Andrea Parker has made an amazing career out of romance, except the only romance in her life is the kind between the pages of the books she writes; and now on the big screen when her best selling novels are adapted to film. She may write romance, but that doesn't mean she believes in happily ever after.
David Bishop's face -- and okay, yeah, much of his body -- is known worldwide as the Hottest Bachelor in Hollywood. But just like the rest of the world, he is smitten with the brilliant and talented Andi Parker. Little does he know the easy part will be convincing her to give him a chance.
There is more than just Andi's heart at risk. She has to consider her son Jake.
Andi is ready to believe there might be something better waiting for her, then enters the 'dastardly bastardly' villain to screw up their potential Happily Ever After.
He took a step toward Andi and she immediately leaned backward. It wasn't an actual step away from him, but it was enough to make him stop. There was no confusing that body language. He let his hands drop to his side and looked away, disappointment pushing his shoulders down. "I'm sorry, Andi," he said in a low voice. "If I came on too strong, or misread things¿"
She shook her head and snapped her attention to him, cutting him off. "No, see, this isn't a bad romance novel."
He tilted his head and squinted his eyes. "What?"
Then she started talking so fast, it took all his focus to keep up with her. "If this were a bad romance novel, then you'd assume that I stepped away from you because I didn't want you to touch me. Which would be wrong, I just stepped back because I need to think, and I don't do that very well when you're touching me. But, if this were a bad romance novel, you wouldn't know that so you'd assume I didn't want anything to do with you, and you'd back off -- or leave -- or get angry because I 'sent you mixed signals'. And then I'd get upset because that's not what I intended at all, but being TSTL I wouldn't say anything, I'd just let you go because I figured that was what you really wanted all along."
He followed most of what she said, but his focus kept lingering on the part where she couldn't think when he touched her. And since all he thought about when she touched him was how much more they could touch, he figured in the grand scheme of things whatever point she was getting at was in his favor.
"What's TSTL?" he managed to slide in.
She stuttered, and her eyes locked with his for a moment while fresh color bloomed in her cheeks. "Too stupid to love. It's a heroine who just keeps making mistakes and doing stupid things to drive the hero away, so she's so stupid she shouldn't be loved anyway."
David nodded and took a step toward her. "But, you're not too stupid to love. Because you're not going to let me assume anything."
"Right," she said with a decisive nod, laying her hand against her chest. "And I'm not going to assume anything, either. I'm going to actually ask you what I need to know and that way there won't be any confusion. And I don't have to sit around wondering what's really going on, or try to convince myself that you're thinking one thing but you're not."
He grinned at the way she could go on for three sentences without seeming to take a breath, and wondered if her thoughts always moved that quickly. If so, he was going to have to get some of those brainpower video games just to train his brain to keep up. He tested the waters by taking another small step toward her. She didn't move away, just hitching her chin up so she still looked at him.
"What do you think I'm thinking, Andi?"
She shook her head, tiny frown lines appearing between her eyes. "I don't know. That's what I need to find out. Maybe you're not thinking. Maybe you haven't thought about this enough. Because if you had been thinking, then you'd realize--" Her voice trailed off, and she drew in a deep, sharp breath that shuddered as she released it.
"That's a lot of thinking."
She nodded, her eyes shifting back and forth in tiny degrees as she looked up at him. "It's driving me crazy."
You're driving me crazy. He smiled at the random thought and took the last step needed to bring them as close as possible without touching. David kept one hand at his side, not wanting to make her shy off again by touching her the way he wanted to, or too soon. The other hand he set on the counter edge near hers, and watching her face for any reaction, he curled a single finger over hers. She didn't pull away.
"What would I realize?" he asked, keeping his voice low and just between them. Behind him, a car chase screeched and crashed on the television.
"What?" she asked this time. After all that talking, she was the one who lost track of the conversation.
David smiled again, something he found himself doing often when Andrea Parker was anywhere near him. "You said that if I just thought about things, I'd realize... I want to know what it is I'd realize."
The word slipped from her lips at the same moment she must have realized how close he stood, because she looked away, the single finger he held slipped from beneath his so she could cross her arms, and she took a step back.
Posted by Danielle Metz on 1st Jul 2013
"Something Better" by Gail Delaney is one of the few books in my library I could read again and again without tiring of it. I read it this past week, and fell in love with David Bishop all over again.
Who amongst us hasn't at least once fallen in love with the hero of a novel? With David, it's so very easy.
So easy, in fact, I am envious of Andrea Parker. But, that's okay. Gail Delaney has a way of writing that lets me live the moment with the characters, so I get to fall in love right along with her.
Their first official date. I held my breath waiting for the date to be 'over' (for reasons you'll have to read to understand). Oh. My. Goodness.
Who says you have to have detailed 'scenes' (if you know what I refer to) to have a sexy book? Gail had my pulse pounding practically from page one.
I could go on and on and on... but I'll just encourage you to read it if you want a love story to take your breath away, and that will stay with you for a long time.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Jun 2013
Easiest the most romantic romance I've ever read.
Posted by David Bishop's newest fan on 15th Mar 2013
This isn't just a romance novel, this should be a checklist for falling in love!
I love David. I love even though he's a celebrity and could be a playboy -- he's not. He's not perfect, but he's darn close.
And I love Andi's surprise when he pursues her, as if she's surprised he would. She even thinks so. But I love there are no games between them.
Andi is too smart to be "TSTL". Good for her!
I really loved this book. Truly. The only reason I gave it a four was I kind of wish this book had the corny, wedding and riding off into the sunset ending.
Posted by Kristin Northman on 15th Mar 2013
I think the point of every romance novel is to melt the heart of the reader, and wow, did Gail Delaney ever accomplish that in Something Better!
I think this is one of the most romantic books I have read in a really, really long time. I love that David pursued Andi so diligently, and even though he was a celebrity, he looked at her with awe and admiration. He was a total fanboy!
But, they are just so beautiful together. It's hard to find a book that can be this sensual, this romantic, and this 'reader friendly'.
Honestly, if you want to feel that "sigh" moment again and again... read Something Better.
Posted by Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc on 20th Feb 2013
"Something Better by Gail R Delaney is an enchanting story of second chances and also of standing up for oneself in the face of adversity... Ms Delaney writes a spectacular contemporary that takes the reader on a journey through a romance that conquers every obstacle so that these two characters can have their happily-ever-after."
~ Sheryl, Single Title Reviews
Posted by Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc on 20th Feb 2013
"Ms. Delaney has written an inspiring story that holds the reader spellbound from the start... It was wonderful watching as David changed and grew into a man willing to take on the responsibility of a ready made family... The blossoming love between David and Andi fulfills anyone's love for romance with a capital R. Thanks go to Ms. Delaney for a fabulous story."
~ Teresa, Fallen Angel Reviews