Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Copy: Sent
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?
I thought this book was extremely entertaining, the characters are witty and the premise is enjoyable. I like this author’s voice and I am excited to read more from her.
Dakota Laurens is a bestselling romance author enjoying herself at a convention in Florida; she meets Walt Eddy who is at the same hotel for another convention. They are intrigued by each other and are delighted when they realize they do not live far apart in California. Walt is an emergency room doctor who also volunteers for Borderless Doctors, to say he is busy is a bit of an understatement.
The two try several times to connect after the convention and after several cancellations they finally decide that maybe a weekend away would be a great way to spend time together, he proposes they
travel to his parents place in Colorado to celebrate his father’s birthday. This is eye opening for Dakota as she gets a view of Walt’s life and the reason he is the way he is, his commitment phobia is buried deep along with a secret or two.
Another great story by an author who I have enjoyed reading before.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dakota; she is smart, thoughtful and very formidable. She says what she is thinking and stands up for herself at every turn. She believes someday she will find her happily ever after but until then she is not going to waste her time.
Walt is a different type of hero, he is commitment shy and we do not really know the reason until late in the book. His parents have also shaped his personality, they are very stuffy and overbearing and you can feel the disappointment they have for Walt in every sentence they speak.
The two together work well, at first they both use each other for their own reasons, he is trying to stop his mother from setting him up on dates and Dakota says she wants to use him in a new book she is writing, but things change quickly, at least for her and her feelings are hurt several times as she kicks herself, she always falls hard before thinking. Walt on the other hand is backing away almost as soon as they start being intimate, you can tell in everything he says and does. The chemistry between them is palpable and it is a shame when life invades their time together spooking Walt to the point that he stops calling which Dakota does not take lightly and does her own backing away. But the attraction is too strong and there is some good groveling on Walt’s part when he decides he made a mistake, I always love a hero that can grovel.
The pace of the story works well and I found myself wanting to stay put and read until the end of the story as I was completely engrossed in the tale. Secondary characters play important roles in this book; several couples from previous books make appearances such as Monica and Trent. I also enjoyed Dakota’s friend Mary, she has an interesting relationship with Trent’s brother Glen. Both Walt’s parents and Dakota’s parents are important to the story and their relationships go through several stages with a very satisfying ending. As always with this author, I am excited to read more from her.
I give Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee 4.25 stars!
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.
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