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Better Than Perfect (More Than A Game series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (7 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IT6IC0W
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So this story is about Johnny and Alice, they were college sweethearts that broke up when Johnny got a chance to make it at the majors [by the way, Johnny is baseball player], and no Johnny didn't dump Alice, she broke it off. Her thought was that she didn't want to tie Johnny down, especially when she found out she was pregnant and the kid might be his former best friend's kid. No, Alice did not cheat on Johnny, they were already broken up, and Mel [former BFF] got her really drunk and well you do the math. So, when Alice find herself pregnant, and with no idea who the father was, she decided not to tell Johnny because of her messed up childhood. Her dad had to give up his football scholarship and work in the mines in his hometown because he knocked up Alice's mom, so can you say resentment. Anyways, Johnny and Alice get a chance at a happy ending.

Johnny was an absolutely great guy, in most romance novels, the guy goes of to basically screws anything that moves, but Johnny stayed faithful to Alice. What I hated in this book was that Johnny just couldn't catch a break until the end.

Alice, I didn't really like, I felt she was just too selfish and that is why the book lost point with me. Alice kept acting and rationalizing that everything she did, she did out of love and to protect Johnny. She never really gave Johnny the opportunity to make it his call, to either hit a home run or strike out.

Zach [the kid] was a good character, typical teenager in a complex situation. It was also great the book gave his point of view, a lot of books only give you the points of the main guy and girl, but this book gave you the kid, which allowed you to better sympathize and identify with the characters.

So get yourself a copy as soon as possible, you'll love the story and as soon as you read, you'll be just as anxious as me for the next book in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9377bcfc) out of 5 stars Better Than Perfect 9 April 2014
By Rad-Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
BETTER THAN PERFECT KRISTINA MATHEWS
Posted: April 8, 2014

Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he’s met on the field. Pitcher Johnny “The Monk” Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can’t forget…the woman who made him a “monk.” Alice Harrison’s three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she’s ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son. With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they’ll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love. CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

MY REVIEW:
Johnny Scottsdale lived, eats and breathed baseball. Alice Harrison and he were madly in love in the day she would have followed him anywhere and done anything to help further his career. She herself was working on getting her teaching degree. Johnny’s roommate and good friend was Mel Harrison. He was their third wheel doing just about everything with them he was the one with the money most of time if not all of the time. You see Johnny was dirt poor coming from a prostitute mom and Alice had a working class parents who barely made ends meet. They didn’t even like her since they had to get married because of her.
As Johnny became more and more entrenched in the sport she began to see how popular he was coming with more and more females. He never seemed to notice them even he didn’t even look at them. But her feelings of jealousy were making her see green, she just didn’t like that feeling. So, after a night of passionate love making she broke it off with Johnny giving him his unwanted freedom. Saying that she wanted him to be able to devote all his time to his new job and that he couldn’t do that with her around.
She really didn’t want it either but couldn’t take all the women wanting him. In the back ground Mel was feeding into her insecurities. She was broken up. Who was there to console her but the third wheel and the man who would become her husband and the father to the child she was now carrying from that last night of passion. Mel even went as far as sending Johnny an invitation to the wedding. You see Mel was the first one to see Alice but was too shy to go up to her and talk to her so asked Johnny to and she fell in love with him.
Now though Johnny has been traded to the Goliath’s baseball team back home. Fan Day he sees Alice and her son. Which was a shock in itself but he also finds out Mel passed away 9 years ago, which totally surprises him. Here he has held so much anger towards his old friend for all these years only to find out it was misplaced and for not. He missed Alice more than he realized.
Alice hadn’t realized how unsettled it would make her seeing Johnny at Fan Day in person would be. She knew what she had to do back then but now not as sure since she sees how unsettled Zach is too. Now he is taking over as the pitcher to help at the day camp for the children. Now the three of them will be thrown together. Set emotions on edge putting her teaching career on hold, the Harrisons, and her.
How do you tell the man you once loved more than life that the decision you made at 20 years old could have altered all of their lives forever. Effecting them beyond her good intensions. That’s when she walked away from him it was with a pure heart for him to have his dream of full baseball career with a World Series. And the night his career changed forever Mel and her went out drinking got too drunk to drive they got a room, one thing led to another and she woke up with no clothes on, in the same month she and Johnny had sex. So, when she found out she was pregnant Mel said he wanted to marry her. She jumped on it even with them both always questioning if it could be Johnny’s child. Something was always lacking in their marriage, but he was a wonderful father, the thing was once he got me as his prize he put me on a shelf and walked away.
The day he died, in his car accident they had argued over Mel wanting to have another child and Alice not wanting one. She wanted to finish getting her teaching credentials to become a teacher. Mel got angry and left, never coming home again. Telling her he had a feeling his best friend still had her heart.
Totally enjoyed this book. It was a story that was really believable in a lot of ways. The emotions were there for all the characters involved. Its how most couples would feel during and after a break up, especially with a betrayal by his friend? At first, it seems this Mel guy was this sainted guy friend but it turns out he was a sleaze ball and Alice liked his parents and security much more than him. What’s funny is I think his mom knew it and understood it. Which made me feel sad for her, for the father I think he found out how bad his son turned out after it was too late and he was gone. With Zach he was making amends. Very good emotional but good story you knew you would have a HEA or at least you hoped but the route was still interesting. Provided by netgalley.com. Follow us at: [...]
5 stars
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9377bd50) out of 5 stars A well written story, but not my favorite. 7 April 2014
By Lea O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a good book. It is well written and the story flows smoothly. But I didn’t love it, which was disappointing for me. I love sports romances and I love second chance romances but secret baby romances are hit and miss with me and unfortunately this was not one of my favorites. There are those that love the angst and other issues that frequently pop up in the secret baby trope but I’m not one of them. I found these characters who are supposed to be in their mid thirties acting like they’re in their early to mid twenties, not communicating, keeping secrets, basically all the relationship no-no’s, not that there was much of a relationship until the very end of the book. Alice, her thought processes and decisions were frequently baffling to me and Johnny went from too good to be true to disappointing douche bag and back. They both ran so hot and cold which I personally find frustrating. The bright point in the story was getting parts of the story from Zach’s perspective. I thought that was incredible and his character was very well written. I found his responses to be very touching but also age appropriate for a 13 year old boy. I enjoyed Ms. Matthew’s writing style even though this story was not my cup of tea and I was intrigued by Johnny’s friend Baxter. I will be looking for more books in this series to see if they are a better fit for me. If you love the secret baby trope, you should try this one, if not proceed at your own risk but this book was well written and I will be checking out more from this author. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94222558) out of 5 stars Better than Perfect at [...] 2 Jun. 2014
By Melena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love it when a lost love comes back and wreaks havoc on a person. Alice Harrison always led a straight life never being selfish and because of this she lost the only happiness she could ever have in her life. Johnny is the same. For years his whole thing in staying sane after their breakup is baseball. Now I love that these two come in a way that is unusual yet the love they have for one another is one that could never be broken. Now Kristina Mathews didn’t make their relationship easy for there is still lies, betrayal and the hope of a happily ever after. Loved it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9377bfd8) out of 5 stars Perfectly Pleasant 22 Oct. 2014
By Reading Fiend - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved that Johnny was not portrayed as a stereotypical jock, in that he wasn't made to be a grade A jerk that broke Alice's heart and then went on to use his fame and riches to become an arrogant womanizing a** only to end up redeemed by his former flame. There was nothing about Johnny that wasn't swoon-worthy -- what woman wouldn't want to be loved the way he loved Alice??? Kristina Matthews did a great job of making the story about more than just a long lost love that magically becomes reunited. I liked that there was real depth to the characters, and that even though they both still loved one another after all this time the author didn't make the relationship easy or light and fluffy. I loved that they had to face their problems, their fears, the lies and shortcomings head on and deeply before they could have their happily ever after. The author did a great job of really letting the reader know the characters, their emotions, their inner thoughts, and so it was easy to feel so connected to them and not able to help rooting for them to work through their turmoil and come together.

I only wish it hadn't taken so long - as in her husband, and Johnny's ex-best friend, had been dead for 9 years - so 9 years of her raising her and Johnny's son alone that they could have spent together. 9 more years that Johnny could have had knowing his son as a little boy. I could understand her initial reasons for leaving and even marrying Mel, but I wish this story would have taken place not so long after Mel's death. That detail is what holds me back from giving it 5 stars - maybe it's because I'm a mother of two young kids and can't imagine missing a single day of their lives, or maybe it's because I lost my dad at a very young age and still feel that loss deeply almost 25 years later and every life milestone has a hint of sadness around it for him not being able to be there to share it with - but I just have trouble fulling loving a story about a woman who keeps a child from his dad regardless of her justifications, otherwise I probably would have given Better Than Perfect 5 stars. It was a great read, one I'll come back to on a rainy day when I'm looking for a good romance to curl up with.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9377c234) out of 5 stars Not bad, but room for improvement 16 Sept. 2014
By blurrysmom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So, apparently this is a debut novel. It wasn't bad. But it wasn't that good, either.

The good:
1. The heroine was likable. Even though she made the hidden baby choice, which I hate, she seemed sincere and contrite and conflicted. And she had a sense of gratitude for what she had.
2. The son was also a good character. Usually multiple POVs distract me, but I thought Zach's POV was a nice interlude.
3. The depiction of "The Monk" was pretty good. His character rang true.
4. There was a lot of sexual tension that was well written.

The bad:
1. The in-laws' reaction to the whole who's-the-daddy situation and ensuing developments did not ring true. Would they ultimately have wanted Zach's happiness above all else? Perhaps. But I don't for a minute think Frannie would just be OK with it and have these very casual conversations with Alice about it all. No one is that saintly.
2. There is a development 3/4 through the book which puts Zach's paternity in further question, and Johnny just shuts them out and decides to walk away. This, after promising both of them the exact opposite. I thought that was pretty crappy and immature behavior, despite his disappointment, and I was surprised that Alice and Zach just glossed over it later.
3. The late husband is portrayed as kind of a jerk, which seems like a plot convention designed to make Alice's decision easier. But given the prominence of the in-laws in the story, I thought that was all somewhat strange. It seemed like speaking ill of the dead.
4. The love scenes weren't particularly hot. I know different readers have different thresholds for that, but I thought it was pretty mild.

I would definitely read another book by this author. The story was engaging enough to keep me interested. I'm surprised that the second book isn't about Johnny's pitcher buddy (forget his name), because he was featured a lot in this story and had something going with the female reporter. Maybe he will be in book #3.
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