Had To Be You: Bad Boys of Red Hook

Had To Be You: Bad Boys of Red Hook

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by Robin Kaye

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The last place he expected to find lasting love was back in his hometown.…

Slater knew tragedy from a young age, but with the support of his foster family, he turned his life around. Now, back from a stint in the Navy, he’s packed up his motorcycle and returned to Red Hook to help to run the family restaurant—a job that comes with a…  See more details below


The last place he expected to find lasting love was back in his hometown.…

Slater knew tragedy from a young age, but with the support of his foster family, he turned his life around. Now, back from a stint in the Navy, he’s packed up his motorcycle and returned to Red Hook to help to run the family restaurant—a job that comes with a tantalizing upside. Her name is Rocki.

Flirty, sweet, and outgoing, Rocki brings in crowds as the lead singer of the house band. And although she’s unable to resist the charms of this intense bad boy, she refuses to open her heart to him. Until a family crisis shatters Rocki’s easygoing demeanor, exposing something from her past she’d always hoped would stay hidden.

But Slater knows a thing or two about family secrets—and he sets out to prove to Rocki that their relationship could finally give them both a future worth believing in.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Bad Boys of Red Hook , #3
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18 Years

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"Robin Kaye is a fresh new voice in romance fiction."— Susan Donovan

"Robin Kaye's books are vacations for the soul. Indulge yourself."— Maureen Child

"Robin Kaye creates characters that reach in and grab your heart."— LuAnn McLane

"Fluid storytelling, convincing characters and an arc that is both passionate and poignant make for an emotionally gratifying contemporary romance." —Kirkus Reviews

"A strong sense of place makes this a solid series launch."—Publishers Weekly

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Had To Be You: Bad Boys of Red Hook 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great stiry The characters are easy to like so you want them to get their HEA
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry if ya hated i the last one, a little violent dont ya think? Well on with tha show!)) When he woke up he decided to look around, trees were all that he could see. And the kitten that was beside him. He looked at the cat, confused. Then the other kit looked at him. Then she stood up. " who are you?" Mist asked. " umm l dont exactaly know" answerd the other cat. Mistkit looked at her pelt, which was a mix between orange and brown, like a sunset in the forest. " you are named sunkit" mistkit declared after twenty minuts. "And l am mistkit" he said as an after thought. Sunkit looked at him again " where are we?" She asked. " duno?" Replied mistkit. He looked through the trees and sudenly a larger cat came bursting through. He grabed mistkit and sunkit in his teeth, harshly, and raced back to the camp he had came from. Mistkit was flung to the ground. " you two are goin to be just fine" the cat had said just weirdly, so it sounded more like 'death fine' but mistkit was unfazed. He was hungry, and the warm milky scent that were comeing from the bramble bush behind him was realy tempting. Sunkit ran twards the bush, only to be swated away from it by another cat " no! You two will stay out of that place untill someone adopts you!" And the cat then picked up mist and sun and placed them in a den made of brambles and sat outside. (( change of view to nurseing mother: moonwhisp)) moonwhisp heard it, the kits crying out in pain. She wanted to stop it so badly. She had two of her own already and, for now, she hoped that her milk wasent all dryed up. (( mistkit)) he looked at sunkit, he needed food now or he was going to die. And he dident know when. (( hope yall liked it! Leave your reviwes at the next book: fire. Hope you like it!))
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~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