Not Quite Enough

Not Quite Enough

by Catherine Bybee
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Book_Sojourner More than 1 year ago
I loved Not Quite Enough. I'm not going to hash out the details of the story - the synopsis covers it enough. But I will say that there wasn't a dull moment from cover to cover. I never got bored or lost attention. Bybee took routes and detours I did not expect, and made what I expected to be a simple romance into so very much more. I liked the complexity of the story, yet how true to life it felt. It was thoroughly engaging. I also loved the medical aspects of the story, and the unique situations the characters were placed in, which I could completely imagine through Bybee's writing. Though I work in the medical community, I don't think the medical situations were too much for someone less familiar with it, unless you hate that sort of thing. Monica and Trent were wonderful characters. Individually they had great strengths and weaknesses, giving them the range to help others and at the same time grow themselves. And together they felt complete. The romance was really well-written. For such a unique situation, I completely fell for this couple and how their feelings came to be. Somehow Bybee was able to combine quick feelings and physical attraction with deeper emotions and an urgent situation with heartache and longing and love to give this couple all the depths they needed to feel genuine and real. They were tested and made mistakes. But then things happened toward the end that I totally loved and enjoyed the way Bybee put it all together. This was my first read of Bybee's but it won't be my last. Not Quite Enough can easily be read as a standalone. Other characters were integrated and weaved into the story seamlessly, and even though I didn't know the stories behind the other couples from the previous books, I didn't feel left out of the loop. If anything, the amount I got to know about them simply makes me want to go back to the previous books and read their stories, which I plan to do. All in all, a wonderful contemporary romance!
Hesperia_Loves_Books More than 1 year ago
With every book that I read by Catherine Bybee, I fall a little more in love with her writing abilities and the fantastic stories that are delivered.  Not Quite Enough the third book in the Not Quite series, my third read of Ms. Bybee’s and definitely my favorite so far! Monica is an intelligent take charge woman who is honest about her wants, needs and feelings with everyone, including herself.  She is not a pushover and she refuses to accept anything less than what she wants and deserves.  I have been intrigued by her character ever since first meeting her in Not Quite Dating.  I wanted to know more and I was extremely pleased, and excited, to learn the other sides of Monica that reading her story afforded me.   Her dedication and love for her job were unexpected, but quickly became one of the highlights of the book in my opinion.  The story was real, it was detailed and I became immersed in it wanting to work right alongside her in the clinics.   Trent is such a loveable character and the instant he and Monica meet, I felt the spark between them.  Both of them battle with trust issues.  They each have battered pasts which cause them to just exist and not live.  They are each starving for a connection to someone, but don’t realize it until they meet.  I loved the chemistry and the back and forth between these two characters.  It helped propel the story and made the ending all the more sweeter.  Not Quite Enough combined some of my favorite book elements to make this a quick, lighthearted and compelling read.  The ending did feel a little rushed and I wish I had been given more time with Monica & Trent as a couple.  Although, I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again when we hopefully get the books that feature Trent’s brothers :)   All in all, if you’re looking for a fantastic contemporary romance with an amazing twist of suspense/drama - then Not Quite Enough is a must read.  While it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading in series order because of the outstanding character development throughout. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, then this is a book, and series, that you definitely won’t want to miss!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loved the story of Trent and Monica. As an ex ER nurse myself, I thought Catherine did a wonderful job on the medical side of the story. I could relate to many of her stories with laughter and tears. The relationship of Trent (Barefoot) and Monica had me entranced from the beginning, both work alcoholics, alpha personalities and will not give up on what they believe. This is the first book that I have read in the series and now will go back and read the first two. Looking forward to reading more from Catherine.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
     Monica Mann is a hook up with them and then move on kind of woman.  She isn't ready for a commitment and she may never be.  When the earthquake happened and they were calling for Border-less Doctors and Nurses, the timing was right for Monica to say yes.  She met Trent Fairchild on the island of Jamaica after one of the worse earthquakes in years.  Trent is determined to make sure Monica takes care of herself in between caring for patients.  Just how far he's willing to go to meet that goal we'll find out.      Catherine Bybee never disappoints and she doesn't this time either.  Well written and characters that are relate-able and fun to be involved with make this book outstanding.  Each book in the Not Quite series is a gem on it's own but together they outshine most similar series books.  Contemporary romance at it's very best! You won't go wrong with Catherine Bybee. This is a book to have in your TBR pile.      I found no issues in this one.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this entire group of people make me wish I were one of them! Way to go Catherine!     Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Catherine Bybee and that I loved the first two books in the "Not Quite" series, but there is no question this is my favorite of the three. We got to know Monica Mann in both of the previous "Not Quite" books, but in "Not Quite Enough" we really got to see a different side of her, which I loved. While that spunky, fiery woman we got to know before was still there, we also got to see her dedication to her job and to the efforts to help those in distress following a natural disaster. Oh and let's not forget to mention the sparks that flew almost immediately between Monica and Trent Richardson, the helicopter pilot that she met while assisting with the relief efforts following the tsunami in Jamaica. Both Monica and Trent tried to deny what was developing between them due to circumstances from both of their pasts, couple that with a major misunderstanding and less than desirable conditions and you have the makings of quite a path that both these two people take throughout the book. Catherine Bybee has done it once again, this book was a pure joy to read and I can't wait for the next adventure she takes us on!
twocoulters More than 1 year ago
Nope - It wasn't enough...I wanted more~~ Catherine Bybee has written another enticing addition to the Not Quite series; yet this can be read as a stand-alone. Monica and Trent have different, yet similar, motives for being in Jamaica. It was exciting to watch as they stumbled, then fell, in love. The writing is impeccable. The author does a tremendous job of skillfully constructing a well-paced romance. The most impressive thing was how remarkably she acknowledges the tragic devastation that surrounds them – she crafted the environment with precision. This is my favorite so far…looking forward to future installments. As a surprise bonus, Jack Morrison, the hero from Not Quite Dating, is once again prominently featured as he comes to his sister-in-law’s rescue.  Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Not Quite Enough (Not Quite #3) by Catherine Bybee, Monica Mann has been through extensive training for the Borderless Nurses group but hasn't gone on any missions. Until now. She's sent to Jamaica after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit the island. Monica is thrown into utter chaos as there is not enough hands to help or even enough food or medicine to take care of everyone. She has to deal with everything from local staff giving her attitude to a lack of doctors present to make decisions. She chalks it all up to being the norm in the life of a trauma nurse. She meets pilot Trent Fairchild the day she arrives on the island. He flies helicopters locally and is helping out by moving the medical staff and supplies to the hardest hit locations. They have an easy camaraderie, which comes in handy as they are thrown together on several occasions. Monica realizes Trent feels the chemistry between them and wonders if she should take advantage of her minimal time away from the clinic to indulge in an island fling. Trent comes across as a casual person, not looking for a long-term commitment which is just fine by Monica. Only a couple of days into Monica's time in Jamaica, she and Trent find themselves in a horrific situation. Trent's past comes back to haunt him as the stress mounts and Monica struggles with letting go of her controlling tendencies. They both pray they can get out alive so they can see their families again. And maybe even so they can see if they have what it takes to build a strong relationship together. Not Quite Enough is a page-turner of a Contemporary Romance filled with compassion, love and life-threatening situations. I have read several of Catherine Bybee's books, and have enjoyed them all immensely. Her characters may be in situations some of us would never be in like the Borderless Nurses, or married to a millionaire. But they are all intriguing, flawed and completely relatable. Book three in the Not Quite series didn't disappoint me in the least. The writing was spot on as usual, with the pace of the story moving along perfectly and the prose being descriptive but not too wordy. I connected with Monica quickly. You can tell she believes passionately in what she does as a nurse. And rightly so!! We don't give nearly enough credit to nurses for all they do on a daily basis to make our lives better. Monica's nickname her co-workers gave her is Ice Queen, or Queenie. I thought that was an honest thing to include, seeing as her job is to stay detached enough from her patients to make the tough calls and ensure they get the proper care needed. But Trent sees through the icy facade and knows she isn't quite as strong as she lets on. He tries to break through those walls and help Monica feel a connection. Given his past, Trent also has some insecurities which come into play and is another hurdle for them to overcome. If you like Contemporary Romance with heart-wrenching drama, strong characters full of love and passion, and a HEA, give Not Quite Enough a try.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
When an earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Jamaica, Monica Mann is one of the first trauma nurses to finally make good on her training with Borderless Nurses. Glad to be away from the ER where she has to deal with her boss who has taken an inexplicable dislike to her, and the occasional run in with a colleague she just broke off a short involvement with, Monica doesn't hesitate for a minute before making the necessary calls that put her on the first plane into the disaster zone.  Trent Fairchild retreated to Jamaica in self-exile, still struggling with the death of his parents and trying to come to terms with his place in the family business he left his brothers to manage back home. In Jamaica he manages a small tourist transportation fleet of helicopters! and spends most his time flying! his favorite pastime. When the quake hit, and Trent was sure his house was still standing and secure for the moment, he immediately went into action flying supplies and rescue efforts into difficult to access areas. From the moment Trent has the blonde nurse, shaking for fear of flying, in the co-pilot seat next to him, he knew she would be difficult to forget. Monica had a hard time trying to think of any one thing at all, her mind was full of all the destruction and despair coming at her from all sides. With barely any time to eat or sleep, the next few days go by in a blur, with only the occasional encounter with helicopter pilot, Trent leaving any kind of positive vibe behind.  When one of the doctor's insists Monica take a full day off and catch up on sleep and rest, Trent offers his house, a shower and a proper bed. Monica is too tired to resist, either the offer of a good night's rest, which she indulges in, nor giving in to the sexual attraction that has been simmering between them, after she wakes up. But when large aftershocks of the earthquake suddenly trap Trent and Monica in a situation they cannot escape from, they suddenly become victims instead of rescuers. Being forced together under life and death circumstances makes people more vulnerable, exposed and open to extreme emotions. Is that what is happening between a Monica and Trent? As time stretches on and needs become more dire, is what they feel true? **** A very intense, dramatic and poignant story, stirring memories of newscasts of recent earthquakes and flooding all over the planet.  Although here in this book, it merely provides a backdrop, it is done in such a way, that the devastation and confusion is a constant underlying awareness throughout the entire story, painting a chilling picture for the observer. Not sensationalized, not trivialized, but honest and horrible, and how I would imagine things might have been in all those places affected in these natural disasters. Catherine Bybee makes that experience real for us. Monica is a bit of a loner, who aside from her sister, hasn't really had cause to trust many people in her she doesn't. Whatever connections she makes, she fully expects to be temporary, she is not used to people sticking around and so she doesn't know how to fight for someone either. All she knows is how to fight for herself, because that is something she has become good at. Although in the end, out of sheer self preservation, she finally learns to ask for help, when she recognizes she is in over her head. Trent carries guilt like a shield, which he uses as justification for his self-exile. Not just from the company and his brothers, but also from any possible relationships. He takes any and every little excuse as justification for his misconception and then proceeds to retreat to his exile once again. Yet another one who has never fought for something he wanted, but Trent doesn't even fight for himself. He doesn't feel deserving.  Both have a lot of issues around communication and presumption that cause problems that need not exist. But, when push comes to shove, and solitary life suddenly doesn't taste as good anymore, common sense comes to the rescue once again!! I really enjoyed this book, with its many facets. Good solid action, great humanitarian effort, adventure and survival and to top it off a hot steamy and dramatic romance.......can't ask for much more!! ¿An exciting, engaging and enticing adventure!¿ **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Montlake Publishing in return for an honest review.**