STAYING FOR GOOD
Most Likely Series, Book Two
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
January 24, 2017, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle
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.
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Staying For Good is the 2nd book in the Most Likely To series from Catherine Bybee. I was really excited to see we would get Zoe's story next and even happier to find it was a second chance romance for Zoe and Luke.
I absolutely adore the strength of the friendship between, Melanie, Zoe, and Jo. I'm lucky enough to have just a close a relationship with my friends and know that type of friendship can help you through anything. Zoe Brown is such a strong woman. I knew she grew up in an abusive home before her father was sent to prison, but I had no idea of the magnitude until I was reading her story. I loved that her friends were always there to support her decisions and completely understood her need to leave River Bend. I did hate that she had to leave Luke behind, but knew Zoe had to leave to reach her full potential. The more time Zoe was back in River Bend the more the attraction between Luke and Zoe was growing. They had great chemistry from the moment they saw each other again, and it only grew stronger the more time they spent together.
I love when Luke showed up at Zoe's house when Jo was there for a visit and kept staying in touch with Zoe after that trip. I love a good reunion romance and Zoe and Luke's was done absolutely perfectly. There was both sweet and super hot moments between Zoe and Luke. I loved even after 10 years apart, they pretty much picked up where they had left off when Zoe left town. Luke totally and completely understood why Zoe needed to not be in River Bend, and even more so after Zoe opened up with more details of her home life as a child. Zoe sharing her past with Luke had me in tears and I just wanted to shake her mother for not protecting her children.
I honestly didn't think I could be any angrier at Zoe's mom, and then he dad got out of prison and was welcomed home with open arms. My heart absolutely broke for Zoe when no one in her family supported her and accepted her father back into their lives. Luckily, Jo, who is now the town sheriff, knew Zoe was being truthful, plus she had all the notes from her dad's files. I knew Zoe's dad Ziggy hadn't changed and as he slowly started to show his true colors, I knew he would go back to his old ways soon, and he didn't surprise me at all with his actions.
Staying For Good was a very emotional, strong and beautiful story. Zoe's story shows people can rise above a bad beginning as long as that person is willing to work hard. I loved that Zoe always had the support of her best friends Melanie and Jo, and the fact that Luke never stopped loving her was evident from he moment they got back together. I loved that the love and support from Zoe's friends and Luke helped her get through her time back in River Bend. Staying For Good was a wonderful addition to the Most Likely To series and only made me want to spend more time with the characters. I can't wait to read Jo's book when it is released.
Rating: 4 Stars (B+)
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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.