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It Had to Be You (Grayson Friends Series #4)

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    Interesting love story!

    IT HAD TO BE YOU by Francis Ray is a contemporary romance set in modern day Los Angeles and a few days in Mexico. It is a part of the A Grayson Friends Novel series, but can be read as a stand alone. It has romance, betrayal, deception,passion, sensuality, forgiveness, the music industry, and family. Two people with different background and musical interest become involved; Zach(record producer) and Laurel;(classical violinist). While one feels betrayed, Laurel, the other,Zach, is determined to win her heart, while maintaining her happiness. This book was interesting and a good love story showing how two people with different musical, and social background can have happiness and maintain their careers. This book was received for review and details can be found at St. Martin's Paperbacks and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    It Had To Be You is another sweet, passionate, sexy, well written book by Ms. Ray.

    I became an avid reader of romance novels about fifteen to twenty years ago. I have read books by many different Novelist. Ms. Francis Ray is among my top Authors. I now have four of whom I am always looking to find out when their next book is due out. In It Had To Be You, Ms. Ray created for her readers another masterpiece. Rolling Deep is a man that any woman would be glad to call her own. Suave, Sophisticated, and Debonair are the words that come to mind when I think of Zachary. If I might add Sexy as all get out. Although Laurel felt that she could resist him once she found out who he was, there was no way that she could. Although I don't agree with Zachary's way of trying to get Laurel to sign on to his recording label, I can't really fault him for doing so.

    He tried the normal tactics of signing someone, but Laurel refused to see him because of his taste in music, and the people that he produced. Laurel was a woman who normally didn't veer from her comfort zone, but Zach changed all of that. He moved Heaven and Earth to be near her. All I ask is for one day at Maya Navarone, just one day.

    I wanted to jump into the pages of the book when little Big Man came in and messed everything up between Zach and Laurel. But as always Ms. Ray made it all better, lol.

    My most endearing thing about the book however was how Zach had the sound room decorated to look like the Opera House in Venice. I loved that part of the book. He listened to her and did that because he cared. He wanted Laurel to play there was day, so he sort of made it a reality.

    WTG Ms. Ray.

    I was also elated to see that Ms. Ray included Trent in this book and that Zach and Trent were able to meet. Although Zach was angry with his mom, Trent stood up to him to protect their mother. But the most phenomenal act was when Trent worked to help him win Laurel back. I got a chuckle out of the girls and their part also.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    It Had to Be You

    What can be said Ms. Ray did again. I really enjoy this book from the start until I finished it. I love the fact that when Zach introduce himself he did it to get to know Laurel. He may of went down there to get her to let him produce her next cd. However, while sitting at the resturant having dinner with her and talking with her he soon learned that they had something in common. There love of there father, how he left the resturant when Laurel start crying was very touching. The love scene boy did I need some ICE. Glad to see that he finally got to met Trent even though he should of met him at the same time Paige met him. Just wondering how Ms. Ray will allow Trent to become about of the family before she ends the series. Also wondering which character out of all of the Grayson novels will be the first with child.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Special in Itself!

    This book was just mediocre to me. I did like how all the characters from Francis Ray recent books were present in this one. I was looking for more and I can truly say I was not feeling that something special that I normally feel when I feel that combination of romance, passion, and a sense of a connection.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    LOVED It...

    What can I say...I LOVED it...from beginning to end...Mrs. Ray has done it AGAIN!

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    fun contemporary romance

    Music's number one producer is R.D. (Rolling Deep), who can make anyone with a modicum of talent into a superstar. He believes classical violin virtuoso Laurel Raineau can achieve mega status with her next album if she will heed his advice.

    Although her recordings do not sell as well as she would prefer, Laurel rejects Zach's offers, a first for the egotistical producer as everyone wants R.D. She even refuses to meet with him as she detests his public relations media approach, which means commercialization superseding the music. Deciding to use his real name of Zachary Alright Wilder, he tries a duplicitous ruse to just meet the talent who has rejected him. He arranges to see her under his real name at a resort she is visiting. When they fall in love, Zach knows he owes her the truth, but fears losing Laurel as he will have lost her trust. Still he informs her of his deception and she ends their relationship. Desperate he turns to an orchestra of friends and family to get him an encore performance with Laurel before the curtain comes down on their relationship.

    The latest Grayson Friends (see One Night with You and Nobody but You) contemporary romance is an entertaining tale of two people from different musical philosophies making them almost seem like star-crossed lovers. Although the key plot device of concealing who you are has been used before, Francis Ray keeps it fresh by showing how wide and diverse the music world is. The ensemble as always in a Ms. Ray tale is on top of the charts, but the lead duet own the story line as each understands the Lovin' Spoonful's mantra "the magic is in the music and the music is in me", make that us.

    Harriet Klausner

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