Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Catherine Bybee - Staying for Good review and giveaway


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.



If you've followed my blog at all, you may have noticed that I ADORE Catherine Bybee's books! She's one of my go-to authors that I will always make room for because I love spreading her books to you guys! And this book was my first book hangover of 2017.  Staying For Good had all the feels! 

Zoe was a strong female character who had to deal with a lot life had thrown her way. She was making it! She had to remove the negativity as much as she could and she was living life her way. However, Luke still had a place in her heart. He was her first love and he had never truly gone away from her thoughts or her heart.  Luke had never had a desire to leave their hometown.  He had loved Zoe fiercely before she left town.  It was a young love and he moved on the best he could, but she too still had a place in his heart.  

This book begins with a bit of backstory on these two, then we move to present day.  We see how they have gotten to where they are today, what they're doing, who they're still friends with and see that recently life has thrown them together a little more.  Luke is the right amount of laid back and alpha when he needs to be.  He understands Zoe and sees what she needs and she gets him as well.  He's her rock and watching them together was oh-so-sweet! It was a little bittersweet and sad sometimes too, but it was great watching their story! Ok, so yes, I was reading it, but don't we picture things happening vs just words on a page?! I loved their journey, their love and didn't want this book to end! Don't let this book pass you by! One-click it right now! 


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.


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