Review: Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

Fun Fact: Catherine Bybee is the first author I found via my fancy new Kindle circa 2012.

Since then I have upgraded Kindles (twice) but my love for the fun and pretty worlds Ms. Bybee creates has endured. It has been a little while since I read the previous books in the Not Quite Series so I couldn’t quite remember all the details. That wasn’t a problem with Not Quite Crazy! It stands completely on its own and I was quickly re-introduced to the dreamy and wealthy Fairchild brothers.

Jason Fairchild, CEO of a private jet company gets stuck in a ditch on a snowy night. Recent California transplant Rachel Price fishes him out.

Right from the beginning Rachel and Jason have an easy chemistry and witty dialogue. I instantly related to Rachel’s do-it-yourself independent streak. Jason is a nice guy. I know that sounds boring but I promise he’s not. I think nice heroes are completely underrated in modern romance novels. Jason is strong, responsible, and deeply caring. The total package. The problem? He is the CEO at Rachel’s new job.

One issue that did give me pause is how persistent Jason was after Rachel (very logically) told him she could not date her boss. At the end of the day, that’s not the biggest problem Jason and Rachel face as a couple but it did worry me as a reader.

My absolute favorite aspect of this romance (besides Jason’s perfect one-liners, the man had gilded tongue *badum tish*) was how rock solid Jason and Rachel were as a couple. No spoilers but, they endured events that would shake the foundations of established marriages when they had only been dating for weeks. They were both ready for love even if one of them wasn’t completely aware of it (looking at you Rach). By the time the of the HEA I was grinning like a looney tune. This whole book centered around the family you choose which always makes me a little weepy.

Upon reflection, at the backbone of this story is a beautiful female friendship. Now excuse me while I go call my best friend and tell her I love her.



Not Quite Crazy debuts March 6, 2018.

Review: Undone By You by Kate Meader

**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

Beautiful. Romantic. Emotional.

Those are the three words to sum up sophisticated, openly gay NHL general manager Dante and good-ole boy, star hockey defenseman Cade’s romance. In my opinion, Kate Meader is one of the most underrated contemporary romance authors currently. Her mad romance chops were apparent in this novella. Honestly, in a few hundred pages Meader addresses multiple large relationship hurdles Dante and Cade have to overcome before they can live their HEA including: a large age gap, disproportionate experience levels, boss and employee, and most importantly, out and closeted. Meader artfully navigates these tough issues while crafting a beautiful and concise love story. I stand in awe of her mastery. All of these hurdles aren’t cleared cleanly by our intrepid heroes, but the attraction and respect Dante and Cade have for each other is always apparent.

Side Note: Every time Dante traced Cade’s cheekbone I melted more than a little bit. I don’t get to say this about many books but this novel is the perfect mix of sexy-times steamy and heart-aching romance.

Many people were excited to get Dante’s story because of his role in previous books and he didn’t disappoint… but Cade stole the show for me. He was an endearing mix of earnest determination and cocky sports god. His devotion and appreciation for everything Dante (including his flaws) made him irresistible.

This book fits into a few categories that might detract readers (m/m and hockey romance). If you have never dipped your toe in the m/m romance pool, Meader is a great place to start. Her first m/m novella Melting Point was one of the first I read and it was a wonderful introduction. Hockey is a backdrop that adds to the complications of coming out as a professional athlete but is by no means the primary focus on the story. Don’t those points keep you from this sigh-worthy romance.

I call books like this hug-your-Kindle reads because I am so delighted at the end of the story I just need to stare into space and hug my Kindle for a while. Highly recommend.

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Undone By You debuts March 5, 2018.

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