Friday 7 September 2012

Review: No Dress Required - Cari Quinn

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.

Love Required Series:
No Dress Required (Novella)
No Flowers Required

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Nellie has been crushing on her best friend's older brother Jake for as long as she can remember but the timing has never been right for her to make a move on him. Now Jake is single and his sister's New Years party is the perfect opportunity for Nellie to show him that she's no longer the young girl who used to follow him around and that's she's grown into the sexy woman of his dreams. But when a thief steals her perfect seduction outfit (along with her car and her handbag full of condoms!) it looks like her plans are about to unravel. How can she seduce Jake wearing nothing but a daft holiday t-shirt and stripy socks? It looks like Nellie isn't the only one with a crush though and Jake may just be about to turn the tables and try to seduce her.

I have loved every story that I've read by Cari Quinn and No Dress Required was no exception to that. Although her stories are novellas Cari has a way of drawing the reader in and making them instantly connect with he main characters. I think most women would be able to see something of themselves in Nellie and I'm sure we would be falling just as hard for Jake as she has. Jake is not only gorgeous and sexy as hell he is also head over heels for Nellie and isn't afraid to admit it. I love the fact that there are none of your usual misunderstandings between them - Jake is surprisingly perceptive about how Nellie is feeling and he knows just what to say to make her feel good.

No Dress Required is a fun, sexy read that's perfect for when you want something you can devour in one sitting. My only disappointment was that it isn't longer - not because the story has an unsatisfactory ending but because I just wanted to spend more time with Nellie and Jake! If you love contemporary romance and are a fan of the friends to lovers trope then you should definitely be adding this to your to read pile.

Source: Received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Thank you so much for the great review, Sarah! So happy you enjoyed No Dress Required! :)

    It's been a while since we've chatted...hope you're doing well!

  2. Hi Cari, I'm well thanks - I hope you are too! I really enjoyed No Dress Required but have just finished No Flowers Required and loved it even more :o) Would I be right in thinking that we might get Dillon's brother's story next?



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