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IT HAD TO BE YOU
by Francis Ray

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Sensuality: HOT

2010 Multicultural Romance Nominee

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The ability to bring a fresh voice to a long-running series is a gift that Ray possesses in spades. The newest entry to the Grayson Friends series takes readers into a clash of musical worlds: classical versus hip-hop. Sit back and enjoy another jewel in this franchise.

Zachary Alright Wilder is the most sought-after producer in the music business. Zach feels that he is the one who can make violin virtuoso Laurel Raineau's next album the breakout success that her earlier works promised. Laurel, not so much. She has no interest in the headline-grabbing world that Zach represents and will not even meet with him. This leads to Zach's choice to meet her under a name she won't recognize at a resort where Laurel is staying. It seems like a good idea -- until they meet and fall for each other. Now he has to find a way to tell her the truth without losing her trust. The inevitable happens and Zach has to lean on his friends, his sister Paige, her husband Shane and his caring extended family. They all rise to the occasion before Laurel is lost to him forever. (ST. MARTIN'S, May, 304 pp, $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jacqui McGugins

Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S

Published: May 2010

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It Had to Be You

Submitted by hcabm on May 1, 2010 - 7:32am.

All around wonderful read.
The angst of the hero & Heroine is reflected in the song It Had to be You. Since, I am old school I had to go and listen to the song. I was amazed at the correlation between the two.
Both the heroine Laurel Raineau & the hero Zachary Albright Wilder had life lessons to learn. Laurel's lesson was that assumptions "truly make an ass of you and me". Zachary's is ," Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. ...".
However, they gain insight over time. With the help of family and friends they are able to make amends.
Synopsis
IT HAD TO BE HER
Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as “Rolling Deep.” R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants—and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week.
IT HAD TO BE…WHO?
Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying—and failing—to let Laurel know that he’s not the player he’s made out to be. So he introduces himself to her by his real name, Zachary Wilder, hoping to win her over. But it’s Zach who falls under this beauty’s spell. Now it’s only a matter of time before Laurel learns who the man she’s losing her heart to really is—but can she walk away from a passion that feels so right?