#BookReview: Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L Rosen

nine women one dressAbout the Book

A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her boss for seventeen years and has one night to finally make the feeling mutual. Andie is a private detective who specializes in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and lands a case that may restore her faith in true love. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Alabama, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on . . .

My Review

I got on really well with this book, right from the beginning. There are so many different characters and plot points, yet somehow they all seem to connect and intersect in one way or the other. And all because of one little black dress. About halfway through the book though I had to stop and think: where was all this going? What was the actual point of this book? Typically I prefer reads with a bit more depth, a lesson to be learned, and I didn’t quite get that with this one. Entertaining, charming and easy to read – yes. But when I got the final page, it left me wanting just a bit more. Light and breezy and didn’t take me too many sittings to get it read, I would still recommend Nine Women, One Dress. I just couldn’t call it a favorite.

4 stars

#BookReview: Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

little gray dressAbout the Book

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

My Review

What a pure joy to read, from beginning to end. I would have never guessed this was Aimee Brown’s debut novel, from the strong writing, laugh out loud and cringe worthy moments, and a beyond satisfying ending. I enjoyed the structure of the story, switching seamlessly from present to past, and the secondary cast of characters added comedic value and plenty of touching moments. I particularly enjoyed Jack’s mother! This would be a great addition to any TBR list for chick lit and romantic comedy fans.

5 stars

#BookReview: Links by Lisa Becker

linksAbout the Book

In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase – glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school’s athletic heartthrob.

Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her.She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart!

Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury.

Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

My Review

I have been a big fan of Lisa Becker since reading her Click Trilogy, and was thrilled to discover she has yet another fabulous romantic comedy. The opening scene set the tone perfectly, and I had such a fun time getting lost in the worlds of Charlotte and Garrett. There is a lot of depth in this book besides just a romance, and Becker has a clever way with words that kept me turning the pages and becoming more and more invested in the characters. This was the perfect book to read when I needed a few spontaneous laughs, and I highly suggest you check out not only Links, but other books from Lisa Becker as well!

5 stars