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Shayla's Story (The Mathews Family Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Preston
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Book Description

~ People come into your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime ~

A Reason…
Questioning her relationship with a man who worships politics more than her, Shayla Clemmins escapes reality for the seductive sunsets of Greece. There she finds exactly what she didn’t know was missing from her life, but fears she’ll lose him to her past.

A Season...
John Mathews works hard and plays even harder. When he finds a new passion in the sensual warmth of Greece, he discovers that one lust-filled weekend of romance is just not enough.

A Lifetime...
With Shayla’s past catching up to her and an anonymous threat to her future, can she and John make a lifetime together?

Editorial Reviews


Top 100 Amazon Bestseller List
#20 Barnes and Noble Bestseller List 
"Ms. Preston again impressed me with her ability to vividly describe the settings in her books; whether it is water in Greece or the slopes in Colorado she transports the reader to these locations with her masterful use of words. John and Shay's connection is something the reader will feel, it is hot, passionate and all encompassing." - Denise Shh Mom's Reading

"Readers will be saying, "OMG, yes," to "Shayla's Story": with lovable characters, a nasty antagonist, Greece, and a proposal that every girl dreams of!" - InD'Tale Magazine

"John Mathews, ladies, will become your latest obsession! He is smokin' hot, romantic, and alpha male all rolled up into one amazeballs book boyfriend! Ms. Preston throws us a few curveballs in this delicate, highly-charged, incredibly sexy, and simply romantic story ." Cara - A Book Whores Obsession

"This story is more than a book it lives and breathes. You will feel it in your heart and soul!! A must read!" Dame - Confessions of a Book Heaux

"John is a book boyfriend you will grow to love. He is sexy and fun, loves the outdoors and is solid in his devotion to his mom and sisters and now, Shayla." Donna - My Sticky Pages Book Blog

"You fall for every character in the book as you get to know them. You become attached to them, like family. It's a beautiful thing that Beverly has done, giving you such a true image of them that you feel like you belong with them." - If These Boobs Could Talk

From the Author

Amazon bestselling author of No More Wasted Time presents book two in The Mathews Family Series. Laugh, cry and fall in love with Shayla's Story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1237 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490470042
  • Publisher: Beverly Preston (March 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN6QQ3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, a must read!!! July 29, 2013
I really enjoyed reading No more wasted time and I was looking forward to reading this one. I've been way too busy lately but this novel is PURE pleasure. I loved it. Shayla and John are perfect together and I really enjoyed reading about their journey. The characters are perfectly laid out. I felt like I was there with them.

Again, Beverly Preston delivered a great book. Hrrmm I mean a charming, fresh & sexy book. Two thumbs up!!

I will never forget the quote: "Life isn't measured by the numbers of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" ---> AMAZING!!!

Beverly, you rock!!

Jude xox
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman, Super Woman, Super sexy ;-) July 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVED this book, in the top favorites for sure.
Starting throughout the story I felt so bad for Shay. Mat is something else let me tell you and his mother. WOW, she is the ultimate lady dragon. When Shay sets of for her uncles wedding I was sooo excited! I wanted her to have an adventure and open up, get away from all the crap she left behind. She needed some time to realize, Mat isn`t what she needed. We meet John, although if you have read No More Wasted Time, then you have met him already and if you haven`t, I suggest you read it ;-) John is such a sweetheart, from the start of their interaction I immediately fall in love with him. I really love his sisters also and of course Tess and Tommy, everyone is wonderful. When John got her to open up and jump off the cliff I was jumping on the inside, this is exactly what Shayla needed! And that weekend is exactly what she needed. The wedding goes off without a hitch, except the tiny little photograph fiasco, I had a feeling about that. I`m sure you will also, but you will have to wait and see until the book ends to figure it out. Also a big shocker with Mat, I was blown away LOL. Wow, I really wish one thing was in the book though, when Shay told John. That would of been priceless!!!
And of course Bev throws in a MAJOR thing in the book that makes your heart stop and makes you cry break out the ugly cry. Sadly that is all I will tell you ;-) You will have to read the book to find out how this love story ends! I promise, you will not want to miss this AMAZING book! So proud of Bev, such an amazing book! Thank you!

Some quotes I loved:

"Married? I always thought that boy was gay." (LAUGHED MY a$$ off)

"Sometimes the traits a man is missing can be just as crucial as the qualities he holds.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection For Preston!! June 28, 2013
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I have been waiting awhile for "Shayla's Story" to come out...after reading & loving "No More Wasted Time", I knew that this next installment would also be a winner for Beverly Preston. I would definately read "No More Wasted Time" first, before this book, as it introduces you to the characters first, and mainly, WHY would you NOT? Preston's writing is superb, real, sexy, to-the-point, gut-wrenching, & grabs you from the first word on the page! Set against backdrops of Greece, LA, mountains & snow, the reader gets swept away by the Matthews/Clemmens families immediately. We once again see Tom & Tess, this time at their wedding in Greece, but this story takes us into the life of Tom's assistant, and niece, Shayla, and Tess's son, John. Both have "stuff" from their past, and present, that they are dealing with, and sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, is the BEST place to be! We are lucky enough to travel their journey with them, and watch them deal with whatever they have to, to make it work! Preston evokes such emotion from the reader with her use of imagery and actually feel like you are there with them! My most favorite quote was used in this book, causing me to sit back and re-read the line several times..John says to Shayla at one point,"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!" This book, for me, has it ALL...Beverly Preston is amazing...I wait, anxiously and impatiently, for her next book!! :)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love :) July 10, 2013
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I loved No More Wasted Time! Then I found out that there would be a spin off to that book (Shayla's Story) and could not wait to get my hands on it. Let me tell you it was well worth the wait and just as good. I could not put it down until I was finished reading the whole book! Another great book by Beverly Preston :) Can not wait to see what she has in store for us next!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book in about 4 hours. It was totally one that I couldn't put down. I totally fell in Love with Tess and Tom in No More Wasted Time. I couldn't wait for Shayla's Story. Shayla and John were so hot together. I cannot wait for Tracy's story to get to see more of this wonderful family. In this day and time where all the HOT novels are about 20somethings, its nice to have a book that features love among older people and to see a story that not the bad boy falls for the good girl
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When i started reading this book i was a little confused because i felt like i was missing something!! well i was, The first book in the series!! yes i know dumb hey.

Anyway after putting down the book starting/ finishing the first then picking the book back up, i was finally up to speed with the saga.

What a fab story, i really enjoyed it from the moment i picked it up i was captured into the story, for me this was even better than the first book, the lead character Shayla is in a not overly romantic relationship with Mat who is more concerned with his Mothers campaign than with her, she feels like something is missing in her life so when her uncle announces he is getting married Shayla drops everything to fly to Greece to be at his side, When she first sets sights on John the chemistry is flying and she cant quite hold back the lust that she feels for him.

What follows is a steamy hot relationship between Shayla and John, and the sex is scorching, but its not just sex the emotions that are portrayed are so lovely and i love how Beverly entwines the two stories so the time frame overlaps.

I highly recommend this book, its filled with plenty of sex, a loving relationship and a strong sense of family, This Book is definitely 5 Stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Sweet novel telling Shayla and John's story. I loved the Matthews/Clemmin's family. I'm excited to read more! This story was interesting and uplifting.
Published 9 days ago by Reading mom
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm really starting to get into this series
So I really got into book 2. I liked book 1 but was overwhelmed by all the things that happened. This time, already knowing the characters, made it so much easier for me to fully... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kimmygirlnz
4.0 out of 5 stars The family is back!
This book is a great follow-up to No More Wasted Time. John and Shayla's story is a very sweet romance. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Loved this story. John and Shayla are amazing and completely met to be together hope to continue reading about them in the next books.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this series
Published 1 month ago by JLHinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Now on the third book in this series. Great book, love this family
Published 1 month ago by ThunderArabians
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book and author!
Published 1 month ago by Ivette Delgado
5.0 out of 5 stars Analyst's Story
A great story. I didn't want to put it down. Totally kept me interested till the last page. A great romance story.
Published 2 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
What a great follow on from No More Wasted Time. I am enjoying these books immensely. Mature characters and realistic storyline. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Published 2 months ago by Polly Pollyleetie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the series! Couldn't put them down!
Published 2 months ago by Bobbie
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More About the Author

Bestselling Author Beverly Preston has been a stay at home mom for 21 years, although she prefers the title Domestic Engineer, raising her four amazing kids. As her children begin to venture out on their own, she's left to shed a tear--for a minute--wonder what's next in life, and embrace the feeling of empowerment that surely must've been wrapped in a present she received on her fortieth birthday.

If Beverly isn't at home riding her spin bike, you'll find her spinning richly emotional and sinfully sexy romance stories.

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with The Mathews Family one Happily Ever After at a time.

Life isn't about tomorrow ~ Life is about today
Twitter: @beverlypreston

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