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It Had to Be You (Grayson Friends) Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 4 of 11 in the Grayson Friends Series

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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

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I couldn't believe that a virgin would've been as forward as she was in this story. It started out to strong but came in just right. A story of people learning to adapt to one another's lifestyle. Great story.
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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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This was the final book...hopefully just for now..of the Grayson friends and I wasn't disappointed. One thing I truly commend Francis Ray for is the intertwining of the characters I grew to love in her other stories. You keep getting snapshots of them. That way I never feel like I am done reading their love for each other because it shows through in the other stories I read. The Grayson family is heavily in this story as Sabra's sister is the main heroine. So the family pops in through conversation and visits. Rolling Deep or Zach is the brother of Paige, which allows us to get another view of the whole Trent situation which I would have loved to see go public ( I just hope that means it will in another book...hint hint). As for the romance between Zach and Laurel I was pleasantly surprised. Laurel to me seemed like a sheltered snob never really having to give any one a chance because she could keep the world at arms distance. So although I wasn't proud of Zack for withholding information (which on one hand I applauded because he didn't lie he just omitted information and she didn't push for answers either...the whole mystic around a vacation fling) but I understood his reasoning. People make character judgments before even giving you a chance, on that front Laurel was guilty. I wasn't pleased either that she was so hurt by his omission to me that made no sense...anger yes but so deeply hurt no. I wasn't happy either that so many people (the Grayson clan) jumped into to save her but understood sister and mother loyalties. All in all I was glad Laurel finally gained a little maturity and stood up for what she really wanted.

So my hope is now that I get a story that has Rio at the center of it?!?! I couldn't think of another person that deserves one more...
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