Not Quite Perfect
Catherine Bybee     

Contemporary Romance
Series: Not Quite
Book: 5
Heat Level: Sensual

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?

Pilots intrigue me. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they are so few of them in romance novels or maybe it’s the uniform. Needless to say, a hero pilot is one of the reasons I decided to read Not Quite Perfect. That and the fact I’d read Catherine Bybee first book and enjoyed it very much.

Okay, let’s get to Mary and Glen’s romance. Glen I liked immediately. Why? To be honest it was his soft laugh when he realized Mary had memorized his phone number. A number he’d given her eight months before that she’d hadn’t used up until that moment, when her best friend Dakota went into labor. I took his laugh to mean, Caught you. You are interested in me. Cocky but not too cocky. Confident. So sexy. And his attitude, in my mind, fits the whole pilot thing.  

Mary is real. I could really connect with her. She’s super attracted to Glen but he’s player, is commitment-adverse and he lives on the east coast—on the opposite coast from her. Even if he didn’t have the first two strikes against him, the third was a deal killer, right?

Of course not, this is a romance after all. And so it begins. The birth of Dakota and Walt’s baby brings Glen to California. To Mary. And the attraction between them is still hotter than ever. The sexual tension is fantastic. I loved it. Glen is quite delicious. He teases, he flatters, he flirts and he finally asks Mary out on a date. What else can she say but yes. So she goes…and she falls.

The issue of distance becomes a make or break issue between them. When they’re together, things are great. Their chemistry is darn near explosive. When they’re apart, things get hard. Phone calls aren’t enough. The missing each other never completely goes away. The weekends they get to see each other soon aren’t enough. And what makes it worse is when Mary starts having problems with one of her clients (she’s a therapist). Then she meets someone, an attractive man who’s had it clear he’s interested. And he’s right there, living only miles away from her, not in Connecticut like Glen.

Then to make matters worse, things get squirrely and downright scary for poor Mary when her house is ransacked. I won’t say more than that but I will say that I saw the ending coming a mile away. I would have scored the book higher if I hadn’t. I also grumbled a bit about the flowers. I found it difficult to believe she didn’t say anything specifically about them to Glen whether in person or by text or phone. But that’s minor grievance because while the culprit didn’t surprise me, how it played out at the end did.

I really liked that the secondary characters were fully fleshed out. Besides Dakota and Walt, I particularly liked Mary Frances, the ex-nun who played a large part in raising Mary.

All in all, Not Quite Perfect was a great read, the characters fully formed, the pacing spot on. That it kept my interest throughout says it all. I would definitely recommend and look forward to Ms. Bybee’s next book.

~ Beverley