Dictatorship of the Dress (Much "I Do" About Nothing #1)
by Jessica Topper
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 was easy and fun and angsty and heartbreaking all rolled into one amazing story that I couldn't put down! On the one hand we have the budding relationship between Laney and Noah, and on the other hand we have the snippets of Laney's life before Noah. I'm not normally one to enjoy flashbacks but in this case I really enjoyed them and quite honestly they left a soft spot in my heart for Laney and a certain tattooed drummer.
Laney is on the way to her mother's wedding in Hawaii with her mother's wedding dress in tow when she's mistaken for the bride-to-be and bumped up to first class. This is the first official meeting between Laney and Noah and it was the first indication I had that this was going to be an amazing read. The witty banter between the two was priceless.
Noah's on the way to his bachelor party in Vegas and isn't exactly thrilled to be stuck with another bridezilla but he quickly learns that there's much more to Laney than her expensive dress. And when she finally reveals that she's actually just the dress bearer? All bets are off.
What we have from then on is the start of a the perfect relationship. Or maybe it's the fact that they're both awesome in their own right that makes them awesome together? Either way, I couldn't keep the smile off my face when these two were together.
I don't want to get into too much depth about Laney's flashbacks but I will say that you should definitely keep the tissues handy. As much as I loved Noah there were parts of the story that I was honestly wishing that she'd end up with Allen, her high school sweetheart. But alas, life doesn't always work out the way we thought it would.
I absolutely loved this entire book but I have to say that my favorite was the ending. I was a little worried that Noah was going to show up in Hawaii and profess his undying love, propose, and they live happily ever after, but what happened was the perfect ending for the fun and quirky couple.
Dictatorship of the Dress was my first read by Jessica Topper but it definitely won't be my last. Bring on the cake! Courtship of the Cake, that is.
"Is that a banana on your tray table," she cooed, "or are you just happy to see me?"
"You're the best layover I've ever had."
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Dictatorship of the Dress in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.