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Product Details

  • Series: Grayson Friends (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312365071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312365073
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What begins as a tantalizing romance between two stubborn individuals loses some oomph in Ray's fourth Grayson Friends novel (after 2009's One Night with You). Zachary Albright Wilder, an in-demand music producer, is shocked and angry when beautiful, solitary classical musician Laurel Raineau refuses to work with him because of his scandalous reputation. Determined to persuade her, Zach follows her from Los Angeles to Mexico, keeping his identity secret. As Laurel learns to separate Zach's true character from the rumors, he discovers that loving a person might be easy, but making a relationship work was another matter. The love scenes are frequent and steamy, though the writing is often jumpy and clichéd, and readers who like a lot of glamour with their romance will enjoy the frequent references to fast cars, exclusive clubs, and high fashion. (May)
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 The sexual chemistry between the couple was flaming hot and continued to burn intensely until the very end.  This is one Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read that you will not want to miss out on!
--Joyfully Reviewed

Ability to bring a fresh voice to a long-running series is a gift that Ray possesses in spades. Newest entry to the Grayson Friends takes readers into a clash of musical worlds: classical vs hip-hop. Sit back and enjoy another jewel.--RT Book Review

"An emotion-packed, enjoyable tale." —Romance Reviews Today

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 and Multicultural Romance: REVIEWERS' CHOICE BEST BOOK AWARDS from RT Book Reviews for ALL THAT I DESIRE.

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(5/14/13), AFTER THE DAWN - (06/18/13), ALL THAT I NEED - (07/2/13), and ALL THAT I DESIRE - Rio's book (10/29/13).

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Customer Reviews

I loved the development of her characters and their story lines.
Renowned violinist, Laurel Raineau, refused to even consider working with the notorious music producer Rolling Deep.
Amazon Customer
Love love love it, I am a newby to the Francis Ray novels, I couldn't put it down it drew me into the story.
Robbin Daughtry

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2010
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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Harriet M. on May 1, 2010
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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.
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
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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.
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Renowned violinist, Laurel Raineau, refused to even consider working with the notorious music producer Rolling Deep. He was well-known for running through women as often as he changed shirts. With a reputation like that, Laurel didn't want her musical career to be associated with the likes of him. Besides, Laurel had more important things to deal with, like working through the grievance with the loss of her beloved father while trying to compose her next album. So, she followed her families' recommendation of getting away for some much needed rest and relaxation before tackling her huge project. The last thing Laurel expected to find was love; but, that's exactly what happened when she met and fell for the handsome and dashing Zachary Wilder.

Famous Musician Zachary "Rolling Deep" Wilder was determined to produce the legendary violinist Laurel Raineau's next album, but there was one small problem, Laurel refused to have anything to do with him because of his very public reputation. Nevertheless, Zach was willing to do whatever it took to change her mind. So, he `accidently' met her while on vacation using his real name fully knowing it could possibly backfire. And, backfire it did! Not only did Zach fall hard and fast for Laurel, but she had no idea that he and Rolling Deep was the same person. Will Zach be able to save the special love between them, or was all hope lost?

It Had To Be You was a joy to read, and my emotions were all over the place. Although, I knew from the start that Zach's plan was going to be a failure, I had to give him kudos for his determination. What started out as a scheme, quickly turned into something much more meaningful. Zach didn't know how to correct things without hurting Laurel in the process.
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