Thursday, February 06, 2014

Susan May Warren's It Had to be You ~ Reviewed

Susan May Warren
Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 
Pages   480 
Binding  Softcover 
Release Date   Feb 1, 2014 
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers 
ISBN  1414378424  

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits--and starting to fear she doesn't have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior--on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he's getting from Eden Christiansen isn't making things any easier. But when Owen's carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.        


It Had To Be You is book two in the Christiansen Family Series.  In this book, we follow Eden Christiansen.  Her whole life, she has lived in the lime light of her family, most recently moving to the big city with her little brother, Owen, as he embarks on his NHL career.  While Owen is making a big name for himself in hockey, Eden has taken a job writing obituaries at the local newspaper.  She feels stuck in this job, but doesn’t have enough confidence to try for anything bigger, all at the same time while trying to be “mom” to her little brother who doesn’t realize how good he has it.  In the meantime, she meets Owen’s team captain, Jace.  He has a reputation as a bad boy and a ladies’ man, but circumstances through Eden and Jace together, and they develop an undeniable attraction to each other.

I was very excited that the Christiansen Family story was continuing.  I enjoyed seeing Eden’s character develop as she finally came out of her shell.  I guess I can say I liked the same thing about Jace, as he realized he wasn’t the guy everyone thought he was.  This was just a really enjoyable book.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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