Author: Jo Watson
Published: 31st January 2017
That awkward moment you catch your boyfriend in bed with another woman and then mistakenly get arrested #chargesdropped
Annie knows life isn’t always fair. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you get mistaken for a crazed intruder when you come home early and find your boyfriend wearing nipple clamps with a coworker on the night you thought he was going to propose to you.
The important thing is to move on, and for Annie that means treating herself to a tropical vacation. But when she runs into her ex and his new woman staying at the same resort, reason is washed out to sea. Caught off guard, Annie pretends she’s with Chris, a cute screenwriter she meets on the beach. With his own writing blocked, Chris is happy to help Annie craft a story to save face. Soon Annie isn’t just getting over her ex, she’s getting under Chris. As her fictional feelings grow increasingly real, Annie has to decide if she’s ready to risk her heart on a new relationship.
‘Almost a bride’ really read like romcom movie for me but in book version because the plot was so ridiculous and some parts of it was just so funny I legit laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of it.
The plot combined with the banter and conversation we read between Chris and Annie were really humorous especially how Chris who is American pretended to be Annie’s fake Australian boyfriend, Boyden, complete with a fake Australian accent which I am pretty sure does not sound remotely Australian. Also, when Chris and Annie try to one up against Tress (Trevv is Annie’s ex boyfriend and Tess is his new girlfriend) it caused a lot more comical situations to arise especially when Trevv was sneaking around Chris and Annie’s rooms just to see if they were really together or were they just faking it.
Whilst I find the rate of how Chris and Annie actually fell in love quite unbelievable, it was nice to read how towards the end of the vacation Annie wanted to focus on herself first before she enters a new relationship even when she does care about Chris. I find this to be very refreshing to read because it shows how Annie improves as a character where she feels like the life she is at now is not enough and she wants more for her and having a relationship just isn’t enough for her. She needs something more substantial like a career or at least get her shit together and I really liked how Annie realizes being in a relationship isn’t going to solve the problems in her life, she has to settle that herself. It is inspiring okay to me and it is a reminder to me that I too need to get my life together and achieve more in life rather than just settle for things.
Also, it was nice how even after Annie rejected Chris to be in a relationship he still wanted to be there for her even if as a close friend and from that they got to know each other more and thus their love for each other was substantiated by the fact that they took the time to get to know each other as friends.
Now, the reason as to why this book did not get a complete 5 was because it was predictable like I knew what they were going to fight about, how they were going to fight about it, what they were going to say, stuff like that. So that kind of killed the mood for me but fortunately the book was funny enough for me to continue reading till the end. This book is definitely for readers who want something light and amusing to read.
*Received an ARC fromo Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review
**Sorry I have been MIA for a few days, I was sick and did not have the time not energy to update my blog and yeah I forgot to schedule my posts again 😛