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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413574
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Robin Kaye

"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"


Praise for Robin Kaye
"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"

About the Author

Robin Kaye is a Golden Heart Award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Red Hook series which includes "You're the One "and "Back to You." Her books have been translated into five languages.

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24y.o. singer has an instant mutual attraction to the son of the owner of the bar she works at. Late 20s computer-software creator Hero is back home temporarily before he heads off to his contracted work in Bahrain. She tries hard to deflect his flirtation. But the time they end up spending together, when her brother’s accident takes her home, result in a passionate affair. Their intimacy is alien to both of them and brings up their fears. Two major revelations in Hero’s life drives his fears between them.** How much of his past will he let dictate their romance?

This book was steamy, emotionally-pulling, adorable, and poignant. The strength of this book was in how Hero and heroine persisted in keeping their romance, despite the difficulties that came. They didn’t do immature hysterics or prideful avoidance that many romance tropes do. We saw them confront each other, fight for each other, and hope for the best in one another. It massively helped that the secondary characters(i.e., Hero’s extensive adopted family and their friends) were written in to support their romance and not take the spotlight from them. So, when Hero’s repressed traumatic past came into the surface, his family helped him through it. If it wasn’t for their loving confrontations, I think the ending would’ve been different. Or, at least, prolonged.

Well-recommended.

**A more detailed review with SPOILERS is on my blog ... movesme.blogspot.com/2014/02/had-to-be-you-robin-kaye.html
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I have loved all of Ms Kaye's writings and this one didn't disappoint either.
I always find myself very invested in all of her characters and Slater and Rocki's story
was one of her best.
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By Nik on 21 April 2014
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A really good read, with all the right ingredients. Had me laughing and crying, couldn't put it down. Would recommend this author to others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing something 2 Jun. 2014
By Ellief - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Had to be You, Bad Boys of Red Hook #3, by Robin Kaye
Grade: C+

“Nothing gets to me. Except you. It had to be you.”

Slater Shaw ran away from Red Hook as fast as he could and into the navy but when his foster father has a heart attack he heads home to help run the family restaurant. Slater’s goal is to help for a month and then make his way to the Middle East to finish a computer program that will make him a rich man and finally be able to show off to all of those that treated him like garbage all his life. Slater never expected to find a woman like Rocki O’Sullivan in Red Hook especially working as the lead singer of a restaurant house band. Rocki intrigues Slater and her secrets make him want to find out what she’s hiding and why she seems to make him feel things he never felt before.

Rocki O’Sullivan loves her life in Red Hook Brooklyn and its a far cry from her privileged upbringing. Rocki suffered major tragedy as a child and has kept men at arms length every since but one look at Slater Shaw and all of her walls crumble. The more these two are together the more they shatter all of their barriers and soon neither is able to be without the other. As secrets are revealed from their pasts they must fight to stay together or lose they love they have finally found.

I really have grown to enjoy the bad Boys of Red Hook series and was very excited for Shaw and Rocki’s story. Rocki is an awesome character and I love that she beats to her own drum but I was surprised to learn all about her past and her childhood. I liked Shaw right off the bat and I found that he and Rocki seemed to have some of the best chemistry of any characters I’ve ever read about. These two heated up the pages right from the beginning and I just couldn’t stop reading well into the night.

I loved the first half of this book but I found the second half too low for me and it seemed to have lost the magic the first half had. I felt like I couldn’t stop reading and was so engrossed in theses two characters and then I found my mind wandering and not caring as much. I got annoyed with Slater and Rocki in the second half and I think this is why I wasn’t as into things as I was before. I still enjoyed the book and the way it ended but I wasn’t as involved as I was at the beginning. I was very disappointed since things started off so well.

All in all I did like this book but it was missing something. We get to catch up with all of the old characters in Red Hook and it’s so fun to see how things have turned out for everyone. I still really enjoy this series and am hoping that Jackson sticks around and will get his book next. I really hope this happens because I think watching Jackson fall hard for a woman would be so fun. Okay book but still a really fun series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the BAD BOYS OF RED HOOK series 4 Feb. 2014
By DiDi - Guilty Pleasures BR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes a book hits you really hard and Robin Kaye’s Had To Be You is one of those books. During the course of this book, the hero remembers some awful incidents that he has repressed for many years and in doing so, he begins to question everything about who he is and his worth to the people in his life. I had a friend who lived through an incident very much like the hero’s so to say I was a blubbering mess while reading parts of this book is an understatement. I’ll admit I was a little put off by Slater Shaw when he first appeared in You’re The One and had my doubts that he could be redeemed. However, back home and firmly entrenched with his foster Dad, “Pop”, his brothers, their significant others, Nicki the latest child his Pop has taken in, and old friends we begin to see a different side of Slater. When he’s knocked for a loop by Rocki, the singer in the house band in Pop’s restaurant and club, it becomes evident that Slater doesn’t really want the loner life he believes is the best thing for him.

I love that Slater is a geek at heart but he’s grown into a filled out handsome guy. He carries a pretty big chip on his shoulder and prefers to be alone something his family and friends and little Nicki just seem to ignore. He’s not one of those heroes you’ll immediately fall in love with, the man has issues and he holds himself back from making connections of any kind. Yet from the minute he meets Rocki, he feels protective of her and if he’s honest it’s more than just simple lust. Nicki is another story, there’s something familiar about the little girl but he has no idea what it is or why. She makes him a little uncomfortable, but her innocent observations about life draw him in and make him see that she too has walked a difficult path in life even at age 10.
I’ve loved Rocki from the first time she was introduced and I found myself smiling as she was knocked off her high heels by Slater. She’s always so cool and poised and it was really evident that Slater affects her. Rocki has always been somewhat mysterious so when a family emergency has her almost hysterical, Pop insists Slater accompany her to take care of it.

Slater impressed me taking care of her while she was dealing with a family crisis although it became evident that he himself was dealing with an internal issue as well. It was clear that Rocki doesn’t like relying on anyone for everything so the fact that she let Slater help her and clung to him when she was falling apart made it easy to see there was more between them than either of them wanted. I love the way these two danced around each other and when they finally gave in their intimate moments went beyond lust and scared them both.

This was a very busy book with a lot going on and while the relationship between Slater and Rocki was developing they were both dealing with some pretty big revelations in their lives. Slater in particular was dealt a blow when an incident that he had repressed comes to the surface and sends him into a very dark place. In addition he’s trying to make decisions about his future and then he finds he has more than himself to consider.

The one thing I have loved about this series is that it shows us that your past doesn’t have to dictate your future and this book in particular brings that point home. Yes, Had To Be You is a love story but it’s so much more; it’s about learning to accept who you are, trusting the people you love to have your back no matter what, and that family isn’t always created by blood. While at times dark, the love in this book shines brightly lifting the darkness and ushering in a new way of looking at life.

Review copy provided for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars they fought for their relationship 4 Feb. 2014
By RomReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
24y.o. singer has an instant mutual attraction to the son of the owner of the bar she works at. Late 20s computer-software creator Hero is back home temporarily before he heads off to his contracted work in Bahrain. She tries hard to deflect his flirtation. But the time they end up spending together, when her brother’s accident takes her home, result in a passionate affair. Their intimacy is alien to both of them and brings up their fears. Two major revelations in Hero’s life drives his fears between them.** How much of his past will he let dictate their romance?

This book was steamy, emotionally-pulling, adorable, and poignant. The strength of this book was in how Hero and heroine persisted in keeping their romance, despite the difficulties that came. They didn’t do immature hysterics or prideful avoidance that many romance tropes do. We saw them confront each other, fight for each other, and hope for the best in one another. It massively helped that the secondary characters(i.e., Hero’s extensive adopted family and their friends) were written in to support their romance and not take the spotlight from them. So, when Hero’s repressed traumatic past came into the surface, his family helped him through it. If it wasn’t for their loving confrontations, I think the ending would’ve been different. Or, at least, prolonged.

Well-recommended.

**A more detailed review with SPOILERS is on my blog ... movesme.blogspot.com/2014/02/had-to-be-you-robin-kaye.html
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WILL DEFINITELY PULL ON YOUR HEART STRINGS.... 28 May 2014
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Slater’s past is just that, his past. So returning to Red Hook to help out his foster family while his dad recovers isn’t his idea of a good time. He’s counting down the days until he gets his contract with OPEC to go to Bahrain and start his new job. That is until he lays eyes on Rocki. He can’t believe how sexy she is, and he certainly can’t understand why she’s wasting her talent in a bar in Red Hook when she could be bringing in big bucks singing in New York City…unless she’s hiding something. As a computer geek, he’s able to break any code, breech any security wall and find the information he’s looking for. So why can’t he crack Rocki’s code? And why is she so determined to keep her distance from him when there is obviously an attraction?

Rocki has work hard over the past three years to develop relationships and friendships in Red Hook. Everything was going perfect until one sexy ex-navy man on a bike showed up and rocked her world. His raw animal magnetism is not something she can ignore, despite her best efforts. Not only is he Pete’s son, and therefore off limits, he’s also the one person who can bring her world crashing down. Rocki knows that as soon as Slater starts digging around in her past, he’ll learn her secrets and expose her for who she really is. And Rocki is not ready for that. But when Rocki receives a call that her brother has been in a serious accident and Slater drives her home, she is forced to spend time with Slater and share her secrets with him. Will he accept her for who he is or push her away because she has deceived everyone he cares about? And when Slater’s dark past rears its ugly head again, will Slater finally be able to lay his demons to rest and learn to live and love again?

Such a wonderful story of overcoming tragedy and learning to live again. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll fall in love with the characters of the Red Hook Series all over again. A very well written novel by Robin Kaye. The storyline and characters are rich and real. It’s not often that I cry at the end of a novel, but this book had me reaching for the tissues, both tears of sadness for what Slater had to go through, and tears of joy for sweet Nicki. I was so invested and involved with the plot that while I couldn’t read this book in one sitting, I was picking it up every chance I got just to squeeze in a few more pages. From Rocki and Slater to Pete and little Nicki, you will feel like you really know them by the end of the story. This book will definitely pull on your heart strings. I absolutely loved this story and can’t wait to read more by Robin Kaye.

Rating: 5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, passionate and interesting 7 May 2014
By Adria Reyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Another new to me author, Robin Kaye definitely has a talent for giving her characters a traumatic past.

Slater is the type of character that grabs your attention from the beginning. At first I wasn't too sure if I liked him, he was a little standoffish and difficult to get to know. It wasn't until he met the heroine, Rocki, that I started to warm up to him. He started to show his true self, he was actually a caring, sweet and sometimes nerdy guy who just happened to be wrapped up in a bad boy package. Irresistible really.

Rocki is an outgoing and charismatic character. She draws people to her with her sweet and flirty personality and of course Slater is no exception. Rocki, for all her looks and job is actually a pretty normal woman who cares for her family. She's a lot like Slater in that way and just like Slater, she also doesn't want any romantic entanglements.

Slater and Rocki's chemistry is undeniable and they spend so much time fighting it that the tension grows by leaps and bounds. I loved that tension that was at times sexual and at others emotional. The push and pull then denial on both parts made things more interesting. Both Slater and Rocki are so likable that I not only rooted for them as a couple but as individual characters.

The added emotional turmoil that occurs in Had to be You was unexpected. Rocki's family trouble takes her by surprise and shows her a different side of Slater that not many people have ever seen, but just when it seems their relationship is heading in a positive, new direction, Slater's past comes back to haunt him and it's a whopper of a revelation. There's such darkness in Slater's past that caught me off guard and it changes him and his relationship with Rocki to where it seemed like he wouldn't be able to come to terms with it.

There's also a surprising relationship between Slater and Nicki, a young girl that Slater's father has taken in to raise. She's surprisingly observant and seems to bring out a side of Slater that no one else can. I liked her innocent honesty and tenacity when it came to getting what she wanted.

Final Verdict: Had to be You was an enjoyable read for me. It had two interesting and somewhat complex characters who in turn have interesting and complex relationships with those around them. There was some great dialogue and humor to balance the sexiness of the relationship between Slater and Rocki as well as some heartbreaking revelations that both characters had to face and overcome.
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