Little Black Dress by Scarlet Chastain

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Little Black Dress by Scarlet Chastain
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: F/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

Never underestimate the power of the little black dress…

Paris—the romance and fashion capital of the world. So what the hell makes Jamie Scotts, an IT geek from New York, think the city of lights holds the answers? Driven by need for change, she lies to her boss about her fluency in French and becomes the company’s first international sales person. Fluent? She can barely ask for directions to the ladies’ room.

Jamie’s a duck out of water with her low maintenance style and New York accent. Her unsuccessful sales pitch almost sends her home, until she meets the epitome of elegance—Giselle Bianchi. An unlikely relationship blossoms as the dress designer takes Jamie under her wing. Giselle’s guidance not only reveals Jamie’s missing je ne sais quoi, but also unlocks repressed passion with the help of a little black dress.

Jamie Scotts is a woman on a mission. She is on her first foreign sales campaign in Paris and is hitting a brick wall. No one will talk to her. When she meets a woman by chance at a café, her trip makes a turn for the better. Giselle takes her in hand and shows her how to do business, dress and slowly but surely she loses her heart.

This short Romance on the Go title was a nice read for an afternoon. These days, with my busy schedule, I like snack size romance. This edible morsel was a delightful travel adventure about one woman helping another and a realization that their relationship went far more into personal waters than simple friendship.

Giselle is a sophisticated fashion designer that started at the bottom. She sees Jamie floundering and helps her. Her feelings deepen and when she sees Jamie in the arms of a man, she drops her like a hot potato. Therein lies the conflict of the story. Is Jamie ready to commit to another woman? Will Giselle answer her phone after leaving with no explanation? A taste of Paris, an almost romance and a final episode of self-discovery make this a fun and lively read.

The sensuality and low undercurrents of the book are appealing and the characters believable. Going to a new country as a salesperson would be a scary endeavor. Finding someone who shows you the ropes will bond anyone, but in this case, the two ladies involved find an enduring passion that was refreshing. The sex scene in the back of the book was tastefully done and left many possibilities yet untapped. I enjoyed the book and will look for more works by this author.

If you want a short lesbian erotic read, check out this Romance on the Go.

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