Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Selling Scarlett (4 stars) by, Ella James

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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 crown than 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 is 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 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 Eilzabeth -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.

4 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review...

When I started Selling Scarlett I wasn't sure what to expect.  I haven't read any other books by Ella James but the cover and synopsis intrigued me and honestly once I was approved I couldn't wait to dig in!

The book started a little slow for me, part of me contemplated putting it down but the other part of me (the part that won out) was intrigued by the mystery surrounding Hunter West.  I had a couple of theories in mind and in the end I wanted to see if I they were right.  The more I read, the more intrigued and attached to the characters I became.

Hunter and Elizabeth (aka Scarlett) were interesting characters with flaws and have been damaged by their pasts.  Hunter realizes it but Elizabeth is blissfully ignorant.  The story is told from both Elizabeth's and Hunter's perspectives.  Both are dealing with their own drama, so its like you are getting two different stories, but as their paths keep crossing they find themselves drawn to one another.  It's also interesting hearing the story told this way because you are getting different information from both perspectives that pertain to the mystery surrounding the blackmail being held over Hunter.  Will Hunter allow Elizabeth to get close enough to see who he really is?  Will Elizabeth ever be able to move on from her long-standing crush on Hunter.  While there isn't a lot of sex (Elizabeth, is auctioning off her virginity) in this book, when the two of them do get together sparks definitely fly.  

In the end I enjoyed the book, however, it's probably not one that I will read over and over again.  I appreciate the ending was wrapped up nicely with the characters getting their HEA and that no questions were left unanswered.  There is a second book in the series, Taming Cross, about Elizabeth's friend, which I plan to also read.

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