Not Quite Dating is the first book in the Not Quite series penned by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee. It is a contemporary romance novel that takes place during the Christmas season.
It is an opposite attracts story of the romance between billionaire Jack and Jessie, a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet. She is barely earning a living as a waitress. Jack, fed up with being chased by gold diggers looking at his wallet, is going to pretend to be poor and try to find someone who actually loves him for who he is, not how much money he has in his bank accounts. Jessie meanwhile, is looking for someone who is going to be able to provide financial security for both her and her five year old son and help her on her path to a better life.
This is a classic feel good story. It is well-paced with realistic dialogue between two protagonists who are easy to like, but for different reasons. Billionaire Jack is desperate to get rid of his avaricious ex, whilst down-on-her-luck Jessie has the same dreams that many people have. She just wants a chance to live life and maybe not have to work so hard for others all the time. In short, two characters with different backgrounds and problems both looking for love.
Catherine Bybee constructs a very readable story from a chance meeting in a diner. The reader is quickly drawn into Jack and Jessie’s world and it is hard to stop turning the pages to see if and when everything will work out for the best. It is tough to dislike a true feel-good story, especially one written with characters who have real depth.
The story is romantic without being over the top and we follow along with pleasure as our heroes are ‘Not Quite Dating’.