Selling Scarlett (Love Inc. Volume 1) by Ella James
Released: March 27, 2014
Genre: Erotic Mystery
Publisher: Barkley’s Books
Reviewed by Lena
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ROMANTIC SUSPENSE FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR 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.
**Mature Content Warning** Not recommended for readers under the age of 17 due to mature language, sexual content, and violence.
Selling Scarlett is a full-length novel of 107,000 words. It has a complete happily-ever-after ending with no cliffhanger.
I was invited to read this book by the publishing company. With a packed schedule I wasn't sure if I could do it. But being the book whore that I am, I couldn't resist and did it. And am so glad I did. It was a great read.
“Sell in Scarlet” is the first book in the Love Inc. series. In the beginning you think you are going to read about a love triangle between Elizabeth, Hunter and Cross but it flips and you find out that you are really reading about Elizabeth DeVille and Hunter West.
This is a story with lots of twists and turns. It is told in the perspective of Elizabeth and Hunter. Hunter is a tortured hero who is being blackmailed for a crime he didn't commit but had little way of proving it. And Elizabeth "Lizzy/Libby/Scarlet" is a young 23 year old v-card holder who has suffered from having a messed up family life. The characteristic I most liked about Lizzy was her loyalty. She is the type of person anyone would want in their corner. When her best friend Cross is in a motorcycle accident and no one is there to pick up the bills, Lizzy decides to sell her v-card in order to get the money. This leads her to Love Inc. that is owned by Marchant, Hunter's best friend. She strikes up a deal with him to help her sell her v-card under the alias Scarlett. They help teach her how to be sultry and sexy. When Hunter, who has harbored feelings for Lizzy for awhile now, gets wind of what she is doing, he throws his name into the hat.
What happens next is hot and heavy. You want so much for these two to get together. I don't believe any of this would happen without Lizzy's ability to fight for what she believes in and who she believes in. Hunter's attempts to keep her at a distance are done in vain. Lizzy is one tough bitch and I loved her. I am looking forward to reading the other two books in the series to see what happens next.
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