Emi Harrison hasn’t been feeling particularly lucky lately. Ever since her ex-fiancée, Jack Cabot, successfully shattered her heart into a million pieces. She’s managed to avoid him for a whole year, but all that’s about to change at her brother Evan’s wedding… She will have to face Jack, Jack’s sister, Jack’s parents, and Jack’s new girlfriend: a mean girl that just won’t quit. What could possibly go wrong? But with her lucky dress on, she might just find new love, life, and maybe even happiness at last!
Source: Netgalley My Rating: 4/5 stars
For the past year, Emi Harrison has been living a lie! Oh, she tells everyone who asks, especially her best friend, that she’s crazy happy with her new life, her new business, and the extra twentyish pounds she’s packed on. She also tells everyone who asks, especially herself that she is completely over the lying, cheating bastard known as Jack Cabot, ex-fiancé. With the coming over her twin brother’s wedding, Emi Harrison is going to have ample opportunity to prove to everyone, including herself just how over Jack Cabot she is!
One plane ride later . . . .
Stepping back into her old stomping grounds is just as nerve-wracking as Emi thought it would be! Everywhere she turns, there is a reminder of her five-year life with Jack, the places they frequented, the people they liked and loved, and the promise of a happy future together. Unfortunately, that happiness was stripped away in one horrifying afternoon and evening a year ago when Emi walked in on Jack with another woman sprawled across his body; just a few hours later, she watched in horror as he left another woman into the home they once so happily shared.
Yeah, there may be some unresolved issues on both sides . . . .
Emi walks into her old life with every intention of supporting her twin brother, his ridiculous bride to be, and their wedding events! Emi wants happiness for her brother, but she is a member of the bridal party and so is her ex. With every intention of behaving herself and not causing a scene, Emi promises everyone she’ll be on her best behavior. All she must do is follow through on that promise and that quickly proves far, far easier said than done. The moment Jack walks in to the first event with another woman on his arm, Emi loses her damn fool mind and the shenanigans don’t stop until the very last page!
The Bottom Line: I read The Lucky Dress in a single sitting and laughed my way through most of this book! Emi is utterly ridiculous and the recipient of some most unfortunate luck! As it happens, that run of bad luck has been with her far longer than even she’s aware. Which leads to my favorite part of this book, the way the story is broken down and told. The chapters alternate between the present and the past with the chapters dedicated to the present moving forward and revealing a great number of truths and secrets, while the chapters dedicated to the past move backward in time tracing Jack and Emi’s relationship from the moment they broke up to their first meeting. I found this type of storytelling to be most conducive to plot, and it totally fed into my love of past meets present and loads of backstory/history! Overall, this is a delightful little rom/com that has some moving moments, some sad moments, but mostly a lot of funny/ridiculous moments that play perfectly with the characters and their respective personalities!
P.S. If you’re like me and turn every available page, then you also know the hot bar owner/fake date is getting his own story sometime next year 😊