Not Quite Enough by Catherine Bybee

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Monica Mann has made it her life's work to save lives. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Jamaica, she volunteers her trauma skills with Borderless Nurses. Calculating and methodical, Monica creates order out of whatever chaos she finds.
Until she finds the perpetually barefoot, impossibly masculine Trent Fairchild. No one can pin him down. No, really. He's a pilot and manages a small fleet of choppers on his adopted island home. Hopelessly drawn to one another, they manage to slip away from the wreckage to get a little closer. And they get a lot closer than expected when aftershocks from the earthquake trap them in their own life-or-death scenario. Paradise has brought them together. Now will it tear them apart?
Monica glanced up at the gray skies and frowned. “So, Trent,” she began again. “Are you the only one shuffling the foreign medical staff around the island?”
He shook his head. “There are a few others. Why?”
He kept his eyes on where he walked and avoided her questioning gaze.
“Just wondering.”
He didn’t buy that. “Just wondering?”
“Seems like anyone could drive me to the clinic.”
He walked her behind the hospital and up a short path to where his helicopter waited. “Anyone could drive you.”
She hesitated when she saw her ride. “I thought you said you were driving me.”
“I am. After a short flight to where my car is parked.”
She turned a full circle. “Can’t we just drive?”
Trent moved in front of her and removed his sunglasses. “It’s a short flight back to the airport, then a thirty minute drive. That’s if the roads are cleared.”
“Can’t we just—” Her ice blue eyes never left his.
“I didn’t kill you the first time, Monica. I won’t this time either.”
She swallowed.
“It was better thinking you volunteered to take me instead of being the only person capable of it.”
Actual fear hid behind her eyes. “Why’s that?”
“I prefer flirting to flying.”
A slow, easy smile met his lips. He knew then irrevocably that Monica thought about him at some point during her short stint on the island.
He replaced his sunglasses and reached for her hands. “How about a little of both?”

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 novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California

This is number three in the Not Quite Enough series. I had no trouble reading this as a standalone and liked it enough that I will be making time to read the other books in this series. This is my first time reading a Catherine Bybee book and I found her writing style to be refreshing, easy and creative.
I like all kinds of romances and this one falls into the "makes me feel good" category. Has a great story, great characters and the romance is slow moving and satisfying.
The author is a nurse, and her knowledge of nursing was quite visible in the character of Monica, who is also a nurse. Monica prefers the revolving door technique when it comes to romance. As soon as they get too close... out they go! Hence her nickname... The Ice Queen. That is until she volunteered to help with the relief effort of an island that was devastated by a tsunami. Here is where she meets helicopter pilot... "barefoot". As Monica spends time with Barefoot (Trent) on the island her Ice Queen personality begins to thaw.
My favorite romances are those that come along with a great story and offer a little more than just the couple. This story was one that touched my emotions, made me smile and left me wanting to get to know other characters in the book that were introduced earlier in the series. It was very engaging and has a nice Happily Ever After.
Looking forward to re-visiting this author again in the future and I definitely recommend this book to fans of Happily Ever Afters!

ARC provided by Montlake Publishing in exchange for an honest review!

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    1. I enjoyed the book! Looking forward to reading more from you... :)

  2. I loved this book! I've read all of Catherine's contemporaries (I'm behind on her time travels I'm sure I'll get to them soon) and I can't recommend them highly enough! They are all favorites of mine and I frequently have found myself re-reading one when I need a guaranteed good read.

    1. I will definitely be putting more of her books on my to read list!