The Perfect Dress – ARC Review


The Perfect Dress
by Carolyn Brown
Release Date:  April 16, 2019
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Number of pages:  304
Source: Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating: R
Read 4/8/19 to 4/9/19


In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success.

Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush.

For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?

I love the women who own the wedding dress shop.  Mitzi, Jody, and Paula are wonderfully supportive of one another and their clients.  Throw in Mitzi’s dad and grandma, then Graham and his twin daughters show up, and the characters in this story are a perfect blend of genuinely nice and lovable people. While that’s a key ingredient for a story, there was still something missing.

I’ve read stories by this author that are dripping with chemistry.  While there is a definite energy between Mitzi and Graham and their connection is very sweet, there is a bit of zest missing.  While I was invested in them getting together, I didn’t get butterflies.  I feel this story is really more about Mitzi and her friends and the bond they share, and that’s okay.  I wanted to see them each get their own HEA, but more important was the journey they took together.

Surprisingly, the writing felt a bit stilted to me.  There were also some continuity problems.  Nothing major, but not what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Brown.  It’s still a good story, it just didn’t seem to be of this author’s caliber.

3 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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