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Summary

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?

©2014 Catherine Bybee (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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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.

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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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  • Phyllis S. Mike
  • 27-11-14

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.

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  • Liz
  • 04-01-15

Fantastic!

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

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  • Trish R.
  • 18-11-14

Wonderful read..

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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.

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  • Elizabeth Kilcullen
  • 06-09-18

Another Good Stort

Love the series. this is another interesting story and an unusual way used to get a mother-in-law to accept you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-18

great series!

I completed the series in a week! i read them backwards and still kept me engaged

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  • Katrice Collins.
  • 04-08-18

Not Quite Forever

I just got through reading the fourth book in this series and I love it .Hats off to you again Catherine Bybee.
Four down and two to go.

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  • RedWV
  • 09-04-18

Loved

I am thoroughly enjoying each of these stories I. this series. The characters are fabolous and story lines amazing.

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  • Debra Saucier
  • 21-12-17

Loved it!

I thought I might be growing board with this series, but not the slightest bit!

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  • Marlo
  • 21-11-17

Not Quite Forever

These Bybee books are just full of family life and love. I love it! This books gives me that family feeling I need around these holidays.

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  • Jennifer G.
  • 25-07-17

A must read series!

Great series! I didn't want to ever stop listening to the e-books! Great author and characters!