Title: Not Quite Mine
Series: Not Quite #2
Author: Catherine Bybee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Rating: 4 stars
Source: Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Gorgeous hotel heiress Katelyn “Katie” Morrison seems to have it all. But when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott – the only man she’s ever loved – at her brother’s wedding, Katie realizes there’s a gaping hole in her life. After the ceremony she gets an even bigger surprise when someone abandons a baby girl on her doorstep. Determined to keep the newborn until she learns who her mother is, Katie has her hands full and doesn’t need Dean snooping around, especially when his presence stirs feelings she thought were long gone.
Dean Prescott knows Katie is lying to him when he discovers a baby is living with her. He shouldn’t care what the woman who broke his heart is up to…and he most certainly shouldn’t still be aching for her. Yet Dean can’t ignore the need to protect Katie – or the desire to be near her every chance he gets. But when he and Katie solve the mystery surrounding the baby, their second chance for happiness could be shattered forever.
Read on for my thoughts on Not Quite Mine. No true spoilers, promise.
Not Quite Mine is not only an extremely good story, it’s also an emotionally satisfying novel as well. So often we find the “secret baby” novels, but this is one with an enjoyable and unusual twist.
The night of her brother’s wedding finally was over. While she was happy for her brother Jack and his new family, Jessica and her son (now their son) Danny – Katie also had to face the man she’d loved and walked away from. Being near Dean again was so painful, she knew in her heart that she had left him for the right reasons, but that didn’t stop her from still loving him even if there was no future for them. Now as she and Monica, her new sister-in-law planned to crash at her family’s hotel’s penthouse suite all she wanted to think about was getting her shoes off and relaxing with a new friend for a bit.
When she opened the door after a soft knocking, the very last thing Katie expected to see was a baby in her baby seat with a note attached outside her door. Who in the world would do such a thing? Abandon their obviously newborn baby outside of a stranger’s door? Okay, she or rather her family was rich and maybe that was part of it, but how did a mother just leave her precious baby like this? The note was cryptic and telling at the same time. Obviously baby Savannah was left specifically for Katie to find. The person who wrote the note seemed to believe that she’d not only welcome the baby but accept that legally she was hers forever. It made no sense. But for the moment Katie had bigger issues, like a hungry baby to tend to and instant motherhood.
For now, until Katie discovered who the mother was and knew that she would never be able to take Savannah away from her on some whim or legal technocality – she decided to keep the baby a secret from her family and the man she’d be working with closely in the coming weeks – Dean, the man she still loved. That was going to prove difficult and exhausting, but Katie was a mother now, and she’d fight anyone who was a threat to her new daughter. She might not have been born to Katie, but in those first crazy hours she knew that she loved this precious little girl and would somehow make all of this work.
I’ve used the phrase “emotional roller coaster” before, and this is another perfect example of a novel that simply will hit every emotional button you could imagine. It was a joy to watch as Katie settled into the craziness of being a loving mother. Also entertaining was watching how she shuffled her life around as she tried to find out the truth while keeping Savannah a secret. Not easy, for sure. It was also an emotional fist pump to find that Dean still loved Katie and wanted a future with her – and baby Savannah. The reader will figure out who the baby’s biological mother is long before the main characters do. And it makes perfect sense.
Not Quite Mine is an enjoyable, uplifting story. I can recommend this one for any reader that enjoys a love story with a twist, a bit of a mystery and a good solid couple to kile along the way.
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