Monday, November 1, 2021

It Just Had to Be You by Jacqueline Francis: Blog Tour with Double Review

Title: It Just Had To Be You
Author: Jacqueline Francis
Genre: New Adult (High School) Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2021
Review Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

Scott Carter is a bully. Scott Carter is a racist. Scott Carter is the most arrogant douche I have ever met. This man-whore charms the pants off all the girls, but not me - the Latina from the wrong side of town - I see none of that charm. I get the worst of him. He has made my life a living hell, tormenting me for years with no reprieve.

Just when I’m at breaking point, Scott Carter steps in and makes everything ten times worse. My whole life is turned upside down in an instant. And now, after he’s messed up everything, that’s when he decides that maybe we should try to be friends. He wants to reconcile and put the past behind us.

Ugh! No! He can go to hell. I want nothing from Scott Carter…but it’s starting to look like he wants something from me.

If you're looking for haters-to-lovers romance with a sexy, cocky hero and a sassy, quick-witted heroine, this one is just for you. #slowburn #highschooldrama

Dear Reader,
Although this is definitely not a 'dark romance', please take note that this book contains many triggers that may be offensive such as suicide (before the book begins) and bullying. In particular, there are some racial slurs. As a woman of color myself, I fully understand how hurtful these words can be. I am no stranger to them either. However, I did not want to tiptoe around this issue or sugarcoat the severity of it. I wanted to highlight how damaging such slurs (or any kind of name-calling for that matter) can be to the person on the receiving end. It also contains strong language and sexual content and is not recommended for readers under 18 years of age or sensitive readers.

Wow .. It Just Had to Be You turned out to be one of the best books I have read to date. Jacqueline Francis keeps the story alive. There is never any loss of momentum, the hits keep on coming, and keeps you on your toes.

Cat is a damaged soul. She’s beaten up, brokenhearted, and ready to give up. Her biggest bullies assure that she doesn’t come up for air. However, when she takes another hit, the school intervenes and she’s forced to spend lots of time with her number one bully. Scott has no use for anyone that’s not in his league. He was raised to believe that anyone who can’t measure up is useless. However, Cat has alternate plans. She knows how to get their time over and done with, but she is not about to bow down to such a spoiled and entitled jerk.

I can’t really get into detail, because it will give the story away, but you MUST pick this book up. If you like bully romance, this book is it for you. Please make sure to one-click and thank me later!

I seriously loved It Just Had to Be You. At first, I didn’t like Scott because of how he and his friends treated Cat. However, when she gets hurt because of him, he has to help her until she gets better or he can’t get back on the football team which, is his top priority. He thinks she’s beneath him because of her race and he comes to realize quickly that she had things he wished that he could have. He had money, but she had a family that cares. I loved that he was willing to burn down everything he knew for her, but Cat didn’t trust him and made him work for her trust. Then, when she finally lets her walls down, his mother tells her to stay away from him or she will ruin her life. Very intriguing and a book that makes you root for love. I loved how this story ends!

Number cruncher by day, raging romance novelist by night; Jacqueline’s creative inspiration stems from romance and all its literary and rom-com depictions. Her slow-burn novels incorporate feisty females, witty heroes, and are always laced with a good dose of humor. Matters of the heart are what fascinates her, because ultimately, what makes a life out of - what would ordinarily be a typical existence - is Love

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