Dictatorship of the Dress | Much "I Do" About Nothing | Jessica Topper
Contemporary Romance | Berkley | January 6, 2015
DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS a rocky start for me, Laney was too sarcastic and at times ungrateful in the beginning it was hard for me to like her. Then after a succession of delayed flights and some alcohol, Laney began to loosen up and show her more pleasant side to Noah and the readers. For me, it was after she opened up about her past relationship that had me empathizing with her which eventually endeared Laney to me.
DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS is classic romcom, predictable, cute, hopelessly romantic, funny, slightly believable, and totally adorable! Told in dual POVs, Laney's backstory is bittersweet and a little heartbreaking, this ploy made her emotionally accessible to me. I wish there was more of Noah though like the unfortunate details of how he met and got into a relationship with her Bridezilla fiance. Then again Noah had a perfectly normal history so there's not much to tell.
The ending was a bit over the top for my taste and a little insensitive considering the timing. However I'm a sucker for HEA stories so I still loved this despite some corniness here and there.
Prohibited! | Delancey Stewart
Historical New Adult | Carina | January 5, 2015
PROHIBITED! is a prequel introduction to an upcoming historical series set in the Roaring Twenties that features Bright Young Things. It's a good teaser, managing to give us a firm insight to the characters and what they're like. Evelyn is a flirt, a little boy crazy, and somewhat irritating sometimes but I guess given the state of things she's bound to be that way. Then there's this love triangle that's shaping up to be a risqué and dangerous as both suitors, Jack and Robert, are club owners and peddle alcohol which was prohibited during this time. I have a feeling that the first book's plot will revolve around this messy affair and I'm sure the rivalry between Jack and Robert will escalate. Evelyn will have quite the conundrum in her hands because both men are swoony and I don't think either man will give in their claim to Evelyn that easily.
I wish the language was more authentic to the era and I'm hoping the next book will be more atmospheric. I do love the twenties and it would be awesome to get that feel moving forward.