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Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Bybee
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Book Description

From New York Times, USA Today, and WSJ bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes the first novel in the delicious Not Quite series.

Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist.

As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all…

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "It's refreshing to read about a man who isn't afraid to fall in love...[Jack and Jessie] fit together as a couple and as a family." —RT Book Reviews, 3 stars (HOT)

    "Not Quite Dating offers a sweet and satisfying Cinderella fantasy that will keep you smiling long after you've finished reading..." —Kathy Altman, USA Today, Happy Ever After

    "Catherine Bybee has crafted the perfect rags to riches romance with Not Quite Dating! ... The dialogue is inventive and witty, the characters are well drawn out. The storyline is superb and really shines. Book two, Not Quite Mine, is coming this spring and I will be eagerly waiting to get my hands on a copy! I highly recommend this stand out romance! Catherine Bybee is an automatic buy for me." —Harlequin Junkie, 4 1/2 hearts

    About the Author

    New York Times 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 the novels Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1387 KB
    • Print Length: 259 pages
    • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 13, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008J2IS0K
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    116 of 123 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!! November 14, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I really enjoyed this book. I was just planning on reading a few pages when I started but it sucks you in quickly to where you just want to keep going. Jack and Jessie are a perfect couple and I love her little boy. Jack falls quickly and Jessie does to a degree but with Jack appearing to fit all of the criteria of a man she doesn't want she holds back. The thing I most enjoyed is how it fits the 'Not Quite' phrase by them continuing to hang out and get to know each other but Jessie saying they are 'Not Quite Dating'. I really enjoyed that this is going to be a series and thus we got introduced to the character for the second series and possibly even third. I love a series of book where you get to follow-up on the characters. You can't go wrong with this book. Catherine Bybee began one of my favorite authors with her Weekday Brides series and now she is an automatic author I buy when new books come out. You will enjoy this book!!!
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    79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing, But Some Difficult Premises to Overcome January 29, 2013
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    The blurb which describes this book is rather promising. Jessie is a single mom struggling to make ends meet while Jack is a billionaire who is looking for a woman who is interested in him rather than his pocketbook. As the story begins, Jack is dealing with an ex-girlfriend who wants him back because she misses his money, but he has come to a realization that he doesn't want to be with another fake woman; he wants someone who is down-to-earth and honest. Great start, right?

    Unfortunately, when Jack first meets Jessie, he decides she's THE ONE before he knows a single thing about her other than the fact that she's a waitress at Denny's. There's nothing to indicate an immediate soul-deep connection or an overwhelming physical attraction between the two; he simply sees her as a normal girl working as a waitress, and he decides that he's going to make her fall in love with him. Don't get me wrong, everything from the narration and the conversation between the two indicates that Jessie is a nice, attractive girl, but I just didn't see why Jack would decide that she was worth all the time and effort he went to to get to know her after she did nothing but serve him and his friends after they stopped into Denny's one night.

    If I could have bought an instant attraction, I could probably have gotten over some of the other roll-my-eyes moments in the book, but I couldn't. There are too many things that happen that fall just shy of being utterly ridiculous. For example, Jack wants to keep his wealth a secret, so what does he do to help Jessie out? He sets up an elaborate party at one of the hotels his family owns, pretends to borrow a dress and shoes from the lost and found at the hotel (which both just happen to be Jessie's exact size), he "calls in a favor" to have her car repaired...
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    31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Christmas Romance November 14, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a sweet, makes you feel good romance that takes place during the Christmas season. Jessie is working as a waitress, trying to make ends meet in order to support her sister and her 5 year old son. Her mother has frequently told her it is just as easy to love a poor man as a rich man. She is immediately attracted to Jack, but she wants someone established not a dreamer with a dead end job. After an ex girlfriend tells him any girl he marries will be marrying him for his money, Jack decides he wants to be wanted for himself. Jack and Jessie decide to just be friends...They are not quite dating...
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    27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More great work by Catherine Bybee! November 14, 2012
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    It's no secret that I am a huge Catherine Bybee fan and this book was no exception. I absolutely adore Not Quite Dating! I literally couldn't put it down and read it in less than a day.

    Both Jack and Jessie are dealing with their own issues and things that are missing from their respective lives and little do they know a chance meeting at a diner will change both their lives in numerous ways filling those spaces that neither of them ever thought would be.

    Bybee does an amazing job of telling this story in a realistic way, all while bringing out the romance and emotion needed for a top notch comtemporary romance novel. There are highs and lows throughout this book, but throughout you are rooting for both Jack and Jessie and they happy ending you so want them to achieve.

    Kudos to Bybee for another fantastic creation. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in the "Not Quite" series!
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Absurd March 6, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Let me get this straight - Jack is tired of dating women who only want him for his money. So, when he meets Jessie, a waitress at Denny`s, he pretends to be poor. Only Jessie refuses to date him because he's poor. Fortunately for her, Jack is so blinded by her "goodness" that he refuses to take "no" for an answer. Then she discovers that he's rich and they ride off happily into the sunset. Boy, it's a good thing Jack went through all that trouble to end up with a woman who didn't care about his money.

    This book is absurd!
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooo fricking cute!! November 20, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The only problem I had was the very descriptive intimate moments. I felt like it was porn that's exceptable........ Too much information for me. But I guess if you're into that sort of thing....
    But the story was cute and I loved the characters. It made my heart melt.
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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot November 14, 2012
    By Catrini
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    Not Quite Dating hit the spot after an intensive week of college reading. I was looking for something easy on the mind and the blurb sounded fun. I was immediately sucked into Jessie and Jack's verbal sparring and couldn't put it down until I finished it. My homework just had to wait.

    I had never read anything by this author before but I will definitely be checking out other works by this author. I felt she did a splendid job creating fully-fledged characters who took on a life of their own. I especially loved how Bybee explored the facets of why Jessie is intent on marrying a financially secure man. I was especially surprised with the accurate terminology used in the hospital. But my favorite point by far was that Jessie was not just looking for a man to rescue her, she had a plan to better herself so even without Jack she would have gone on to do great things.

    If you enjoy romances featuring intelligent characters, I definitely recommend this book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars heartfelt and authentic
    What a great feel-good book. The characters were well-developed. You knew Jessie and Jack were perfect for each other except for this big FAT lie between them. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by LindaNpines
    3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining albeit predictable
    A bit predictable, nevertheless entertaining, easy to read, and not a bad way to kill a few hours. Hurray for a single mom of a five year old finding love with a billionaire... Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Lilian
    2.0 out of 5 stars No depth
    There was hardly any character development. They had no depth and neither did the plot. It was overly predictable. Quick read and ok if you're looking for something light.
    Published 9 days ago by Pepperdaisy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
    Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great storie
    Published 13 days ago by Melanie Muse
    4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
    it was a fast read had to get # 2 and almost finished with that one . fun book to read.
    Published 14 days ago by Sandra Garretty
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good start to a series
    This book is about a very wealthy man who meets a struggling mother. He is looking for someone to love him and not his money. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Sheriea
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite worth publishing
    This sums up the plot, "he's just a guy I met at the restaurant who wants to help me find a nice, well-off man who can help dig me out of this hole I'm in. Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
    It's okay! A bit cheese and unrealistic. Not bad if nothing else to read
    Published 25 days ago by Mechi
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
    Enjoyed so much I ordered next book in series.
    Published 27 days ago by Romance Junkie
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    New York Times Bestselling Author
    USA Today Bestselling Author
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    #1 Amazon Bestselling Author
    #1 Indie Reader Bestselling Author

    New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with 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 MacCoinnich Time Travel series as well as the Weekday Brides series.

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