Almost Perfect


Author:E.F. Dodd

  • Publisher: Sugar Beaver Books
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 372
  • ISBN-13: 979-8986288062

Dave Richardson is bartending after leaving a job that left him dissatisfied. He is still struggling to figure out what is best for him. His life takes a new turn when Vivian walks into his bar. She is taking a quick break from her job as a pediatrician and on a girls’ trip to Rochester, New York. E.F. Dodd's Almost Perfect is an immersive exploration of the complex nature of contemporary love, an engaging narrative with a unique take on passion, vulnerability, and the obstacles faced in long-distance relationships. The love story between Dave Richardson and Vivian Walters is written with intelligence and skill and the development of the bond between the two feels natural.

Dodd adeptly develops complex and relatable characters that emotionally engage readers; they are intriguing and deeply flawed. Dave, an aspiring bartender, and Vivian, an accomplished pediatrician who loves checklists, form a captivating and unexpected duo. The author's depiction of their challenges and vulnerabilities produces a genuine and impactful story that readers will enjoy. The strong bonds of friendship, exemplified by Vivian's relationships with her companions Kez and Rae, enrich the richness of the narrative. These supporting characters not only bring humor to the story but also engage readers in subjects like self-acceptance and the certainty of transformation.

The perspectives of Vivian and Dave, presented in alternating fashion, offer a valuable glimpse into their innermost thoughts and emotions. Dodd's skilled writing style effectively captivates readers, striking a harmonious balance between humor and genuine sincerity. The dialogue flows naturally and the characters are real. The witty dialogues create moments of humor that balance the deeper themes of relationships and personal development. Vivian and Dave's long-distance situation presents a relatable obstacle in today's dating world. Dodd skillfully depicts the longing and excitement that accompany the physical separation from a significant other. The intimate scenes between the characters are tastefully portrayed, contributing to the romance while maintaining the emotional intensity of the story. Overall, Almost Perfect is a nuanced and balanced romance that will delight fans of contemporary romance.  

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: December 15, 2023

Category: Romance