Books by Kathryn Shay

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Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first 'romance,' a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists - and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women's college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who'd attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, "I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that."

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she'd again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn Shay sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-two books for Harlequin, ten mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations - readers say they feel they know the people in her books - and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing (her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has

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America's Bravest (Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 4)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “I'm a firefighter at heart so I loved the...
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Chasing the Fire (Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 6)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “These three stories were well written and...
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Close to You (The O'Neils Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
Do you like Kathryn Shay’s high-powered stories about cops and firefighters? Then you’ll love the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author’s O’Neil books. CLOSE TO YOU centers around the Secret Service, an exciting and important profession she’s tackled before. "Kathryn Shay writes believable characters you can't help falling in...
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Nothing More To Lose (Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “The talented Shay offers another...
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It Had To Be You (Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 5)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “Kathryn Shay loves firefighters, and if...
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High Stakes (The O'Neils Book 4)
by Kathryn Shay
Love those O’Neil brothers? Get the fourth book in the series by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay, where sexy and elusive Dylan O’Neil tries to even the score with nemesis Rachel Scott. If you think opposites attract romances and second chance love stories happen, this book is for you. Dylan O’Neil’s Achilles heel...
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Taking The Heat (The O'Neils Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
If you’ve followed Kathryn Shay’s firefighters, then you’ll love the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author’s O’Neil books. TAKING THE HEAT will grab your attention because it takes place in the world of firefighting and firefighter romances. “Shay writes an emotion-packed story that presents a realistic view of the romantic and...
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Waiting for You (RightMatch.com Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
Ever wonder about the dangers of visiting online dating websites? Or the benefits? NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay’s contemporary romance series, RIGHTMATCH.COM, is based on the premise, “Everybody lies on these sites.” The stories show how a lie told between each couple can have devastating effects!...
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Serenity House Trilogy
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay knows teenagers and puts that knowledge into creating a contemporary romance series about successful women who were once troubled teenagers. "Fans will enjoy the return of the Serenity House residents, and can only hope for a second-generation series one day!” Word Weaving Welcome to...
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Better Than Before (RightMatch.com Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
Ever wonder about the dangers of visiting online dating websites? Or the benefits? NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay’s contemporary romance series, RIGHTMATCH.COM, is based on the premise, “Everybody lies on these sites.” The stories show how a lie told between each couple can have devastating effects! “Kathryn shay...
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Count on Me (Bayview Heights Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay writes fascinating, realistic contemporary romances. Her specialty is troubled teenagers. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them! “With a cast of memorable characters interacting on a myriad of levels from friendship to love, Ms. Shay...
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Meant to Be (RightMatch.com Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
Ever wonder about the dangers of visiting online dating websites? Or the benefits? NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay’s contemporary romance series, RIGHTMATCH.COM, is based on the premise, “Everybody lies on these sites.” The stories show how a lie told between each couple can have devastating effects! “Kathryn Shay...
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The Bodyguard
by Kathryn Shay
Author’s note: Originally published under the name A SUITABLE BODYGUARD in 1996, this book was the winner of the 1996 Reviews Choice Best Superromance “A fast-rising star, Kathryn Shay captures our hearts with her vividly appealing lovers whose smoldering romance thrills us to the very last page.” RT Book Reviews When Cord McKay...
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Because It's Christmas (Bayview Heights Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay writes fascinating, realistic contemporary romances. Her specialty is troubled teenagers. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them! “BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS is a super modern day retelling of the classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.”...
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Someone To Believe In (The O'Neils Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay creates a world of politics, gangs and her forte--the problems of teenagers. This is the first of five in The O’Neils series! “SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is a wonderfully written, emotional and extraordinary read and truly deserves a five-star rating.” Affaire de Coeur Bailey O’Neil...
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Maybe This Time (The Educators Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Educators, a riveting contemporary romance series about today’s schools by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. Veteran teacher Shay returns to one of her favorite settings and vividly portrays the teachers, administrators and students of Crystal Corners High School. As is her trademark, sizzling romances are...
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Stay With Me
by Kathryn Shay
***Author’s Note: The original title of STAY WITH ME was FINALLY A FAMILY. The book has been updated and given a new title. KS NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay delivers heartfelt family scenes, a look at the real-life, day-to-day working of a medivac helicopter and a unique perspective the healing power of forgiveness....
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Michael's Family (Lean On Me Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
Three years after his wife’s death, Public Defender Luke Rayburn is still struggling with loneliness and the trials of being a single parent. But when his son Michael decides he wants to meet his biological mother, Luke must face one of the biggest challenges of his life. Who knew, when they both meet the haunted, beautiful Meredith...
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When A Man Loves A Woman
by Kathryn Shay
***Author’s Note: The original title of WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN was THE FATHER FACTOR. The book has been updated and given a new name. NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay debuted on the contemporary romance scene with WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, which won several awards and garnered hundreds of letters from fans. Nearly...
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Playing For Keeps
by Kathryn Shay
“…the characters are well drawn and appealing, and Shay’s hero is hard to resist.” RT Reviews “…A great hero…sympathetic as all get out…decent, warmhearted…a good dad…treats the new woman in his life like a princess.” The Romance Reader “The best thing Ms. Shay does is create a strong sensual tension between...
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The Perfect Family
by Kathryn Shay
***A book of women’s fiction. NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author delivers heartfelt family scenes, biting social commentary and a unique look the healing power of forgiveness. “I recommend this book highly. It is a must read for anyone dealing with coming out to their family, friends, and coworkers.” David Parker, PFLAG What...
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Someone Like You (The Educators Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Educators, a riveting contemporary romance series about today’s schools by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. Veteran teacher Shay returns to one of her favorite settings and vividly portrays the teachers, administrators and students of Crystal Corners High School. As is her trademark, sizzling romances are...
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Against the Odds (Serenity House Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay knows teenagers and puts that knowledge into creating a contemporary romance series about successful women who were once troubled teenagers. Rescued as a teenager from an abusive household, Anabelle Crane loved the time she spent at Serenity House. But when she’s hired to become a nanny...
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The Unknown Twin (Code Red)
by Kathryn Shay
Lauren Conway almost didn't make it out alive She owes her life to Alex Shields, the handsome firefighter who carried her from the burning office building. But when Lauren wakes up in a hospital bed, everyone—including her rescuer—assumes she's suffering from amnesia. They're convinced her real name is Dana. But Lauren knows...
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Practice Makes Perfect (Serenity House Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay knows teenagers and puts that knowledge into creating a contemporary romance series about successful women who were once troubled teenagers. “Author Kathryn Shay has a gift for boldly presenting challenging life situations that offer no easy solutions. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT once...
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Ties That Bind
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay delivers heartfelt family scenes, heightened romantic suspense and a unique look at the healing power of forgiveness. “Kathryn Shay writes some of the cleanest prose around, and it’s my belief she’d make the Yellow Pages sound interesting if the phone company put her on staff.” The...
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Home for Christmas
by Kathryn Shay
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was formerly published as A CHRISTMAS LEGACY, part of a series for Harlequin. The book has been revised to be a stand alone novel in its own right. It was nominated for RT Book Reviews Best Superromance in 2000 and Kathryn Shay was named Storyteller of the Year in 2001, both by RT Book Reviews. “Ms. Shay explores...
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A Place to Belong (Serenity House Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay knows teenagers and puts that knowledge into creating a contemporary romance series about successful women who were once troubled teenagers. “A PLACE TO BELONG is an intriguing contemporary relationship drama that also includes an engaging romantic subplot. Readers will appreciate this...
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Begin Again (The Ludzecky Sisters Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Ludzecky Sisters, a contemporary romance series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. Follow these six beautiful blond sisters as they try to make their way in the world after a tragedy strikes the family. Each book has a cameo appearance by one of the sexy heroes from Shay’s beloved O’Neil series....
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Still The One (The Educators Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Educators, a riveting contemporary romance series about today’s schools by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. Veteran teacher Shay returns to one of her favorite settings and vividly portrays the teachers, administrators and students of Crystal Corners High School. As is her trademark, sizzling romances are...
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After The Fire (Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “Inspiring and emotionally invigorating…a...
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Just In Time (Portals of Time Series Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
A classic contemporary romance with a time travel twist by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay… The Portals of Time trilogy follows three women who travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men...
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The Betrayal
by Kathryn Shay
With THE BETRAYAL, Kathryn Shay adds a brand new full length novel of romantic suspense to her impressive list of forty-three books, with five million copies in print. Follow this tale of twists and turns as two people find their lives totally entangled, no matter how hard they struggle against their connection. Darcy Weston flees to...
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On The Line (Hidden Cove Firefighters series Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “Powerhouse author Shay follows up AFTER THE...
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Another Time (Portals of Time Series Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
A classic contemporary romance with a time travel twist by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay… The Portals of Time trilogy follows three women who travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men...
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Perfect Timing (Portals of Time Series Book 2)
by Kathryn Shay
A classic contemporary romance with a time travel twist by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay… The Portals of Time trilogy follows three women who travel back from the 26th century to right the wrongs of society today so that humankind can continue to exist. Journey with them as they fight for both the future and the men...
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Code Of Honor (Rockford Fire Department Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
He was the most upstanding lieutenant in the department, until he made a critical error in judgement that almost ended his career. And she’s a mistake just waiting to happen. Fate has been cruel to Lieutenant Jake Scarlatta. His father died when he was ten, his best friend stabbed him in the back and his marriage went sour. When...
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Love Story (The Ludzecky Sisters Book 6)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Ludzecky Sisters, a brand new contemporary romance series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. These six beautiful blond sisters try to make their way in the world after a tragedy strikes their family. Each book has a cameo appearance by one of the sexy heroes from Shay’s beloved O’Neil series....
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HANDLE WITH CARE (The Ludzecky Sisters Book 5)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Ludzecky Sisters, a brand new contemporary romance series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. These six beautiful blond sisters try to make their way in the world after a tragedy strikes their family. Each book has a cameo appearance by one of the sexy heroes from Shay’s beloved O’Neil series. Of all...
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The Way We Were (The Ludzecky Sisters Book 4)
by Kathryn Shay
Welcome to The Ludzecky Sisters, a brand new contemporary romance series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay. These six beautiful blond sisters try to make their way in the world after a tragedy strikes their family. Each book has a cameo appearance by one of the sexy heroes from Shay’s beloved O’Neil series. Ana...
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A Love So Strong
by Kathryn Shay
Travel from the small town of Hyde Park, New York to the charm, glamor…and danger of Paris and Rome in these sizzling contemporary romance novellas connected by three stormy relationships. In CAUGHT OFF GUARD, Riley Sullivan and Jillian Kimball are on the verge of divorce. When Jill returns home from Paris a changed woman, intending...
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In Too Deep (America's Bravest Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America’s Bravest. Read the novellas that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters! “Shay’s powerful characters and emotional topics strike a chord with her readers and have...
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Cop of the Year (Bayview Heights Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay writes fascinating, realistic contemporary romances. Her specialty is troubled teenagers. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them! "In COP OF THE YEAR master storyteller Kathryn Shay pens an emotionally powerful tale that leaves you...
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Promises to Keep (Lean On Me Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
By-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse is assigned to work with rebel Agent Luke Ludzecky on a task force to combat school violence. When they go undercover in Fairholm, NY, to a school flagged for an outbreak, they find that the institution is indeed in danger. But when Joe butts heads with principal Suzanna Quinn, and teacher...
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Trust in Me (Lean On Me Book 3)
by Kathryn Shay
As kids, the stock car racing town of Glen Oaks called them The Outlaws. Who knew the hoodlums on the street would grow up to be upstanding citizens? Their leader, Linc, has become a minister, but never got over his first love, Margo, now an atheist because of her upbringing in a religious cult. Beth is lonely after the death of her...
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A Time to Give (About the Baby Book 1)
by Kathryn Shay
What does an unexpected baby bring? A marriage of convenience? A reconciliation? A rejection like no other? NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay delivers an emotional series, About the Baby, filled with sizzling romance, heartfelt pregnancy and baby scenes, and a unique look at the healing power of forgiveness. In a TIME TO...
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