Monday, September 19, 2016

REVIEW: "Not Quite Perfect" by Catherine Bybee (Contemporary Romance)

Not Quite Perfect
by Catherine Bybee

Publisher: Montlake Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Series: Not Quite, #5
Standalone: Yes
Other Books In Series:
#1 Not Quite Dating GoodReads Amazon
#2 Not Quite Mine GoodReads Amazon
#3 Not Quite Enough GoodReads Amazon
#4 Not Quite Forever GoodReads Amazon

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Description from Publisher:
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee delivers the fifth heartwarming, flirty novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series.

Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitment-phobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?

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My Musings:
This is my first Catherine Bybee novel, and thus I haven't read any of the precious books in the Not Quite series.

First, we meet Mary, who is an orphaned only child who has some 'surrogate' family members, including the ex-nun who raised her and her best friend and neighbor, Dakota. She is a counselor (of the therapist variety) and verly slightly hardened by life. She and Glen, our love interest, have a little history, but mostly are at each other's throats in a fun, banter-y way. Glen is CFO of his family's private air charter company, and has had his heart broken enough to make him desire eternal bachelor-hood.

The banter between the two is fun, and the sweetness of their romance adds to their already great chemistry. They work well together and I really liked their, sometimes blunt, honesty. The private charter plane aspect and how it affected their opposite-coast long-distance relationship made for some interesting adventures and added some whimsy.

The mystery and suspense in this really added a great layer, as well. I saw the whodunit answer straightaway, but still got chills when everything went down!

I did feel there were some remarks that felt a bit too negative about Dakota and motherhood. Like her regretting "just being a mom" and her "inevitably" giving up cloth diapers because Mary thought they were impractical. Very minor, but in a way that felt entirely unnecessary yet pointed. Perhaps this would have felt different if I was already familiar with them from previous books.

The flow of the story, and the way the characters were developed was top-notch and this is a solid addition to the Contemporary Romance genre!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About Catherine Bybee
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.
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