Sneak Peek Wednesday: Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

Not Quite Crazy
(Not Quite #6)
by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Romance

No one drives in New York City. Everyone knows that, including California transplant Rachel Price. But that doesn’t stop her from driving into the city. From Connecticut. Every single morning. Rain or shine…or snow.

When she runs the charismatic and good-looking Jason Fairchild off the road, their immediate spark is met with bad timing. There is also one tiny little detail: Jason is her boss. And a woman as intelligent and dedicated to her career as Rachel knows not to date her boss.

As CEO of a private jet company, Jason Fairchild is more used to flying than driving. But if he hadn’t chosen to drive home one night, he wouldn’t have met the slowest—and most irresistible—driver in the entire metro area. Jason has never had time for love. Or dating. Or really anything that doesn’t involve work. But when he finds out that Rachel is the newest superstar in his marketing department, he can’t help wondering if fate has other plans…

 

 

Sneak Peek…

Jason wasn’t sure which had zapped him more, the fact that he’d managed to ditch his car or the bright blue eyes of the woman staring him down. No jacket, her light brown hair hung close to her face while snow settled on top of her uncovered head. Her cheeks were flushed with the cold, her lips … good lord, he needed to look past her lips or he’d start talking like a teenage kid with an instant crush. He blinked, breaking the contact, and moved to unbuckle his seat belt.With the car at an angle, he needed to crawl over the center console.

The woman extended her gloved hand. “Here.”

With the grace of an elephant, he managed to get one leg over and into the passenger seat, and then the other, before taking her small hand.

Outside the car, he stepped into half a foot of snow, and his Hugo Bosses slid.

She glanced down. “Looks like you’re about as prepared to deal with this as I am.”

He took in her footwear. “At least you have boots.”

“I don’t think this is what Steve Madden thought of when he designed them.” She shivered, closed her arms around her waist. “You sure you’re okay?”

Jason looked back at her car, the flashers blinking over the snow with every blip. “My pride is bruised, my bones are fine.” He reached into the car, removed his overcoat, and retrieved his cell phone.

She started moving from foot to foot, the cold obviously settling in.

He handed her his coat.

“Let’s call from inside my car.”

“Do you let strange men into your car often?”

Those lips smiled and his stomach flipped.

“Only during blizzards.”

“This isn’t a blizzard.”

“It is to me. C’mon, I won’t bite.” She didn’t take his coat before walking back.

Jason followed, his eyes moving to her license plate before he opened the passenger door and climbed inside.

She already had the heater on high. Rubbing her hands together, she shook her head, sprinkling melting snow over the both of them. “Thanks for stopping,” he said.

“I almost bit it myself. Still kinda surprised I didn’t, to tell the truth.”

“I noticed your plates. California?”

She nodded, her cheeks turning redder as her body warmed. “My first snowstorm. I had no idea this was in the forecast or I would have bought chains.”

“Took me by surprise, too.”

She found his eyes, and he realized he was staring.

He remembered his phone and dialed for help.

Nathan answered on the fourth ring. “Hell of a night, Jason.” His personal mechanic and keeper of the family’s personal aircraft had a thick Scottish brogue.

“Tell me something I don’t know.”

“What can I do for you, lad?”

“I managed to park my car in a ditch.”

When Nathan stopped laughing, he asked, “What are ya drivin’?”

“The Audi.”

“Well, that would be your first problem. This is a Jeep kind of day.”

“Your words of wisdom astound me, Nate.” He proceeded to tell him where he was and noticed his female companion looking at her watch. “How soon can you come?”

“I need to finish up here and I’ll be on my way.”

“Finish up where?”

“I’m at Betty’s. Her power is out and she needed a proper fire set.”

The widow Betty was on a property adjacent to his, but far enough away in a snowstorm to delay Nathan’s trip.

“So how long?”

“Her road isn’t plowed. I need to get back to the house and collect the truck. Might take a little time to find a tow. At least an hour.”

“An hour?” On a good day he wasn’t twenty minutes from home. He considered asking the woman with eyes as blue as the sky to drive him there. But she looked about as anxious to drive in the snow longer as he was to sit in his car for an hour waiting for a ride.

“Longer if you keep yammering at me.”

“Fine.”

Jason hung up, knowing he wasn’t going to rush a man twice his age.

“An hour?” his companion asked.

“Yeah. Tow trucks will be at a premium tonight. I can wait in my car.”

She looked at him like he was crazy. “And watch as another car comes over that hill and plows into you?”

He glanced over his shoulder. She had a point.

“I live close by.” She looked at her watch again. “And I need to get home. Why don’t you wait there for your friend?”

He wanted to ask if her husband would mind but realized how that might sound to a woman alone on the side of the road, much as he wanted to know her marital status.

“You sure?”

She lifted her pink lips in a half smile. “You’re not an ax murderer, are you?”

“Gave that up last week. Messy.”

She grinned and looked through her rearview mirror. “Need anything from your car?”

“My briefcase.” He opened the door.

“You might want to put your flashers on,” she told him. “A dead battery is better than a smashed in hood.”

Jason’s eighty-thousand-dollar car sat sadly in the ditch, and all he could think of was the next hour of his life in the company of a woman that looked like an angel.

I hope you’re not married.

 

 

Meet Catherine Bybee

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with 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 International Bestselling Not Quite series, the MacCoinnich Time Travel series as well as the Internationally Bestselling Weekday Brides series.

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6 Thoughts on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

  1. Oh this one is new to me

  2. bookwormbrandee on 7 March, 2018 at 5:38 am said:

    I met Bybee back in 2013 and I *still* haven’t read her. *hangs head* Thanks for sharing this excerpt. I’m sufficiently intrigued with the story! 😉 I’d like to meet Jason and Rachel.

  3. Oh nice excerpt. This sounds like a good one to me!

  4. “I hope you’re not married”

    Ohh, sounds like my kind of read hehe

  5. Her books are always so inviting.

  6. This sounds like a fun one Kristin! Hugs and Happy Friday! RO

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