Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ARC Review: Not Quite Enough by Catherine Bybee


Monica Mann has made it her life’s work to save lives. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Jamaica, she volunteers her trauma skills with Borderless Nurses. Calculating and methodical, Monica creates order out of whatever chaos she finds.

Until she finds the perpetually barefoot, impossibly masculine Trent Fairchild. No one can pin him down. No, really. He's a pilot and manages a small fleet of choppers on his adopted island home. Hopelessly drawn to one another, they manage to slip away from the wreckage to get a little closer. And they get a lot closer than expected when aftershocks from the earthquake trap them in a life-or-death scenario. Paradise has brought them together. Now will it tear them apart?

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About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling Author
USA Today Bestselling Author
Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
Amazon #1 Bestselling Author
#1 IndieReader Bestselling Author

Winner of the More Than Magic Award for Paranormal romance 2011

Catherine Bybee has been addicted to books for as long as she can remember. With the love of reading romance novels came the desire to write them as well. Creating worlds where passion and intrigue collide and where werewolves fall in love gives Catherine the perfect balance. And what young woman hasn't fantasized of traveling through time to find the perfect man? Catherine currently lives in Southern California with her supportive and patient husband and two growing sons. If she isn't busy at her computer or with her family, she's volunteering for any number of organizations or working as a RN in a busy Emergency Room. 
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I’m a huge fan of Catherine Bybee’s Not Quite series, but Not Quite Enough (Not Quite #3) is my new favorite book of the series. After getting to know Monica Mann in the first books books, I enjoyed getting to delve deeper into her character through her own story as well as learning more about her love interest, Trent Fairchild. I've always liked Monica’s fierce and spunky nature, but Not Quite Enough showed a different side of her character – a side that’s hardworking and dedicated to her job as a nurse.  Experiencing the aftermath of a natural disaster through Monica's nursing job is especially heartbreaking because of the detail and care that went into the narrative.
For various reasons, I felt a deeper connection to the two protagonists. Heartbreak is a universally understood concept and both characters are more relatable because they are broken and battered. Exotic locale, disaster zone, and wealthy hero aside, the book is more grounded in reality and it’s easier to connect with the characters and understand some of what they’re going through. While I enjoyed the fantasy of the first two books, I loved all the details of the day-to-day activities of Monica's life and career because it’s her work that provides the backdrop for her relationship with Trent. Their romance is a whirlwind but their instant and intense chemistry makes it easy to forgive the suddenness of their emotional and physical connection.

Like the rest of the Not Quite series, Not Quite Enough is a quick, mostly lighthearted read, with just enough angst to gently tug on the heartstrings and the perfect amount of steam to satisfy romance lovers. Catherine Bybee excels at character development, providing detailed back stories for every character. I feel like I got to know Monica and Trent well, discovering more about them as the story unfolds and I genuinely liked their characters. Along the same vein, the best part of this series is getting to check in with past characters. This is a close and loving extended family and it's thrilling to see how it grows and evolves with each book.
Rating: 4 Stars 

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