Thursday, July 9, 2015

It Had to Be You by Delynn Royer & GIVEAWAY

New York City, 1924

Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she's off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she's assigned to the rewrite desk.

Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner's blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key?

Sean's childhood sweetheart, the victim's widow, who has gone missing. Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that's the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it's not just his and Trixie's careers that depend on finding the killer. It's their lives.

My Thoughts…

A good mystery is always one of my favorite books to pick up.     The romance in It Had to Be You also drew me in.    I loved that the romance was not instant.   The relationship between Sean and Trixie builds and grows as the story is told.    They did not fall right in to bed, although I could tell they both wanted to.   There actually ended up being no sex in this book.   

Trixie entertained me.   She had guts, she was feminine, and she was funny.   She knew what she wanted in life and was not afraid to work for it.    It is a man’s world in 1924 and she was not afraid to stick her nose into that world.      Trixie stood up for what she believed in and did not let Sean, even though he is a detective, push her around.

I do wish there was more history in the story.   I love the 20’s.   I wanted more of that setting.   There were times I forgot it was a history book and felt the story was more of a current time frame setting.    I felt like there was so much more that could have been told and that the author dropped the ball a little in that part.   

Do not get me wrong, this is a great story.  I enjoyed it from the first page to the end.    It kept me entertained and reading.     I recommend checking it out and I cannot wait for more.   

It Had to Be You, a finalist for the 2014 NJRW Golden Leaf Award

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"This book offers the perfect elements for a 1920s whodunit, starting with the murder of a bootlegger and suspects that include a Ziegfeld girl, a sexy widow, gangsters and cops. Enter an eager reporter who's an heiress and a lone wolf cop from Hell's Kitchen. What we get is a murder mystery that surprised me in the end and a fun new romance brewing between opposites that attract."

"Ms. Royer weaves in all walks of life from the era. A Zeigfeld girl, a beautiful widow from Sean's old neighborhood, a stuffy, overbearing butler, a street urchin, and a slew of cops and gangsters. A fun trip through a wonderful time period. Well done!"

"I loved this story. It's like Nancy Drew in the twenties. Only instead of depending on her daddy's money, this girl fends for herself as a fledgling reporter."
Above reviews from Amazon


About the Author
Delynn Royer is the older, smarter, funnier, more ornery alter ego of author Donna Grove, who, as a young mother, published several lighthearted historical romances. The first, A TOUCH OF CAMELOT, won a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Soon after that, Delynn set aside her pen to concentrate on her day job and raising her two sons.

Motherhood never ends, but kids eventually fly the nest. Delynn has returned to her first love, writing. She has updated editions of her backlist to be available as ebooks and is working on new titles that she hopes will entertain and lighten readers' hearts.

IT HAD TO BE YOU is Delynn's latest ebook release, the start of a new romantic mystery series set in 1920's Manhattan, from Carina press. The second, Goodbye, Tootsie, is due out this Summer.

Aside from delving into the historical research that inspires her novels, Delynn enjoys classic movies, reading, travel and yoga. She lives with her husband in Pennsylvania.

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  1. I love the sound of this one, so would my hubbie.

  2. Great review! I really liked It Had To Be You. I'm so glad the second book in the series just came out. Can't get enough of Sean and Trixie!!

  3. Thank you for your review, Charlotte! I’m so glad you enjoyed Trixie’s story and that this book tour brought me by to visit and discover your book blog. Thanks for being such a great support to authors and readers!