It Had To Be You

It Had To Be You

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by Kathryn Shay
     
 
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“These three stories were well written and kept your attention. I

Overview

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“These three stories were well written and kept your attention. I could not put it down. I definitely recommend this series.”


Backdraft: Firefighter Riley Gallagher must come to terms with his disgraced father before he can be happy with the love of his life. But has he already missed the chance to claim a future with Firefighter Jane Phillips?

 Fully Involved: Lisa Beth Duncan, firefighter and paramedic, swore she’d never allow her ex-husband into her heart again. But when Linc Roberts moves to Hidden Cove and pursues her, she finds herself breaking her own rules.

 Flashover: Captain Nick Evans believes he committed the worst of crimes, even if it was to protect his little sister. He's not ready for a relationship with Stacey Sterling, a firefighter’s widow who’s determined to help him heal.

Reader Praise for CHASING THE FIRE:

“This book has one of my favorite stories, of Dr. Linc Roberts and paramedic Lisa Beth Duncan, maybe because I have a medical background. The story of their reunion and reconciliation is one of my favorites. I have read and re-read this over and over.”

“Could not put my tablet down! Read all the books and novellas in the series. Absolutely awesome! Worth every penny and then some.”

“I’ve read all of Shay's firefighter tales and enjoy them immensely even though they make me cry sometimes. She tackles some pretty heart wrenching topics in a very down to earth and readable way.”

“Makes you laugh, cry and be a part of the story. Perfect writing.”

Also available: Don’t miss the rest of the firefighter romance series AFTER THE FIRE, ON THE LINE, NOTHING MORE TO LOSE, AMERICA’S BRAVEST, IT HAD TO BE YOU, THE FIRE INSIDE

Editorial Reviews

Romance Writer - Julianne MacLean
Just discovered I love firefighters! I had never read a Kathryn Shay book before, nor had I ever read a romance with firefighters, so this really pulled me in. I loved the action scenes, and the story felt very well researched and really made me feel like I was living it. The romance between the main characters was intense, sexy, and believable, and I enjoyed their struggle as professionals, trying to deal with their attraction in the workplace, and doing so with great integrity.
Waldenbooks - Waldenbooks Romantic Reader
Shay’s powerful characters and emotional topics strike a chord with her readers and have earned her a well-deserved place among the top romance authors.
Book List
Powerful and compelling, this novel reinforces Shay’s well-earned reputation as a first rate storyteller.
Romance Writer - Judith Arnold
Kathryn Shay loves firefighters, and if you didn't love them before, you'll love them after reading some of her books featuring firefighting heroes and heroines. She celebrates not just the courage of men and women willing to race into burning buildings, ease accident victims out of crushed autos and resuscitate victims of too much x-rated excitement, but also the love and camaraderie among her brave team of first responders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015504309
Publisher:
Kathryn Shay
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Series:
Hidden Cove Series , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
60,585
File size:
861 KB

Meet the Author

A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have call her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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It Had To Be You 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JudePA More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend that you read the first four books of the series first as you will better understand the characters relationships. This is one of the best series I have read in years. I have shared the first 3 books with quite a few of my friends over the years and was very excited to see America's Bravest and It Had To Be You as new additions. They may be romance novels, but Kathryn Shay included many true happenings in the lives of real firefighters (I worked EMS for over 16 years and have seen similar events in my own life). Very well written series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for more in this series
Luvmyhootie More than 1 year ago
** DNF @ 83% ** I'm mad at myself right now because I never mark a book DNF once I've gotten this far in a story. It's almost like getting tackled at the one yard line to give up with only 57 minutes (according to my kindle) left in the book but once I reach my bulls--- threshold, it can't be helped. I became a huge fan of the Hidden Cove Firefighters series a few years ago and over the past two weeks I have been re-reading the series to get familiar with the characters in order to finish the three books left in the series I have put off until now. The setup is as follows, Beckett Sloan is a former Army Captain who served time in Iraq and upon returning from the war suffers from PTSD attacks. His are so bad they incapacitate him and take him out of the realm of reality and back to the trauma associated with his syndrome. He's lost his wife and his son is estranged due to his illness but he's managed to pick himself up and become a firefighter in Hidden Cove. Lela Allen is an ex-army trauma nurse with an ex husband who suffers from PTSD and a son who has witnessed his father's brutal flashbacks which has left the little boy skittish of men. Beckett and Lela form a bond during a PTSD trauma group meeting which slowly develops into something deeper and the two can't stay away from each other or fight the feelings building between them. Lela doesn't want to subject her son to another man with PTSD symptoms so they agree to stay away from each other but when their sons become close friends it's a challenge to keep their promise. This isn't an easy story, there's a lot of moving pieces and I knew to some extent what I was in for when I started but here's where I was pushed to put the book down indefinitely. So Beckett and Lela grow close the more time they spend together and of course they share a bond with the PTSD thing and that their kids are friends. It's so painful to ignore what they're feeling that they give themselves 2 days to act on their feelings and then they promise to stay away to do what's best for Lela's son. For two days they make love and profess their deep love and have some amazing moments that had me hopeful they could make this work. They both start dating other people in an effort to try and move on but I was still hopeful that they would wake up and try to work around the issues plaguing them. When a tragedy occurs that affects Lela and her son it throws the story into a tailspin of melodramatic proportions. Not even three weeks after they've professed their love to each other they start screwing other people. WHAT THE F*** IS THAT???!!! I mean, I get human emotion and how hurtful it is to not be with the person you're in love with but the reasoning behind why they were kept apart was just ludicrous. #1) Lela doesn't want to subject her son to another man who has PTSD, I get that. What I don't get is why the he-- she didn't get her son some dang HELP so he could get better with his trust issues with men. There's another thing, he has issues trusting men but he seems to get along with her new f--- buddy doctor? Which is it Shay? He doesn't like all men or just Beck? Honestly it felt like a cop out to keep the couple apart. #2) The main focus of the entire series has centered on a particular fire department psychiatrist (Jack Harrison) who helps the firefighters and their families cope with painful events that affect their mental health. He started a group for people who suffer from PTSD or have dealt with someone who suffers from it. I couldn't figure out why Lela didn't approach Harrison about helping her son and get to the root of why he felt the way he does. It's understandable that he witnessed Beck having an episode and it scared him but why in the ever-loving HE** didn't Lela get her kid HELP??? It's driving me INSANE at the moment! #3) Beck and Lela PROMISE to stay away from each other and for three weeks (while they're porking other people) they've only caught glimpses of each other in passing but during a chance meetup at the local firefighters kids camp where they come face-to-face with each other and their current bed-mates they're both thrown into pits of jealousy and longing. UGH! Somebody shoot me. Please! This is where I dropped the book and walked away. They see each other at the camp, realize they've both been banging other people and when they both get home with their partners, turn their sexual advances away respectively because they don't feel it's right to f*** while thinking of someone else. WHAT!!?? Am I on planet earth right now? What the heck has changed in the three to four weeks since they started sleeping with other people up until now? Am I seriously supposed to believe that they haven't thought of each-other ONCE in all the times they've slept with who they are with now???? That Beckett hasn't put his penis inside his new lover and thought "Hmm, this feels wrong because I'm in love with another woman but Oh well. It's in there now!" or that Lela hasn't thought "Gee, I wish this was Beckett pounding into me from behind but what can ya do?". GRRR! What alternate universe does Kathryn Shay think we live in? They're in love with each other, giving their private parts away to different people and this ONE SINGULAR MOMENT IN TIME is supposed to be different for them? I call bulls***. I just can't believe that this moment was the first time they allowed themselves to think that they were moving on in EVERY sense of the word and finally set in that they've both made steps to get over the other person. I'm very disappointed with It Had To Be You because it didn't feel like a true Kathryn Shay Hidden Cove book. So many of the elements that made the first half of the series remarkable to me were overlooked or left out all together to make this book more dramatic than it needed to be. What could have been solved by some therapy sessions and open communication between the two main characters was side-stepped to create something so over the top it ticked me off. This was soap opera style drama. Even for a Kathryn Shay novel. Especially when Lela falls down in the shower and starts crying because she knows Beckett has been sleeping with another woman. How stupid is this woman anyway? Because she's been having sex with someone else too! Ugh. I need to stop focusing on this issue but I was really hoping they wouldn't take it so far with other people before realizing they really loved each other and tried to make it work. I guess that's my main problem. They didn't even try! So I'm supposed to believe that they magically fix everything wrong with their relationship in the 15% I had left to finish? No way. I didn't feel like there was enough time to rectify all the issues surrounding this couple. I'm not even sure this review makes sense because I was so frustrated by this book I started drinking immediately. I recommend reading the first 3 books in this series and the novella's called "America's Bravest" but after that don't bother with the rest of the books. Thankfully this nightmare won't cast a bad light on the other books for me but it has made me not even want to finish the rest of the series. I'll just take my love of the other characters and their stories and remember them fondly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just want to read more and more. It is sooo good.
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Healing & Love -- I loved the characters. And greatly appreciated that their healing is a realistic -- it doesn't follow a straight line, but involves moving forward and backward in what can be a very frustrating way. That made me care more for Lela and Beck, and root for them to find a way to be together. "It Had to Be You" is a great title, because they didn't want it to be each other, but it was.
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Wow...Such a well written, emotional, heart~breaking read. Just loved it. I was hooked from the start by such wonderful and lovable characters. Oh...these characters broke my heart. Beck and Lela, Nick and I felt so bad for Len. It was hard to read these characters struggle to move on with their lives and in some cases, just survive another day. It is so sad for me to think how much soldiers sacrifice and still when they come home they suffer as well as their families. I thought that Kathryn did an excellent job portraying this.  I just loved Beck and Lela and I was so rooting for them to get their HEA together. I needed the same for Nick and Amy and I wanted it for Len so bad but that didn't happen. All of these characters had an impact on me and I thought about them long after the story was over.  This is my first time reading Kathryn Shay and I have no idea how I missed such a great author. I am a big fan now. I love the way she is able to bring her stories and characters to life. I couldn't put it down. I loved the other firefighters and cannot wait to read their stories next.  While this story was heart~breaking it was also extremely entertaining. It was so interesting to read the many different sides of PTSD from those inflicted by it, in the different stages, to their families~although after reading this book it seems all those involved with a person with PTSD suffer in one form or another.  It Had To Be You was so much more than I thought it was going to be.  I LOVED Beck's character and I loved him with Lela but I could totally see both their sides about not being able to be together. Kathryn certainly put their relationship through the emotional ringer!! lol  Loved the ending and cannot wait for more. I am hoping to see Beck and Lela and Nick and Amy in future books. *crossesfingers* I definitely felt a connection these characters.  At the end I was smiling but this book touched me so much that I had trouble letting the characters go. Best of the Best rating!! ***ARC provided by Kathryn Shay~Thank you so much!! :)  Mariann at Belle's Book Bag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Kathry Shay's writing, I fnd this this book met the same high standards of her other writings. I reread her America's Bravest more than once. There is so much more than just telling a story.
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