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.
I first read Almost years back, and it was, at the time, the only book out by Anne Eliot. I wanted to read more from this author!
This story is gripping but light. Anne writes tough situations very nicely and delicately, which was a relief from such harder, more descript situations from other books. From the beginning, we get the feeling that something has happened to our main character, Jess. She'd rather be alone, and nothing can help her. She makes everyone believe that she's alright, when in reality, she's being crushed under the weight of her almost rape.
I adore Jess. She's such a brave yet broken character. She tries to be "normal" but it doesn't quite work out. She went through a terrible ordeal and hasn't dealt with it yet. She's witty and a bit sarcastic, which I love! Her inner thoughts and dialogue sometimes had me laughing!
“Ignoring Gray Porter is like ignoring an elephant in a tutu. A really hot elephant in a tutu... a very manly tutu."
Gray was such a great male character. He was hesitant to be around Jess in the beginning and acted a bit arrogant to keep her away. They clashed immediately, but in that cute way, you know? Gray is so complex and I couldn't really figure out what was going on with him and some of the reasons why he did what he did until it was all revealed. Like Jess, Gray was humorous and I loved reading what he had to say a lot!
“With a lightning quick glance at me first, he reads one bumper sticker: “Member: BBB. Boys in Books are Better?”
These two together are cute. This story isn't full of steamy scenes, it's innocent but loving and I love it because those types of stories are almost nil now. You can tell these two belong together from the moment Gray bumped into her-her car- and I was rooting from the beginning. Both are geeks and plan to get a job at the same place-only one position is open.
What's interesting is how they came to fall in love. She pays him $8,000 and she gets a social life to really show everyone that she's alright now and isn't having problems anymore. I enjoyed watching them go from bickering to falling in love, to falling apart. One of my favorite couples I've read.
“Person Slaughtered: Me.
Method used: Dimple.”