Title: Selling Scarlett
Author: Ella James
Series: Love Inc #1
Publication Date: April 14th 2013
Source: ARC ebook
Elizabeth DeVille doesn't belong at a party like this—one where the gowns cost more than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out of seclusion by her best friend Suri, Elizabeth is merely playing dress-up, rubbing elbows with a crowd that banished her troubled family years ago.
Hunter West is tired. Tired of parties, tired of pretending, and tired of trying to right a wrong that haunts him every day. Bourbon heir and professional poker player by day, by night Hunter is gambling with his life in a high-stakes game of crime and blackmail.
When Elizabeth stumbles into Hunter's den of vices, she's a light in the darkness, a flame in the void. And, just like everything he touches, Hunter mars her in a record time. To rectify the damage done, Elizabeth needs money she doesn't have, and she's come up with a foolproof way to get it.
Follow Elizabeth—code-named Scarlett—to the lush Nevada brothel where she'll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that's not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil's mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost her life.
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I received this book as an ARC requested by Ella James and her publicist. I will try and not give any spoilers!
I can't believe I'm still hungover this book for so long. When Ella's publicist contacted me to ask for a review, I was immediately like "YES YES YES!" And I'm telling you now, the book did not disappoint. At all.
SELLING SCARLETT started slow and in some parts, I kinda got confused about who Scarlett really is. But then as the story continues, it was so addicting and I could not stop AT ALL! To those who doesn't know, or hasn't read the plot, Scarlett is actually a code name for Elizabeth DeVille. Elizabeth isn't rich, but she has enough money to live on. Elizabeth is strong, she stands up for her friends and protects them. She is everything I want to be and everything I want as a friend. In the blurb, you obviously get a few things--Elizabeth needs money, so she's selling her virginity. Now Elizabeth might sound like a slut, she isn't. And this whole story isn't only about her body for sale either. It's about a lot more.
I really love all of the characters (maybe not Priscilla Heat. You will understand when you read it), especially Elizabeth. She might be selling her virginity for money, but she's doing it for her friend. Friendship took a major part in this book. How Elizabeth (Libby for short, well, that's what Hunter calls her anyway) is risking her body for her friend, Cross, who is lying in a crap hospital that's making him worst than better.
Hunter West is not what he appears. Yes, he is a man-whore, but he has his own problems. Like how all of the evidence of Sarabelle's (a girl that he spent last with before she disappeared) murder seems to point to him. With him being the man-whore, of course he would go to an auction where they're selling girls as prostitutes. So you guess what happens next, Hunter meets Elizabeth (or Scarlett), and let me give you a tiny sneak peek...the near-sex is HOT!!
But I'm telling you now (again), this book was not only about selling Elizabeth's virginity, it was about a murder mystery, friendship between Elizabeth, Suri (Libby's best friend) and Cross (oh Cross!), and of course--romance. It was SEXY! And one THOUSAND percent addictive! I could not stop after I started reading! And the near-ending will leave you jumping out of your seat trying to rush through but not miss out any detail and see what was going to happen!
I seriously can't wait for TAMING CROSS (originally titled CHASING CROSS)!! AHHHH!!!
About The Author
Ella James is the author of Stained and Stolen, books one and two in the Stained Series; HERE, book one in a sci-fi romance trilogy; and Before You Go, a romance YA beach read that tells the first meeting of Logan and Margo, who will be featured in her upcoming adult release, Over The Moon. She has a YA paranormal romance release scheduled for every month of 2012, including Chosen (Stained Book Three) in June and the second HERE book in July.
Ella is inviting readers to help her write a shapeshifter romance, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page.
Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog. You can visit her blog at www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com, or friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks