In full disclosure, I’m a huge fan of the Not Quite Series from Catherine Bybee. Book 5, “Not Quite Perfect,” continues by focusing on psychology Mary Kildare and her strained history relationship with Glen Fairchild — at least, it would be a relationship if either of them would make the first move. There’s plenty of chemistry between them, but Glen’s playboy past makes Mary leery of opening up to him. Add to that the fact that the pilot/co-owner of Fairchild airline lives on the opposite side of the country – there’s enough to give Mary pause than just their antagonistic first impressions.
“Not Quite Perfect” did not disappoint. As always, Bybee gives the reader an enticing courtship between intriguing characters. I found myself constantly wondering whether Mary would be her own biggest hurdle to a successful relationship and whether Glen would actually commit to a relationship, rather than a fling. Bybee’s focus on Mary’s counseling practice also made for a lot of interesting plot twists along the way. When her home is trashed, everyone is a suspect, right down to her erratic counseling clients. Every time I thought I knew who was responsible for wreaking havoc in her life, I was surprised to find myself wrong and enjoyed how the plot played out.
“Not Quite Perfect” is great as a standalone novel; you get plenty of background about the characters that you don’t miss out significantly without reading the preceding books. However, it’s even better when read with the other four books in the series because you have more context for the peripheral characters who are introduced in the previous “Not Quite” novels. This is a constantly engaging read, and not at all predictable, and all around fun. I definitely recommend it!