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Peek Inside No Dress Required

After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy. When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. 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.

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He’ll make her forget all about the dress.

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.

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By Exina January 03, 2020

After years of secret longing, Noelle is determined to seduce her best friend’s brother, Jake, at the New Year’s party. Except that her plans are crushed when her car is carjacked, along with the perfect dress two hours before the party.

When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road — look ...more

By Tina June 19, 2012

Cari Quinn has created a stellar friends to lovers story.

This is a perfectly-crafted novella that packs a big punch. I actually read "No Dress Required" while I was waiting on my daughter to finish ballet rehearsals. Can you say, "busy mommy loves novellas?" ;)

I really enjoy a friends to lovers stor ...more

By Nicola April 07, 2012

Devoured this in one sitting!
Absolutely sensational!

Cari Quinn has a unique voice that sucks you into the story from the very beginning.
For a shorter read, the emotional and sexual tension between Noelle and Jake is top rate.
Love, love, loved the fireworks they created! Steamy yet sweet.

Highly recom ...more

By • Lisa • January 05, 2013

Short, sexy and smutastic ... A quick and satisfying read that had me laughing and smiling from beginning to fabulous ending 4 steamy lovely stars! ...more

By Nicola July 15, 2014

If you are after a quick and reasonably steamy read this fits the bill. It is short but packs plenty in.

I had read it's successor No Flowers Required prior to this (which a full length and much steamier book), so I already had been introduced to Nellie and Jake. Both likeable endearing realistic cha ...more

By Jennifer March 04, 2012

An absolute delight! In a short amount of time, Cari Quinn got me to bond with her heroine, fall in love and lust with her hero, and cheer this couple on to their happily ever after. Well written and fast moving, this is simply a must have for a romance reader's shelf! ...more

By Christi January 11, 2012

My Review:

A New Year's Eve that has not gone according to plan. First Noelle was pretty sure that she's losing her job, but that was offset by the fact that she found the perfect dress to seduce her best friend's older brother at the New Year's Eve party. But everything was blown when her car with t ...more

By Rachel December 30, 2011

No Dress Required is required reading for anyone wanting a fun, flirty read for New Year's Eve. It is a novella, so you can read it quickly in one big gulp, and even better it is only 99 cents. Truly, there is no reason why anyone should pass up this steal.

I adore stories written about best friends ...more

By Taryn January 11, 2012


The friends to lovers trope is always good for me. And this one adds in friend's brother! BONUS. This was a quick romp through past mistakes, present mishaps, and the oh so beautiful possibilities of the future. Nellie and Jake have been circling each other for ages, both too afraid ...more

By Melissa January 21, 2012

Noelle Gregory is a smart, fun woman, who has always had a crush on her best friend's brother, Jake. (Just that bit of info should have you rushing to read this book!) So when her friend plans a New Year's party, Noelle comes prepared--perfect dress, perfect shoes, perfect bra--only she never gets t ...more

By Stacey February 17, 2012

After a really long week and a horrible mood to finish it off this book was exactly what I needed! It's a fun, flirty, sexy novella that left me smiling and squirming in my seat! I adored the humor, the sexual chemistry between the characters made me shiver and all but drool onto the page, and to be ...more

By Karla March 12, 2012

Cari Quinn writes such real, three-dimensional characters, it's easy and automatic to fall right into the story from the first paragraph. I was cheering for Noelle and Jake immediately. I loved this story. (Just wish it had been longer! LOL) :) ...more

By Riley April 23, 2012

Loved this story! Fun and sexy. I'm a big fan of Ms. Quinn's. If you haven't read this one I would ask why the heck not? Go buy it. Now. ...more

By Christine February 15, 2012

Adorable novella, super sexy with fun, likeable characters! ...more

By Alice May 29, 2015

I needed a quick, light read to get me to sleep, and that's exactly what I got in No Dress Required. Not that it bored me to sleep, but it got my mind off the book I didn't like and the book that messed with my head I'd just finished earlier that day. This was a sweet, quick, sexy read, and I thorou ...more

By Sarah September 04, 2012

Nellie has been crushing on her best friend's older brother Jake for as long as she can remember but the timing has never been right for her to make a move on him. Now Jake is single and his sister's New Years party is the perfect opportunity for Nellie to show him that she's no longer the young gir ...more

By MBR January 05, 2012

This is a score sheet review. For the full review with the scores, please visit MBR's Realm of Romance

Score Sheet Summary:

Noelle Gregory has always had a thing for her best friend’s older brother Jake Conroy. Though Jake has always viewed her as a pesky younger sister, Noelle’s feelings for him ru ...more

By Robin March 16, 2012

Loved this story! ...more

By Alison July 03, 2016

HOT little read ...more

By Vicki August 19, 2012

✳✳ Copy provided by the author. ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash January 02, 2012

Loved it!! Ms Quinn always writes hot, sexy stories and this is no different! ...more

By Claire April 09, 2013

Short, but very sweet, would like to read a full length on this couple. ...more

By Emma April 19, 2013

Short but sweet story. ...more

By SuzyHD September 01, 2020

Cute Little Story

Fun and sexy romance with a best friend's older brother. Noelle has loved her best friend's older brother, Jake, since her younger school days. Now older, they take their desires for each other to a more sexual level. ...more

By Trish July 18, 2014

Originally posted at Bedroom Bookworms book blog.
I started No Dress Required without realizing it was a novella. (I liked the book title and the author, what more could I need to know?) So when I read for a few minutes and was already 20% into the book, I was surprised. I prepared myself to be under ...more

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Cari Quinn

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Cari Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story - a bible parable - in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she's not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men's college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.

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