loves Gracen, he’ll never be what she’s looking for. And he dang sure isn’t going to stick around to watch her fall in love with someone el
ebook, 1, 242 pages
Published May 2017 by Sonya Loveday
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May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love is in the air and it seems the only two who don’t know it are Gracen and Slade. Best friends forever, they share everything, except their true feelings and that little lack of communication sends Slade off in search of a job far away, to make a clean break, get a fresh perspective and avoid watching Gracen fall for anyone else. It isn’t that Gracen falls in love easily, she is very particular and only her perfect man will do. Of course, Slade doesn’t think, no, he KNOWS he could never be th ...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
I was really, really excited when I received an ARC of this book! I was able to get a sneak look at the cover when I was visiting the author, so this made me even more excited to read the book and the story behind the amazing cover! I started my ARC as soon as I had the chance and it only took me a few sittings to read! I zoomed through it lol! The plot was interesting and had a lot of romance in it! There were a few very hot scenes too! The romance between the two main characters was also very ...more
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What it Takes by Sonya Loveday is a friends to lover’s story of two best friends looking for the one and never realizing that they’d already had with each other. Slade and Gracen have been friends since a very young age and just were too afraid to say how they really felt because they didn’t want to ruin their friendship. Slade thought it would be better to move away to Montana because he couldn’t stand the thought of her finding her true love and him having to see it every day. What they didn’t
Boundless Book Reviews
Gracen and Slade have been friends forever. Never crossing the line of more than friends. When obviously they both wish they were more, even though they deny it. This is the first book of Loveday’s I’ve read. It was good, it just didn’t really get to me. It didn’t tug at my heart strings and I had trouble connecting with the characters. 

The writing was really good. But also, I felt the story didn’t flow as well as it could have. I think the reasons behind Slade leaving and Clint jumping in wasn’
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 43%

*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

The last few months I have been on a romance kick, specifically a southern or western romance kick. I requested this one because it sounded right up my alley. I do tend to like friends to lovers - romances. So, I went into this one, expecting a light, fun read. Unfortunately, there is more to this book than that.

The fact is, this book is about how the guy is leaving because he can't stand to be in love with his (g
Honestly Honest Bookworm
3.75 stars
- But there were times when I saw him out of the corner of my eye and it left me breathless. He was everything I was looking for, but couldn't have because I knew I wasn't it for him.
- She'd talked about finding her other half for so long that the pain of it had scabbed over years ago, or so I always told myself. It would never be me.
- Every single woman I dated, I chose specifically to be as different from Gracen as I could, hoping that with enough practice, I could make myself loo
Julie Graef
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ALL the feels!!

Sonya hooked me right away with this book!

You have sweet Gracen that is only 21, but wants the man of her dreams. Her best friend Slade LOVES her but will never tell her, b/c pride. Gracen, also in love w/Slade is crushed when Slade makes the difficult decision to walk away, move out of state and start over.
I admit, I was annoyed with these two at times and it made for a great book! You are anxious to see if their true live lasts, if they FINALLY get together.
I did not expect an
Victoria Bunce
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA readers, NA, romance
Shelves: reviewed
Please note: I received WHAT IT TAKES on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to both the Publisher and author.

I couldn't put this book down! Look out because it will suck you in, make you laugh, make you cry, make you bang your head against the coffee table and ask Gracen and Slade: "What are you thinking?!" I love good friends to lovers stories and Ms. Loveday did not disappoint. Buy the book. You will be so glad you did. I am about to go buy some of her other titles. I am fan
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Sonya for providing me with a copy of this book. I love Sonya’s other books so I was excited to start this one. I’m really struggling with the right words to do this book justice.

Gracen and Slade have been 2 peas in a pod since they were around 5 years old and have been in love with ea
Novel Grounds
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Another knock out of the park from Sonya Loveday. She delivered a novel that was not only emotional and heartfelt, it was a story about seeing the love that has always been right tin front of you. A story about trying to do what you think is best for others. It brought all the tears.

This was a best friends who are in love with each other type of story. You know the one, its mutual but neither has any idea. Well. this one has a twist. Once
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gracen and Slade’s relationship was incredible. It seems I’ve done a lot of reading lately involving friends realizing that they feel more for one another, but this was unique. Gracen had moved to the Owens’ Ranch when her father took a job there, but after his passing, she had no one. Slade and Lex’s Uncle declared her family so she kept living on the ranch. Gracen and Slade had been best friends for years although she was realizing that she felt more for him than that. Unbeknownst to her, Slad ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Finding the guy who would steal my heart and make me walk with my head in the clouds because my feet couldn’t find the ground wasn’t too much to ask for. Having someone hold me close and dip their head in to kiss my neck as we slow danced wasn’t either. I wanted that so bad; I craved it.

This was my first book by Loveday and I have to say it was a great read. I have promoted her books in the past and the covers have pulled me in. But I never had the time to read because of other commitments.
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Gracen e Slade sono amici da sempre da quando lei è il padre si sono trasferiti nel ranch di famiglia degli Owen per lavorare. Crescendo i due ragazzi diventano sempre più inseparabili e forse a causa di questa vicinanza non riescono mai a confessarsi i sentimenti reciproci. Entrambi hanno avuto delle storie con altre persone ed entrambi hanno odiato quel periodo ma a tutto c'è un limite. Quando Gracen decide che è arrivato il momento di trovare quello giusto Slade decide di lasciare
Chrsitina Somerville
I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.

This book was soooo good I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to put it down.

This story was both romantic and heartbreaking. Gracen and Shade have been best friends for years and have both hidden there true feelings for each other a secret from one another. One last night together and all those feeling for each other explode and change there lives. It broke my heart with Shade walking away but understood why. What
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog

4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak.

This is Gracen and Slade’s story. Gracen and Slade are best friends who love each other. But do they love each other in the happily ever after way? Gracen wants to find the one but is Slade the one? He thinks she is too good for him so he decided he is leaving for an out of the state job. He wants to stay but he can’t watch her fall for another man. Can Gracen ask him to stay? Is he the one s
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog

4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak.

This is Gracen and Slade’s story. Gracen and Slade are best friends who love each other. But do they love each other in the happily ever after way? Gracen wants to find the one but is Slade the one? He thinks she is too good for him so he decided he is leaving for an out of the state job. He wants to stay but he can’t watch her fall for another man. Can Gracen ask him to stay? Is he the one s
Renee Mccleary
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I loved Gracyn and Slade. This book definitely brought out some emotions.Gracyn and Slade have been best friends forever and in love with each other but both afraid of losing the friendship or being rejected. They were both very frustrating and I felt myself yelling stop being childish!! The story does have a few parts that were hard to read because it touches on a hard subject, but it was written beautifully and really did add to the story.I loved the ending and the epilogu ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read set against the backdrop of a ranch and I liked reading about managing and living on the ranch. However, the couple was frustratingly dense when it came to feelings for each other. Gracen and Slade were best friends and have known each other since they were kids. They got along well and enjoyed each other’s presence whether it was just fishing or cleaning the stalls. However, they were both very insecure when it came to romantic feelings for each other. Each did not fe ...more
Melanie Farmer
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Slade and Gracen have been best friends for as long as they can remember.  The only problem was that they'd loved each other for as long as they could remember too, except both were too scared to tell the other for fear of destroying their close friendship.  Everything changes when Slade decides he can no longer move on, nor can he wait or watch Gracen fall in love with someone else, and so decides to leave his home at the Owen's family ranch to work on a new ranch out of state.

I enjoyed both Sl
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for my unbiased honest opinion. I have never read a book by Mrs.Loveday. This book is amazing I loved meeting Gracen and Slade their story was a page turner I couldn't put this down. I loved the ups and downs and the plot twists. I could keep the tears from falling I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Spunky N Sassy
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

This was a great book that could definitely be told in the form of a country album. I loved this story and thought that it was a great escape from reality, even though the characters were very real to me. I felt like I was a fly on the wall in this wonderful book that anyone who loves women's fiction should read.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to read this book because I love the Six series- this was a problem for my brain for the first few chapters. I kept thinking it was a Six series novel and kept trying to remember how these 2 characters fit in. I eventually told my brain enough that I was able to enjoy the story.

The story was very quick, it didn't go into much detail on the characters or relationships or topic, just kind of skimmed over everything. It ended up working for the story, but it was over before I knew
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gracen and Slade...What an adventure. My heart was pulled through trenches of despair and suspense through the whole book. I have never sworn so much at characters in my entire life of reading. I won't say more because no one likes spoilers, but I really did enjoy this book being set on the ranch.
Lianne James
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for a review

Gretchen and Slade, are that typical almost star crossed lovers.

It's beautifully written with emotion pouring out of the pages, I will touch on previous reviews both main characters are clueless to each other's love

A definite keep for the shelf.
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For real read this in one day... in between working all day...

Review to come
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*5 Cheese and Crackers Stars*

ARC kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Holy moly I loved this book. It's my first by Sonya Loveday but it won't be my last. I fell into this story straight away. I love me a sexy cowboy and hot damn, Slade! If there is a Slade out there, can I have him?

I enjoyed reading from both Gracen and Slades POV's in this and I felt like I connected with both of them. I love friends to lovers stories and this one was awesome. There is some angs
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