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It Had to Be You (Grayson Friends) [Mass Market Paperback]

Francis Ray

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27 April 2010 Grayson Friends (Book 4)
Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as "Rolling Deep." R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants--and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week. Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying--and failing--to let Laurel know that he's not the player he's made out to be. So he introduces himself to her by his real name, Zachary Wilder, hoping to win her over. But it's Zach who falls under this beauty's spell. Now it's only a matter of time before Laurel learns who the man she's losing her heart to really is--but can she walk away from a passion that feels so right?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312365071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312365073
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.3 x 16.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lived in Dallas. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series-Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller's lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written fifty-four books. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, Atlantic Choice, Borders 2008 Romance Award for bestselling Multicultural Romance for NOBODY BUT YOU. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written 2010 Book of the Year, African American Literary Award 2013 for Best Romance, Best in Romance Building Relationships Around Books 2013 Woman Literature- WHEN MORNING COMES, the FRANCIS RAY LIFETIME LITERARY AWARD named in her honor from BRAB, Multicultural Romance: REVIEWERS' CHOICE BEST BOOK AWARDS from RT Book Reviews for ALL THAT I DESIRE and The Romance Slam Jam, LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD renamed in honor of Francis Ray.

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From New York Times best selling author Francis Ray comes a dazzling new novel of the Grayson family and their friends--a duo destined to make beautiful music together...

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IT HAD TO BE HER
Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as "Rolling Deep." R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants--and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week.

IT HAD TO BE...WHO?
Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying--and failing--to let Laurel know that he's not the player he's made out to be. So he introduces himself to her by his real name, Zachary Wilder, hoping to win her over. But it's Zach who falls under this beauty's spell. Now it's only a matter of time before Laurel learns who the man she's losing her heart to really is--but can she walk away from a passion that feels so right?


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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining contemporary romance 30 April 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Had to Be You 1 May 2010
By Ms.Harriet M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
All around wonderful read.
The angst of the hero & Heroine is reflected in the song It Had to be You. Since, I am old school I had to go and listen to the song. I was amazed at the correlation between the two.
Both the heroine Laurel Raineau & the hero Zachary Albright Wilder had life lessons to learn. Laurel's lesson was that assumptions "truly make an ass of you and me". Zachary's is ," Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. ...".
However, they gain insight over time. With the help of family and friends they are able to make amends.
Synopsis
IT HAD TO BE HER
Most musicians would do anything to work with the hot, young record producer known as "Rolling Deep." R.D. can pick and choose any artist he wants--and he wants Laurel Raineau. A classical violinist, Laurel plays soaring music that touches R.D. to his very soul. But the last thing Laurel wants is to work with someone whose exploits with the ladies appear in the tabloids every week.
IT HAD TO BE...WHO?
Not one to take no for an answer, R.D. keeps trying--and failing--to let Laurel know that he's not the player he's made out to be. So he introduces himself to her by his real name, Zachary Wilder, hoping to win her over. But it's Zach who falls under this beauty's spell. Now it's only a matter of time before Laurel learns who the man she's losing her heart to really is--but can she walk away from a passion that feels so right?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Please 2 May 2010
By Cheryl Koch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Zachary Wilder "Rolling Deep" is a famous music producer. Everyone who is anyone wants to work with RD. Well everyone but the beautiful and talented Laurel Raineau. Laurel plays the Violin. She wants nothing to do with RD. He has a reputation of being a play boy. Zach has never been turned down before.

When RD learns that Laurel will be taking a vacation down to Playa del Carmen, he books a flight down there. He hopes to show Laurel that there is more to Zach then his image as RD.

It Had to Be You is book four of the Grayson Friends novels. It can be read as a stand alone novel. I say this because it is the first novel I have read by this author. It is not for a lack of not wanting to try a book out by Francis Ray but just never got around to it yet. I can happily say that after reading this book, I will make sure that time does not pass before I pick up another one of Francis Ray's books.

The sexual chemistry between Zach and Laurel was as hot as the sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen. It was nice to see the softer side of Zach. Zach and Laurel made beautiful music together. If there had to be one book that started my summer out right, it had to be It Had to Be You.
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Francis? 19 July 2013
By Afrocentric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I love romance novels, but this was awful. The plot was ridiculous, and it felt as though the author had to take every character that she ever created and threw them into this novel. It was so corny and ridiculous that I didn't even want to finish this story. I was so disappointed. The plot did not flow well, and it did not make sense at times. It felt as though it jumped around a bit. I expected better...
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 12 May 2013
By Jessica Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have slowly bought this entire series of books for my mother to enjoy. She takes them everywhere and the writer makes her characters so real, you start to talk about them by name. Truly addictive.
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