It Had To Be You [NOOK Book]

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USA TODAY 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 one of the novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“Kathryn Shay loves firefighters, and if you didn't love them ...
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It Had To Be You

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Overview

USA TODAY 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 one of the novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“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.” Judith Arnold, USA TODAY Bestselling Author


When Beckett Sloan, a war veteran turned firefighter on the elite Rescue Squad in Hidden Cove Fire Department, falls for Lela Allen, the ex-wife of a PTSD sufferer, their relationship is doomed. Beck also has the malady and it caused the breakup of his marriage and the estrangement of his son. Lela is divorcing her army husband because of his inability to manage his own post traumatic syndrome. And worse, PTSD has greatly affected their sons. Will fate keep these two apart or will their feelings triumph? With storylines for two other veterans, IT HAD TO BE YOU combines realistic firefighting and war scenes with heart-wrenching emotion.


Reader Praise for IT HAD TO BE YOU

“Wow...Such a well written, emotional, heartbreaking read. I just loved it. I was hooked from the start by such wonderful and lovable characters...these characters broke my heart.”

“I never realized the extent of PTSD and how horrible it would be to have this. You also got in the mind of the firefighters and what they feel and see during a fire. It was also a different romantic story than usual.”

“I'm a firefighter at heart so I loved the fact that the story outside of the romance was so researched and the author was very knowledgeable. The stories make the romance even better!!! I couldn't wait to read the next one I could find from Ms. Shay!”
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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Powerful and compelling, this novel reinforces Shay’s well-earned reputation as a first rate storyteller.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015504309
  • Publisher: Kathryn Shay
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: Hidden Cove Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 53,556
  • File size: 841 KB

Meet the Author

Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has published 48 romance novels with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, 1 mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books and several online only 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 work has 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. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and children.
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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Great series to read!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Cant wait for more in this series

    Cant wait for more in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Healing & Love -- I loved the characters. And greatly apprec

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Wow...Such a well written, emotional, heart~breaking read. Just

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    As a fan of Kathry Shay's writing, I fnd this this book met the

    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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