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Shayla's Story

(The Mathews Family #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,048 ratings  ·  135 reviews
USA Today and Amazon Top 5 Bestseller.
~ 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.
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Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published June 21st 2013 by Beverly Preston
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes at the precise moment, fate intercedes."

What do you do when everything that you thought you knew you wanted has been rocked, your world turned on it's axis? Have you ever wondered what would happen if Mr. Right walked into your life when you really didn't want him too? That's the predicament that Shayla finds herself in when John happens. Yes, that's what I said, when John happens... a man Shayla was sure she disliked and maybe even hated.

I absolutely LOVED this book. This amazingly
Cara Arthur
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Preston has done it again! I've been waiting for this book since reading (and loving!) "No More Wasted Time" and was not let down! Such a wonderfully written, sexy, yet romantic story.
This book is "Shayla's Story" (hence the title), the niece of movie star Tom Clemmins (we met him in No More Wasted Time). Shayla is in a serious relationship with Mat - a member of an uber-political, unemotional, and career-oriented family. She feels like something is missing in her relationship, yet Mat c
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
Desire for an endless tomorrow...
4.5 nipple grazing stars... Shayla's Story is the 2nd book in the Matthews Family Series. It can be read as a standalone, however; it's a richer experience if you read No More Wasted Time first. Beverly Preston writes in such a descriptive colorful way that you actually feel like part of the experience, the family, the vacation destinations, the drama, and the love. I enjoyed this book even more than the first and can't wait for the next one to be released.
Tom Elder
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Preston. Captivating story.
Shaylas Story
Leading on from No More Wasted Time, Shayla is the niece and the PA of Tommy Cummins the world famous actor. Shayla is in a relationship with Mat but he seems to be into politics more than Shayla.
Shayla has to go to her uncle Tommys wedding in Greece as he is marrying Tess who has two daughters and a son . The three of them and Shayla fly out to Greece by private jet, and that's when things develop between Shayla and tess"s son John . This is a bri
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Really enjoying this series. The story between Shayla and John was so sweet. I loved that they hit it off from the start and nothing got in the way of their feelings for each other. I also loved that there was not big falling out or break up. That was a nice change of pace from most romance stories. I was not expecting the scary moment at the end nor the surprise in the epilogue. I was a little thrown as to whether it was an April fools joke on the 2 things or not? Guess i'll find out in the nex ...more
Lisa Gillis
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Loved this trip to Greece from the comfort of my favorite reading chair!

Shayla's story is as magical a love story as the destinations in the book. Beverly Preston takes us with Shayla from LA to Greece, Las Vegas, to the ski slopes of Colorado for the Christmas Holidays. I had trouble putting this book down. It is a must read!
InD'tale Magazine

Sweet, wishful, wanting. Readers will bask in the tight descriptive scenes Beverly weaves.

Read full review in the September 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Robin Cummins
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book! Beverly Preston does it again!! Can't wait for book #3!!!!! ...more
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Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was so happy when the author contacted us about gifting Shayla’s Story in exchange for an honest review. I first had the opportunity to enjoy Beverly Preston’s works when I picked up No More Wasted Time some time early this year. I was more than impressed with the author’s writing style and found it refreshing to read about a more mature couple; much different from the many books out there right now. So, you could all imagine how much I was looking forward to her follow-up novel. I knew I was ...more
Wild Wordy
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Jillian - After reading No More Wasted Time I myself wanted to know more about both Shayla and John. I kind of had a hunch that this book would involve John somehow and boy am I glad it did!

Saffron - I really liked how they met on the plane! Man was there some chemistry there or what?

Jillian - It was instant!

Noemi - She really tried to dislike him but he made it to difficult lol

Saffron - He seemed to have some instinct about her and them

Jillian - There was really no way of not loving John. He is
Mandie Foxylutely
*ARC provided direct from the author in return for my honest review

This is the second book in the Matthews/Clemins family series although it can be read as a standalone, however I would suggest you read No More Wasted Time first as this will enhance the full glorious, blissful and heart wrenching experience of a read into a world where love and life are never taken for granted.

We were first introduced to Shayla in the first book – No More Wasted Time (Tess and Tommy’s story). Shayla has been wor
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 a
Donna ‘toomanybooks’ Rodgers
Shayla’s Story’ was one of those books that I was eagerly waiting for and after finishing I wasn’t disappointed, for me it was worth the wait. Shayla is the niece of Tom Clemmins who was featured in ‘No More Wasted Time’. I love how this story takes place at the same period as NMWT, but told from Shayla’s POV. Her back story is she is estranged from her family and went to live with her uncle Tommy as soon as she was able. A reason – On paper she has the perfect life. She is assistant to one of t ...more
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

I really enjoyed this book. I read book 1 in this series, No More Wasted Time, a while back as a freebie I picked up on Amazon so when I saw there was a book 2 featuring Tom's assistant/niece, I jumped right on it and I was not disappointed. In this book, everyone is headed to Greece for the wedding of Tom and Tess.

Shayla is fed up with life. She feels like she is not as good as anyone and her supposed loving boyfriend, Mat, is too interest
Novel Grounds
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book even more than the first! Seems to be a trend with me lately but its true. I LOVED getting to share Shayla’s and John’s story and how it developed. I found this story to be fun and I was enthralled form the start.

With the first book I wasn’t sure where it was going, but with this story I felt I knew the characters well enough form the first to makes well educated guesses on their decisions. It was really great to read and I Loved getting more from this world.

I love series that
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shh Mom's Reading

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.

Book 2 in this family saga tells the story of Shayla Clemins, Tom niece and John Matthew, Tess’s son. Book 1 is No More Wasted Time and I highly sugges
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beverly does it again. Shayla Clemmins, niece to one of Hollywood's leading men, Tom Clemmins, also his personal assistant (we meet Tom in No More Wasted Time). Tom has decided he is getting married in Greece and Shayla has to move heaven and earth to make it happen without the media finding out. While her personal life is in shambles, boyfriend of two years feels the need to propose at Thanksgiving in front of his family (yea, we don't like them) but she knows something is off and says she need ...more
Stephanie Marshall
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shayla’s story is amazing…the underlying theme the Mathew Family series has of family bond of love and living for the day, not wasting time on the what ifs. Life is too short; they all believe you must live for the here and now because IN life there are no guarantees.
In the first book, we were able to meet the Mathew family. This book extends on with the same characters, but is focusing on the life of Shayla, Tom Clemmins niece and manager. She has what she believes to be a comfortable life wit
Tracey Murphy
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Shayla meets Tess’ kids on her uncle’s private jet, she is less than thrilled with John after the way he treated her uncle. Still, she can’t help noticing that he’s gorgeous, and has a playful little smirk when he looks at her. In a frustratingly boring relationship with a man who seems to have little interest in her, a romance was not something she was actively looking for. Like his mother, when John saw want he wanted, and had no problem going after it. And he really wanted Shayla.

John an
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really waited too long to read this story. I first fell in love with Beverly Preston’s book No More Wasted Time, book 1 in the Matthew Family series. It was one of those stories that were beautiful and relatable and very sexy. I knew that this book would most likely have me feeling all of those same things.

I love that Shayla is thirty years old, not the super young in their 20’s. Beverly writes mature characters and I like that. John the sexy as sin male is the younger man, but he had a matur
Romance Readers Retreat
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm on Cloud 9 right now! Beverly Preston doesn't disappoint with her second installment in the Mathews Family series. In this book we get to see Shayla and John's story, Shayla is the niece of Tom Clemmins and John is the son of Tess Mathews. Tess and Tom were the main characters in the first book of the series. I loved Shayla to pieces! She was warm, generous, funny, and extremely protective of her uncle. Shayla had a really rough childhood but she decided to leave that behind and seek the hel ...more
Shaz X
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, 5-star-reads
Full review @ Sharon's Book Nook!

Shayla's Story is the second book in The Mathews/Clemmins Family Series by Beverly Preston. It follows the story of Shayla Clemmins and runs parallel with the first book in the series No More Wasted Time.

I absolutely loved this book! The writing is beautiful and is a fantastic follow-up to No More Wasted Time, which is a great read as well.

The story is very emotional and I found myself in tears along with the characters and smiling during the happy times. There i
Winding Stairs Book Blog
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that I read Beverly's previous book, 'No More Wasted Time,' and loved it. I was excited when I got the opportunity to read this book and learn more about some of her characters. This story focuses on Shayla, who is a younger woman who had a rough childhood which her Uncle Tommy basically rescued her from. She fills her days acting as her uncles assistant.....did I mention her uncle happens to be a famous movie star and infamous for his womanizing? If Hollywood didn't happe ...more
Michele McMullen
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will start by saying that I loved Beverly's first book in this series called No More Wasted Time and to truly enjoy this book to the fullest please read that one first! I can without a doubt say that she certainly has another winner on her hands.
We were introduced to Shayla briefly in the first book and had only scrapped the surface. Shayla thought she knew what she wanted and had her life all mapped out. She has the "perfect man" well Mat is mostly perfect when he has time for her. She has a
Tiffany Lagrone
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Has done it again with her book "Shayla's Stories." I am blown away and left wanting more. This book can be a stand alone or it can go right along with "No More Wasted Time." "Shayla's Stories" is about the very sexy and very famous Tom Clemmins' niece Shayla. For those of you who have read NMWT you would know what I am talking about. Shayla works as Tom Clemmin's assistant. She is very busy in her work and struggling with a relationship on the rocks. When Shayla is told she is needed in ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sheer HEAVEN...a wonderfully sexy and romantic book that really warmed me up (heart and body) for a cold afternoon read =)
I received this book as a gift and read it previous knowledge of either the author or the book and wow...what a pleasant surprise.
My taste in books tends to run more on the dark side (hard rockers, badass bikers, erotica) so I wasn't sure how much I would get into this one, as I find most romance novels a bit on the dull side and too PG rated for me...but HOLY HELL
Amy Barber
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked up 'No More Wasted Time' by Beverly Preston one day and I can honestly say it was one of the best stories I've read (and I read a lot!). It's just one of those that sticks with you. It resonated with me. the characters felt like they could be real. I have recommended it to all my girlfriends. So, I couldn't have been more excited to learn that this book, 'Shayla's Story', is a story about Tom's niece from the first book.

Shayla is her famous uncle's assistant and has been doubting her r
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love when I just happen to come across books that totally engross me. This is what happened when I came across No More Time Wasted, the first book in the Clemmins/Matthews series. I was so ecstatic when I finished No More and saw that Shayla had her own story. I started right in on her book. I absolutely loved it and I love, love, love how John was involved. It was funny because while I was reading Shayla’s story and everything that her and John were doing I kept asking myself if I remember re ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to start this review with "This book was freaking spectacular! That said, After reading No More Wasted Time, book 1 I was really anticipating the 2nd installment. Shayla's Story was beautifully written. Beverly out does herself again in this story with the introduction of this not so known, Clemmins family/Assistant. Shayla is sexy, confident and beautiful in this truly romantic sequel. Between the humor and sexy/smoking hot scenes, honestly If I didn't have a job I would've finished it i ...more
Julie Kirby
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You did a great job with Shayla's story, I loved her interaction with her friend Carrie Ann, they gelled together so great. Wished we had seen a bit more of them as her relationship progressed.

So nice to catch up with Tess and Tom, I really loved their book, No More Wasted Time.

Mat really needed a slap up the head, and it all made sense later on, but he really needed to grow a pair. He so needed to stand up to his mother. I was not expecting the twist about him meeting someone, but was so pleas
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Beverly Preston is a USA Today and Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotionally rich and sinfully sexy stories about the ultimate alpha good guy; the kind of man you want to drag you to bed and put a ring on your finger. She also has a passion for strong, humorous, female characters and stories ingrained in a solid sense of family and loyalty.

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