What if Cinderella didn’t want to go to the ball? Wedding planner Paige Porter doesn’t believe in fairy tales. She’s seen too many bridezillas, randy grooms, and short-lived marriages. But she loves to create magic for that perfect moment, so she’s thrilled when society matron Bebe Maitland invites her to handle a granddaughter’s nuptials. But dealing with the wealthy and eccentric family becomes a full-time job, involving more than wedding planning. There’s the bride-to-be, her siblings, and a set of nasty cousins with their own agendas. And then there’s Siegfried, the heir apparent, boy genius, and one of the city’s most eligible bachelors – if anyone could drag him away from his computer lab. As CEO of The Maitland Company and the last in a long line of inventors, Siegfried might forget to eat or sleep, but he can’t forget Paige Porter. For once he might have to put aside his all-consuming research for a new venture: Project Paige. Because when he saw her he knew: It Had to Be You.
It Had to Be You really does prove that opposites attract.
It Had to Be You is a very fun read. Paige Porter is a very strong female character that has a very clear goal for what she want to do with her life – build up her wedding planning business and buy her very own home. She doesn’t want to end up like her Mother and rely on anyone, especially a man. Enter Siegfried, a geeky awkward boy genius that can’t focus on anything for long periods of time, except on Paige.
The character development in this book is really good. Although I would of liked to have more detailed back stories I got to get a sense of what made the characters the way they are. This included the back stories of some of the supporting characters, which I really enjoyed.
Ms Simmons has created a lovely novel that has me wishing that I – like Paige – got accepted into a very fun and eccentric family like the Maitland family. They accepted her as part of the family and gave her everything – even if she didn’t ask.
I recommended this novel to all those who love romantic comedies.