Title: Not Quite Perfect (Not Quite Series, #5)
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?
Author: Catherine Bybee
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Seduced by Sunday, Doing It Over
Series: , #5
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: September 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This book started slow for me; I did feel a little lost, as the characters clearly had some sort of history I was missing. As this is my first Not Quite book, I would recommend you start with the first one, though this is considered to be a standalone novel, and you are brought up-to-speed fairly quickly. That being said…I hate feeling like I’m missing something, and I did for the first couple of chapters.
Once that ironed itself out, I found the book to be enjoyable. Mary was a sweet heroine; I liked how her past was mentioned and I also liked how she was very closed off to relationships, but the reason why (being abandoned by her parents) wasn’t drilled into my head. It was mentioned a couple of times in very natural places, and her behavior was very consistent in one who would’e been abandoned early in life. But leaving me to simply agree with the assessment, instead of being told, “And she hated relying on anyone for anything because she’s only had herself forever” over and over was wonderful. So, thanks, Ms. Bybee, for respecting the reader’s intelligence. 🙂
Glen was touted to be a playboy, but honestly, the Glen we see in this novel is anything but. He’s a gentleman and sweeps Mary off her feet in a way that was as sexy as it was sweet. I loved how he surrendered to his feelings, and I adored how he teased Mary. He was just such a wonderful guy, and again, I could see how he might’ve been a playboy in the past, but his focus on Mary was just right. He gave her enough space to be herself, but pushed her when he knew it would be better for her. He makes for a great book boyfriend.
Although I could see the bad guy coming from the get-go, I did appreciate how Bybee made me question myself before she revealed who it is.
Side note: This book made me very glad I’m not a therapist…I never before thought of the clientele those professionals have to deal with on a daily basis and how it has the potential to become a dangerous job. Sure, the ideas in the novel are fiction, but it definitely did make me stop and think about it.