Selling Scarlett (A Love Inc. Novel) by 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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm a fan of this author. But I have to say that this book disappointed me. It sounded great by the blurb. But the writing felt off. It was lots of thoughts and inner dialogue. The activity was bouncing around here and there. It just didn't feel like it flowed right. Hunter was such a "tortured hero" that I found it hard to like him at all. The ending felt super rushed, as if it just needed an ending to be over and wasn't well thought out. Some parts were great, I was entertained, interested, and then there are parts where I wanted to just skip the whole chapter. I would love to see some refinement in this story, maybe it would be better. As it is, I was definitely disappointed. I love other books I've read by this author, this one has to be my least favorite.
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