(Most Likely To #2)
by Catherine Bybee
Published: Jan 24th 2017
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.
STAYING FOR GOOD, the second book in Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To Series was every bit as good as the first book in the series. Zoe and Luke get their second chance to find out if the love they shared as teens in high school can last in the adult world.
I loved Zoe! Her sassiness, her big heart, her ambition, and her drive to be anything but “the girl most likely to never leave River Bend” were admirable. She loves her family, her friends Mel and Jo, and she still loves her high school boyfriend Luke… but she wanted more than River Bend had to offer and she went for it. Making it big as a celebrity chef and has made a life for herself in Texas. But coming back to visit after ten years and spending time with her friends and Luke again has her rethinking her plans for the future.
Luke is one sexy guy! It broke his heart when Zoe left since he’d planned to spend the rest of his life with his girl, but he understood and let her go. He’s been good with the life he has in River Bend, at least until Zoe started coming back for visits. Now he’s restless and not sure he’s ready to give up on the life he wanted with the woman he wanted when he was just a teen. He’s ready to go after his girl!
Great book! Catherine Bybee never fails to write an enjoyable story that keeps me caught up right from the beginning. My emotions are all over the place as she blends in friendship, love and a little suspense. The dialogue is always witty, the storyline thorough and well-written, the fully-developed characters are likable and easy to imagine as being your neighbors or friends. I love her easygoing writing style and look forward to anything she writes. Staying For Good did not disappoint!!
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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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.