A huge welcome to my good friend, Scarlet Chastain, with her latest F/F release: Little Black Dress (love that title) from Evernight Publishing, set in … big romantic sigh … Paris.
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.
“May I sit?”
Giselle nodded once and gestured to a chair.
“The letter. The dress. What’s going on? Did I do something wrong?” Jamie searched her friend’s eyes.
Giselle folded her arms and rested them on the table. “Why did you come?”
Jamie took a deep breath. “To tell you something I’ve never told another person before. Something I should’ve told you that first night we went out and you told me when you knew you were attracted to women.”
Giselle raised her eyebrows. “Go on.”
“I told you I was shy in high school and mostly kept to myself. When I got to college, a new world opened up for me. I went out with a few boys but never felt an attraction to any of them. I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me.” Jamie lowered her lashes and focused on her hands folded in her lap.
“It’s okay, Jamie. You can tell me.”
Her eyes flicked up to meet Giselle’s stare. “My roommate was homesick and left school after the first semester and a new girl moved in after Christmas break. She was from Spain.” Jamie smiled thinking about Magdelina’s long dark curls and happy smile. “She was so free and happy. I instantly felt a connection to her. Sometimes we’d lie on her bed and talk into the night. I opened up to her about my dating experiences. She asked me if I was interested in women. I never considered it an option until she let on that she was bi. Maggie explained how to look past the person’s gender. How to fall in love with the person, regardless if they were male or female.” Jamie swallowed hard and closed her eyes. “One night we lying on her bed sharing a bottle of cheap red wine and watching a movie where two women kissed. She asked me if I ever kissed a girl.” Jamie laughed. “I admitted I’d never been kissed at all. She took my face into her hands and kissed me and I kissed her back.”
Giselle tilted her head and her features softened. Jamie’s glance traveled to her mouth and she wondered how those plump lips would feel on her own. “What happened then?”
“It didn’t go much further beyond kissing and touching but she turned a switch on in me. She made me feel alive. She made me feel normal.”
“Are you attracted to women, Jamie?”
“I’m attracted to you.”
Little Black Dress is available here:
Scarlet Chastain is the semi-secret pseudonym of a multi-published, best selling author of sensual erotic romance. Scarlet’s focus is female-centric sizzling stories written about women, for women.
She lives in the suburban shadows of New York City but her heart belongs to the beaches of Key West. Scarlet can usually be found in her favorite chair of her newly acquired writing cave.
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