Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fiancé by Friday Blog Tour & Giveaway

The Weekday Bride Series, Book Three
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
August 13, 2013, First Edition
Paperback and Kindle

The beautiful high-born daughter of an English duke came to America to take over her sister-in-law’s matchmaking business. But just because she’s the boss doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about making her own perfect match with bodyguard Neil MacBain. Will the enigmatic man who haunts her dreams cost her more than she bargained for?

The retired Marine can’t deny the effect blue-blooded Gwen has on his troubled soul or his battle-hardened body. But as a client, Gwen is off-limits—until a threat from Neil’s past returns… and Gwen is caught in the crossfire. Now to keep her safe he will risk it all: his career, his life… and his heart.

My Review:

I don't usually read books in a series out of order. I like knowing how other couples mentioned in a series met and found their HEA. I made an exception with Finace by Friday to be a part of the blog tour and because I was needed to know what happened between Gwen and Neil just from reading the back cover blurb. Thanks to the publisher, I was approved for a review copy through NetGalley.

Even though this is the third book in the Weekday Brides series, I personally think it stand alone very well. I will go back and read the first two books, so I can see their HEAs, but if you have just discovered this series, you will be fine starting with this book.

Let me just say I loved Gwen from the very beginning. She is a super strong character and I loved how she gave Neil so much flack all the time. Even as Neil tries to fight his attraction to Gwen, it is so obvious to all those around them how much they want each know, except for her brother.

I like romantic suspense books and really felt this one was well done. I did figure out who was behind part of the threat from Neil's past well before Neil did, but not all the reasons why. I loved how much Gwen trusted Neil to keep her safe while they were trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guy. I also loved that Neil finally was able to drop some of his shields to be with Gwen. They had great chemistry between them from the very beginning. Each time they made love, I could see them each falling harder for the other.

I'm already counting down to the next book in this series. I've also already gone back and bought the first 2 books in the series so I could own the entire series.


“The hero and heroine come to life with each flip of the page
 and will linger  long after readers cross the finish line.

“Bybee takes an elegant titled lady, a dark emotionally guarded hero, a menacing stalker,
and a cast of distinctive characters mixing it all up into an unusual courtship tale
full of danger an sexual tension.”

“The hottest love on mainstream paper…
Ms. Bybee does not disappoint.”





Eliza flagged down a waitress and ordered a martini. “I see not a lot has changed,” she said after the waitress left.

“What do you mean?” Gwen asked.

“We’re sitting in a bar and your giant shadow is lurking in the back of the building.” Eliza tossed a peanut in her mouth.

“My shadow?”

Eliza looked o the right of the bar. “Yeah. The man who acts like you’re a job but can’t seem to leave you alone. If it was anyone other than Neil I’d be afraid he was a stalker.”

Gwen twisted around in her chair. Sure enough, perched at the edge of a seat on the far side of the bar, sat Neil.

“What’s he doing here?”

His eyes found hers for a brief moment before she looked away.

“I think that’s obvious.”

Her back teeth started to grind. “I don’t’ need a babysitter.”

“I don’t know, Gwen. The last time we sat in a bar I remember a certain someone getting drunk and a couple of other someones getting into a fight.”

She’d never live that down. Gwen and Eliza went to blow off steam in a Texas bar. The cowboys ewre full of “yes, ma’am” and “howdy, darlin’.” They danced and carried on…and yes, she drank a little too much. When one of the cowboys mistakenly took her smile as an invitation for intimacy, Neil erupted form the bar to teach the cowboy the meaning of the word no.

It was the first time Neil had defended her honor, and though she hated to admit it, she got a kick out of how ticked off he became when another man looked at her. “That was last year.”

“What’s changed since then?”

Nothing! It didn’t matter how much she flirted with the man, or how obvious she was about her attraction Neil didn’t bite.

“Everything.” Gwen stood, ready to put Neil I his place. “If you’ll both excuse me for a minute.”

She pushed her way through the crowd as if on a collision course with Neil. He kept his lips in a thin line as she approached and gripped the longneck bottle at his side. Slipping between the woman on the stool next to him and Neil’s massive frame, Gwen slapped a hand on her hip and growled. “What are you doing here?”

He blinked, once and picked up his beer. “Having a drink.”

She wanted to scream. “Having a drink,” she repeated.

He tilted the bottle back, took a swig.

“I know what you’re doing, Neil. And I don’t like it. I don’t want or need a bodyguard.”

“That’s debatable.”

If stomping her foot would knock some sense into him, she’d stomp better than a farm girl in a vineyard.

Poking a finger into his chest, she moved closer. “Do you have any idea how difficult it is to have a love life with a tow-hundred-thirty-pound bodybuilder standing in my way?”

A muscle in his jaw tightened. “Two hundred and fifty.”

“Ahhh!” She did scream now.

He lifted his beer again, but before he could take a swig, Gwen grabbed it from his fingers and tilted it back herself.

In a move that would make Eliza and Karen proud, she pushed the empty beer bottle back into his hand and slid between his thighs.

His jaw twitched again.

The strong musky scent that was pure Neil invaded her senses. She dropped one hand to his thigh and left it there. “This is how I see it, Neil. You have two choices. Either back off or step up.”

Gwen squeezed his thigh before vacating his personal space and marching back to the girls. A satisfied smile stretched over her face.


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 novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  


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Bybee Assistant said...

This looks great, Liza!

Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks for the amazing review. I'm happy you're enjoying my books.

Unknown said...

I so enjoy your books. Though I'm a big time paranormal reader I also enjoy romantic stories to. I'm so looking forward to reading your lastest this weekend.

Jan Hougland said...

Good morning, Catherine. At least, it's good morning here in "fire emergency" California. I've read your Not Quite series and loved every second my eyes were on the pages...but this would be a first for me on the Weekday Brides and I can't wait to get started on them. So glad you're on tour and writing more for me to read. :-)

Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks Terri. I'm sure you'll love Neil and Gwen as much as I do.

Janice, You'll enjoy the brides as well. A little more contemporary but just as fun. Enjoy.