Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: It Had to Be You by: Susan May Warren

It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family #2)
About the Book:
 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.

About the Author:
 Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!

My Review:
 Sometimes controlling everyone and every thing around comes easily and then after so long it seems we politely get knocked off our pedestals. As it seems with Eden in the second of the Christiansen Family novel series. She seems to think she has a handle on her brother Owen and rightfully so but for far too long her own life has fell by the wayside and now God has stepped in to shove her a little in the right direction.

 Along comes Jace into her life, Jace keeps turning up in unexpected places and he is just fine with not getting to know her at all because he has problems of his own. But something keeps drawing them to one another. Pretty soon neither will be able to deny the pull.

 The characters were a little hard to follow at first but the story finally rounded itself out a bit. Eden is in desperate need of a friend and Jace whether he wants to admit it or not could use one too!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Tyndale.