Dictatorship of the dress

Dictatorship of the Dress

– January 6, 2015

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Imprint: Berkley (trade paperback and digital)

ISBN: 978-0425276259

From the author of the “beautiful and engaging” (Open Book Society) debut novel Louder than Love, comes the story of second chances, missed flights, and a woman ruled by her mother’s wedding dress.

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.


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Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

Louder Than Love

– September 17, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Imprint: Berkley/InterMix

ISBN: 9781101634790

In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband…and discovers a love that defies classification.

It’s been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth…the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.

Recluse rocker Adrian “Digger” Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids’ TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter.

Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it’s unclear whose past looms larger: the widow’s or the rocker’s. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?


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Louder Than Love
  • Kame

    Great book – I really enjoyed their story and would love a novella to catch up

    • Jessica Topper

      Thanks so much – I am quite addicted to writing this cast of characters and would love a reprise, too!

  • Chris Cox

    This book was fabulous! I look forward to seeing what you come out with next!!!

    • Jessica Topper

      Thanks, Chris!

  • ReedsMom

    I just finished Louder than Love! I want more!!! I want to hear of the trials and tribulations of Adrian and Kat as the Rotten Grave Project embarks on a new life. I want to see adorable Abbey grow into the wonderful young lady, a tribute to her nature and nurture, we know she will become. I want to see how the heavy-metal rocker and the book-wrangler manage to wrest the best from each other and enjoy the fruits thereof!

    Soon, please?

    • Jessica Topper

      Hi ReedsMom, thanks for stopping by! So happy to hear how much you enjoyed the book. I know Adrian, Kat and co. have a lot more to share, so hopefully another book is in the cards for them!

  • Micheala

    I just finishes reading it. Easily one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!! I LOVED it. Adrian and Kat=adorable. Adrian being there for Abbey=too much for my heart to handle.
    I beg you–write a sequel. I want to know where Adrian and Kat’s relationship goes next. Marriage one day…? And I feel like she has more to share with him about Pete.

    • jess

      Thanks for writing, Micheala! I definitely hope to re-visit the gang at Lauder Lake one of these days and write more of their stories.