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Better Than Before (RightMatch.com Book 1) by [Shay, Kathryn]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in RightMatch.com (3 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KO2AJM
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This story was really good until about half way through. Spence lied to Annie about who he really was. Understandably Annie was very upset and untrusting. However, it dragged on forever and then she got stupid. Her insecurities drove me nuts. She was fickle and a control freak. I ended up hating her character and was really annoyed by all the back and forth in her relationship with Spence. She couldn't make up her mind. She wanted to compromise but when she did she still complained so it was a moot point. This story had such potential and would've been much better if it wouldn't have dragged for so long. I found myself skipping through pages of Annie's inner dialogue which is repeated over and over throughout the book. I forced myself to finish it to be able to have an honest opinion about it and hoping the story would redeem itself at the end but the ending was rushed and it fell flat. I can't say I'll read the other books in the series. Just not worth my time. I gave it 2 stars because the first half of the book was actually good.
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As the story went on, Annie turned from a sweet character to the most unlikeable, judgmental, critical excuse for a woman. She didn't deserve a happy ending. Spence would walk in a room and she would be angry, for no reason at all. It just got worse. The nicer he got, the worse she got. And her best friend hated him and bad mouthed him because SHE had an affair with someone that reminded her of him? Really? This book was awful, the lack of character development was beyond words.
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I've read other books by Ms. shay but this one I wish I hadn't! Annie is so annoying and her character was just not likeable. She was judgemental and even though she claimed to feel inferior, she came off as being superior. Spence was better, but not much. The book started out well, but after spence revealed his secret, it went rapidly downhill and drug on too long.
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This book was a cute idea, but horribly written. Aren't we supposed to actually LIKE the primary characters in a romance?? I found the story concept interesting, but Annie???? 200 pages of spoiled, self centered, petulence....who wants to read that? I have read other stories by this author as well, but believe me, this is the worst book I have read in a while.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to
review it. I think I would probably read the other two books in the series.

This book centers on two divorcees, Annie and Spencer, who are trying to navigate the world of online dating. Spence is bitter after two failed marriages and challenges his brother (the dating site's would be CEO) with a bet. If he can prove that everyone lies on the site and that people don't want what they say they do, then he will loan his brother the money he wants. If he can't prove it, he'll babysit. He makes up a totally fake online persona and starts looking for dates. All goes well until he meets Annie and falls for her. Unfortunately, Annie thinks he is the guy he is pretending to be, a down to earth construction worker, the polar opposite of her wealthy, powerful ex-husband. When he finally admits his lie, Annie must decide whether to give Spence a second chance or cut her losses.

This is where the book gets difficult for me. Up until this point I was very invested in the story. But even though Annie ultimately decides to give Spence another chance, she doesn't really seem like she is doing it. She's overly critical of every little thing and basically comes off as a hag. Spence ends up feeling emotionally castrated and closes off his willingness to change. In the end, they do get together, but I honestly didn't feel like they SHOULD be together by that point. The whole happy ending thing felt forced. But I would like to see what the author does with his two brothers in the other books in this series.
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I really enjoy Kathryn Shay and have read many of her books. This is part of a trilogy about three half brothers. Spence is the oldest brother and has trouble showing his feelings because of his father, and He has two divorces behind him. This has made him decide marriage is out for him.
Spence joins one of his brother's dating site as two different people, himself a rich and successful guy and a widower. He starts to date one of the women who respond to his alter ego.
Now this is where Ms Shay shines. The woman has baggage and so does the man. A very good story.
I am interested in reading the other two stories in the trilogy. I did receive this book to review. Not hard to give Ms Shay a 4-5 star rating. Keep it up.
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I didn't like either of the main characters. They were both whiny, annoying, controlling and judgmental. I have no idea what they saw in each other. I ended up skipping through chunks of this book because I just couldn't care less. My mild OCD tendencies forced me to skim it to the end to see what happens, and while they do get their HEA (no spoiler here, you're reading a romance, they end up together), I don't buy it. There's no way these two can make it work. I just don't see them staying together
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I started out really liking this book. However, after awhile I grew very tired of the main character, Annie. The premise is good. A bet that the male character, Spence, can fool six women on a on line dating site. It works until he falls in love with Annie. Up until that point the book is a can't put down. A very enjoyable love story, with the tension that Spence has to reveal his secret that he is not who his on line profile said he was. You grow to really like Spence a lot. That part of the book is well done.

Here's the problem I had with the book. It took far too long for Annie for forgive Spence. He did everything he could to make it right. He gave her the space she asked for. He gently still reminded her that he was in it for the long haul. He would be patient because he knew he was wrong in holding back the truth for so long.

The story held tight in his point of view. It falls miserably in hers. I started to dislike her. After a while I wished someone better for Spence. I'm sure that's not what the author had in mind for her readers.

I found myself wanting to fast forward to the end. Is she ever going to forgive him? What more can this guy do? He did walk away eventually until she realized she should give him a chance. Her decision on this came by a very quick conversation with a friend. I didn't buy it. In her anger, she was unwilling to even hear him out on the truth about her son's bullying at school.

It falls flat. Would I recommend this book to anyone? No. I'd tell the author to go back, and do a rewrite. She can have a solid book. It needs to be edited a bit so Annie's forgiveness isn't dragged out to the point where you lose the reader.
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