Book Review: It Had to be You

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It Had to be You
by
Susan May Warren

This second book of the Christiansen Family series finds us catching up with Owen and Eden Christiansen. Owen is an NHL rookie, having recently signed with a team out of Minneapolis, and Eden is writing obits for a local paper – still chasing her dream of becoming a reporter. For some reason, however, Eden feels that her priority is being Owen’s biggest cheerleader and keeping him out of trouble when his newfound wealth and fame get the better of him. She’s quickly forgetting who she is since keeping up with Owen’s antics seems to be a full time job.

Enter Jace Jacobsen, a longtime NHL player whose claim to fame is his aggression – both on and off the ice.  With his health failing due to years of such aggressive playing, he’s faced with an uncertain future, unsure of whether he even wants to stay in the NHL. And now he’s got the big sister of his team’s newest hot shot breathing down his neck, urging him to be a mentor to her brother – Owen Christiansen. Neither Owen nor Jace really want much to do with each other, but Eden is persistent.

When Owen’s recklessness leads to an injury that is potentially career ending, Jace and Eden are thrown into a situation where they have to work together even though they can’t stand each other. But the more time they spend together, the more they begin to realize that they’re falling for each other whether they like it or not. And slowly, Owen begins to come around as well.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Susan May Warren, but I loved finding myself back in Deep Haven again. Actually, when I finished this book, I didn’t want to leave Deep Haven so I picked up a couple more of her books to read. As I started reading It Had to be You, I was quickly caught up in the story and couldn’t wait to see how it worked itself out. I enjoyed getting another glimpse into the life of the Christiansen family and watching how their relationships evolved. I even enjoyed getting to know Jace Jacobsen, even though I didn’t really care for his character at first. Warren has a way of writing that really makes readers feel like they could be sitting across the table sharing a meal with the characters and this book is no different. I can’t wait until the next book in the series comes out and I’m able to see what the rest of the family is up, plus I’d also love to see what Jace and Eden are up to now.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of It Had to be You, click here.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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