Emma Wyatt has had enough of her ex best friend and his lady killer ways. Gone was the sweet boy of her youth and in rides the womaniser. But this time he has ready gone and done it!
Oliver didn’t expect to be coupled with Emma. She was in an awkward situation and he couldn’t help the words that came out. She should be grateful, he saved her.
Now the whole town knows. And Emma is pissed! She’s going to kill him.
But a heated argument leads to a fiery moment of passion and suddenly the two are fighting an unlikely attraction that neither saw coming. But Oliver has a secret that could tear them apart…
It Had To Be You contains many of the typical formulas. To begin with, we have the typical man vs. woman trope, of him being secretly in love with her & her having a strong distaste for him – this leads him to think of her as a ‘challenge’. There’s the whole fake relationship, which started out because of a jealous ex, and continued on because they didn’t want to upset his mother. Sometimes it all felt like a bit too much, and that the author was putting all these different ideas in to make it as interesting and dramatic as possible. Unfortunately, while the book was still good, I think it would have benefited from focusing on a couple of specific angles and not too many at once; this just leads it to feel underdeveloped, and because of this it was often hard to sympathise and have a connection with the characters. Nothing felt at stake, and I didn’t feel compelled. But still, despite all that, it was still a cute story and if your looking for a second-chance romance story that all works out perfectly, then I’d recommend this one to you.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.