Saturday, August 10, 2013

Almost by Anne Eliot Book Review

Almost by Anne Eliot Book Review  

Goodreads Blurb: 

At a freshman party she doesn't remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped.

...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is.

...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.

Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend.

...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.

Review (My emotions)  Why? Because I need to get them out of the way.
I didn't really know what to expect. So I kind of went into this blindly. After the first couple of chapters I was both cringing and squealing. Then by the second half of the book I was like,

I could barely control my emotions. When I got to the climax of the story I was just like What's going to happen? I'm nervous! I don't want any funny stuff. It's always when you get to best part that it falls apart (sometimes) so I was pretty weary. I didn't want to get my hopes up.

But by the end I was all, 

It was just the right compilation of emotions. *deep breath*

Now that I got that out here's The Actual Review 

*copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book was so cleverly and wonderfully written. Each paragraph and sentence felt well thought out. I connected with each and every character in ways I didn't expect. The snarky, sassy, Jess reminded me so much of myself in both good ways and bad. I think books that you are able to see some of yourself in are the ones worth reading. I guess I should also mention that I am irrevocably in love with Gray Porter. His character was just *sigh* awesome!

Every character was essential and well fitting. There's not a moment when you question it. I can't say I've had any of the experiences some of the characters had (and I'm glad for it) but, if an author can drag and pull you into a story, and make it believable the way this one did than you've just read a great book! It was so realistic I thought I was apart of the actual cast myself. It's hard to discern fiction from reality when you're reading a great book. 

The author took a tragic story and made it into a love story in the best possible way. I literally squealed and swooned for the last entire half of the book. I hardly ever see anyone tell the story of developing love between characters in such a natural way. I always appreciate when an author allows the characters to build up before throwing them into a relationship. Everything was so natural, so believable. I could just go on and on about what I loved about this book but I promise I'm stopping. This is by far one of the best contemporary romances I've read to date. Such a great tale of overcoming. There is not a person, any age, any gender that cannot take something from this book. I am so glad to have read it and to be able to share it with anyone who hasn't read it.


  1. Great review, you've made me want to read this book! It's so great to come across a book where you connect with the characters so much. And I love snarky MCs! ~Pam

    1. Thanks. It really is a great book! You should check it out!

  2. Very interesting review! You certainly have aroused my curiosity =D
    Keep them coming!

  3. Great review. I'm off to download a sample onto my kindle :)

  4. I have this on my kindle! Great review! Would definitely bump this up on my TBR pile :)

  5. Great! Thanks! Do let me know what you thought. I would love to know. =)