Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee
(Not Quite #4)
November 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Contains: sexual references, some language
Source: eARC for Honest review
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?
This was the second Bybee book I've read, the first being this book's predecessor, Not Quite Enough, which I loved (my review). These books can easily be read as standalones. Characters from prior books may come into the story or be referenced to, which may make you want to read their previous stories, but it is not necessary.
I really enjoyed Not Quite Forever. Walt and Dakota's story is quite sweet, starting from the fun meet-cute of these two people in very different professions to the very end of the epilogue, and I loved getting their heart-warming love story. There is some important drama that comes into play, but really this is a touching story of two people who are simply meant to be together. Walt and Dakota have such a natural chemistry and companionship with each other, and though it frightens them at first, and Walt does some stupid stuff, you can't help but feel the special magnetism between them. Even ridiculous parents can't keep these two apart. I loved how the whole thing was pulled together.
Now if you're looking for a high suspense, high drama, angst-fest, this isn't that book. But what is special about Not Quite Enough is how real it felt, how honestly it approached its subjects and predicaments, and while it may not be super angsty, the tension was just what it needed to be to get a lovely, touching, and completely heartfelt love story. Even the very end was just exactly what it needed to be. I hope there are more stories to come in this series, and that Walt and Dakota make an appearance.