The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times best-selling 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?
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"A Suprisingly Good Book"
I have hundreds of audible books but this is the first one I read by Catherine Bybee. I'm pleased that now I have a new author that I really like. What I enjoyed the most was that the characters were very well developed, believable and likeable. The plot wasn't overdone. It was a very enjoyable read. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could give half stars. There were a couple of situations that were just a little unbelievable, but the fact that there were only a couple is really surprising. I recommend it and look forward to reading more by this author. The narrator is right on. She did a fantastic job with male and female voices. That's important to me.
Just like the others... awesome! Story line is great, couldn't wait to listen again every time I had to turn it off. The sassy attitude of the narrator adds the perfect flare to keep you enjoying every bit of the book. Can't wait for another...keen 'em coming :-D
Another great book from the Not Quite series. And I have to say that Walt's and Dakota's mothers were just awful, for the biggest part of the book. On the other hand, Dakota's sunny personality and disposition was just awesome. I loved everything about them both. Loved her best friend, Mary, as well as Glen and it was nice to see Monica and Trent/Barefoot again. Ms. Bybee writes warm, sensual and wonderful love stories and I never get tired of her books. I'm off to read Taken By Tuesday now.
As to the narrator: Just spectacular. I never get tired of listening to Ms. McFadden. Her many voices are just great.
"A hit once again from catherine Bybee"
What a great story. I found myself laughing out loud and yet sigh at the same time. Looooved both main characters. They were strong and very love able.
The narrator Amy McFadden totally brought this book to life. She is brilliant.
By far, this is my favorite book in this series. I was able to connect with the characters. I really felt their emotions. I laughed a lot and cried enough. Bravo! Great book and an incredible series.
Walt and Dakota are a great couple. I love how they hook up as friends and it turns to real love. The passion he feels scares him away from her. Feeling betrayed Dakota flees town and Walt realizes he loves her. The twist and turns of secrets are great. Looking forward to the next one
"Surprised I enjoyed it!"
I tried this title to get away from only thrillers and mysteries, and was pleasantly surprised by this story. I thought it would be somewhat predictable, and it was, but I liked it anyway; however, the narrator was a bit too high pitched and nasally on one of the characters. I will definitely try another title in this genre.
"Fun, engaging and no artificial angst"
I've enjoyed the other books in the series, however I feel this one is the best. Dakota is a very likable character, and you've got to love Dr. Walt from the last book. They both present believable characters where the story progresses without the artificial angst seen in so many other books, where you just roll your eyes and say "tell him already! " I hope the author goes on to write about Dr. Walt's brothers. She just keeps getting better!
"not quite forever"
this bybee book.book took a little longer to get into because it didn't have an obvious connection with the other 3 bookd
Loved this book first time reading this author and wished the book would never end. Modern and fun book. Thank you for writing it.
"Fabulous feel good romance leaves me smiling"
It’s not often I feel compelled to give five stars for a simple romance. For that’s what this is. No great angst, no mystery, no suspense or serial killers. Just a simple romance with a few blips along the way to the happy ending.
So why the five stars? Firstly, the narration was perfect. The narrator’s timing, accents, male and female voices – everything in fact – was pretty much as good as it can get.
Then we have the quality of the writing. Catherine Bybee is a favourite of mine and here she did not disappoint. Everything just seemed to work.
This is a love story where the Hero and heroine actually liked each other on first meeting, then both tried to see each other again, and readily admitted the mutual attraction. Which, as most romance readers will know, is not a usual feature in a romance novel! But this does not make the book boring or predictable because this is the story of a romance that encompasses work, friends, family and life along the way. The dialogue between the main couple is sassy, funny, witty and sexy. Their love develops because they both want it to, and are prepared to work at making this happen. Of course the H does mess this up along the way, but it takes him time and hard work to prove to the h that he is worth taking back and, although the h does eventually take him back, it is clear to them both that it will be a while before her confidence and belief in him, or their future, is restored. I loved this part because I do get sick of women who forgive their men for messing up and jump back into bed after one conversation. A deep hurt takes time and work to get over and in this story that is beautifully shown.
Unexpectedly, when I thought this book was coming to an end, it was just half way through. Because the happy ever after is only achieved after a series of minor life issues that the couple have to work through. Their love for each other was shown in the way they constantly supported each other and talked through issues and they both displayed a maturity that is often lacking in romance books.
Will this book win any literary awards outside of the romance field? Probably not. But every morning it takes me over an hour to walk to work – and with this book on my ipod I found myself looking forward to this daily commute – and wishing it were longer! So for that alone I will happily award five stars.
"Bybee always leaves me with a happy sigh!"
and I love Amy McFadden's narration! So Bybee and McFadden - great combination! Off to find the next one.
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