It Had to Be Him



Even Though Meg Anderson S Hell Raising Days Are Over, Coming Home To Anderson Butte Isn T Easy, Especially When Her Impossible To Please Dad Is The Mayor And Her Do Gooder Siblings Run The Place But With Another Job Lost And The Gorgeous Father Of Her Daughter Trying To Make Contact After Disappearing Three Years Ago, A Break Is Definitely In Order Hopefully The Little Town Filled With Big, Juicy Secrets Can HelpAfter Being Off The Grid For Years, Josh Granger, A Man With His Own Secrets, Wants Meg And His Daughter Back But First He Has To Get Past Townspeople As Protective As A Pack Of Rottweilers He S Not The Man Meg Thinks He Is, But He Can T Tell Her Why Not YetAs Meg Slowly Warms To Josh, It S Clear The Old Spark Is Still There But When His Secret Is Exposed Along With Meg S Own Shocking Revelation Will It Tear Their Family Apart Again, Or Bind Them ForeverIt Had to Be Him

Tamra Baumann is an award winning author of light hearted contemporary romance and cozy mystery A reality show junkie, she justifies her addiction by telling others she s scouting for potential character material She adamantly denies she s actually living vicariously in their closets Tamra resides with her real life characters her husband, kids, and their adorable golden doodle in the sunny Southwest Visit her online at www.tamrabaumann.com

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 287 pages
  • It Had to Be Him
  • Tamra Baumann
  • English
  • 22 November 2018

10 thoughts on “It Had to Be Him

  1. says:

    3.75 StarsThis book was about second chances for 1 Love2 Trust3 Having a family 4 LifeMeg s family and town are not exactly fans of Meg Her sibling s may love her and wish her the best but her father certainly doesn t believe she can do anything worth while He doesn t think she can be responsible either Sure Meg gave the town heck with her attitude and pranks growing up, but she deserves a second chance Right Not everyone thinks she does Especially her father and The Three Amigos They 3.75 StarsThis book was about second chances for 1 Love2 Trust3 Having a family 4 LifeMeg s family and town are not exactly fans of Meg Her sibling s may love her and wish her the best but her father certainly doesn t believe she can do anything worth while He doesn t think she can be responsible either Sure Meg gave the town heck with her attitude and pranks growing up, but she deserves a second chance Right Not everyone thinks she does Especially her father and The Three Amigos They all think she can t do any good and judge her harshly and give her a tongue lashing whenever they can So she s set out to prove to everyone that she s not the person they think she is It also helps that she has no where to hide out so she needs to stay in her childhood town, the one she had hoped to never return to See, her ex boyfriend who shattered her heart and trust as well as leaving her alone and pregnant, is sniffing around and trying to find her He has some secrets he needs to let out of the bag, but Meg doesn t know that, as well as trying to win his family back Josh, the ex, will run into some issues as he tries to locate Meg in her home town The town rallies together, and are mostly related to each other, not to mention they are a very tight lip community Which they have to be, as they have signed a contract pact as the town caters to celebrities Josh will have to jump hurdles with her tight lip family, community, and Meg s shot gun toting grandma who will definitely shoot you That s not a lie, just ask Meg Meg has to come to terms with her trust issues with Josh, and people in general if she s going to allow Haley into Josh s life and him into hers and her daughters Josh will need to come clean with his life and pray Meg can forgive him which his secrets were justifiable And they both will need to learn how to co parent as another special person enters their life unexpectedly.What I liked1 Josh2 The kids3 Aunt Gloria4 This book kept me glued the whole way through.5 This book was exactly what I needed.6 The whole aspect of the story.7 The humor.8 The playfulness between Josh and Meg.9 Tara even though she played a small role, I can t wait for her book, Book 2 10 85% good pacing though I felt some things happened too fast and the end wrapped up too fast for me.11 Meg though I didn t like how the author made her the best at everything she did Also, I thought she was a hypocrite at times when it came to her thoughts about Josh and second chances, or how everyone did the same thing Josh had to do and she let that go sooner than stuff with Josh that bothered me the most

  2. says:

    Ehh, this type of story and writing just isn t my speed, style, nor taste It s a light, fluffy, ribbons and frills story set around a hefty dose of woe is me over mundane childish antics and the pulling of petals off the daisy He loves me, he loves me not Aside from being boring, it requires you to suspend logic. examples Batshit crazy town with way too much unbelievable about it Hey, I ve known you a couple weeks but I think I ll just give you my business Three year absence between MC Ehh, this type of story and writing just isn t my speed, style, nor taste It s a light, fluffy, ribbons and frills story set around a hefty dose of woe is me over mundane childish antics and the pulling of petals off the daisy He loves me, he loves me not Aside from being boring, it requires you to suspend logic. examples Batshit crazy town with way too much unbelievable about it Hey, I ve known you a couple weeks but I think I ll just give you my business Three year absence between MCs where his last words were for her to move on but he comes back to get her she s not only not moved on but hasn t even slept with anyone since him Hello, Disney movie Everyone seems to havemoney that a Wall Street banker, except the female MC But, no worries, she suddenly has 300k before the end of the book I hated the messages pulled from the story. Examples Her family lied to her for her own good He lied, lied some , and uses the line it was for your own good And she just accepts it all and berates herself for not being a better person and havingtrust in people THIS IS NOT an example of a strong, self confident protagonist It s a message of it s okay to lie and make choices for others without their knowledge as long as it s in their best interest It s okay for a dad to be a complete asshole My Gawd Egging someone s car and setting up a pie in the face contest doesn t make for a troublemaker kid This book turned a girl s normal youthful antics into just cause to berate her as the rotten apple of the town while another adult character s actual cruel, harmful antics were breezed over Bottom line Anyhoo, if you like marshmallow stories where innocent shit is villainized and actual wrongs are brushed under the rug, then this book is perfect for ya

  3. says:

    As an avid romance reader who starts at 3 stars when a book is average, it s saying something that this one rates a 4 for me The plot here is an interesting one At the outset, we know that Meg is a single mom who s returned to her hometown She is a free spirit whose antics gained her the disdain of most of her small town which is essentially owned and run by her family Her guy Josh has left her as soon as he found out she was pregnant and she s running from him so she won t lose her daught As an avid romance reader who starts at 3 stars when a book is average, it s saying something that this one rates a 4 for me The plot here is an interesting one At the outset, we know that Meg is a single mom who s returned to her hometown She is a free spirit whose antics gained her the disdain of most of her small town which is essentially owned and run by her family Her guy Josh has left her as soon as he found out she was pregnant and she s running from him so she won t lose her daughter The idea here that she was going to fall in love again with him, the guy who had hurt her so badly was something I wanted to see an author pull off I was pretty skeptical.I was really surprised when she did it This speaks to the writing, which has a strong emotional punch The plot is so so There are a lot of elements included that require suspending your disbelief Meg is a helicopter pilot And so is Josh Meg takes Josh back when he continues to lie to her Their daughter immediately loves her daddy Meg s old friend hates her so much that she publicly shames her Despite those flaws, Baumann gave us a small town to love Close knit, a town that keeps secrets and defends their own fiercely, even when the one they re defending is someone they don t hold highly It s full of cliches but not the standard cheesy ones A wise grandmother with a gun was just the right mix of gruff and protectively loving Meg s dad never changes too much to become unreliable he stays true to his initial character And while Meg seems to trust far too quickly and for the wrong reasons, it works because of her own insecurities and past All that said, you really do have to suspend your disbelief and just be entertained If you re looking for a realistic story here, you ll be disappointed But if you just want a quick, fun read that introduces you to an interesting town full of great characters, you ll be pleasantly surprised.Kate Rudd is fantastic as usual as the narrator on audio She voices each character with the exact amount of emotion and mood Their personalities are distinct, probablyso because of the way she relates them This book is likely less believable in print Kate Rudd brings a lightness to the story that is easy and fun without being silly It was a pleasure to go right along with things and not question them because of her narration.This story introduced me to a town that I m interested to knowabout Bring on the companion novels I m in, especially if Kate Rudd is narrating

  4. says:

    It has to be family Gosh I don t normally read books about adults, tending to stickto NA and YA novels, but I m really glad I gave this one a try It was just so cute I picked it as one of myFirst Reads for this month and boy don t I loveThey got so many good books and for someone who travels a lot it s super convent Anyways, back to the review The writing was good It wasn t amazing, but I enjoyed the nice flow of it and the distinct voice of both Josh and Meg I It has to be family Gosh I don t normally read books about adults, tending to stickto NA and YA novels, but I m really glad I gave this one a try It was just so cute I picked it as one of myFirst Reads for this month and boy don t I loveThey got so many good books and for someone who travels a lot it s super convent Anyways, back to the review The writing was good It wasn t amazing, but I enjoyed the nice flow of it and the distinct voice of both Josh and Meg I was hooked from the very beginning, finishing this story rather quickly I m not an expert on adult novels, but I thought this would definitely be something my mother could easily get into The plot was engaging too I loved the whole idea of this family owned town And the whole business side if the novel was super cool I would totally want to live in the town They may not all be related, yet, they are definitely all one big family The actual story was great It s a romance so don t expect some crazy action However, there is definitely tons of emotional drama and secrets Familial issues, romance drama, petty blow ups, and harsh judgements fill these pages Overall, I think this novel had a captivating plot line Oh the characters They were all so cute I loved Meg and the struggle she went through to prove the town that she had changed She s so strong, someone who would and will never give up Plus, she s an incredible mother to her daughter, Haley Then, we have Josh He was not what I expected when we first heard about him I thought he was going to be some jerk trying to redeem himself He wasn t He was a man who had never really had anyone to love and loose till Meg Yet, he had to let her and their unborn child go all in order to protect them Not very many people would be that selfless I was rooting for him the entire time Go Josh go The other characters were great too I loved Meg s family and how loyal they were to each other However, I have to say her Grandma was the best She was just so funny All in all, I recommend this story to those who are looking for a well developed romance and the binds of family This story centralizedon familial relationshipsthan anything else Enjoy D

  5. says:

    You know a book is gonna be great when you are introduced to a gun totting, orthopedic shoe wielding Granny in the first chapter It Had to Be Him is a great mix of romance, second chances, comedy, and a bit of suspense and intrigue thrown in I really enjoyed how the author set the stage from the beginning of the book with Meg s return to town Meg has some major obstacles to overcome with the town s and her family s perception of her due to her actions as a teen The reader is immediately You know a book is gonna be great when you are introduced to a gun totting, orthopedic shoe wielding Granny in the first chapter It Had to Be Him is a great mix of romance, second chances, comedy, and a bit of suspense and intrigue thrown in I really enjoyed how the author set the stage from the beginning of the book with Meg s return to town Meg has some major obstacles to overcome with the town s and her family s perception of her due to her actions as a teen The reader is immediately introduced to the dynamic of the town, and Meg s family, and you find yourself rooting for her from the outset The author does a masterful job of setting up the reader with regards to Josh Meg s introduction of Josh made us fear and hate him before we ever met him boy were we wrong Josh endears himself to me as soon as I meet him, just as he began to win the town over with his sincerity As soon as I got to know Josh, I was really cheering for Meg and Josh to solve their problems and find their happily ever after Ah the innocence of youth Haley immediately loved her Daddy and I enjoyed seeing Josh grow as a father I liked Josh evenonce I saw where he grew up and he developed his relationship with Eric we all gained insights into Josh s background through getting to know Eric I think it s evident that I really like Josh.All in all, the author does a wonderful job of introducing us to Anderson Butte and the town that protects and defends their own, has an active gossip grapevine, and sports the occasional celebrity hoping to relax in anonymity I look forward to visiting Anderson Butte again as other members of the town search for their happily ever after

  6. says:

    Loved it First read of this author and fell absolutely in love I like that the heroine isn t perfect and when trouble came around she would run away I liked that she grew up in this book.

  7. says:

    Genre Contemporary RomanceStandalone series Stand alone, though I wouldn t be surprised if some of the side charaacters get their own books I sensed a sequel with the introduction of the town dentistCliffhanger view spoiler No hide spoiler Cursing Yes Descriptive Sex view spoiler YEs hide spoiler Descriptive Sex Between H h With OW OM view spoiler No hide spoiler Contains Cheating view spoiler No hide spoiler Amount of Sex In The Book view spoiler A coupl Genre Contemporary RomanceStandalone series Stand alone, though I wouldn t be surprised if some of the side charaacters get their own books I sensed a sequel with the introduction of the town dentistCliffhanger view spoiler No hide spoiler Cursing Yes Descriptive Sex view spoiler YEs hide spoiler Descriptive Sex Between H h With OW OM view spoiler No hide spoiler Contains Cheating view spoiler No hide spoiler Amount of Sex In The Book view spoiler A couple of scenes hide spoiler Overall Chemistry GoodOverall Couple s Rootablity HighHEA HFN etc Ending view spoiler HEA hide spoiler 1st 2nd 3rd Person 3rdCharacter s POV Spoken bothAny Triggers Warnings NoOverall Rating Average for GenreDo You Recommend This Book For those that like second chance stories Would You Read More Books By This Author Possibly, if it was for a good priceThis is a second chance book The difference is that the Hero, Josh, had a story that made him sympathetic and put him in a position where he felt like his only choice was to temporarily walk away several years in the past Since we are privy to his POV we know the truth about him and his feelings about the heroine, Meg Normally the reader has to forgive the H along with the h but in this case the Hero is forgiven by us pretty quickly while the heroine lags far behind That makes it a littlefrustrating but also drives the story.I think my biggest issue with the book was that it had many elements that were a little too heavy handed for me I found the small town life bits a little too heavily pushed along with the zany gun toting granny Josh s back story was a little heavy handed as well as Meg s with the weird story about her Dad and his control on the town I had to suspend my disbelief with some of the set up.The side characters, except for her sister, weren t developed very much Her brothers ran together in my head With that said, it isn t a bad story There is a sweet little side story about a recent orphan that may be too sweet for some but I actually liked even though it could have been developed a littleJosh if very likeable and sympathetic Meg is likeable too

  8. says:

    What a pleasure this book was It s the story of Meg, a young woman who raised hell in her youth and made some enemies with long memories in the Colorado resort town that was founded and is now run by her family She returns with her adorable toddler in tow because she s broke and has nowhere else to go Her powerful father pretty much bribes the entire town to make Meg pay for her past transgressions, except for her siblings, who mostly stand by her And yes, I smell sequels with these bro What a pleasure this book was It s the story of Meg, a young woman who raised hell in her youth and made some enemies with long memories in the Colorado resort town that was founded and is now run by her family She returns with her adorable toddler in tow because she s broke and has nowhere else to go Her powerful father pretty much bribes the entire town to make Meg pay for her past transgressions, except for her siblings, who mostly stand by her And yes, I smell sequels with these brothers and sister, and hooray for that Add to all this one handsome devil of an FBI agent, Josh, who loves Meg and is the father of her child, but had to abandon them due to a long term undercover job He s THS CLOSE to being able to tell Meg the truth about why he had to leave, but the case is not quite finished, so he has to wait Meg and Josh have crazy chemistry, and their relationship is believable and sexy Josh has to regain Meg s trust, and Meg has to open her heart to him again, despite their past Their daughter Haley is accurately portrayed as a true toddler, and the scenes with her and Josh are a delight In addition to Josh s FBI secret, there are also some secrets in Meg s family, and a townful of colorful characters they all combine to keep the pace brisk Oh, and grandma likes her shotgun Just sayin All in all, IT HAD TO BE HIM is witty, fun, well written, smoldery, and full of surprises Exactly what you want in a romance

  9. says:

    It Had to Be Him was a great, fun and light read When small town gal Meg finds her way home, it s for one reason Not to reconnect with a family she never felt she fit into and certainly not to rebuild her mess of a life No, it s to hideout from the man who knocked her up and broke her heart However, sometimes when hiding from all the things you once wantedyou find all the things you never knew you needed I immediately fell in love with the small town of Anderson Butte The fierce protect It Had to Be Him was a great, fun and light read When small town gal Meg finds her way home, it s for one reason Not to reconnect with a family she never felt she fit into and certainly not to rebuild her mess of a life No, it s to hideout from the man who knocked her up and broke her heart However, sometimes when hiding from all the things you once wantedyou find all the things you never knew you needed I immediately fell in love with the small town of Anderson Butte The fierce protective atmosphere was entertaining and quite humorous Even though Meg is a bit of the town s Black Sheep, the way they embraced her as their own was endearing Even though you can t love all it s residences, you can t help but love this small town Josh took it all in stride though, and for that, I loved him He knew getting Meg back would require the acceptance of not just her family but the town as a whole Baumann brought a smile to my face countless times with It Had too Be Him It s the perfect vacation read, easy and endlessly entertaining

  10. says:

    I got this book for free with my Kindle First subscription Meg has a daughter with Josh, but Josh left her a few years ago Now he is looking for her so she goes home to hide, but Josh follows her there Unbeknownst to Meg, Josh is willing to leave his life behind to make their family work, or at least be a part of his daughters life I like Josh s characters, seems like a very stand up guy He does have his sketchy parts, but he has valid reasons for them I feel like Megs character grows a lo I got this book for free with my Kindle First subscription Meg has a daughter with Josh, but Josh left her a few years ago Now he is looking for her so she goes home to hide, but Josh follows her there Unbeknownst to Meg, Josh is willing to leave his life behind to make their family work, or at least be a part of his daughters life I like Josh s characters, seems like a very stand up guy He does have his sketchy parts, but he has valid reasons for them I feel like Megs character grows a lot in this book, and her family finally comes together after she finds out some horrible information But I like that Meg doesn t give into the evil and tries to go the extra mile to prove people can change Very good read The ending did feel a little rushed So did the relationship If you have children you need to do what is best for them, boundaries are important It seemed like they went from talking and introducing father and daughter to living together rather quickly 3.5 stars

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