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The Betrayal [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Shay
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With THE BETRAYAL, Kathryn Shay adds a brand new full length novel of romantic suspense to her impressive list of forty-three books, with five million copies in print. Follow this tale of twists and turns as two people find their lives totally entangled, no matter how hard they struggle against their connection.

Darcy Weston flees to her grandparents’ abandoned farm after her stepfather rapes her. There, she meets Jordan Mackenzie, a local boy, and the friendship of a lifetime begins. Jordan helps sustain Darcy with food and water, and his company, for months, but eventually her whereabouts are discovered. In subsequent years, the two young people try to stay in touch from their disparate worlds, but eventually they drift apart.

Flash forward twelve years. Jordan is an accomplished teacher and Darcy, an internationally famous, reclusive artist. They meet again when Jordan publishes a book that reveals secrets about Darcy's past. But they find themselves thrown together first over the scandal his book creates, then over a murder. Once again, they turn to each other for help and comfort as they deal with police investigations, a variety of suspects from each other's worlds, and a passion between them which won't be denied.

Reader Reviews:

"This is definitely a page turner (I stayed up way too late because I just couldn't put it down!!) and there's enough romance to keep your heart fluttering."

"It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book as much as "The Betrayal." I've always been a huge Kathryn Shay fan mainly because her books are unique, meaningful and never trite. This one is no exception. If you enjoy good writing, love stories and suspense like I do, fire up your Kindle and start this book. You won't be disappointed."

"Just when things seem to settle down in this story, there is another turn. I couldn't predict the ending of this book even from 25 pages before the end. It was well crafted and kept the reader turning the pages."

"Kathryn Shay is no typical romance writer, but she sure does know how to paint a hot love scene with words. This book was a steal for the price. Shay deserves much, much more!!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathryn Shay (March 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SV2IIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful romance at its best! April 1, 2011
By S. Burg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a Kathryn Shay reader for many years. I've always enjoyed her books and the stories she tells through her books. It's important to me as a reader to have the story be just as good as the romance, and for the romance to not overtake the story; and, for suspense to have the story keep me guessing.

This is definitely a page turner (I stayed up way too late because I just couldn't put it down!!) and there's enough romance to keep your heart fluttering.

Darcy and Jordan come from very different worlds: Darcy is very well off, and attends the best school. Jordan is the son of a single mother who works two jobs just to make ends meet.

Darcy and Jordan meet quite by accident - she has run away from home because her stepfather has raped her and her mother doesn't believe her.

Darcy convinces Jordan through a quickly whispered exchange to not give her up. And so a friendship begins.

Darcy and Jordan become best friends and spend all their time together during the month they keep her secret.

Because you know it has to happen, Darcy returns to her former life. And, although they try to keep their friendship going, Darcy and Jordan grow apart.

Fast forward several years where most of the book takes place: Darcy is a well known artist, although a recluse. Jordan is an aspiring author. His only chance at being published is the story of his and Darcy's time together at her grandparents' farm.

Darcy rejects Jordan's attempts to contact her until the novel's publicity hits the airwaves, and Darcy knows her secret - and herself - are about to become public. Darcy feels betrayed by the man she trusted as a boy.

And then a murder occurs. Darcy and Jordan must turn to each other in order to find the killer and stay safe.

I heartily recommend "The Betrayal" by Kathryn Shay. Murder, intrigue, suspense, and romance keep you turning the pages as you wonder what could happen next?!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother August 31, 2011
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I downloaded this book hoping for a spectacular story, only to be disappointed. The first part, where Darcy runs away because of her stepfather's actions was okay, if scantily written, however things went downhill from there.

The story jumps to 12 years later and Jordan is a writer whose mother, Stella, has cancer. As they have no money, he feels forced to sell Darcy's story to make money for her treatment. Darcy by this time, of course, is a famous artist working under a pseudonym and eight years ago became a recluse, only talking to her best friend Lisa, who has an "un-natural" attachment to her. Darcy, by the way, can only paint horror pictures :(

Jordan tries for three months to contact Darcy who is too busy wallowing in self pity to speak to him. Then finally he turns up on her doorstep and she deigns to sleep with him for revenge after the book comes out, then dumps him. He of course, has broken off with a perfectly nice girlfriend for this nasty little piece of work! You can see where this is heading can't you?

Accused of the murder of her stepfather, the stupid woman refuses to tell the police that she was at a refuge which she bought for teenage runaways in case people found out it was there - as if the police wouldn't know about it and keep her association with it quiet!

Why a young man like Jordan would bother chasing after a thoroughly unpleasant, cowardly woman like Darcy is beyond me but then again, he's an absolute burk for bothering about her when she dumps him after sleeping with him.

Katherine Shay's writing is lacklustre, there is no depth to the characters and entirely too much "telling" rather than "showing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed July 13, 2011
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Awful book! After reading Kathryn Shay's firefighter series, I expected a much better book. Here is my list of disappointments:
1. The characters (especially Darcy) were not likable at all.
2. None of the characters were well developed. They all acted childish throughout the entire book. Both Tommy and Lisa the best friends of the main characters, were possessive, clingy, jealous, and not believable. Normal adults do not act like these two characters did throughout the book.
3. The plot of the book was farfetched.
4. Come on, were we actually supposed to believe the lead detective on a murder case would share so much information with anyone? Especially the number one prime suspect? Not likely!
5. The ending was ridiculous as was the way the crime was solved.

The Author's Note at the end of the book mentioned that she loved writing the book because she wrote it by "the seat of my pants" instead of plotting out the entire storyline. That explains many things. I strongly encourage her to take the time to develop a believable storyline and interesting plot on all future novels. It would also help if she could develop at least one or two interesting characters too.

For those of you that have never read Kathryn Shay, don't start with this one. Try her firefighter series. It's been a while since I read them, so I can't remember a lot of details, but I do remember they were pretty good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Read!!! April 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book as much as "The Betrayal". I've always been a huge Kathryn Shay fan mainly because her books are unique, meaningful and never trite. This one is no exception. The beginning of the novel speaks to her unique approach to character introduction when the two protagonists are teenagers and meet under highly unusual circumstances. As the plot evolves, I found the story of their journey and an unexpected mystery completely gripping and couldn't put the book of the many times I was happy I'm retired and could continue reading to my heart's content. If you enjoy good writing, love stories and suspense like I do, fire up your Kindle and start this book - You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good story line. Kept you interested to the end
Published 5 days ago by michele
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic
I preferred the fire-fighter books
Published 11 days ago by kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Kathryn Shay and I must say it was an excellent read.
First time reading Kathryn Shay and I must say it was an excellent read......The book lived up to it's title. A must read!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Au Coin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story! Keeps you interested until very end!
I loved this book. It was a sweet story and wasn't just a typical romance novel. Had a great story line and kept my guessing and interested through the whole book!
Published 2 months ago by Mae Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it very much
This book was very good. I figured out the whose-done-lt ( and there was more than one ) but i'v read so many books (thousands+) but still enjoyed it evem the bitches.
Published 3 months ago by j swaney
5.0 out of 5 stars The Betrayal
I ultimately enjoyed the book and gave it 5 stars because if the reader sticks it out through the angst it is worth it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Coffeedrinker
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive
I liked the plot and also thecway the writer was able to connect everything. I had a great time reading this book. Blessings
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY realistic!!
I have read over 50 of Kathryn's books and each one is so different from the others. The research she puts into her writing is just another perk to read her books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonell M. Fonderhide
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Starting
This book was not what I had thought it would be and even though it had a slow beginning, it picked up towards the middle and kept my attention to the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Ritchie
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
It was a book worth reading. I can't give it a 5 but i did enjoy it. it certainly was not as good as a perfect family which I think is a 5. I did enjpy it
Published 5 months ago by Rosalee Thompson
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More About 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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