“Staying for Good” the newest book by Catherine Bybee, I was excited for this book and couldn’t wait for its release. I loved “Doing It Over” and couldn’t wait to read Zoe and Luke’s story. I am not going to lie, it took me a little while to get into this book but once I did Ms. Bybee did not disappoint.
I was first introduced to Ms. Bybee’s books through the Weekday Bride Series. I loved that series and this one too, but this series, A Most Likely to Series, is a far cry from the Weekday Bride Series. In this series, Ms. Bybee tackles everyday struggles with everyday people. Not that it wasn’t fun to get a glimpse at how the better-half lives or might live with the billionaires and movie stars of the bride series
Zoe and Luke were high school sweethearts, who never really got over each other. The stage is set in the first book when Zoe comes back for her ten-year high school reunion only to see the love of her life, Luke, again. With her best friend about to marry his best friend and her uncertainty with her current living situation, Ms. Bybee provides a recipe for love. Of course, there are a few bumps on the road to love for Zoe and Luke, but I would be disappointed if there wasn’t. But in the case of Zoe and Luke sometimes what you are looking for and what you need the most in life are right were you left them.
There were a few times while reading this I wanted to reach through the pages and shake some of the characters. And there were a few scenes I was turning my nose up at, but these things are what makes this book so wonderful and more lifelike. I can’t wait for the third and final book of the series, where the third member of the trio of high school friends finds her Mr. Wright.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.
STAYING FOR GOOD
Most Likely Series, Book Two
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
January 24, 2017, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle
Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.
She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.
While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.
But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good.
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