Book Review - Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee
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The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling 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?
Catherine Bybee has once again managed to take a writing trope I felt had been done to death, and toss it on its head and turn it into a fun and compelling story. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but generally I hate reading about OTHER writers. It just seems too meta. But Bybee does a fantastic job of using Dakota’s profession to help understand her as a character, rather than just making her a writer because it was easy to relate to for the author. The romance writer convention at the beginning was like a wink at anyone who has ever attended one of these before, and had me laughing and nodding my head the whole time.
The story is great and this is worth reading just for the story, but the characters are what set Bybee’s books apart from all the others. Even the characters you don’t like are still human and sympathetic. Walt and Dakota are both complex and interesting and easy to love… and hate.
OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy
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