Monday, 22 December 2014

Review: Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee

The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

The author is new to me, so this book was read as a standalone. I didn't feel any loss by not having read the previous three books in the Not Quite series. If anything, I'm wanting to know more about the supporting characters and their stories because Catherine Bybee certainly knows how to write refreshingly interesting and believable protagonists.

Dakota Laurens is a sassy-mouthed romance writer who's attending a romance writers convention in Miami. A Lakers cap catches the attention for Dr Walt Eddy and he can't take his eyes off the beautiful woman sitting at the bar, who was wearing it. Their eyes meet momentarily but all to soon the owner of the gold-sparkling brown eyes is gone.

Walt doesn't have to wait too long before he sees those sexy eyes again, as a hotel computer glitch has his “Art of Improvising Medical Tools and Equipment” scheduled in the same room as Dakota's “The Art of Crafting a Gratifying Sexual Scene”! Needless to say, Walt wins no favours for ridiculing the fact that there are conventions for bodice-rippers, but is observant enough to know that his comments had ticked Dakota off. For her part, Dakota flips the coin and her response renders him speechless.

Both at stalemate but equally wanting to know more about one another, the story continues for Walt and Dakota. Sizzling chemistry or not, the future doesn't look promising for the protagonists, but fate steps in to shake things up a bit!

This is a perfect book whether lying on the beach or huddled up to keep warm on a cold Winters night. It's fun, light-hearted and laugh-out loud funny which leaves you, the reader with a contented feeling after you've turned the final page.

***arc received courtesy of Montlake Romance via NetGalley***

(From Goodreads) 
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with 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 International Bestselling Not Quite series, the MacCoinnich Time Travel series as well as the Internationally Bestselling Weekday Brides series.

Here books have been translated in over half a dozen languages.

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