Title: Not Quite Enough
Series: Not Quite #3
Author: Catherine Bybee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 8, 2013
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Monica Mann has made it her life’s work to save lives. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Jamaica, she volunteers her trauma skills with Borderless Nurses. Calculating and methodical, Monica creates order out of whatever chaos she finds.
Until she finds the perpetually barefoot, impossibly masculine Trent Fairchild. No one can pin him down. No, really. He’s a pilot and manages a small fleet of choppers on his adopted island home. Hopelessly drawn to one another, they manage to slip away from the wreckage to get a little closer. And they get a lot closer than expected when aftershocks from the earthquake trap them in a life-or-death scenario. Paradise has brought them together. Now will it tear them apart?
Read on for my thoughts on Not Quite Enough. No true spoilers, promise.
The third story in Catherine Bybee’s Not Quite series is full of excitement, danger, love and astonishment. Of course, everyone’s opinion will vary, but I feel that Not Quite Enough can be read on it’s own without having followed the entire series. Yes, it would be easier, perhaps more enjoyable to have started at the beginning. But I am a realist, and I know that not everyone has the time or money to go back to the start in series. Monica’s story is delightful and tense. Danger is all around these characters. And there is mention of characters from the previous novels – but with the dialogue provided, it is very easy to pick up on who is who and why. So while I can’t say that this one is a stand alone – it could be read on it’s own without difficulty.
Not Quite Enough is going to be one of those reviews where I feel I need to be very careful in not giving away much of the plot. There are developments in the story that you really need to come upon yourself, or the entire story will be spoiled for you. And I won’t do that, because I hate when that happens to me.
Monica is one of the newest members of Borderless Nurses working in conjunction with Borderless Doctors – this is her first disaster call up and while excited to be on her way to help those in desperate need, Monica really has no idea what the reality will be once she lands in Jamaica. Trent has lived in Jamaica for a while now. It has become his home away from home. His job right now is to airlift the doctors and nurses into the most devastated parts of this land, leaving them to do their much needed work in conditions beyond anyone’s imagination. Monica is one of the first group he takes in and he sees that she is not too happy about the helicopter she’s about to board. He sets out to charm and distract her during the flight, which isn’t too much of a burden for him for he definitely is attracted to the lovely nurse. Once on the ground the volunteers are faced with a nightmare full of pain, destruction and death. They immediately begin to help those that still can be helped, somewhat shellshocked themselves.
Monica and Trent’s love story is full of emotions, reactions and danger. Attracted to each other they will discover ways and times to explore their feelings for each other. All the while being aware of the heartache, pain and suffering surrounding them. And knowing that an earthquake will eventually have aftershocks, they tread carefully both physically and emotionally.
They will come face to face with physical danger on the island. There will be emotional pain soon to follow. And their careers will be forever changed by what happened in Jamaica.
You really need to read Not Quite Enough for your own entertainment and enjoyment. My words cannot begin to explain the emotional roller coaster you will find within these pages. Love, anger, devastation, threats, sexy moments and a love that when put to the test has to prove itself worth the danger. I loved this story and I think you would too. That is why I strongly feel you need to experience the fear, the joy and the love of Not Quite Enough for yourself.
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