Review: Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper

Posted January 8, 2015 by Erin in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topperby Jessica Topper
on January 6th 2015
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Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Pages: 368

From Jessica Topper, author of the “beautiful and engaging” (Open Book Society) debut novel Louder than Love, comes the story of second chances, missed flights, and a woman ruled by her mother’s wedding dress.

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.

This is one of my favorite book covers. I don’t know what it is, but I adore the cover!

“Kissing Laney was like stepping into a hot shower on a cold day; that luxurious tingling sensation that starts at the back of your brain and rushes pleasure through your nerves. Once you were in, you craved more heat.”

If you love a true romance, then this book is for you!

Dictatorship of the Dress is the first book Ive read by Jessica Topper and I’m digging her. I always…ALWAYS enjoy a story more when I feel the authors personality and own style come through the words.

Dictatorship of the Dress is about Laney and Noah’s awesome layover. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Laney is on a mission sent from her over bearing Jewish mother to deliver her mom’s wedding dress to Hawaii. Snowy weather delays her in Chicago where she meets Noah, the man with all his computers and gadgets. Noah is heading to his own bachelor party in Vegas.  Laney is an  artist who use to draw for Marvel, she is the opposite of the perfectly put together Noah. She is my favorite type of heroine  quirky, confident, but not in a vain way with flaws just like the rest of us.

The connection they form on their adventure in layovers is fun with this super sexy tension. The relationships both characters have with their family and friends is very relatable. The sad past Laney went through to Noah’s issues with his future in laws. I loved all the emotions from this story and cant wait to read more from Jessica!

xxoo, Erin

About Jessica Topper

Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock n’ roll number cruncher. She can trace her love for the written word back to age three, when she memorized Maurice Sendak’s “Chicken Soup with Rice” in its entirety.

After her daughter was born, Jessica left the Manhattan library world and began working for her husband’s music management company. He offered her a part-time bookkeeping job so she could “stay home for the baby’s first year” and pursue her dream of writing.

The baby is now thirteen, and Jessica has been working her full-time, sold-her-soul-for-rock-n-roll job as Office Manager for veteran jam band moe. ever since. She may have traded in books for bookkeeping, but the written word is never far from her mind, or her heart.

Jessica lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter and one ancient cat



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