Today we are pat of the Blog Tour for Catherine Bybee’s new book, Not Quite Perfect. It is number 5 in the Not Quite series but it can be read as a standalone. However, this book does have characters from the first four in the series (which I recommend you read) so their happily ever after may be spoiled for you. If you follow this blog at all, then you know I worship the ground Bybee stands on. Naturally, I was very excited to get into her new book and I’ve been not so patiently sitting on this review until it was my turn to share.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Mary is a skilled therapist but has a hard time connecting to people. Who could really blame her though? She was abandoned as a baby and more or less raised by a nun named Sister Mary Francis. Her best friend Dakota, who lives across the street, wants nothing more than to see her get a little action. And why not? Mary is an attractive and intelligent woman. But it’s definitely a lot harder to find a man you like when you’re constantly analyzing their motives or suggesting behavioral techniques. No, it’s probably better for Mary to continue to depend on the only constant in her life, herself. At least that’s what she thought until arrogant Glen walked back into her life.
Part owner of a luxury plane company and full time playboy, Glen is fine with his life. At least he thought he was. Now that he is back in the same state as Mary, he can’t keep her out of his mind. But can a cross country relationship actually work out? He is sure gonna try. After all, who better to date cross country than a man who owns a slew of planes?
Things begin to heat up for Mary and Glen until they get an urgent call from Dakota. As tragedy strikes, Mary’s life is suddenly in danger. With no suspects, there isn’t much the police can do. What if something happens and Glen can’t get to her in time? Is it time to cut the strings on this already complicated relationship? Will Mary push him away because she doesn’t need the help? But most importantly, what will it mean to the confirmed bachelor if he does stay?
I adored this book! It is a contemporary romance with a dash of suspense, just the Bybee way. Mary really touches your heart. She is a beautifully crafted character who you want to root for, scream at, and hug all throughout the book. She doesn’t use Glen for his money (which there is a lot of) and really feel uncomfortable with the luxurious life he lives. I think this is one of the reasons that Glen falls for her. Well, that and she challenges him both in bed and in life.
The idea of a long distance relationship like this does resonate with me because I was in one. This is one of the things that amazes me about Bybee. She found a way for me to relate to the relationship between an abandoned therapist and a millionaire luxury plane owner. This is a fabulous book with just the right amount of sex appeal. The scenes do not fade to black but they also don’t cross the line. It’s perfect for a newbie romance reader. I’d recommend you stop what you’re doing and buy this book. Dinner, chores, work, whatever it is, can all wait for you to find out how things end with Mary and Glen.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.
NOT QUITE PERFECT
Not Quite Series, Book Five
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
September 20, 2016, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle
With true love, there’s no such thing as a safe distance.
Praise for the Not Quite Series
“Bybee’s magnetic fourth Not Quite contemporary proves that romance can happen in the most unlikely places…The love scenes are sizzling and the multidimensional characters make this a page-turner. Readers will look for earlier installments and eagerly anticipate new ones.”
— Publishers Weekly on Not Quite Forever
” Not Quite Dating offers a sweet and satisfying Cinderella fantasy that will keep you smiling long after you’ve finished reading…”
— USA Today, Happy Ever After
“Bybee’s gift for creating unforgettable romances cannot be ignored. [Not Quite Enough] will sweep readers away to a paradise, and they will be intrigued by the thrilling story that accompanies their literary vacation.”
- RT Book Reviews, Top Pick