Thursday, December 6, 2012

Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee

Title: Not Quite Dating 
Author: Catherine Bybee
Not Quite Series Book One
My Rating: A

Publisher Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Book Description:
Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist. 
As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all…

My Review:
*happy sigh* Another great book by Catherine Bybee. This is only the second I've read by her, but she is quickly establishing herself as a favorite contemporary romance author. I become completely immersed within the stories of her books and I love that. Seriously, I never even think about the fact that I am reading a book when I am reading one of her's. I simply become part of the story and don't want it to end.  That's some great writing there!

The story line in this one isn't new... rich guy who hides his wealth to find a girl who likes him for who he really is... but Catherine Bybee did it so well. I loved these characters!

Jessie is on the edge. She lives in a 2 bedroom apartment with her 5 yo son and her 21 yo sister. Her sister is in Nursing school and Jessie works nights at the local Denny's so that she or her sister is always around to care for her son. She grew up with a mother who was constantly falling in love with losers and Jessie, herself, hasn't had the best of luck choosing guys. This next time, she's determined she's going to choose a guy who isn't going to mooch off her for the rest of his life.

Jack has had it with shallow arm-candy. He wants a girl to like him for who he is.... not for the size of his very hefty bank account. When he meets Jessie, he thinks he has to hide who he is, so he acts like he has a temporary holiday job at the local upscale motel (that he actually owns). Jessie sees him as someone a bit flakey... so she agrees to be friends with him... friends only, although Jack never hides the fact that he wants more. 

I liked the way that this was all set up...

*Jack's family who owns the upscale chain of motels and a ranch in Texas...I can't wait for his sister, Katie's story.
*When Jack comes into the book, he's with his 3 best friends for a bachelor weekend in Vegas. I liked the friendship between these guys....and again look forward to seeing more of them.... especially Drew, after his heartbreak in this book.
*I loved Jessie's son and sister and what they added to this story. 
* I loved that the book took place during Christmas. I truly wasn't expecting it to be a holiday read, but it made a GREAT one!
This is book #1 in the Not Quite series...I am excited to read the rest of them because this was a great start!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in 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 novels Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

1 comment:

Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks so much for this review and for all your kind words. Katie and Dean are next in line with Not Quite Mine. Then will come Monica's story.

Thanks again.