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Not Quite Dating

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  20,471 ratings  ·  978 reviews
Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with h ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published 2012)
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Marionle6tron I wouldn't say it's a funny story but it's a good romance with such funny sentences and situations

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Alp
2.75/5

Catherine Bybee is one of my favorite authors so I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, it wasn’t exactly up to par with her other works I’ve read.

Honestly, it was good and enjoyable for the most part, but not quite my kind of book. The plot was too plain and predictable—a millionaire pretended to be the waiter in order to find true love. I didn’t mind how cheesy the story was because as you know, I never say no to cheese! My major problem was the drama. It did nothing but upset me! Moreove
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Candace
I've had this book on my TBR list for quite a while and thought I'd give it a try. I listened to the Audible version and the narration for Jack's character was horrible! I almost just quit listening altogether because it was so bad.

Aside from the unappealing narration, the story was kind of cute. I did like the characters, even if I was put-off by some of the over-the-top "country bumpkin" portrayals of Jack. At times, it did feel more like I'd gotten ahold of a script for an episode of 'The Bev
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Lisa Kay
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★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Sweet and fun. Nothing new here, but I really liked it. Fast-paced, with a nice flow. Made me smile a few times. It was very pleasant to listen to while I did my weekly errands.

I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I’ll be checking out more of her books. Enough that I checked into when the next in the series comes out. (April, 2013).

For that matter, I’ve never heard Amy McFadden narrate before, and she does a nice job. I’ll l
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Ann
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Torn here between 4.0-4.5 stars so I just rounded up. Rachel Gibson came to mind while I was reading this. Think fans of hers will like this story. A sweet romance between Jessie, a single mom who’s struggling to make ends meet as a waitress and millionaire Jack who’s looking for love from someone who’s not just after his money. To protect himself, making sure she’ll love him for who he is and not what he has, he pretends to be a waiter at one of his hotels. Jessie’s 5 yr old son Danny is darlin ...more
Crista
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars!

Sometimes you read a book that, in that moment, fits the mood you're in perfectly. This was definitely the case with Not Quite Dating. Lately I've been reading books with so much angst, drama, and emotion in them that it was nice to switch to something a little lighter in tone. Not Quite Dating is a sugary sweet, easy read that makes you feel good. It's straight romance, and refreshing in it's simplicity.

Jack is a billionaire heir to a large hotel empire who is growing weary of gold
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Scott-robert Shenkman
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Slightly Spoilery***

OK, so I’ve read a few reviews saying that the ending of this book is predictable…..

Um, so unless you’ve been living under a rock in Scotland for the past 472 years (oh wait, that’s a different Catherine Bybee series), you know exactly how this book will end. You EXPECT it to end a certain way, and if it doesn’t, well, you will be pissed off.

The fun is in getting to the ending.

And this book is fun. A lot of fun. Jessie and Jack are extremely likeable, cool characters and y
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Alaina
I had no expectations for this book. I just saw that it was an audible available on my Kindle Unlimited account and I went for it. Yes, I can be very picky about what I read or listen on my Kindle because sometimes the recommendations can be quite ridiculous. However, I really liked this book and I was really happy that I got to listen to it while I was at work today.

Not Quite Dating was a really cute romance novel. I loved both characters, Jack and Jessie, and I definitely fell in love with lit
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Jennifer

6.21.18- Edited to correct a mistake.

1.5 stars

I'm so confused. A wealthy man wants to find a woman who doesn’t want him for his money. He sets his eye on someone who admittedly is only interested in a man with money, says to himself "hey, I like this one"? It makes NO SENSE. Plus with all the lying, I'm done. The stars I gave this one are for how much I enjoyed Bybee's writing. It's reminiscent of Laura Florand's and was very enjoyable to read.
KatLynne
3.5 Stars!

Sweet, enjoyable romance.
Leslie
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming, cute novel that had me smiling until the last line. Wonderful narration, too! On to book 2 in the series!
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
This book was really sweet.

So far it is safe to say that I have loved every book I have read by Catherine Bybee. You know that her characters are going to have a good attractions with pits and falls before fully coming into the romance and a brilliant feel good ending.

Jessie is a young mum who works long hours late at night as a waitress in order that she can spend her daylight hours with her son in order that he doesn't miss out. Her younger sister lives with them rent free in order that she al
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Catherine
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-romance
Available November 2012
Debby "Piene Raven"
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-a-b
(Review of Audiobook) Not Quite Dating is a first listen for me by author, Catherine Bybee. I typically don’t listen much to contemporary romances, but this was a first in the series for this author. Well with that being said, I can say this was one story I was totally captivated by the characters and story line.

Jessie Mann, a waitress working the graveyard shift has had enough of broke men or men wanting to use her for what little she has…which is practically nothing. She has enough trouble in
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Lovetoread
Feb. 3, 2014 Catherine Bybee is a new author for me so when I purchased Not Quite Dating I hoped that it would be as interesting as the book description the publishing company supplies. I was not disappointed. The story really draws you in after the first few pages and never lets you go. Jessie is a struggling single mom who works nights as a waitress at a dinner supporting herself and her son Danny who is five years old. She lives in a small two bedroom apartment with her sister, who is going t ...more
LaFleurBleue
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
A very classic plot of a poor single mother Cinderella looking for a richer prince charming, falling in love with a man not fitting her bills on paper. And on the other hand, the rich guy masquerading as one of his minions to see if he could be loved for himself and not merely for the content of his deep wallet.
Despite this lack of imagination in the plot, the characters, main and secondary, were highly likeable, the dialogues seemed all real. And the overall story just flowed right, the book w
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Chris Conley
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was well written but a tad too predictable for me.
Jess
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B-

Jack meets Jessie at the restaurant where she works as a waitress. She’s been unlucky in love, always picking the men who can’t be depended on and use her. She’s vowed that she’s not dating a guy unless he’s rich and has a clear career path he’s headed down. When she meets Jack and assumes he’s a freeloader, based on how he’s acting around his friends and the beat up truck he drives, she instantly puts him in the no-dating zone. What she do
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Emily
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
No matter how hard she tries Jessica “Jessie” Mann can’t quite get ahead, with her young son at home it seems every dollar she makes comes with another debt owed or something needing repaired. Jack Morrison is on a weekend long bachelor party when he meets his waitress Jessie at the Denny’s they are eating at. Although Jack turns on the charm, Jessie makes her intentions clear, not going to happen.

Jack is not used to a woman fawning all over him, but Jessie thinks he is a dreamer scratching two
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Elaine
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catherine-bybee
This is a sweet, makes you feel good romance that takes place during the Christmas season. Jessie is working as a waitress, trying to make ends meet in order to support her sister and her 5 year old son. Her mother has frequently told her it is just as easy to love a poor man as a rich man. She is immediately attracted to Jack, but she wants someone established not a dreamer with a dead end job. After an ex girlfriend tells him any girl he marries will be marrying him for his money, Jack decides ...more
Jacob Proffitt
If you read the blurb, you can probably put most of the plot together without bothering to read the book. Only then, you'll miss out on the fun characters. I just liked both Jessie and Jack and spending time with them was worth the investment. And thinking back on it, the writing was solidly unobtrusive (which I like) and the secondary characters did a good job enhancing the main story without taking it over—and that includes the kid.

A note about Steamy: Mildly steamy. Some explit sex, but kept
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Lisa Hutson
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only grading on the story, 5 stars. I was a little disappointed with the abrupt fast predictable ending. BUT.....I love these kind of endings. Very sweet love story endings. It was a wonderful love story. Fabulous family. That I cant wait to read more about. See more stories and more romances. It was a very nice read.

I have thought more about Jessie and Jack....liking their story more the more I think about it. Glad I read it. And looking forward to more in the series.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think I've read something similar before, only the guy was some kind of royalty and hiding it. Can't remember the title and now I see I didn't add it to my books, so no help there. I wonder how many books I forgot like that.

This is a pretty unbelievable, but cute romance. Somewhere between it was ok and I like it.
Emma
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5*

There are pretty much no surprises here. Rich boy wants a date with a waitress and would like for her to choose him not his money. But then he has backed himself into a lie when she actually does choose him. The writing is fairly dreadful but I was still able to ignore that and enjoy the book until the end. MMC apparently lost his brains between paragraphs. He gives a reason for his actions as X and then forgets that is his reason by the next paragraph. That is plain sloppy and annoying. But
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Cyndi
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute romance. Our hero is a hot rich Texan. When he meets our heroine at a Dennys restaurant he wants to romance her without using his wealth. He wants her to fall for him regardless of the cash. The only problem is that this waitress has a little boy and doesn’t want to waste her time on another bum. She wants a guy with some cash and a future,
This is a good story with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. 😀
~ Cariad ~
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved!
Like, really LOVED!

Sometimes, a sweet, romantic, angst free read just hits the spot, you know?

Straight onto book 2 for me...
sraxe
...and it started off so well.

The beginning was promising but then it got annoying really quick with Jessie's constant denials. THEN, if that wasn't annoying enough, there was just...so much damn drama in the last third (all of which was due to Jessie's overly dramatic reactions...chill girl -- I don't know why someone would expect to be proposed to be a guy upon a reunion when the last time they'd met she'd rejected his proposal and told him to get out) that was followed by an overly syrupy hap
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Ian
Jessie is a struggling , single mom. She works as a waitress and is looking for a wealthy man to bring stability to her life.
Jack is tired of women who only see his bank balance so he pretends to be a drifter with no prospects.

When Jack meets Jessie he is immediately attracted to her and as he gets to know her and her son his attraction increases but Jessie doesn't see him as marriage material so she pushes him away.

Eventually Jessie falls for him despite his lack of prospects. Now Jack needs t
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Andrea Guy
If you are a fan of Debbie Macomber Then you'll love Catherine Bybee. Not Quite Dating reminds me of Debbie's early books for Harlequin Romance. Short and sweet and full of warm fuzzy feelings.

This is a romance novel, one you'll fall in love with.

Jessie feels like someone you know. She feels real and Jack is her knight in shining armor, but she doesn't know it yet.

It reads like a modern day fairy tale. With Jessie as Cinderella and Jake as her Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming all rolled into
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Cat
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Heart warmingly sweet story that unfolded like a Hallmark movie.
♥Trish♥
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Just loved this book! Sweet more than anything.
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