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Had To Be You: Bad Boys of Red Hook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Loved it!

    Of the three I have read in the series I liked this one the most. Slater and Rocki had an instant connection. Both of them were damaged due to things that happened to them while growing up. Both of them were hiding from their lives. At times it was funny, other times sad and emotional. A good read from start to finish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Great book

    This is a great stiry The characters are easy to like so you want them to get their HEA

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

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    Robin Kaye brings readers the final book in her Bad Boys of Red

    Robin Kaye brings readers the final book in her Bad Boys of Red Hook series, Had to be You. Readers who have followed this series about a very special family in the heart of Brooklyn, are sure to find this book just right in every way. Kaye's attention to detail and steamy scenes are a trademark that readers have come to expect from this author and both shine in this book. When Slater Shaw returns home for a short stint running the family bar in Red Hook, he never expects to find a sexy singer who slips into his heart before he can stop her. A great final book in a well written series.

    What I liked:

    Out of all of the boys that Pete Calahan took into his family and into his heart, Slater is probably my favorite. Returning home after some time away in the Navy and going to school, this sexy hero is a real heart stopper. He has it all, good looks, a great personality and a ton of underlying issues that not even he is completely aware of. Robin Kaye creates a character that is suffering from PTSD without even knowing it. Slater has always been a very intense kind of character in the series, but readers never really knew why, until this book. He goes through some rough situations, but luckily he finds someone to stand by his side. 

    Rocki is a very mysterious young woman. She is very happy-go-lucky. A major flirt and full of surprises, but when it comes to her past, nobody really knows a thing about her. When her brother takes a bad fall skiing she turns to the Pete and his family for help. Slater takes her North and in the process starts to build on the sparks of attraction he and Rocki have both been feeling. I liked her as character very much. Kaye fills the reader in a little bit at a time about Rocki's past and she and Slater help each other through some really tough times. I loved how well they fit together.

    Slater was the kind of character who needed a strong woman and Rocki was definitely that. And when these two characters finally get together, it is a very sensual and passionate experience. Robin Kaye knows just how to write a good love scene. So hot it sizzles, but so loving and caring you can't help but fall in love with the characters, falling in love with each other. These two were definitely made for each other and really complemented each other. A very well developed story, even though it was a bit short on the time frame.

    What I didn't like:

    For the most part I really enjoyed this romance. The charm of this wonderful family and how they all loved and cared for each other was amazing. I loved Slater with all of his issues and Rocki with her mysterious past. But I felt like the romance between them was a bit rushed. Slater only has a month to spend at the Crow's Nest and they sparks start flying almost on the first page. Give it little time to grow on the reader, I always say. It's not a horrible thing and doesn't ruin the book, but it does make a difference.

    Bottom Line:

    Great final book to the series. It wrapped up a lot of questions, gave readers a satisfying place to leave the family. Slater gets his happy-ever-after and the gang from the Crow's Nest is settled and deeply loved by all. There was a hiccup or two but that not unexpected. Pick this one up. It's a good one!

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    What is it about Crow’s Nest that the Boys of Red Hook keep back to? It could be the small town feel in the middle of a city and the family and friends that are always there for them. To be specific, Pete, who had taken in each three boys and raised them as his own or Nikki and her dog named D.O.G. who managed to capture everyone’s heart. I know for me it’s the Boys that are obviously now men who finally get their happy-ever-after. Ms. Kaye ended this series with an emotional punch. I had both sad and happy tears as I read this book.

    Had To Be You takes off shortly after You’re The One had ended. Slater finally comes home to Red Hook to help with their family restaurant and to help take care of his pops who is still recovering from a heart attack. While Logan and Storm are busy with their lives, he takes over their responsibilities. Meeting the staff of Crow’s Nest for the first time was a bit uncomfortable since most of them knew who he was. But meeting the band’s singer caught him off guard. The attraction was immediate and since then Slater could not get her off his mind.

    I was not at all prepared for this book. I knew Slater was intense but I had no idea why. Well, this book reveals it all. I was surprised with his past and my heart broke for him. At this point of his life he really needed to come to terms with his past. I’m glad he had Rocki who manages to support him despite her very own issues. Their Romance was very sweet despite the short amount of time they had to get to know each other. I found it funny that they both flirted like crazy, convince themselves that they didn’t want anything serious but yet, could not stop their feelings from going any further. Don’t get me wrong the angst was just enough that I thought it was cute not annoying at all. It was done right.

    Nikki will finally find out who her biological father is. I am so happy for her, not that she lacked love and support, but it sets things in stone for her. We also get a little of the Frankie and Patrice and how they became close to this family. What fascinated me the most is how Ms. Kaye had weaved in PTSD in the story. It’s not the typical PTSD that you usually hear of or read about but just as traumatic to the victim. I surely didn’t expect any of it. Well done, Ms. Kaye.

    I am excited to hear what Ms. Kaye has up next for her fans. I’m hoping she writes about the Maxwell brothers who made an appearance in the last book, You’re The One. I’m predicting a foodie romance for Ms. Kaye’s fans. =D

    ARC provided by publisher

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