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Better Than Beginnings

(Better Than #5.1-5.9)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Matt Sullivan knows he met someone special the night he spots the sexy man on the dance floor. However, he doesn’t know his life is about to change forever. First of all, Matt is straight. Okay, maybe not, but he doesn’t think falling in love and spending the rest of his life with a hotheaded, unapologetically fabulous diva is an option.

Aaron Mendez is confident, smart, a
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 29th 2020 by Independently published (first published January 27th 2020)
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Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is an absolutely fabulous collection of Aaron and Matty short stories, a few of which I've already read in various places as Lane's released them in her Facebook group or via her newsletter.

Having them all in one easily accessible book is a real joy though, as you get a further sense of the absolute devotion and true love this pair of unlikely partners have for each other.

There's times you'll be laughing out loud. There's times you'll want to cry, there's times you'll be so angry the Kindl
True Loveislovereview
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
Matt and Aaron and their amazing love story. A love story Pur Sang.

Matt is crazy in love, he even said the L word and doesn’t mind Aaron can’t say it yet.
Aaron is a sparkling personality, wearing lipgloss, eyeliner, and lace. Matt is the serious and more balanced one.

Aaron is the assistant to the editor in chief of a fashion magazine. Matt graduated and can call himself a lawyer. But looking at Aaron he knows what’s the most important in his life.

Matt meets Aaron’s family. He is reluctant to tel
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that I love Lane Hayes' writing and that I adore Matty and Aaron. Better Than Good was one of the first MM books I read, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved reading about Matty coming to terms with his bisexuality and falling head over heels with someone who was his polar opposite. It was sweet, sexy, and romantic. Over the years, I have kept up with their short stories on Lane's blog, and I was so excited to learn they were being published in print.

In Bet
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars Matt and Aaron's Happily Ever After

With Better Than Beginnings , Lane Hayes , gave me something I crave a lot; the opportunity, to "see" "be part of" , one's favorite main characters lives after their book ended.

Yes, lots of authors write epilogues into the future BUT what makes this book a glorious, must-read is the poignant, vivid, emotional, joyful, descriptive hot AF layers upon layers of Matt and Aaron daily lives.

We get the big milestones as the proposal, coming out to their par
Denise H.
More than 10 stars ! This is all about Aaron and Matt in the Better Than series. Each book can be read as a stand alone, including this one.
This is the saga of Aaron and Matt in a collection of shorts that tie their lives together, and shows us the rewarding lives, and love that they have. Matt...

We see the baseball trip and meeting family, the cute condom conversation, the black thong, plus Pride weekend in Providence, the "L" word, jealousy and a fabulous party. We get more hotness, diverse
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

Matt and Noah! Lane Hayes isn't shy about showing how important these two characters are for her. She's always revisiting them and gifting us with scenes from their lives. This books is a combination of all those scenes.

It's like a collection of short stories about a favorite couple and we get to see them growing together and moving through the different phases of their relationship: from the uncertain early stages to the sure knowledge that they're going to grow old together.

I can se
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've only recently read this series, in fact I finished Book 4 the same day I started this so all the characters were fresh in my mind. I honestly don't think it would have mattered though, Aaron and Matty's story is one you won't be forgetting in a hurry, they are just so wonderful together. This collection gives you a little insight into their lives after their book, be prepared and have some tissues ready as there are times when you're going to get a little teary (at least I did) and also a c ...more
Emily Seelye
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc
I have read most of these on Lane’s blog. It’s nice to have them all in one place. Loved it!
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Lane Hayes' Better Than Beginnings is a collection of short stories about the men from the Better Than series. If you've enjoyed the series, you need to read this now!

Matt and Aaron are a wonderful established couple. Such opposites, they each bring out the best in the other. In this collection of short stories that spans many years, we are treated at looks into multiple parts of their lives. They are dealing with co-worker problems, mother problems, as well as some jealousy, and navigating thei
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Better than Beautiful !

Matt and Aaron stole my heart with their first book. This book chronicles their life together. It is truly an endearing love story that will keep the warm and fuzzies going for a long time after the book ends. There is such joy in their just being that it jumps off the pages at you. It will make you smile, laugh out loud, cry and then sigh.

Matt knows that Aaron is his forever love and he really has to work through their issues to make it happen. Aaron knows that he can c
Mac Paterson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
What an absolute joy to read. I fell in love with Matt and Aaron in Better Than Good and this short story collection is a fantastic continuation of their story. I loved seeing how their life together developed and how they dealt with everyday life.

The bond between these two us so strong and that really shows in these stories, I could read about them forever!
Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lets see if I can review this through my tears. Better Than Beginnings was the sequel to Better Than Good that I didn't even know I needed. I came into this series very late in the game. I tend to avoid older books in the MM genre because I feel like so much has changed in the world and within the LGBTQ+ community over the last few years that the older books show their age. Better Than Good was an example of that and when I finished it a few days ago, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue the serie ...more
5 stars
Without this compilation of short stories Matt and Aarons story wouldn't have felt complete for me. All the things that I wanted to see in "Better than Good" finally showed up here. I loved it! Matt comes out to his family (or more like his mother), he meets Aarons family, they go on vacation, celebrate Aarons 30th Birthday, meet ex partners, go Christmas tree shopping, get engaged, married and then face the difficult decision to play it save or follow their dreams.

The short stories are
Beautiful romance.

What can I say? Ms Hayes has done it again. Better Than Beginnings is a wonderfully heart warming follow on to the author's first novel, Better Than Good. I read the latter when it first came out, and totally fell in love with the MCs, Matt and Aaron.

Whilst reading about the way their relationship develops, I fell even more in love with these guys, and their friends. It was lovely to watch them overcome their hurdles, and their feelings to blossom quickly into a love which riv
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I first fell in love with Matt and Aaron when their eyes met across a dance club in Better Than Good, the book in which author Lane Hayes introduced them to us. To once again fall back into their world in this compilation of short stories was like a visit with your favorite relatives or those friends you have the most fun with! The love that shines from this couple sets the example of the type of love each of us should look for. Unshakeable, devoted, unselfish, unquestioning, complete. Yes I kno
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While reading this, I had to look up Your Song by Sir Elton John, then listen to it in it's entirety.
Being able to be here and watch Aaron and Matt build their relationship, their lives, was amazing!
We got to hang out with all the guys from the connecting books and see where their lives are now.
Ups and downs , happiness, sadness, disappointments, dealing with your mother, your boss and women that just can't understand til you SHOW them just what is up! The love and smoking hot love scenes. All
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matty and Aaron ❤️

I don’t even know where to start... This series, particularly the first book “Better Than Good”, has a special place in my heart. It was one of my first MM reads, my first by Lane Hayes, and one I’ve re-read the most. This compilation of short stories expanding on Matty and Aaron’s life together had me reading with such a huge smile on face, a tear in my eye, and fanning myself from time to time! I loved stepping back into Matty and Aaron’s world and getting glimpses into their
Sarita Chapdelaine
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

The Better Than series is one of my favorites and I always looked forward to the Aaron and Matt snippets that Lane Hayes put in her newsletters once in a while so it is amazing to be able to read them all together as well as seeing more of the other characters. I love everything about this couple and how they deal with the big and small events in their lives. The joy they have in just being togeth
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a continuation of Matt and Aaron’s story. Their first book Better Than Good gave us their getting to know each other and would have probably been their HEA. Usually authors books give us a couples trials and tribulations to get to their HEA’s and then do not expand on their happiness sufficiently enough to give us more of their future. Books seem to be all about the journey and no basking in forever for a while. Lane continued on with Matt & Aaron storyline with short stories and then de ...more
Andrea D
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I loved Better than Good and thought this would be a done deal.

Overall I liked the different little stories that showed them and their progress over the years after that first book.
I really liked that Aaron finally got a voice, at least for that last short story.

I guess, if I had read every short installment when it was published by the author, I would have given a higher rating.
For me it did not work that all short stories were put in one book, because so you had
- many repetitions wi
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Matt saw Aaron across a crowded dance floor and instantly knew this was the one he was going to have a future with. But that does not mean that everything is rosy and will run smoothly, especially when your family will not come to the understanding that Aaron is not just your friend or roommate. With each short story in this novel the reader gets a glimpse on the hurdles they need to overcome to getting their HEA. From birthdays to holidays, from engagements to weddings this was page after page ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As usual Layne Hayes books just get “Better and Better”!
There is nothing I love better than a book with an HEA and as satisfying as they are I really really adore when the author gifts us with more of our favorite boys!
This collection that is dedicated to Matt and Aaron is sweet, sexy, and oh so satisfying. Saying goodbye to them at the end of “Better than Good” was hard but being able to follow them with this short story collection was such an awesome gift.
If you haven’t read “Better than Good
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's all the stories you want after the author writes The End the for the first time. Lane has kept us all pining for more over the last half decade with little snippets into Matty & Aarons lives post The End but now they come together with a bit more added. If you loved Better Than Good and the whole series then you will fall in love all over again with these men. Beautiful men, sexy men, their faults, their perfections, their achievements, their disagreements. All of it. It's everything. 5 sta ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous!! Absolutely fabulous book!! I’ve always loved the stories of Matt and Aaron from the very beginning, reading this just makes my heart full! Their story is special, their love is what we all dream of and Lane Hayes captured it perfectly!

From moving in together, sharing with family and friends which is not always easy, making big decisions, to engagements, wedding planning and the big day!! This was one of the best books to read, I laughed, I cried, I smiled so big, it’s a fantastic jou
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must have for anyone who is, just as me, a huge fan of the Better than stories series. In each short story we learned what happened with Matty and Aaron and how, as in any relationship, the forever is not one moment but the recollection of many of them so witnessing how they constructed theirs one day at a time is heartwarming. An additional bonus is all the familiar faces that kept appearing like Jay and Peter, Curt and Jack, Paul and Seth and discovering a little bit of their ha ...more
Tracy Perry
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved This! I'm in tears, at least there happy tears. I shed a lot of them reading this. I loved Matt & Aaron years ago when I read Better Than Good & I love them even more now. It was great to read about their story through the years, beautiful!! I'm hoping there's going to be another story for Matt & Aaron the book was called Better Than Beginnings & it ended beautifully but there's got to be more by the way it ended, it's like their story isn't quite over yet. A Must read!! ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the HEA

It's been a while since I read Better than Good, but reading this was like revisiting old friends. Matty and Aaron (Erin, lol!) were and still are a lovely couple. The book follows them as they navigate graduation, meeting the families, keeping up with their friends...
It's a really great story - such a wonderful collection of events in their lives after their HEA.
Highly recommend!
Elaine Gray
Lane Hayes' Better than Beginnings is a beautifully written short story about Aaron and Matt. It lets you see the point of view about the beginning of their relationship. It shows how they dealt with jealousy, past relationships, friends, families, exes, and their parents. I love the fact that she showed us how Matt and Aaron dealt with the most difficult issues when it came to telling Matt’s parents about his sexuality. It’s a great book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ...more
Katie Townsend
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved being back with matt and Aaron in this collection of short stories

We get laughter fun some tears moving meaningfull and powerful moments well following aaron and matts short stories

I fell in love with matt and aaron all over again by the time i finished this collection my heart was so full and warm
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am just loving all these short stories! It is amazing to be back in Matt and Aaron's life. I could be happier as I read this book. Matt and Aaron are of favorites and to see more if their journey just had me smiling. Lane Hayes has made me fall in love with them all over again. Now I am going to reread this series because I love it so much! ...more
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Lane Hayes loves a good romance! She’s the bestselling author of the Out in College, Starting From, Better Than, A Kind Of, Right and Wrong, and Leaning Into Series! Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). All things she can find in sunny SoCal where she lives with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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