Thursday, August 2, 2018

REVIEW of Half Empty by Catherine Bybee

Contemporary Romance
Release Date:
July 31st, 2018
First Wives
Book #2

Trina Petrov’s marriage-by-contract was only meant to be temporary. But when tragedy strikes, Trina is left one of the wealthiest women in the world. To recover from the shock, she takes some time off in Italy, swearing not to fall for any men while there. But that doesn’t mean she can’t fall for anyone on the trip home…

Country-music superstar Wade Thomas is lying low in a hotel bar when he gets the cold shoulder from the woman next to him. He’s used to fans fawning at his boots, and Trina is a refreshing change—so is the fact that she has no idea who he is.

As things begin to heat up, Trina discovers that the circumstances of her late husband’s death are not what they seemed. Now she’s in trouble, and Wade isn’t about to let her out of his sight. Getting close to love and danger could get them killed…or it could sweep them both off their feet.

My Thoughts…

I love how genuine the characters in this book are.   They all have the ability to be snobbish and standoffish but there are real.   Wade is a country music star and almost everyone around him wants something but Trina doesn’t even know who he is.    The best part is that she has more money than he does so that isn’t between them.  From their first meeting in the hotel bar, so clichĂ© like, the attraction was there.    Trina is recovering from losing her husband to suicide and Wade is just looking to be anonymous.   Together they both get what they want while keeping those around them on their toes.  

Catherine Bybee’s talent pulls the reader in from the very beginning and never lets them go.   I was entirely invested in the story, the characters, and the outcome.    Even when I had to get on with the real world I read a few more pages needing to finish a paragraph or a chapter before I could put the book down.    Then I would rush to get back to it so I could read more.   

Half Empty is part of a series but it is a stand-alone book.   The characters all have their own story with an ending to each book.    Yet they make appearances in each other’s stories allowing the reader to catch up with them and see where their lives are taking them. 

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About the Author: Catherine Bybee

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than 4.5 million copies and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope 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 Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, the Most Likely To series, and the First Wives series.

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