Title: Selling Scarlett (Love Inc. #1)
Author: Ella James
Kindle Edition, Fourth Edition, 426 pages
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.
A gorgeous sexually active millionaire, checked!
A feisty, curious & attractive 23-year old virgin, checked!
A vineyard & a penthouse to do the super steamy & insanely hot deed, double-checked!
An auction that cost 10 million for 1 night of intimacy, checked!
A mystery that has everyone guessing, triple-checked!
Selling Scarlett is indeed a hot & scandalously intriguing erotic novel that passed my criteria! Ella James gained another fan! This is a runaway winner.
I liked how prostitution was played and talked about in the story. Although I do not approve of the profession (yes, it is considered a profession in other countries), I pity those who had to choose it for their bread and butter. Elizabeth DeVille, or Libby, clearly didn’t think of it as a long-term job, but she had to do it for instant money, to help a dear friend in a hospital. I’d like to say, how noble of her.. But NO. She is after all, the heiress to a bottled water company, yet she didn’t get the financial support from her family! Anyway, family problems aside, I think Libby really wanted to get laid and feel what is it that makes a woman gasp for breath once her V-card is undone. Naughty, naughty!
Hunter West, well what could I say? He’s a sex-legend, a poker master and a millionaire rolled into one, but he is broken. He has a past that he could never begin to forget so he’s stuck in the present and afraid to move to the future. He is clearly lost. Will he find his way again when he opens up to Libby?
Your guess is as good as mine.