Not Quite Perfect


Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitment-phobe), Glen Fairchild, reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes on a whim. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?


Mary started to leave the gift shop before remembering why she was there.

Doing her best to ignore Glen as he stepped up to the register to purchase the last stuffed toy, Mary randomly grabbed half a dozen candy bars and waited for her to turn.

The seventy-plus-year-old woman behind the counter offered a full smile as she rang up Glen’s purchase. “Are you a pilot?”

Mary had a strong urge to roll her eyes.

“Yes, ma’am.”

“It’s always so nice to see those clean white uniforms. So few young men pay attention to their whites.”

“It’s hard to attract the attention of beautiful women wearing dingy yellow,” he told her.

She blushed at Glen’s words as she handed him his change. “I’m sure you have no trouble there.”

He had the nerve to glance over his shoulder at Mary.

Instead of pretending she wasn’t listening, Mary met his eyes.

“You’d be surprised,” Glen told the clerk.

He took the bagged-up monkey and took two steps back and waited.

Mary dumped the candy on the counter while Glen stared.

“What?” she asked him.

“Well, that explains why you’re so uptight.”

She narrowed her eyes and looked down.

“Excuse me?”

“Women need chocolate on occasion.”

Her breath caught in her throat. “It’s not…”

“It’s okay, Mary. Everything makes sense.”

“It isn’t…it’s for Walt.”

Glen looked beyond her at the volunteer behind the register and winked. “I’m sure it is.”

“It is.” The fact that he was insinuating she was on her cycle had her wanting to toss the candy at him. The last thing she wanted to discuss was something as personal as her period.

“Whatever you say, sweetheart.”

The man made her want to scream.

She snatched dollar bills from her purse, tossed them on the counter, then took Walt’s bag of chocolate before storming out of the gift shop without taking her change.

As she expected, Glen followed behind.

She hit the button to the elevator twice. “You were going to give that poor woman in the gift shop a heart attack.”

“Is that right.”

A woman and a toddler moved to stand beside them.

Once the elevator arrived and six people filed out, they pushed in and stood in silence until the mom and son left o the third floor.

“Do you flirt with everyone who wears a bra?”

Glen glanced at the ceiling, “Was she wearing a bra?”

The Book

Not Quite Perfect
The Not Quite Series, Book Five
September 2016, First Edition
eBook & Print

Ranks & Awards

Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Amazon Kindle Bestseller


“This series [Not Quite] is just plain good mind-candy.”

“Her [Catherine Bybee’s] characters are real, the women are sweet and sassy and the men are alpha goodness.”

“I absolutely loved this book. It’s fun and emotional, and has a lot of pretty amazing dates … I’ve decided I need a personal plane.”

“Just like the rest of Catherine Bybee’s novels, this one was a great read. Not Quite Perfect is a perfect mix of fun, emotional, heartwarming and romantic storyline, amazing characters and a great plot, wrapped in one beautiful

“Again Ms. Bybee delivers a romance that’s never simple but is always well plotted, extremely romantic with real life scenarios and characters that are
definitely well developed.”

“…humor, suspense, and steamy-ness without going over the top!”

“…entertaning characters, steamy romance, witty banter, and a dash of suspense to tie it all together. A perfect mix for an afternoon of easy reading and a chance to get away from reality.”

“Ms. Bybee writes stories with depth and compassion, and I look forward to reading anything she writes.”

“I’d recommend you stop what you’re doing and buy this book. Dinner, chores, work, whatever it is, can all wait for you to find out how things end with Mary and Glen.”

“Mary and Glen were just adorable.”

“Catherine Bybee is quite an artist as a writer.”

“This is my first time reading a novel from Catherine Bybee and I am wondering what rock I have been living under?? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The story is entertaining, light-hearted, and comical but it also held a dark twist to it that although predictable added just the right amount of edge to keep this story from going into the ‘mega eye roll’ territory.”

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