Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper

Posted January 6, 2015 | 23 Comments

Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica TopperDictatorship of the Dress
Author: Jessica Topper
Series: Much "I Do" About Nothing #1
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 368
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As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.

Dictatorship of the Dress is so stinkin’ cute! I was borderline not even in the mood to read it and was ready to jump ship if it didn’t immediately hook me. Turned out that that wasn’t a problem. I ended up enjoying this book a lot.

The whole setup is really good. Laney is in charge of getting her mother’s dress from NYC to Hawaii, and when assumptions are made, she’s bumped up to first class. Right next to Noah. When a huge storm in Chicago grounds all flights, they’re forced to spend a lot more time together. There’s just something fun about them being trapped together, allowing them to get to know each other a whole lot better.

This is told in duel perspectives – Laney and Noah. Both are wonderful characters. I love how Laney is an artist and how her illustrations play a part in the story. I mean c’mon, she used to work at Marvel illustrating comic books, how cool is that? She’s funny and witty, and has an all-around cool personality. I will say though, there were a couple of times she got annoying with her overreacting. I enjoyed Noah’s character too. He’s Mr. TechGeek who is under a lot of pressure in both his personal and professional life. He reminds me a lot of Walden from Two and a Half Men.

Laney and Noah have wonderful chemistry. They don’t exactly start off on the best foot, but you can feel how well they fit right from the beginning. They actually talk to each other! It bugs me when there is so much inner dialogue and rarely any between the characters. I need actual dialogue in order feel their compatibility, not just constantly thinking about how great the other person is. That’s what makes me fall in love with a couple, and these two had that. I love how easy they teased and flirted, playing off each other really well.

DotD isn’t just some superficial story about these two hooking up. It is a fun, cute story, but it isn’t all fluff. There’s depth to Laney and Noah, and the author did a fabulous job allowing the reader to really get to know them and what has led them up to this point. Laney’s story is definitely more poignant than Noah’s, but both are well done.

Yes, the story mostly revolves around Laney and Noah, but there are some fun secondary characters. My favorites are Noah’s best friends, but mostly Tim. The guy is funny and totally down for some shenanigans, and he for sure has Noah’s six! And I can’t wait to read Dani’s story in the next book. She’s Laney’s BFF and will no doubt be a great main character.

Overall, I’m so glad I made myself read Dictatorship of the Dress!


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23 responses to “Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper

  1. What? They actually use their words and communicate? *falls down dead from shock* I’ve read so many lately where all the dialog is internal as you said, and we have one miscommunication after the other. Yay for talking out loud:) This sounds like exactly what I need right now Christy, thanks for the recommendation!
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  2. Awe it sounds like this one was just such a winner with you. Love that she used to work for Marvel…very cool! The inner fan girl in me totally squealed and tech genuis’ have a weak spot in my heart. I can’t lie.
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      Hell no, I’m jealous of her hair too. I had mine a similar color years ago, but doubt it looked that good.

  3. Hey, hey! I’ve been gone awhile, so I don’t know when you updated your look, but I like it. AND I’ll keep the book in mind for the next time I want stinkin’ cute 😉

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