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Almost Doesn't Count Paperback – August 2, 2005

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Mercedes "Mer" Lexus Jackson is leaving Atlanta and traveling home to a small Georgia town to spend the summer taking care of her mother, Miss Betty. They have a tumultuous relationship because during Mer's childhood, she witnessed her mother's unscrupulous lifestyle with anger and fear. Mercedes has lived her adult life with feelings of low self-worth and behaved as if she neither needs nor deserves a man or loving relationship. When she meets the handsome, churchgoing, and hardworking Darius, he challenges her self-destructive behavior and self-deprecating attitudes. After spending every available moment with him and sharing secrets about her family, she discovers that he has not been honest with her. His revelation confirms all of her negative feelings about men and relationships. Yet, even with the hurt and disappointment, she acknowledges her destructive behavior and vows to make changes. The summer proves to be a turning point for Mercedes--she repairs her relationship with her mother and takes real inventory of her self-worth and feelings about men and relationships. Lillian Lewis
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About the Author

Electa Rome Parks lives with her husband, Nelson, and two children. With a B.A. in marketing, she is currently working on her next novel and fulfilling her passion as a writer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; First Edition edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045121515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451215154
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,842,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Electa Rome Parks introduces readers to the dysfunctional life of Mercedes in her third literary offering, Almost Doesn't Count. Mercedes is independent and happily living the single life. After growing up with her promiscuous mother, she decided that she was not going to allow any man to get close to her heart so she developed a sex `em and leave `em mentality toward relationships. Childhood memories and secrets that come to light when she is forced to return home to care for her ailing mother, Miss Betty, also haunt Mercedes. Miss Betty was not an ideal mother figure and paraded her lovers both men and women around Mercedes. It is because of this Mercedes has a twisted view of relationships and the male species...until she meets Darius. Darius is everything that Mercedes has shied away from in the past. He is a good church going man that is genuinely interested in all that she has to offer, but he too has secrets that if exposed threaten to ruin any possibilities of a relationship.

Almost Doesn't Count is an excellent novel that shows how deep the wounds of a dysfunctional family can cut. The author's vivid character descriptions had me feeling as if they were personal friends and on more than one occasion, I found myself scolding or laughing at their actions. The book was definitely a page-turner and had a unique twist. This book is a must read for anyone looking for an intriguing story that has elements of love, sex, familial relationships and lots of drama.

Reviewed by Latoya Carter-Qawiyy

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This is a much read! Electa has woven a story like only she can. She touched on some real issues, that some are truly afraid to venture to. Every character and their situation were so very real to me.

Mercedes (the main character, who had issues to work through), Miss Betty (the mother that we can all relate to), Redman (the maintenance man in your life) and of course Mr. Darius (Mr. Right if you'll allow him to be).

Electa pulls you in from page one, and the two explosive scenes with the women (Mercedes & her best friend) fighting back were hilarious!!

Always remember that holding on to past hurt will only hinder who you are as a person. What's done in the dark will come to light! Always tell your children what they mean to you and show it before its too late!! And finally, Almost Doesn't Count!!

Keep up the good work Electa!! - Your #1 fan forever!!
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Electa Rome Parks has done an excellent job of creating a story filled with so much spiciness, and drama. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I was hooked to the story from the first page. I could not put the book down. The characters were fun. The plot was so engaging. The sex scenes were great! I liked the vivid descriptions of everything. Mercedes was something else. The things she did were so stupid, and crazy at times. I was laughing at Mercedes as well. She was crazy. I even sympathized with her. She goes through some traumatic experiences, that caused me to shed some tears. The secrets that were revealed in the story shocked me. My jaw dropped. I was like, "What?!" I am a huge fan of Electa Rome Parks. Her stories are very addictive. She has a great imagination, and she knows how to keep the reader engaged in her stories. I have read almost every book by this author. I look forward to reading Electa's next book. I highly recommend Almost Doesn't Count. Clear your schedule for the day, because you will be glued to the pages. Happy reading.
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Electa Rome Parks delightfully and gracefully enters the realm of "third repeat offenders" ready to take over the summer wave of fresh new literature with a stellar third novel release. Her crime, writing chart- topping best sellers one after the other. Electa's latest, Almost Doesn't Count," with an easily eye- catching and memorable title reminiscent of song sensation, Brandy's top similar entitled hit single on her prior album, provides a refreshing twist to chic-lit, blinged out, ghetto and urban gangster books on the market that readers love too, but there is just something about ELECTA! The author of books like hit selling titles, "The Ties That Bind" and "Loose Ends," returns with another one.

"Almost Doesn't Count" by Electa Parks takes place in the heart of Georgia and focuses on a young lady named Mercedes whose come to visit her mama, Miss. Betty, post surgery, and decides to restore nuances with past fling, Redman, who is rather brash and insensitive, but makes Mercedes feel comfortable around her just like a good old piece of furniture. I was reminded of the embracing moments of the Inkwell featuring Jada Pinkett. "Almost Doesn't Count" is on from page one.

Along comes Darius who is ready to sweep her feet off the ground and cross boundaries Mercedes has never experienced. She's reluctant when it comes to experiencing new love. Underlying memories of a painful childhood come back to haunt Mercedes, plus heavily heated tension with Miss. Betty who is always putting her down. She copes by conversing with her closest friends on occasion who is experiencing some high-rolling drama in her own relationship.
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