Title: Not Quite Perfect
Author: Catherine Bybee
Series: Not Quite… #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 20th Sept
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 commitmentphobe) 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?
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
The moral of this story seems to be that long-distance dating is easy, as long as you own your own private charter company. Well, until someone takes a bit too much interest in one of the couple, then it gets awkward. Okay, so that’s not it really, but there is a lot of flying in this book, with the greatest of ease, in this long distance romance between a woman who doesn’t trust easily and a man who doesn’t seem to want anything serious in his life – until now.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, and though it’s been a while since I last read any of this series, it swiftly reminded me why I’ve always enjoyed it so much. Glen might have a player past, but the way he treats Mary is wonderful. He’s charming and respectful, happy to take things slow, encourages her to loosen her tight grip on the world and spoils her rotten. I couldn’t not love him for that.
I liked Mary too. She’s had a rough life, but when she cares for someone, she does so with everything in her. True, she seems pretty closed off and borderline rude at first, but she’s not someone to mess around and I really grew to like her throughout the book. I loved her independence and admired her patience, and thoroughly enjoyed her romance with Glen. They’re sweet and sexy together, making a good partnership that was a joy to read.
There is a bit of suspense as well. I’ll admit I got it straight away, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment as I waited to see how things would unfold next. I also really loved the woman who raised Mary, ex-nun Mary Francis. That part of the story was wonderful – except for Burke. If he really was from South Wales, then he definitely would not be English! Aside from that glitch, I liked him and the way Mary didn’t quite know what to do about him.
If you’re looking for a contemporary romance that will sweep you away, then this definitely does a good job of it. The characters are interesting as well as likeable, the romance is lovely and everything else around them is thoroughly enjoyable. I felt like I was rediscovering this series for the first time with this book, so if you’re new you can start here without any problem. Now I have to find time to go back and reread the series again sometime, and hope that there will be more of them all soon.
Not Quite Perfect is out September 20th!
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