Book Review: Dictatorship of the Dress

dress Title: Dictatorship of the Dress: A Much ‘I Do’ About Nothing Novel

Author: Jessica Topper

Genre: contemporary romance

Setting: airports, mostly, also Las Vegas and Hawaii, modern day

Themes: taking chances, family ties

Where I heard of it: Goodreads



Laney is a graphic artist. Noah is an app developer. The two meet at an airport when both are on their way to a wedding. For Laney, it’s her mother’s, and she’s bringing the dress. For Noah, it’s his wedding, but he’s actually heading to Vegas for the bachelor party. At first, they can’t help noticing all the many flaws in each other. They plan to ignore one another, but wind up stuck in each other’s company in first class  on the flight, and then a giant storm hits and their connecting flights are cancelled. The more time they spend together, the better they get to know each other, and they more they are attracted

Pros: I liked Noah. He was not your average romance novel leading man. I liked that he was brainy, rather than macho. His friends were fun as well, but I had reservations. (see below) I also liked the resolution.

Cons: There was more profanity that I expected. Noah’s friends were loyal and crazy, but they were also crude, bordering on offensive. Yeah, I get that it’s a bachelor party, but still, it was not what I was expecting at all. It really turned me off.

Neutral: I wasn’t crazy about Laney. I started out liking her, but as I found out more about her previous relationship with the rocker, I sort of lost interest.

Overall Rating: 2.75



Fantasy Rereads

I have been very stressed lately. My youngest child, W, is getting married this month. He’s the first one to get married and I am knee deep in wedding preparations here. In a moment of madness, I volunteered to make the wedding dress and plan the wedding shower. Yeah. So we got the wedding dress pattern, the fabric, the trim, then basically redesigned the whole thing, got it cut out. Then I realized that the shower was THIS WEEK so I had to rush and get all that stuff done. Then I found a stain right on the central front panel of the dress. It was sewing machine oil. I tried to remove it but only succeeded in snagging the fabric. The stain is still there. Fortunately, I was able to cut another panel, finish all the shower decorations, and tonight we had the wedding shower.

It was a big success, with only one minor flaw – my camera batteries were dead. Other people had cameras, so I’ll get to see the pictures, just not right away. And everything looked great, tasted great, plus we all had fun.

Tomorrow I am taking a break from sewing – hooray! – and I will instead relax with a book and maybe eat a salad for a change. I can’t wait.

In the meantime, when I had a few minutes to read, I reread a couple of fantasy titles I enjoyed before – NPCs by Drew Hayes and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. It’s an interesting match up. NPCs is all about taking the fantasy tropes and turning them on end, with a heavy emphasis on the RPG sort of gaming fantasy, and The Hero and the Crown is old school fantasy, with a heroine who has to go on a solo quest to save the kingdom. They are both available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited, so definitely check them both out. NPCs is Drew Hayes best book, IMO, since I didn’t really like Super Powered. It started out as a strong idea, but the series didn’t hold up and I got bored. This one I loved, even as a reread. And Robin McKinley’s book is I treasured 20 years ago and it’s still a wonderful treat. I forgot a lot of the details, but this is why I loved her books as a girl – great story, strong characters, and well developed settings.

Anyway, I think the posts will be hit or miss until this wedding is over. Long way to go on the dress still, but my back is killing me from hours at the sewing machine, so tomorrow I will rest and read.