May 3, 2013

Selling Scarlett by Ella James

Selling Scarlett (Love Inc., #1)
Book Description:

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.


Christina's BookReview
“It dawns on me that most people would probably be happy with my weekend. I just won five million dollars. But one of the strange things about being rich as shit is five million's just not that exciting.”  


Elizabeth Deville doesn't party and definitely doesn't socialize with the elite's of Love Inc. Then her best friend needs her help, but her money is going to her mother's rehab. How is a girl suppose to get the money to save her best friend?

When the idea presents itself Elizabeth jumps at the opportunity. Scarlett is born and will be sold to the highest bidder for one night. But Elizabeth doesn't count on being involved in the mayhem that's going on at Love Inc. One that includes the guy she has had the hots for. One that sets her body and soul on fire.

Hunter West is above everything. His life is a constant bore. But when one of his "ladies" goes missing Hunter's life takes a turn for the worse.Someone is framing him and he worries for the green eye beauty he feels undeniable attraction for. Especially when she is absurd enough to get involved in his life.

Is Elizabeth way in over her head? Who will be the highest bidder? Will Elizabeth make it out of Love Inc. alive?


Selling Scarlet was pretty much unlike anything I've read. The first thing that caught my attention with this book was the cover and title. After I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. It was different and it was a good read.

Elizabeth is wealthy, but not. Her father's money has gone to helping her mother get through her addiction which leaves Elizabeth in financial distress. When Cross, her best friend, is in an accident she comes up with a way to help him by doing something she has never in her wildest dreams thought she would do. Elizabeth sells her virginity to the highest bidder. That in itself made me like Liz. Yes, it was extremely crazy and outrageous, but it also shows us how devoted she is to the people she loves. I do have to say that her obsession with Hunter was a little extreme and I wanted to smack her many times but her good outweighed her bad.

And Hunter. OMG Hunter!! He is fifty shades of fucked up. And yes there were many fifty references which totally earned lots of eyes rolls from me. But my goodness! The man was a walking, talking sex God! But unlike a certain you know who, Hunter was this great guy that was given a bad draw. Even though what he allowed to happen should have disgusted me I just felt pretty much sad for him. I was rooting for Elizabeth to get through that thick head of his and show him that he was worth it. 

All the secondary characters were great as well. The friends you adored and the villains you wanted to choke the life out of. Mrs. James gives us what I think might be the hard cold truth about the "escort" world and it was pretty impressive. One character that I really liked was Cross and I won't say much about him but I will say that I cannot wait to read his story next.

Now why only the 4 star you ask? Well because sadly there were a lot of grammatical errors that drove me nuts, I thought that the "bidding' scene was worked up to be this great event and it was like three sentences long, and the end was just too fast and too easily wrapped up.But all in all a great book.

Buy it. Read it. Love it.


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