Rating: 4 stars
After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.
Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.
When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.
Short and sweet, No Dress Required by Cari Quinn is a fun, fast paced romance with characters that will make you fall in love with them.
I know it’s only a novella, but I do wish No Dress Required had been a bit longer. I felt like the romance and story between Noelle and Jake was really just starting to take off and the book ended. I just loved their story so much that I didn’t want it to end.
The beginning was a bit confusing for me – I didn’t quite get what was going on, but then I just fell in love with Noelle and Jake’s story. Given the short nature of the book, Cari Quinn manages to build a ton of romance between the two of them, almost right off the bat.
No Dress Required is one of those fun friends to lovers type of romances that I so enjoy reading. This is perfect for someone wanting a fast fun read to devour in one sitting.