I got behind in my reading so I am not quite done with Not Quite Enough but I already know it will be getting a five star rating from me. The book has all the elements I love in a story and this one has a subject close to my heart. My sister is a nurse. She travels around the world to help out whenever tragedy strikes. She spent several weeks in Haiti after their terrible earthquake and has recently been helping set a clinic in Central America. Thanks again Catherine for a wonderful book. I can’t wait to share it with my sister!!!
Life as an ER Nurse
There is something that happens to nurses and doctors who work in the ER together… add to that team the EMT’s, the Fire Department Paramedics, and even the local Sheriffs that frequent the space, and you have quite an impressive team. Lots of hero material for my books there, I tell ya. I miss the bond that happens with that team and quite honestly the adrenaline that went along with the job. You see, the best and the worst of people in the ER. Though I don’t miss seeing the hard end of that life, death of the young, tragedy both accidental and intentional, I do miss being a part of making the wrongs of the world right.
It would be really easy to talk about the hard moments that will never, ever leave me… the first time I had to tell a family member that we (the doctors and nurse) couldn’t save their loved one, the death of a child, horrific images of child abuse. Those parts of the job were very hard.
I don’t miss the politics and short staffing. There was nothing worse than watching the lobby stack up with patient after patient and know they would all be waiting for hours unless they were having a true emergency. I don’t miss how aware I was of the abuse of our medical system and how it impacted those who didn’t abuse.
But there was so much joy there too, the funny moments that kept all of us coming in every day. The ‘lost condom’ phone calls to the things we fished out of ‘certain places’ that shall remain nameless. For people who have never worked in an ER it’s often hard for them to understand the smiles on the faces of the employees. We laughed a lot, maybe it was our defense mechanism for all the awful things we had to deal with, but I miss that part. The laughter.
Like my character, Monica of Not Quite Enough, the years of my life spent helping others through the good, the bad, and the awful were priceless. They shaped me and made me both thankful for what I have in my life and also gave me the backbone to endure just about every emergency in a calm and collective way. It was a joy to revisit that part of my life in writing Not Quite Enough.
Monica glanced up at the gray skies and frowned. “So, Trent,” she began again. “Are you the only one shuffling the foreign medical staff around the island?”
He shook his head. “There are a few others. Why?”
He kept his eyes on where he walked and avoided her questioning gaze.
He didn’t buy that. “Just wondering?”
“Seems like anyone could drive me to the clinic.”
He walked her behind the hospital and up a short path to where his helicopter waited. “Anyone could drive you.”
She hesitated when she saw her ride. “I thought you said you were driving me.”
“I am. After a short flight to where my car is parked.”
She turned a full circle. “Can’t we just drive?”
Trent moved in front of her and removed his sunglasses. “It’s a short flight back to the airport, then a thirty minute drive. That’s if the roads are cleared.”
“Can’t we just—” Her ice blue eyes never left his.
“I didn’t kill you the first time, Monica. I won’t this time either.”
“It was better thinking you volunteered to take me instead of being the only person capable of it.”
Actual fear hid behind her eyes. “Why’s that?”
“I prefer flirting to flying.”
A slow, easy smile met his lips. He knew then irrevocably that Monica thought about him at some point during her short stint on the island.
He replaced his sunglasses and reached for her hands. “How about a little of both?”
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.
NOT QUITE ENOUGH
The Not Quite Series, Book Three
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
October 08, 2013, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle
“Bybee’s gift for creating unforgettable romances cannot be ignored.”
–RT BOOK REVIEWS, TOP PICK, 4 ½ STARS
Monica Mann has made it her life’s work to save lives. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Jamaica, she volunteers her trauma skills with Borderless Nurses. Calculating and methodical, Monica creates order out of whatever chaos she finds.
Until she finds the perpetually barefoot, impossibly masculine Trent Fairchild. No one can pin him down. No, really. He’s a pilot and manages a small fleet of choppers on his adopted island home. Hopelessly drawn to one another, they manage to slip away from the wreckage to get a little closer. And they get a lot closer than expected when aftershocks from the earthquake trap them in their own life-or-death scenario. Paradise has brought them together. Now will it tear them apart?
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