Wednesday, June 22, 2016

REVIEW: Not Quite Enough by Catherine Bybee

Summary:

Monica Mann has made it her life’s work to save lives. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Jamaica, she volunteers her trauma skills with Borderless Nurses. Calculating and methodical, Monica creates order out of whatever chaos she finds.

Until she finds the perpetually barefoot, impossibly masculine Trent Fairchild. No one can pin him down. No, really. He's a pilot and manages a small fleet of choppers on his adopted island home. Hopelessly drawn to one another, they manage to slip away from the wreckage to get a little closer. And they get a lot closer than expected when aftershocks from the earthquake trap them in their own life-or-death scenario. Paradise has brought them together. Now will it tear them apart?

Title:  Not Quite Enough
Series:  Not Quite
Book #: 3
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Approximate Book Length:  316 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This was an emotional read on a whole new level. Not even counting the romance part of this book, the toll the natural disaster takes on the heartstrings is rough. The treatment that Monica gets back home from her work is terrible and it all culminates in an experience that is just all consuming for the reader.

The easy chemistry between Monica and Trent is sassy and sweet. The way the conflict is resolved is inspiring. Walt’s book is next and I happened to have read that first, so I know it rocks. Overall, this is a great installment in my favorite series from Catherine Bybee and I can’t wait for book 5!

Bottom Line:

Not Quite Enough is a fast, compelling read that will warm through and through and leave you addicted to this series!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Postpartum Depression

I just want to say that I apologize for being so scarce on the blog.  I'm doing my best to keep up with at least a post a week.  I worked hard when I first started this blog to get some following, and I know I've pretty much shot that all to hell by having kids, but I can't bring myself to just shut it down.  When I get back to writing, I don't want to have to start completely from scratch.  Plus I still love showing some awesome authors some love.

I also want to apologize to some people.  I apologize to all those to whom I owe reviews (the list of names is long at this point).  I apologize to Tara Lain and Dianne Duvall for not always being able to keep up with what's going on with them and not always being able to fulfill my street team responsibilities.

I'm struggling.  At first, I thought it could just be attributed to normal adjustments related to having two small children, but...it's not.  I'm pretty sure I have Postpartum Depression and even reading about how it's not my fault, I'm not alone, and how important it is to reach out for help, I've found it exceedingly difficult to make an appointment.  I'm turning inward and it only further isolates myself and makes it all worse, but I haven't been able to figure out how to make myself fix it.  

So yeah, I'm struggling and honestly losing the battle.  I feel like I'm drowning with no lifeguard on duty.  I try so hard to be "fine" on the outside, but inside I'm screaming and crying and even dying a little.  I'm hoping to take some steps, but it's just not something that gets better over night.

So yeah, I'm hoping to step up and write better reviews and more of them.  I'm hoping to start writing again.  I'm hoping to catch up with some of my author friends.  But that's going to take time, and my time right now is devoted to my family and doing everything I can to make sure I can care for them without completely losing myself.