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Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series Book 1) by [Bybee, Catherine]
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"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.

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  • File Size: 1384 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2IS0K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J. Weaver VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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I tried to like this book. I really did. I hate to be a total jerk but after the first of many repetitive chapters with nothing new or unexpected- I slugged my way through, often skipping entire pages of very juvenile writing. Very, very cliche and predictable but not in a good way. The main character Jessie was the worst of all. Shallow, greedy and selfish character that never developed properly. There was a great deal of struggle involved to see this one through...
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The book is actually ridiculous, the author has potential, but, really...a billionaire meets an uneducated waitress, with no real goals...hides who he is, and falls for her because she is the "only one" who doesn't want him for his money, but is trying to help her find someone who has some...to save her instead of her saving herself, and growing as a person. The book could have been much better, if she was allowed to continue on and make it on her own, and then get back with him. The end was so corny, and left you hanging. What age groop reads this?
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1.5 out of 5 stars--a rich man finds the woman who might just be the perfect girl for him, if only he can prove to her that his lying to her about his wealth and who he really was had nothing to do with her personally then everything would be perfect...

I really tried to like this novel. And in some ways, I kind of did like it, mostly because of Jack and his sweet ways of trying to woo Jessie. Yet, even so, I didn't like Jessie all that much. I understand that she's used to guys using her and watching her mother deal with a string of men. Nevertheless, because of all of that she gets into a "non-ish" relationship with Jack. Mostly she sort of uses him for emotional support yet doesn't want anything more from him because she's afraid that he's a "dreamer" and is going to take off on her whenever the time comes. Even though there is no proof, he'll take off or that he plans too other than him not portraying the rich man facade that he actually is.

Basically, it was very annoying at times. So much so that by the time I got to the middle of Chapter 11, I was done with the novel.

I do hope that if you decide to read this novel you'll enjoy it more than I did. However, I do not recommend it.

- On a side note -
I liked what I read about Jack's best friends and I'm interested to see (if they're the heroes in this series) who they'll end up with.

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