Phoebe is a sexy underestimated daughter of a football owner (Chicago Stars). When her father sudden dies she inherits his team. Unfortunately, her father’s “gift” wasn’t given out of kindness. Her father had always seen her as a failure and this opportunity to run the team was a test. She must win the championship or she will lose any inheritance.
Dan is the cocky coach of the Chicago Stars. He has little faith in the new owner of the team. Butting heads and misunderstandings overshadow their relationship. The chemistry between these two is best summarized by them:
”I guess we’re like oil and water.” -Phoebe
”I’d say we’re more like gasoline and a blowtorch.” -Dan
It Had To Be You just celebrated its 20th year in publication. It has some cheesy moments but that seems to be common with books written in the 90’s. Also be warned there is a rape in the book, remembered assault plus a fake one. If you are squeamish about violence, do not read this book.
On the bright side, the asshole who assaulted and destroyed Phoebe’s future relationships with men gets what’s coming to him, in the form of Dan’s fists (and also of some of the team mates). Well played!
“Years ago she had discovered that she could control her relationships with heterosexual men far better by playing the sexy siren than the blushing ingenue. Being the sexual aggressor put her subtly in charge. She was the one who defined the rules of the game instead of the man, and when she sent her suitor on his way, he assumed it was because he didn’t measure up to all the other men in her life.”
I loved Phoebe! She was an amazing heroine. Everything about her was so appealing. She was just so broken and lost, and so many things were wrong with her at the beginning. But we get to see her grow into the kind of person we all wanna be. She still was very funny at the beginning, lol, so many scenes made me laugh so hard I had to stop reading the book and analyze them over and over again. Oh Pooh (He’s the dog for those who have not read it yet), you were my favorite character, so sweet. Phoebe was so strong and she definitely deserved her happy end!
Even the way she was playing Dan along was amazing.
“Honey lamb, there are a lot of things in this world I feel insecure about. Religion. Our national economic policies. What color socks to wear with a blue suit. But I’ve got to tell you that my performance in that hotel room last night isn’t one of them.”
What a hero. You know, maybe it’s just me that I have been reading paranormal for too long and heroes were always the same. Dan was so different from every other hero I have read about so far. He felt so real, I hated him at the beginning, and ended LOVING him, yes LOVING him. How could I not? He was so human, so real and had his personal demons to confront as Phoebe did.
Of course they made it work out at the end together, it’s romance after all, lol, but the story makes you need to keep reading until you finish the it. There’s so many emotions enclosed in this book. I wanted to laugh sometimes and cry others, even both at the same time. I was frustrated and extremely exhilarated the next second. That’s how good the book is.
“Poor Phoebe. When are you going to finish inventing yourself?”
“When I get it right,” she said softly.