Not Quite Dating. Not Quite Series, Book 1. By: Catherine Bybee. Narrated by: Amy McFadden The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times best-selling author Catherine Bybee. Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor.
If you watched the of First Dates, you’ll know Fred very well indeed. As the maître d’ of the restaurant where brave romantics go on blind dates and have their rendezvous filmed, he became a bit of a star, with viewers and daters joking (and often not joking) that they’d really rather go on a date with him… Advertisement I think most women in the restaurant would rather be on a date with the Maitre'd Fred — Saskia Alice (@SaskiaAlice) As well as his main job meeting, greeting and making daters feel comfortable and relaxed, Fred’s role is also to impart his and love to the cameras.
For example: “I’ve been a maitre d’ all over the world, in Bordeaux, in Paris, in Monte Carlo, in America. People want the same thing. They want a relationship and they want to be loved.” Like poetry, isn’t it? So RadioTimes.com caught up with Fred to find out what it’s like being in the First Dates restaurant while love blossoms all around him (and sometimes withers, too)… Bonjour, Fred.
What it’s like to oversee a restaurant full of blind dates? “It’s great fun to be right in the middle of it, it’s fascinating to see that happen before your eyes.
We have 42 cameras and we film for 15 hours a day, so I do my normal job and take the order, go and see people to check if they’re happy.
I talk to them a lot more than is shown on TV because there’s a lot to edit of course. “I enjoyed it more this time. Last series I was wondering how I was doing whereas now I can concentrate on the daters. My vison is to make people fall in love, this is my thing. This is why I’m there.” When the daters walk into the restaurant and you greet them, are you trying to suss them out? “When I’m at the door I get a sense of who they are and what they’re thinking, and the moment the second person comes in, I get a very strong sense of whether it’s going to work.
The way they look at me, the way they talk. Within that first minute they decide whether they’re in dating zone, friend zone or ‘they’re not my cup of tea’ zone.” Are there any really bad dates in the new series? “There’s this couple where something happens at the table — I don’t want to ruin it for the viewers — and a conflict just starts out of nowhere.
It’s like all of life and relationships in the space of two hours. It was just unbelievable to see it happen in that way so quickly, quite crazy in fact. There’s something fundamental there that just wasn’t working for them… they just clashed.” As an unofficial expert in love, what do you think is a common dating downfall? “The inability for people to see what’s in front of them and listen, really listen.” Do you think dating’s harder than ever in the modern world?
“We have too much choice, now you can go on Tinder and the other apps and sites. It’s like being in a supermarket — if one is not right, you just move on. People don’t have that reliability and loyalty. I don’t where their values are, their sense of what is right and what is wrong.” That’s quite a traditional view — do you think that First Dates is actually quite an old-fashioned show, then?
First Dates takes it back to basics because you are there with a purpose to find love. It’s face-to-face and real, and you’re talking to the person. And all that matters is how the date will pan out. What is it about First Dates that prompts thousands of applications, and keeps it fresh in its fourth series? “The true passion to get people together. It’s the real deal. Humans like to believe in love and here you can see it before your eyes. Also, we are all in our own way very quirky and when you see the show you know that there’s no such thing as normality.” First Dates series four starts on September 10th on Channel 4 at 10pm
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Chapter One “This one’s for the ball,” Mike said, slurping down his tequila shot. “And this one’s for the chain.” He chased it with his beer. “Your turn.” Jack sat back as Mike pushed Dean to another round. Dean, the bachelor of the weekend, was well beyond three sheets but kept drinking anyway.
“W-what time is it?” Dean asked. “You’re not allowed to ask until Sunday,” Tom reminded him. “It’s not Sunday?” Dean’s gaze followed a cocktail waitress wearing a skintight miniskirt. Jack, Tom, and Mike busted out laughing. “Damn, Moore, we might need to stay in your fine establishment for an entire week to work the bachelor out of this groom.” Jack Morrison’s friends always called him Moore: more money, more women, and more time to do whatever he wanted due to his family’s portfolio.
His buddies at the table had known him since high school. If they ever wanted to stay at the Morrison Hotel and Casino on the Vegas strip for a week or a month or however long, for that matter, Jack would make it happen.
They all held executive positions or owned their own businesses, making it nearly impossible for them to get together as it was. The weekend bachelor party would have to do. Jack had insisted they drive instead of jet over the California desert. With Dean walking the plank—or aisle, as it were—they wouldn’t have this golden opportunity again. Dean was the first of the four of them to get married, making this their last trip together as single men.
The last time one of them didn’t need to rush home to a wife or kids. The last time they could all get pissing drunk and not have to explain themselves to a woman. One last bash, complete with Vegas and a road trip…what could be better?
Once Dean said “I do,” it was all going to change. Deep inside Jack knew this…was ready for it. Life was a series of chapters, and this one would end in style if he had any say in the matter. “Oh man, is that Heather?” Tom nudged Jack’s arm and nodded toward the casino floor.
Jack followed Tom’s gaze as it landed on the back of a woman he knew all too well. She had her platinum blonde hair piled high on her head; her shoulders were bare except for the spaghetti straps of the slim-fitting dress that hugged every surgically enhanced curve of her body. Just when Jack thought he could turn away without her noticing him, she shifted a glance over her shoulder and offered a painted-on smile.
“Well, hell, how did she know we’d be here?” If there was one woman Jack never wished to see again, it was probably Heather. As she swayed her hips while walking in his direction, Jack knew he wasn’t going to get his wish. “She probably heard through the grapevine it was Dean’s bachelor party. And you do own the hotel, so where else would the party be,” Tom reminded him. “Jack, sweetheart, what a surprise finding you here.” Heather’s wispy tone was born of practice and not sincerity.
Unable to avoid her, Jack stood as she approached. She leaned in and kissed his cheek. He quickly stood back and motioned toward his friends. “You remember Tom, Mike, and Dean?” “Of course.” She offered them the fakest of smiles, her eyes narrowing on Dean momentarily before moving back to Jack.
“What brings you to Vegas?” Jack asked, as if he didn’t know. “You told me this was one of your nicer hotels. I thought it was past time for me to spend time in it.” “My father owns the casinos, Heather, not me.” All Heather saw was money. Didn’t matter where it came from so long as she could access it. She waved a hand in the air.
“You’re splitting straws again, Jack.” “Hairs. Splitting hairs.” She placed her fingers on his arm and squeezed. “You know how I dislike being corrected,” she reminded him. You know how I hated you always showing up where I didn’t want you. And that was when they were dating. Jack had broken up with her midsummer.
It was now November. She leaned in and whispered in his ear. “Can we find a moment alone?” He loosened his tie and tilted his Stetson back on his head. “We’re in the middle of a bachelor party, Heather.” Dean tossed back another tequila and sucked on a lime. “Won’t take but a minute, darling.” It hurts to smile when you’re gritting your teeth.
Jack forced his jaw to unclench at her syrupy endearments. He remembered the day he put a halt to their brief affair. They were attending a fundraiser at the club in Houston and Jack noticed a beautiful brunette across the room eyeing him. Heather had scolded him with her breathy voice. “Jack, dear, please try and keep your eyes on me when we’re together. I don’t care what you do or who you might play with once we’re married, but to be so obvious when we’re standing next to each other, it’s simply boorish, don’t you think, darling?” Where Heather cooked up the idea she would ever be Mrs.
Jack Morrison, he’d never know, but it was then Jack realized how superficial his arm candy was. In a way, he felt sorry for her. “Well?” Heather pulled him into the present with her question. Jack knew exactly how to get rid of her, for the last time. He nodded toward Tom. “Out front in ten?” Tom grinned. “We’ll walk this one around, sober him up a little.” Mike helped Dean to his feet while Jack motioned Heather toward the door.
The two of them wiggled around the people hovering at the slot machines. Someone at a craps table yelled out and the crowd around him cheered. An older woman leaned back in her chair as Heather walked by and brushed against her. Heather scowled and muttered something ugly under her breath.
The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times best-selling author Catherine Bybee. Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels.
But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she's prepared to write him off... until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story. Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he's determined to win her back.
For the first time in years, he knows he's ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota's doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want? • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month • Get access to the Member Daily Deal It’s not often I feel compelled to give five stars for a simple romance.
For that’s what this is. No great angst, no mystery, no suspense or serial killers. Just a simple romance with a few blips along the way to the happy ending. So why the five stars? Firstly, the narration was perfect. The narrator’s timing, accents, male and female voices – everything in fact – was pretty much as good as it can get.
Then we have the quality of the writing. Catherine Bybee is a favourite of mine and here she did not disappoint. Everything just seemed to work. This is a love story where the Hero and heroine actually liked each other on first meeting, then both tried to see each other again, and readily admitted the mutual attraction.
Which, as most romance readers will know, is not a usual feature in a romance novel! But this does not make the book boring or predictable because this is the story of a romance that encompasses work, friends, family and life along the way. The dialogue between the main couple is sassy, funny, witty and sexy. Their love develops because they both want it to, and are prepared to work at making this happen.
Of course the H does mess this up along the way, but it takes him time and hard work to prove to the h that he is worth taking back and, although the h does eventually take him back, it is clear to them both that it will be a while before her confidence and belief in him, or their future, is restored. I loved this part because I do get sick of women who forgive their men for messing up and jump back into bed after one conversation.
A deep hurt takes time and work to get over and in this story that is beautifully shown. Unexpectedly, when I thought this book was coming to an end, it was just half way through. Because the happy ever after is only achieved after a series of minor life issues that the couple have to work through. Their love for each other was shown in the way they constantly supported each other and talked through issues and they both displayed a maturity that is often lacking in romance books.
Will this book win any literary awards outside of the romance field? Probably not. But every morning it takes me over an hour to walk to work – and with this book on my ipod I found myself looking forward to this daily commute – and wishing it were longer! So for that alone I will happily award five stars.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful I have hundreds of audible books but this is the first one I read by Catherine Bybee. I'm pleased that now I have a new author that I really like. What I enjoyed the most was that the characters were very well developed, believable and likeable. The plot wasn't overdone. It was a very enjoyable read.
I would give it 4.5 stars if I could give half stars. There were a couple of situations that were just a little unbelievable, but the fact that there were only a couple is really surprising. I recommend it and look forward to reading more by this author.
The narrator is right on. She did a fantastic job with male and female voices. That's important to me. 5 of 5 people found this review helpful Just like the others...
awesome! Story line is great, couldn't wait to listen again every time I had to turn it off. The sassy attitude of the narrator adds the perfect flare to keep you enjoying every bit of the book.
Can't wait for another...keen 'em coming :-D 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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