Review: It Had to Be Love by Tamra Baumann

it had to be loveReviewed by Shelly

I didn’t read the first 1st story the series and I’m thinking I’m going to have to. This was a fun, quick and racy read.

Tara Carter has recently moved to the small and quaint town of Anderson Butte, Colorado. She’s technically running from her ex-husband who’s a psychotic sociopath. That might not be technically a medical term but dude was crazy. Ryan Anderson is the town’s Sheriff and also the mayor’s son. It’s one of those Hatfield and McCoy’s towns but without the violence. There’s basically 2 families that make up the majority of the townspeople. Ryan’s not too happy where he’s at. He doesn’t date the women in town because he’s grown up with all of them and he really doesn’t want his family in more of his business.

I really enjoyed this H/h and what made this even a better experience for me was that there was absolutely nothing wrong with either Tara or Ryan’s family. Not a dysfunction in the bunch – for that alone I’ll read more in this series – because I’m sick of characters all being flawed and blaming other people for their jacked up lives. So thank you, Tamra Baumann!

Tara’s tall, I’m talking a 6 footer here. She’s no wilting flower and can physically take care of herself. There’s a scene when she proves to Ryan how much she can take care of herself. You might slightly cringe, but he had to learn. At some point during the story, I might or might not have developed a small girl crush because she was a no nonsense kind of woman. I thought the way she handled her over-protective parents sweet. Even Ryan was able to appreciate what he had in his family when he saw the dynamics between Tara and her family.

There’s no great drama in this story and each character had their battle to fight. Ryan’s biggest hiccup was small town living. He’s a bit of a solitary person and seeing the way his family is so boisterous, I could see why he wanted to get away, but because of his wanting to take care of and fix everyone around him he was just fine where he was; he just had to learn that. The chemistry between Ryan and Tara was quite spectacular. It wasn’t a fast build; the pacing was really good. There were a couple lags but nothing significant or distracting. For a guy who’s not had a good history of dating, Ryan manned up and did quite the job.

His siblings and relatives made a lot of difference in the character development. You can learn a lot from a person by the way they treat their family and there are multiple opportunities for the audience to learn about Tara and Ryan. Based on what I read here, I’m going back to read the first book in the series. I eagerly await the follow up to this.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B

*Book provided by publisher via NetGalley for review

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It Had to Be Love
by Tamra Baumann
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance

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