Not Quite Perfect

Not Quite Perfect

by Catherine Bybee

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Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee

New York Times and Wall Street Journal 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503937291
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Series: Not Quite Series , #5
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 304,449
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-five books that have collectively sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee 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 Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, and, most recently, the Most Likely To series.

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Not Quite Perfect 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Book 5 in the Not Quite Series and this book made me remember just why I love Cathrine Bybee's writing. I loved catching up with characters I have grown to love from previous books in this series. This is Mary and Glen's story and we first met this couple in Not Quite Forever, although attracted to each other they weren't going anywhere with it, after all he was a playboy or so she thought and they lived at opposite sides of the country. Mary would never get involved with a player but Glen shows you really shouldn't believe everything you hear when Mary needs help. I read this book in one sitting, it made me laugh out loud at the sarcasm and banter between them and to me this is the perfect holiday read. I was given this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5.0 Star Review Not Quite Perfect (Not Quite Series #5) by Catherine Bybee This is book 5 in what has come to be one of my favourite series. I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Catherine Bybee in Sydney recently and I was absolutely thrilled; she is as awesome as her books. I have been looking forward to Mary Kildare’s story almost from the first moment she was mentioned in the series. There is just something about her that really draws me to her, she is feisty and loyal, a therapist with a heart of gold. When Glen Fairchild, wealthy commitment phobic playboy pilot re-enters her life, Mary is uncertain what to do, she knows that their chemistry is off the charts but could there be more to her and Glen? That is the million dollar question! Plans change however when Mary’s life is threatened and Glen realises that he wants more from this causal relationship than he first thought. Can Glen swoop in and save Mary and make a lifetime commitment, or will he be too late? This book made me laugh and cry; Catherine Bybee’s characters are at times complex and yet so simple, the love and friendships shared are inspirational. One of the things I most enjoy about this series is that there is usually the opportunity to catch up with characters from the previous books; this group of family and friends is one I would happily be a part of. This was another great book by Catherine Bybee and I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes a little laughter with their romance.
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
It’s tough for me to decide where to start gushing about this book. I enjoyed the follow up with other couples, Walt and Dakota in particular. Mary’s and Glen’s dates were extravagant and over the top. It was cool, but wow. The conflict was great, even if she was a little too trusting of someone I always thought was suspicious. Things were mildly predictable, but I loved it all. I can’t express how much I loved the ending especially. Oh, and Mary Francis!!! Not Quite Perfect was actually quite awesome. I can’t get enough of this series!
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
Not Quite Perfect is the fifth book in the Not Quite Series by Catherine Bybee. A year after meeting through mutual friends at a writers convention, Mary finds herself calling Glen to pass on the news that her friend Dakota was in labor. When Glen flies his sister in law out to California to wait out the birth, he picks up his teasing and flirting where he left off. Extremely independent and wary of play boys, Mary shuts him down, though she can't deny her attraction to Glen. After some good advice from mutual friends, Glen and Mary finally schedule a date. Glen brings his A game, and the dates he plans are extremely romantic and unexpected to Mary. When Mary's home is broken into while she's in New York with Glen, he travels back with her and stays until he feels certain that Mary's home is secure. While both Glen and Mary start dating with the intention to have fun, and remain friends, it's not long before they're both wishing they had more time to spend together. One of the things I enjoy most about Catherine's books is the development of the characters relationships. As the story progresses, the trust between Mary and Glen grows in a way that is genuine to real life, and has the reader rooting for the couple throughout.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Mary and Glen had some cute bantering going on in the beginning. She's been fighting off his interest for a while now, because he's pretty much a player, and he'll pretty much admit to it too. Still, they both have this attraction that's hard to ignore. They were cute. I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It had some humor, some suspense, and some steamy-ness without going over the top. The ARC of Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 I broke my normal reading rule and read this book out of order. That being said I didn’t feel lost in the series. It was clear that things happened in the previous books but that didn’t affect my read. Mary and Glen are two sweet together. I love the lengths that Glen goes to get his girl. Of course Mary has to make him work for it. Neither is perfect. But together they are. This was such a sweet love story. Really glad I picked this little gem up. Now I need to go back and read the first four books. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Montlake in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
marincheto007 More than 1 year ago
If you are following our blog, you know that I am a huge Catherine Bybee fan. I've read nearly everything she wrote but somehow the Not Quite Series slipped through the cracks. Well, I would definitely have to change that because I love this story. It was a great romantic story with notes of humour and as always sprinkled with a little bit of suspense to make it incredibly captivating. The characters are well developed and intriguing. They feel like people I know, like friends, and I've lived every single second of this book together with them. I loved Mary. She was strong and independent and knew what she wants in life. She was kind of stubborn and sometimes she was overreacting but it mostly lead to the funny situations in the book :) In a way she actually reminded me of myself and made the book even more interesting to read. I have to say that I completely understood Mary's reactions to life. Considering her rough start in life and and her difficult upbringing, it was understandable that it will be difficult to trust people and depend on them. That's why it was intriguing to read how her relationship with Glen was developing. Glen was quite an interesting character too. Even though he had the perfect childhood, he had his fair share of pain and heartbreak that shaped him as the person he was when he met Mary. I loved his character and how he adapted to having a relationship and falling in love. How he was ready to give his life for the one woman who captured his heart. The only thing I kind of had a problem with was the name. One of the bosses in the company I work for has the same name and if I am not mistaken, also the same position :D So it was kind of an adjustment not to think of him while reading the book :D And let me tell you, that wasn't funny at all :( But apart from that, I really loved the story and the characters :) So, in a few words, that's an incredible story. Like every other book ever written by the amazing Catherine Bybee. I will definitely have to dive into the rest of the books in the series because I am so intrigued by the other characters. And I can't wait to read Jason's story. I am sure it will be an intriguing one :) So, don't loose any time and pick yourself a copy. If you've read Catherine Bybee before, you know you won't be disappointed. And if you haven't, you should definitely change that. Like right NOW!!! She is a must read author :) This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee is a fantastic read. Ms Bybee has delivered a well written book. My favorite thing about this book is the awesome characters. They are perfect for this tale. Glen and Mary's story is full of suspense, loaded with humor and has a bit of sizzle tossed in too. I enjoyed Not Quite Perfect and will be reading more from Catherine Bybee in the future. Not Quite Perfect is book 5 in the Not Quite Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
Mary Kildare and Glen Fairchild may be “Not Quite Perfect” for each other but somehow they find themselves together to make a perfect future. Therapist and a good friend, Mary Kildare has rolled with the punches that life had dealt her, and she has become a successful therapist and had made a life. Although the scars of abandonment and loneliness have taken permanent residence emotionally, she has come a long way in making friends and planting roots. Her quite and normal life takes the wings of a wild and passionate course when Glen Fairchild makes an appearance again. Wealthy businessman, playboy and pilot Glen Fairchild believes in non-commitment and is always on the course of playing the field. Yet Mary is never far away from his thoughts and when circumstances bring him back to Mary, he acts on the opportunity that fate has given him and so the romance starts. Catherine Bybee always throws in a surprise and I really didn’t see that spark of danger lurking in Mary’s backyard! And Glen becomes the protector, savior and confident as they try to overcome the threat that shadows Mary. With sassy dialogues and flirty actions, with kind and caring people, pages of warmth and support, and appearance of previous characters only adds more magic to this love story as Mary and Glen try to make the best of a bicoastal relationship. I love the way Catherine gives importance to the depth of relationships and the maturity of nurturing them with patience and love. Attention to details, the sequence of narration and the practical plot add more flavor and warmth to this brilliant read Received an ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley for an honest review.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
NOT QUITE PERFECT a brilliant addition to Catherine Bybee's Not Quite series. This fifth book brings back Mary Kildare, the best friend of romance author, Dakota who is now married to Walt and expecting their first child. We are also reintroduced to Glen Fairchild, Trent's older brother who is also a pilot for their family's chartering company. Mary and Glen couldn't be more opposite. Glen comes from a wealthy background, a loving, close-knit family, and has enjoyed a playboy lifestyle without apology. Mary on the other hand was abandoned as an infant and raised in an orphanage by nuns. She has serious trust issues due to her abandonment. Aside from Dakota and Mary Frances, one of the nuns who raised her, she has very few close friends. She is a licensed therapist who enjoys helping others, but doesn't really believe there's a happily ever after in her future. Glenn and Mary met and really hit it off about a year ago, but neither took that next step. They see each other again when their mutual family and friends are gathered at the hospital to await the birth of Walt and Dakota's baby. The attraction is just as strong as it had been before and this time Glenn isn't ready to let Mary go so easily. Mary isn't as convinced they are a great idea, but Glen goes the extra mile to win Mary over. There are definitely perks to being the owner of a private plane chartering company. I believe Ms. Bybee has written the most romantic first date I've ever read. Glen may have been a playboy, but he's fallen hard for Mary, and doesn't let a little thing like living on opposite coasts stop him from trying to prove to her how serious he is about her, effectively breaking down all her doubts about love. *sigh* As usual Ms. Bybee provides romance, suspense, danger, hot sexy scenes, laugh out loud moments, characters you can't help but root for, a great storyline that keeps you guessing, and witty dialogue. I love her books and she is a must-read author for me. Not Quite Perfect... was simply perfect. 4 stars
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Different backgrounds and a long-distance relationship are obstacles to overcome for Mary and Glen. Mary lives on the west coast and Glen on the east. She was left on a doorstep as a child and he had loving parents. Glen has more self-confidence because of how much love from his family he had growing up. Mary is more hesitant but is very independent as she had no one else to rely on. Mix their heat when together with a little danger and their relationship is on. I enjoyed their journey and was glad that they did not deny their true feelings but accepted them as realization hit. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
kdjohnston73 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book as I do all of Ms Bybee's books! It was fun, lighthearted and sweet with a few suspenseful moments thrown in! The PERFECT combination!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loving this series, and they keep getting better. Mary is a strong willed, very self independent happy with her life, until she meets Glen, wealthy playboy pilot, who does not do relationships. There is an immediate attraction between the two, the biggest problem is that they live cross country but suits them in the beginning. Loved all the glitz, something the Mary was not use to. Until Mary's life is threatened, and Glen hurries back. They finally realize that the attraction goes much deeper. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages plenty of romance, humor, suspense and great friendships. Loved Ex Sister Mary Francis. This book is part of a series but you can read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book!!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Author Catherine Bybee is quite an amazing storyteller. Not Quite Perfect, the fifth book from her Not Quite series, is a fantastic standalone novel. I read it from cover to cover in a just couple of days, because I could not put it down. This is the love story between psychologist Mary Kildare, and Glen Fairchild, a pilot and wealthy business owner. Mary grew up under the guidance of a nun, because she was abandoned as a child. She is passionately independent and prides herself on being able to take care of herself. Glen has always been part of a loving family, and yet any form of a romantic commitment has caused him to flinch. Mary and Glen had known each other for a while before they decided to take their flirty relationship to the next level. Overtime, they fell in love. However, in order for them to be together, they have to determine if their bi-coastal relationship is what they really want, and deal with the dangerous havoc in Mary's life. This is a well-written story with interesting characters, a little danger, and a sexy couple that is hot both in and out of the bedroom. Mary and Glen are smart, easy to identify with, and their connection is sizzling. Their friends are fun, and add a lot of personality to the storyline. There are a couple of laugh out loud moments, and I found the plumbing situation to be quite humorous. Overall, this is a terrific book and I am looking forward to reading more from this series. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
This is my first Catherine Bybee novel, and thus I haven't read any of the precious books in the Not Quite series. First, we meet Mary, who is an orphaned only child who has some 'surrogate' family members, including the ex-nun who raised her and her best friend and neighbor, Dakota. She is a counselor (of the therapist variety) and verly slightly hardened by life. She and Glen, our love interest, have a little history, but mostly are at each other's throats in a fun, banter-y way. Glen is CFO of his family's private air charter company, and has had his heart broken enough to make him desire eternal bachelor-hood. The banter between the two is fun, and the sweetness of their romance adds to their already great chemistry. They work well together and I really liked their, sometimes blunt, honesty. The private charter plane aspect and how it affected their opposite-coast long-distance relationship made for some interesting adventures and added some whimsy. The mystery and suspense in this really added a great layer, as well. I saw the whodunit answer straightaway, but still got chills when everything went down! I did feel there were some remarks that felt a bit too negative about Dakota and motherhood. Like her regretting "just being a mom" and her "inevitably" giving up cloth diapers because Mary thought they were impractical. Very minor, but in a way that felt entirely unnecessary yet pointed. Perhaps this would have felt different if I was already familiar with them from previous books. The flow of the story, and the way the characters were developed was top-notch and this is a solid addition to the Contemporary Romance genre! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Not Quite Perfect is a delightful and highly entertaining romantic tale. I found the book to be well-written and humorous. The storyline captured my attention right away, and the lives of the characters kept me engrossed until the end. Mary Kildare is an independent, self-sufficient woman. She had been abandoned as a child, so Mary made it her business to not become too dependent on anyone. She guarded her heart well. Mary loved her career as a mental health counselor; she was aware, though, that the job, was not without its risks. If a client’s life didn’t improve or change as fast as they thought it should, she knew that she could easily become their scapegoat for blame. But, Mary never expected to become of victim of a violent crime. Although Mary was excited to date, Glen Fairchild, a very wealthy and talented pilot, she was also wary. Glen Fairchild was a notorious player. And, Mary knew that the very last thing her fragile heart needed was to fall in love with a man who was sure to break it. The wealthy playboy was intrigued with Mary. And since he had access to a private plane, the fact that she lived thousands of miles from him was of no consequence; until her life was in danger and he couldn’t reach her in time. Not Quite Perfect is a well-written, easy to read and perfectly paced romantic story. I loved the book and highly recommend it. I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another heartwarming story in this series and one you don't want to miss! Mary is simply delightful and completely justified in her trepidation to date Glen. Casual sex just isn't for her and he's not shy about letting people know relationships aren't for him. But she is a woman and he is all kinds of gorgeous man so why not. No expectations, right? Plus he lives a continent away. How often could she possibly run into him? But there is just something about Mary that Glen can't help but feel drawn to and he seems to be showing more and more. He wants to see where this thing could go, she doesn't want to get hurt. It's a fun time watching him convince her they could have more and getting her surrogate mother, ex nun Sister Mary Francis on board doesn't hurt his chances either. That woman was a riot! I promise if you give this one a shot you won't be disappointed! I highly recommend it.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the “Not Quite” series that I have read, and I can assure it won’t be my last. Extremely independent Mary didn’t like Glen in the beginning of the book. It took her best friend Dakota having a baby to finally bring them together. Mary and Glen live on opposite sides of the country, but Glen, being a pilot, he is able to come and go as he pleases. He also whisks Mary away for out of town dates. Mary knows what they have won’t last long as Glen is known for changing women often, so she enjoys it while it lasts. But what Mary didn’t know was that Glen was falling hard for her. The glitz and glamour of Glen’s life was one thing that Mary liked, but it was how Glen came to her aid when a stalker destroys her home that made Mary really fall in love with him. This book had it all wrapped up in one fabulously told story. Romance, suspense, great characters and the perfect plot hooked me from the beginning.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
As cheesy as this may sound, this book was dreamy! This was such a pleasant surprise for me. I've never read Catherine Bybee and didn't know what to expect when I started this story. In fact, the beginning had me worried. Sometimes slow burn stories don't work for me. It's hard for me to see the couple truly into each other if it takes a while for them to get there. You learn right at the beginning that this couple met a year prior and while there was attraction, neither made a move for a year. Then when Mary contacts Glen, as a last resort, to attain the phone number of his sister-in-law, he was cocky. Glen is described as a player, commitment phobe and arrogant. Not a recipe I like in my Hero's. But that didn't last long and this quickly turned into so much more. Glen takes this chance to ask Mary out and he won me at the first date. I don't think I've read a more romantic first date and then the second date was even better. Stick a fork in me cause I was done! Just that quickly Glen became the sweetest most romantic man the author could have possibly written. Not that he needed it, but then Glen won me over even more when Mary was put in danger and then the epilogue! Wow! Just Wow! It's safe to say I loved it! ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
While Not Quite Perfect is part of Catherine Bybee's Not Quite series, this book can be read as a standalone. Mary Kildare and Glen Fairchild met through mutual friends and family about a year prior and while there was mad chemistry during that first meeting, neither one of them acted on it. It took that entire year and the birth of their friend's, Dakota and Walt's, first child for them to be in the same place once again. Glen takes the plunge and asks Mary on a date, which she accepts, except she's curious how this is all going to work since they live on opposite coasts. As Glen says, what good is owning a private jet company if you don't use it yourself? Knowing Glen's penchant for being a player, Mary is not expecting the heartfelt, thoughtful first date that he plans. She realizes very quickly that this man could be more important to her than anyone else in her life and that also means that he could hurt her worse as well. As their romance continues to bloom, Mary is being stalked and it's driving Glen out of his mind that he isn't always there to ensure the safety of the woman that is coming to mean so much to him. This book has everything you want in a novel, great characters, a fast-paced storyline, some intrigue, some comedy and plenty of romance. Catherine Bybee never ceases to amaze me with the fantastic stories she puts forth for us. I can't wait for the next installment! **ARC provided by NetGalley**
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Finally! I have been waiting for the next installment in this series and it was worth the wait. Glen and Mary are absolutely perfect for each other. They live on opposite sides of the country and so they can "feel each other out" and since Mary is not into casual sex and Glen is not into relationships they have to come to terms with how this is going to work. They banter like an old married couple and this book made me laugh and cry and gasp and overall had such a great time I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend this book, just as I have every book in this series, and think I may have to go back and spend a weekend re-reading the other books in this series :) **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**