Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today's Special - - Catherine Bybee Blog Tour

The Weekday Bride Series, Book Five
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
August 12, 2014, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle

College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can find a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned-bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.

You know how you sometimes hear great things about a new author but you just don't have time to sit down and read their books?  That was the case with me and Catherine Bybee's Weekday Brides series.  Based on what I had heard, when I started Taken by Tuesday, I anticipated a good read.  I didn't realize that Bybee would reel me in with clever dialogue and witty banter then seal the deal with edge-of-my-seat suspense, holding me in thrall until the final breath-stealing scene.  

A fascinating blend of contemporary romance and romantic suspense with a bit of a chick lit flavor, Taken by Tuesday is a fast-paced story, filled with interesting, multi-dimensional characters and one very scary stalker.  Rick and Judy are so realistically drawn that if I stopped by their favorite bar I'd fully expect to see them flirting across the pool table.  The sexual tension between them is palpable but so is the sweetness and the tentative nature of their new-found feelings.  The secondary cast of characters - primarily, Judy's family and best friend, Meg - only add flavor to this delicious story.  I do hope we see more of Meg in a future book! 

While Taken by Tuesday stands on its own, the presence of characters from previous books and references to their stories may entice you to read this series in order.  I was so intrigued by Judy's family, and entranced by Bybee's writing, that I downloaded the first four books in the Weekday Brides series the minute I finished reading Rick and Judy's 2:00 am in the morning.  

If you haven't yet tried Bybee's Weekday Brides series, what are you waiting for?  (the e-books are currently on sale!) The series books, in order, are:  Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, Fiance by Friday, Single by Saturday and Taken by Tuesday.  


Do you enjoy a bit of suspense in your contemporary romances?

Are you a reader who needs to read a series in order?  

Have you read Catherine Bybee's books yet?  Do you have a favorite?

Is there an author you've been meaning to try?  

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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 husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.


  1. I do not mind a little bit of suspense in a romance. Saying that, I didn't like it about 15 years ago when several authors dumped contemporary romance for suspense with very little romance; Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Lowell, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Sharon Sala, Fern Michaels, Joanne Ross, Lisa Jackson, Iris Johansen, Anne name a few.

    I do enjoy the Harlequin Romantic Suspense/Intrigue line: HelenKay Dimon's, BJ Daniel's, and Anne Voss Peterson's books

    As long as the books are stand alone I do not need to read them in order. However, I don't want all the twists to be revealed in the subsequent books before I can go back and read the earlier books in the series.

    I have not read any of Catherine Bybee's books. I did like your review.


    Jesse Hayworth,Heather Snow, Erin Knightly, Maya Rodale, Amy Andrews, Emily March, Sarah MacLean, Shannon Stacey

    1. Laurie, this one has the suspense but I'd give romance the top billing. Bybee does reference items from previous books but instead of ruining anything for me they only made me more interested in reading those stories.

      That's a great line-up of authors you haven't yet tried. I highly recommend them all!

  2. Like Laurie G., I like some suspense in a romance but nothing too traumatic or violent. I tried reading romantic suspense novels recommended on blogs and by a bookseller and I can say they are not my favorite romance type. I can be obsessive about reading a series in order, especially if I have become invested in the characters. I read Fiance by Friday and enjoyed it. Taken by Tuesday looks interesting, but I guess I'd have to go back to the beginning of the series then! An author on my TBR list is Catherine Mann, who has Shelter Me out right now. I'm a sucker for books with dogs or horses in them.

    1. Laura, Taken by Tuesday was my first Bybee book and I liked it a lot. While it no doubt would have been a more complete reading experience had I already read the previous books, I don't think it detracted that much from my enjoyment. I liked it a lot!

    2. All of the previous books in the series are on sale right now on Amazon for $1.99 or less. Just sayin'. *wink*

  3. I love this series, because the writing is so amazing and the stories each in their own way are unique even though there all connected. This is my first series by Catherine.. I just love it. You are in for some great reading PJ..

    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I can't wait to get started on the rest of the books! :)

  4. I've asked my public library to ordsr the book. I have not read this author and will definitely give the author a try

  5. Thanks for the review and the spot on your blog. Happy Reading.

  6. I was a mystery and suspense reader before I was a romance reader. Combining the too is a bonus for me.
    I read a series in order and usually wait until all the books are out before I start.
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