Zachary Albright—known to his fans as Zachary Wilder or by
his hip-hop moniker, "Rolling Deep"—is the hottest music
producer in the business. So it confounds and irritates him
when classical violinist Laurel Raineau refuses his
overtures to work together. Zach is certain if he can
introduce Laurel to the real Zachary, not the "RD" of
tabloid fodder, she'll change her mind. He's right, except
once Laurel falls for the "real" Zach, he fails to fully
disclose his identity.
I'm a huge fan of Francis Ray's novels, particularly the
Grayson novels, so it's not surprising that I enjoyed IT HAD
TO BE YOU, although not as much as some of the other books
in the series. The Grayson family and their extended
friends have gotten so expansive that it's difficult to keep
up. It's just that the men are so delectable and the women
so admirable that it must as difficult to continue crafting
characters of such high caliber as it is for readers to
remember them all. I've read all but one of the books in
both the Grayson Family and the Grayson Friends series and
still I found the narrative explaining the connections a bit
squirrel-ly. The good news is that the author covers the
familiar ties rather deftly, laying out the family tree at a
logical point in the story and quickly moving on, leaving 99
percent of the focus purely on Laurel and Zach. Readers who
haven't read all of the books more than likely will be
enticed to find the other books and play catch-up.
The love scenes are as hot as ever, and Ray tests Zach and
Laurel's devotion even after they've seemingly worked out
their difference, extending the story when so many romance
authors simply would have wrapped it up. It works because
readers are reassured that Zach and Laurel as a couple will
last beyond their music project, a true happily-ever-after.
I think Ms. Ray could write these Grayson novels forever.
Just wait until the Grayson principles start having
offspring! I, for one, surely will be in line to read them.
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?