Title: Little Gray Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit
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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 when she least expects it?
I am SO excited to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Aimee’s debut novel!
This begins in the present as Emi prepares to head to her brother Evan’s wedding where she’ll come face to face with her ex fiancé. Two years have passed since they’ve spilt and to say she’s nervous is putting it mildly. It then flips to the past and chronicles Emi and Jack’s relationship, but with a clever little twist. It starts with their most recent history, two years ago then goes back three years, then four all the way up until the day they met. I really enjoyed this structure, it was unique and really added something fresh to the story.
The characters in this book were just awesome, I loved Emi’s friendship with her best friend Lily, she’s the type of friend that every girl needs, she’s honest to a fault and won’t hesitate to tell you your outfit is ugly or your hair looks awful. Who wants a “friend” who will sugarcoat things? I sure don’t and their bond was really sweet but also snarky and hilarious. She plays a small part, but Emi’s aunt Maggie was also another of my favorite people, she’s a quirky psychic and I thought her cryptic fortune telling was so funny! Emi was totally relatable and Jack was charming and sexy, their love story had some pretty swoon worthy, romantic moments, but it also had plenty of realistic hardships that made it easy to identify with.
Little Gray Dress had every single ingredient that I crave when I reach for a chick lit novel, it honestly delivered on all levels for me and I’m super impressed that it’s a debut novel! It was sassy, witty, sexy, sweet and adorable and had a delightful cast of characters that I became totally invested in. I’m even crossing my fingers that this will be the start of a new series of books?! Emi’s story was wrapped up rather nicely but I would love to check in with some of the supporting characters in the future.
Overall rating: 5/5