Little Black Dress by James Patterson & Emily Raymond

Little Black Dress by James Patterson & Emily Raymond

Well, this was an experiment, the collaborative short stories that are included in the BookShots line are ‘devour in hours’ books, perfect for commutes or flights.  With the first to grab any interest from me, I decided to take a chance on this author combo and a new to me narrator, Helen Wick.  Please read on for my review of the audiobook version of

Little Black Dress

Firstly, I’m not sure just book hoped to become – erotic, romance, suspense or thriller. It didn’t work for any, really.  The main character, Jane, is an editor and spends most of her off-time watching films and snacking on oreos.  Who am I to judge, when I spend every free moment reading?  Then she finds a dress, THE dress – a little black dress that gives her the guts to change her life.

So, there’s a bit of magical thinking, and I’m happily rolling along (if tiring of clichés already) when… WHAM… man one. Handsome, well-built, rich, self-confident and interested in her. OK – perhaps there is some growth in a relationship, maybe I’ll find the tension or a twist…. Nope. Man two, then three…and well, I’m frustrated, tired of the lack of purpose or development, the wooden cut outs posing as new characters and the utter lack of development for Jane.

Still I soldier on through most (at least 75% of the story) with endless repeated scenes where only the names stand a chance of evolving and oops, we need a twist – or something has to happen.

Suffice it to say that this first foray into the BookShots was less than satisfactory.

Narration for this was provided by Helen Wick, and I actually want to congratulate her on her determination to stick it out. With not much notable character development, or even action that didn’t first qualify as clichéd, her presentation was clear, her delivery successful. By far the highlight of this title until the end.

Stars: Overall 1 Narration 4 Story 1

Little Black Dress by James Patterson & Emily Raymond

Title: Little Black Dress
Author: James Patterson, Emily Raymond
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Narrator: Helen Wick
Published by: Hachette Audio, Hachette Book Group
ISBN: 0316276405
Published on: 5 July, 2016
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 140
Audio Length: 2 Hours: 25 minutes
Rated: one-star
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Can a little black dress change everything in her life?
Magazine editor Jane Avery spends her nights alone with Netflix and Oreos--until the Dress turns her loose. Suddenly she's surrendering to dark desires, and New York City has become her erotic playground. But what began as a fantasy will go too far . . . and her next conquest could be her last.

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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.