Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Staying For Good by Catherine Bybee Blog Tour #giveaway #bookreview


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.


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.  


Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Staying-Good-Most-Likely-Novel-ebook/dp/B01D8PYV7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484974879&sr=8-1&keywords=staying+for+good

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Source:  eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Montlake Romance
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 of 3

My Staying For Good Review . . .

Zoe, Melanie and Jo have been best friends forever.   They started as kids but their friendship has survived the end of time.  Through heartbreak, loss, death, stress, etc... these three can count on each other.   Even though these three have been best friends they didn't see each other for many years but their ten year reunion brought them back together forcing Zoe and Melanie back to town.   In Doing it Over book one we found out about Melanie and Wyatt while the reunion happened.

In Staying for Good this book focuses on Zoe and her old high school sweetheart, Luke.  Everyone thought Zoe would be the one to stay in town but when she got the opportunity to leave she did.  Even though she left her heart behind.   After coming back for the reunion Luke and Zoe realize there is still something there but how does it all work with Zoe in Texas and Luke back home?

After breaking the absence, Zoe finds herself coming back more and more but we all know that has something to do with the hunky Luke.   After 11 years Luke realizes what he wants and this time around he won't let Zoe go, even if that mean he follows her this time around.

One of the reasons Zoe leaves town is because of her dysfunctional family and this time around they are making her life even more hell then they did when she was a kid.

"I know that.  But it hurt.  When will her words no longer hurt, Luke? I'm a grown woman."

The power to be hurt by our mothers is so large, and for poor Zoe she's not exempt to this hurt.  Zoe has now started to realize that family is more than blood and she can survive anything, even her family with her friends by her side.

"You're not a lone, baby, I have you."
I absolutely love the banter between them all, but especially with their token adopted mom, Miss Gina.

"What happened to Mr. Eugene?"
"He petered out."  Miss Gina didn't sound too upset.
"He got involved with someone else?"
"No, I mean his peter petered out.  What can I do with a man if that doesn't work?"

As Zoe and Luke are find their second chance we're also starting to get to see more about the town sheriff, and are left wanting to know so much more about Jo.  I can't NOT wait for Jo's book and in Staying for Good there was such a good lead up to it.

"He told me the only way I was going to change was if I joined the military or lost something so precious it gutted me." 
 I adore Catherine Bybee.  Every book I have ever read of hers has nothing but heart and sweetness with a bit of suspense thrown in.    She knows how to write feel good stories and Staying for Good is another feel good story about the power of love, loyalty and friendship.

3. 75 Second Chances Thumbs up! 

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