Not Quite Perfect is the 5th book from author Catherine Bybee’s Not Quite series and trust me when I say – even though Catherine Bybee’s website says “If you are new to this series, don’t worry, this book has been written as a stand-alone. So you’ll definitely not be lost and hopefully want to go back and catch up on the series.” I found it to be quite the opposite. I was so overloaded by characters throughout the first couple of chapters that I had to put the book down. My head was spinning. I understand family and friends like to gather when something significant is going on but in this case it was character overload! I felt like I needed a pen and paper to remember who was who.
Glen was a playboy and no matter what happened I couldn’t get that image out of my head. It may have had something to do with the fact that Glen wanted nothing more than to be good friends, which is nice and all, but he did such a good job of putting Mary into the friend-zone that coming out of it felt like a lie. Living on opposite sides of the country didn’t help either and when things started to go wrong in Mary’s life, Glen acted more like a big brother than someone in love. Glen has always had fun with the ladies but there is ‘something about Mary’ <insert cliche> 😉 She is beautiful, smart and isn’t interested in his money. But every time he tries to get to know her, she puts up an invisible wall. But through a little tenacity, Glen slowly peels away the layers of Mary’s hard shell.
When it comes to Mary, the poor girl has a few trust issues. She is able to look after herself, has her best friend living across the road and believes she doesn’t need anything more in her life. That was until she met super rich playboy pilot Glen. He flirts a little with her, then moves her into the friend zone. She isn’t sure what to think of that, and just when they start to develop something more meaningful one of Mary’s clients starts to show her his bad side. When everything starts to escalate poor Glen is on the other side of the country and she is left in a terrible situation. Being alone and having only yourself to rely on isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
That said… it took me 2 weeks to read this book. I kept picking it up and putting it down, picking it back up again, and throwing it back on the floor. I was annoyed and my hubby Mitchell thought it was funny 🙂 Amazon reviews gave it 4.5 stars… but I just couldn’t get my head around it. It would have made the perfect historical or medieval romance, that kind of courtship was expected back then. Today…. uh uh, he was giving all kinds of mixed signals. You can’t paint someone as a playboy then expect me to think of him as settled down overnight. It just didn’t work for me.
Would I recommend it? I haven’t read any more of Catherine’s books so I can’t say if it was nothing more than a bad apple in a healthy tree! Check out Amazons reviews and see what you think. I can’t say any more than that….
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Amazon Premise –
New York Times and Wall Street Journal 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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