Tuesday, November 12, 2013

[Book Review] Selling Scarlett by Ella James

Selling Scarlett (Love Inc., #1)Selling Scarlett
Ella James
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.


**ARC courtesy of Indie Inked via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

3.5 Suspensful stars! Selling Scarlett is a story full of action, blackmailing, hot women, expensive suits, secrets, kidnapping, and lies.

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Elizabeth DeVille had a crush on Hunter for years. He is the only man who she has ever been interested in but she knows that a bourbon heir and successful poker player could not even know that she exists. But being at one of his parties makes her see him as a different man. Since her family lost all their money and while her mother is in the rehab, Elizabeth needs to figure out how to help her friend Cross. Getting an idea about selling her virginity for a high price tag may resolve everything but when she sees a family face in the crowd, she is not sure she can go through this. Finding out Hunter’s past may also be a deal breaker but in order to escape the evil b*tch Priscilla and not get caught by the FBI, she would need to remember to guard her heart. 
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Selling Scarlett was very confusing for me at first. The whole “disappearing hooker” thing was a little too confusing for me and it wasn’t until about 25% of the book that I finally understood what was going on. As the story went on, I couldn’t connect myself with characters as much as I wanted to and thought that man characters were always focusing on the wrong things. Hunter and Libby ‘s relationship was very… weird. It seems like most of the time Hunter was saying “go away” while Libby doubted herself, say that she was done, and then ran back to Hunter. & I never understood what was going on in her head while she was a virgin. Dirty dirty girl! Overall, the ending definitely made story worth my time but I wish that it was more thought-through and not so rushed.

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