Author: Cari Quinn
Published: December 27th 2011
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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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.
I don't know what it is about novellas, but I really adore them these days--this one included. And add in the factor of a friendship turned possible romance? Yep, I'm hooked.
The way that Jake and Noelle interact right after the carjacking, well, that's some solid hilarious banter, and anger. Then Jake calls Noelle out on her feelings, and what's a girl to do but to actually do something about it? Turn the anger into flirting and kissing, naturally.
No Dress Required is a quick and cute read. I enjoyed Jake and Noelle, the way they were willing to see where the night might take them. I liked the story so much that I already bought another Cari Quinn book and can't wait to read it!