Little Gray Dress, by Aimee Brown

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 grand appearance when she least expects it? (synopsis courtesy of Amazon)

I really appreciated Emi. She’s beautifully flawed, a byproduct of life – (it has a way of doing that to a person, even when it’s least expected). And she’s had a tough road the last two years, a life void of any companionship or romance. Even when she tries to put herself out there, in the end no one ever measures up to what she had with Jack.

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While I felt the premise of the story, how Emi’s brother is marrying Jack’s sister, thus forcing Emi and Jack to somehow try to coexist in the same space for a few days could be considered a little far-fetched, I really liked it. I think it brought on a whole new level of tension for everyone involved. Emi has a past with both Jack and his sister, and it hasn’t always been on good terms. Then you throw in the rest of his family, plus Emi’s best friend, it’s just this gigantic stew that’s begging to be stirred up into one frenzy after another.

Liam becomes a much-needed distraction from everything going on. A hint that maybe it’s finally time for Emi to move on, to grow from the past and stop being so cynical about love. Or maybe he can be her own little weapon in making Jack a tad jealous. Hey, a girl can dream.

I really love the way we’re privy to Emi’s present; her brother’s wedding, the run-in with Liam, the uncomfortable, awkward moments with Jack. And then we’re transported back to her past; how she met Jack, their first date, their first fight, and eventually the break up. There were a lot of parallels between the relationship she had back then with Jack, and the events that are happening in the present time. It really was a unique perspective on how eventually, everything will come full circle, even the things you’d rather leave buried away in the past.

Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central

 

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