cover image Not Quite Forever

Not Quite Forever

Catherine Bybee. Amazon/Montlake Romance, $12.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4778-2589-1

Bybee’s magnetic fourth Not Quite contemporary (after Not Quite Enough) proves that romance can happen in the most unlikely places. When a Florida hotel hosts two conventions, one for romance authors and one for medical professionals, writer Dakota Laurens and doctor Walt Eddy are unexpectedly drawn together. They start dating upon their return to California, but their attraction doesn’t really ignite until she flies to Colorado with him for his father’s birthday celebration. Dakota is a strong, independent woman who has distanced herself from her family since they voiced their disapproval of her profession. Walt is a very determined physician whose ability to sustain a relationship is hampered by his fear of commitment. As Walt and Dakota work through the inevitable roadblocks in their romance, they wonder whether a future together is worth the possibility of heartbreak. The love scenes are sizzling and the multi-dimensional characters make this a page-turner. Readers will look for earlier installments and eagerly anticipate new ones. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Nov.)