Had To Be You by Juliet Chatham
Published: 5th August 2014 by Swoon Romance
After college, Rory Finn left behind the familiarity of her quiet, picturesque hometown to pursue a professional career in the city. With her sights firmly on the future, Rory pressed on in hopes of forgetting the past until a jarring bit of unwelcome news forces her to confront it.
Her first love, the one she'd tried so hard to forget, is about to marry someone else. That pang Rory feels isn't envy, it's not even regret. It's love. But Rory can't be that girl. She won't. But if she doesn't, she'll never know what could have been. She'll never have another chance to tell him how she feels.
As she embarks on an impulsive, desperate bid to win him back, her mission turns into an unexpected and emotional journey of rediscovery. HAD TO BE YOU explores a history of love from its tentative beginnings to what may just turn out to be its final bittersweet end, as Rory ignores her head and follows her heart.
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Matt’s motivations in HAD TO BE YOU by Juliet Chatham
In HAD TO BE YOU, Matt O’Shea had been in love with Rory Finn nearly all his life, and never had eyes for anyone else. She was probably the closest person to him in the world, but conversely, also the most unattainable. He was a romantic when it came to her, but in every other area of his life he was pretty grounded in reality. So, eventually, he reaches that point where he feels he has to move on—taking a good, hard look at his situation, and maybe separating out the imagined fantasy. Amanda is standing right in front of him, ready to make a commitment and share a real life. Promises have been made, and invitations sent.
The character of Matt is, simply put, a good guy. The story wouldn’t have worked any other way. Of course, he has his flaws, as no one is perfect, but he has a very genuine heart at the center of all he does. He’s handsome and athletic, but self-deprecating and never vain. He constantly trades humorous insults and sarcastic jokes with both family and friends, but would be there in an instant for any of them, to the end.
And, as much as Matt so obviously wants to be with Rory, he always respected what she wanted. Throughout their long history, he could have fiery arguments with her, and exchange heated, angry words, but he never held a grudge. Their romantic, passionate moments far outnumbered their fights, but he would never use sex to try to manipulate her feelings, or place any guilt or expectation upon her. Even if she hurt or disappointed him, it didn’t change the fact that he remained a caring, loyal friend.
As personable and good-looking as he is, Matt has experienced a good taste of the single life. Owning his own bar in a touristy beach town, he had opportunities to meet plenty of girls, and had his share of flings. He doesn’t have a problem with casual sex (in fact, will probably tell you he’s a very big fan of it). But that isn’t what he necessarily wants in the long run. He comes from a big, close family and his values are more oriented to marriage and a family of his own one day. Besides, he’s kind of proven himself to be a one-woman guy.
Rory has a big choice to make in this story, but Matt has already decided on his—and that’s simply to be happy.
So, the question is raised. What if this good guy, made up of heart and humor and loyalty, was offered everything he ever wanted, right at the moment he made a promise and commitment to something else?
What would he do?
Author Bio - Juliet Chatham
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