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Little Black Dress

2.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,287 ratings  ·  479 reviews
James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment.

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
Paperback, UK, 144 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by BookShots
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Ruth this is the only one of his book shots that is like this. several are sequels, or , as he calls them, .5's to some of is previous books...zoo 2, The…morethis is the only one of his book shots that is like this. several are sequels, or , as he calls them, .5's to some of is previous books...zoo 2, The Chase, the Trial. These are all short sequels.
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JT Kerper
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
A terrible book.
These "Bookshots" are a great concept -- books you can read in an hour or two, on an airplane or in an evening.
However, save your money on this one. It's just relentlessly bad. It's actually a watered-down 50 Shades clone.
Here are just a few ways it sucks:
-- The book jacket and copy make it seem like a thriller, which it's not. It's a piece of wish fulfillment for shallow women and should be marketed as such (i.e., a romance).
-- Every man in the book is good-looking, well-built,
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookshots
Patterson continues his literary experimenting, bringing Emily Raymond along for the ride. In this BookShot, Patterson ventures outside the genres for which he is known, waltzing onto a more romance/erotica pathway. More on this concept below and my sentiments on its success. Jane Avery is living the typical a 35 year old divorcée life, at least in her eyes; a slave to her work whose social time is filled with cookies and binge watching television. When she purchases a dress, black and slinky in ...more
Krystle Kouture
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There did not seem to be any point or plot to this book whatsoever. Very disappointed. Probably the worst James Patterson I've read, and the worst book so far this year!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a complete departure for James Patterson. No action, cops, or spies, but rather the prowess of a little black dress. I wonder what his contributions were other than his name. I think JP should stick to what he is good at and as for his co author, Emily Raymond, she has a curious new follower.

Jane is 30ish and stuck in a rut watching tv and mindlessly eating. One day she's out shopping and splurges on a little black dress. That was just what she needed to get out of her mundane routine.
Little Black Dress is a very adult short-story written by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. This adult contemporary romance/borderline erotica is written under James Patterson's BOOKSHOTS imprint (fast reads for fast times). I am somewhat surprised to see such a low overall goodreads rating (2 stars) for this title because I absolutely loved it! Different strokes for different folks, right? Little Black Dress features just that...a little black dress that emboldens a divorcee to take control of ...more
Rebecca Dowd
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this book. Paterson usually has books with some meat. This only had mild mannered divorcee turn into a naughty nympho. Lucky it was a short library book so I hadn't invested much into it.
Kris Kizer
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is so bad - can I give negative stars? I was so excited for bookshots and ordered a handful. This is the first one I picked up and it's pure crap. I tend to write notes in my books as I go and about midway I made this notation; S.M.U.T. Stupidly Mundane & Utterly Tedious. Thank god it was only about 100 pages, there's no way anyone could tolerate more.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Little Black Dress

I was really enjoying all of James Patterson's BookShot's books so far but this one has left a lot to be desired. It was pretty lame with not much of a plot, really no plot at all. I sure hope that the bookshot books don't go the way of his other books.
Shane Phillips
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me sum up bookshots for you. Story, Story, Story, Story, Oh crap it's page 100 better wrap this up, The End.
Dorothy Gordon
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Complete waste

Really boring don't waste your money if you like Patterson wait for the Alex Cross or Private full length novels to be released
Laura Rash
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Total crap
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book. To me, it was silly . The character was extremely silly, I had a hard time finishing and this was a short read. I put it down several times before finally finishing. I usually enjoy James Patterson books, but this one was not good. I think I'll stick to Alex Cross and the Women's murder club series.
Aug 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to try JPat. Maybe this wasn't the best choice to dip into. I did not like this book and literally kept my face in a frown throughout most of it. I probably will have frown lines etched on my face for the rest of my life thanks to this "story" (which, btw, didn't really have a story). Ick.
Tony Romine
This is not the type of book I normally read at all, so I'll try to be unbiased here as possible. This is a hundred page novella about Jane, a single woman in NYC with a nice job and lifestyle who buys a black dress on the fly and suddenly has an insatiable sexual appetite. She starts having sex with random guys she meets in public (no hookup apps for this high class gal).

Right off the bat, it's apparent that the author(s?) of this book clearly don't think it's normal to have regular sex with ra
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not a fan of the bookshots but had this been longer I'd have quit reading. Definitely not a typical Patterson book.
Wart Hill
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
there's no depth or development. rushed.
Marion Marchetto
Only the second of the Bookshots books I've read but this one has put me off the whole series. A thirty-something professional woman, who has become addicted to Netflix and Oreos since her divorce, decides its time for a change. She buys a little black dress that bolsters her confidence and opens herself up to having sex with men she picks up, uses, and drops. The back cover copy entices the reader with a lure of a fantasy taken too far. However, what we are treated to is mostly mundane sex, not ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I started reading this title thinking that it was another of James Patterson's short thrillers.
Alas, I should have judged this book by it's cover!
It soon became apparent that this book was more bedroom thrills than thriller!
Essentially it was 114 pages of soft porn without any significant plot. Titilating enough at times, but not one I would recommend.
Anita Carlisle
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it

This is the first James Patterson book I didn't like. Too much sex. I'm very disappointed. I didn't even find ish the book.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun fast read. It was quite enjoyable despite the reviews I read.
Gloria Cangahuala
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Jane Avery is a magazine editor whose social life (not to mention sex life) is sorely lacking. When she purchases a little black dress, she finds herself being far more daring than normal, and her sex life picks up exponentially. But is her newly liberated self proving to be a danger to herself as she places herself in increasingly wild situations with strangers?

This is a book in Patterson's new line of "Bookshots" - very short novels that can be read in one sitting. Don't think, though, that "L
Joel Burgess
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the reviews that others have written about this novel, I really thought that, maybe James Patterson had a stroke or something and went off the deep end in his writing. Thankfully I can report that this isn't the case, not even close. The fact that this novel was so short was the only thing that bothered me. The same epic writing and storytelling is here, only in condensed version. The flow/pace is great and really holds your interest. The subject matter seems to be what bothers people and t ...more
Marla Madison
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Deciding to keep an open mind I read Little Black Dress even after being disappointed with the first Patterson bookshot I read, Cross Kill.
Little Black Dress doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Not really erotica, not a mystery and can't be called psychological suspense. When editor Jane Avery, normally a quiet, non-party-girl type buys a terrific black dress, the dress, and the person she becomes when she wears it, changes her life. Well, almost changes it. Jane goes from one episode to ano
Paula Dembeck
I have read several of Patterson’s Bookshots and usually enjoy them, but this one, devoid of any substantial plot, was disappointing.

Jane Avery is a thirty-five year old editor at a Manhattan magazine. She has been divorced now for a year and a half but is still not ready to date. Instead, she fills her evening hours nibbling on Oreos and watching Netflix until the day she purchases a slinky black dress that changes it all. When she wears the dress she not only feels good but looks confident an
Jacquie ♡
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Shae Petersen
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This was basically 50 Shades of Grey, condensed down into a bookshot (under 100 pages). I hate reading erotica and as this was in a bundle of thriller bookshots I got, I was very disappointed to learn that this isn't action-packed thriller stakes at all. Far far too erotic for my liking! The story is basically a girl wearing a black dress and then flirting around with about 10 different guys...
Libby Cowling
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick paced raunchy book
This book was alright, was expecting more from Ms.Jane, the ending was terrible
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
It was definitely different for him. Total girly.
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