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Better than Before [NOOK Book]

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“Kathryn Shay knows how to pack an emotional wallop.” Booklist

In her never before published trilogy RIGHT MATCH.COM, Kathryn Shay tackles some of her trademark emotional issues: the dangers of online dating, deception, divorce, disabilities, domestic violence and raising children, all framed by three brothers who finally find their soul mates! Based on the premise, “Everybody lies on these sites,” the stories show how a lie told between each couple can have devastating effects!...

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Overview

“Kathryn Shay knows how to pack an emotional wallop.” Booklist

In her never before published trilogy RIGHT MATCH.COM, Kathryn Shay tackles some of her trademark emotional issues: the dangers of online dating, deception, divorce, disabilities, domestic violence and raising children, all framed by three brothers who finally find their soul mates! Based on the premise, “Everybody lies on these sites,” the stories show how a lie told between each couple can have devastating effects!

In BETTER THAN BEFORE, charismatic and super rich venture capitalist Spence Wickham makes a bet with his brother to join an online dating service and prove people lie on these sites. But his deceit trips him up with sweet and generous Annie Hopkins who’s looking for the type of man he’s pretending to be. When the truth comes out, Spence must find a way to make Annie love him for the man he is.

“Another winner by Kathryn Shay! The online dating stuff is fascinating! I loved all the characters - flaws and all. Shay has a way to develop such real characters, lets them screw up, realize their mistakes and emerge as even better people. Reading this book I ran the emotional gamut - was mad as hell at what characters did, moved to tears in some scenes, laughed out loud and cheered. The love scenes gave me a case of the vapors. I can't wait for the next one in the series!” A reader

Praise for Kathryn Shay’s contemporary romances:
“A wonderful work of contemporary romance, with a plot ripped straight from the headlines. Kathryn Shay never disappoints.” NY Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

“Shay writes an emotion-packed story. With angst and some hot sex, this dramatic tale also has a nice touch of humor.” RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940046065664
  • Publisher: Kathryn Shay
  • Publication date: 7/12/2012
  • Series: RightMatch.com Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,368
  • File size: 598 KB

Meet the Author

Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first ‘romance,’ a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists – and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women’s college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who’d attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, “I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that.”

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she’d again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-five books for Harlequin, nine mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, one mainstream novel with Bold Strokes Books and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format. There are five million copies of her books in print. She has three never-before-published novellas, one firefighter anthology and seven full-length novels up on Kindle, Nook, SONY, iTunes, Kobo and Diesel.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations – readers say they feel they know the people in her books – and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing. (Her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her work has been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. “My life is very full,” she reports, “but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams.”

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Too long

    ## Let me start by saying, this couple couldn't have been less suited for each other. Nothing in common and absolutely no chemistry. The heroine was so uptight, it really annoyed me. And after the secret was revealed, all the couple did was fight. The whole story seemed unbelievable, that he would still want to be with her, with her constant nagging and criticising. Sorry, but this heroine was too much and the book needed to be about 100 pages shorter (less fighting). I was excited at first to read the next stories about the brothers, but after this I won't bother!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Exhausting. I like the premise of the book. The beginning was in

    Exhausting. I like the premise of the book. The beginning was interesting. But once Annie finds out about Spence's secret she becomes so annoying. I can't imagine whe he would want to be with her. She criticizes his every move even the most innocent of intentions. Unfortunately all of her insecurities from her previous marriage get carried over into this relationship. I had hoped she either got over his initial lies or just moved on to another relationship. I only finished the book to see how it ended. save yourself some time and read something else.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    I struggled

    This is a hard review to write. I love Kathryn Shay. Any other book I've read, I've loved. But this one just didn't work for me. The hero and heroine fought through the entire book. They were constantly mad at each other and I felt like their characters, while you wanted so badly to love them, just didn't mesh. I found myself reading slower and slower as the book went on and just wanting it to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Ok read

    Annie was extreely annoying. She didnt like to forgive and it took her until the end of the book to realize how badly she treated spence. Even then she didnt apologize enough. Even though ahe was told repeatedly that she didnt compromise enough he still NEVER learned to compromise. She didnt have much character growth. At least spence had some growth and even though hes supposed to be the not so great one e basically stayed true to himself while improving himself. I wanted to hit annie over the head then find someone who would appreciate spence the way he deserved. I honestly dont know why he loved her. She was not a nice person and didnt redeem herself.the book was alright if you can get over annies inner wafflling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Another winner by Kathryn Shay! The online dating stuff is fasc

    Another winner by Kathryn Shay! The online dating stuff is fascinating! I loved all the characters - flaws and all. Shay has a way to develop such real characters, lets them screw up, realize their mistakes and emerge as even better people. Reading this book I ran the emotional gamut - was mad as hell at what characters did, moved to tears in some scenes, laughed out loud and cheered. The love scenes gave me a case of the vapors. This book tackles some powerful issues, and leaves the reader feeling good about humankind and the power of love. All this for $3.99 - such a deal. I can't wait for the next one in the series! (I don't know what book the other reviewer could have read)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Annoying character

    Annie was very annoying and being hot then cold over the little things that shouldnt of been. I am suprised i got through it but overall it was a decent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Better than before

    This is my first time reading something from this author.
    I'm glad i did it had me hooked from the beginning of the book. I did not want to finish reading this one. It was really good. I thought spence could be a jerk sometimes.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Loved it

    This was a great book. Clean romance about love renewed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Good story

    Would recommend this....easy read

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    lovely

    Good series. Bought them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Haven't read book yet.

    Haven't read yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Good

    Great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Very believable jmm44

    I don't understand all the negative comments. I thought the story was well written and the characters insecurities & mistakes well accounted for. On line dating was interesring also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Cute

    But a bit weak. Struggled to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Exclamation points

    Please stop using exclamation points, this seems like a middle school girl wrote this and it is an email/Facebook post. Writing a book is great and I love to read but please understand correct punctuation usage. Very distracting and hard to follow story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Slain

    Tired! I went horse back riding:)

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    eh....

    Predictable.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Who is the guy on the cover of book #1? WOW!

    Who is the guy on the cover of book #1? WOW!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Long story but good

    This was an interesting story, long but worth the read. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Kathryn Shay has done it again! Her writing is beyond measure, a

    Kathryn Shay has done it again! Her writing is beyond measure, and her characters are as interesting as they always are - A truly fantasic read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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