Selling Scarlett by Ella James #review

Monday, October 21, 2013
Title: Selling Scarlett
Author: Ella James
Series:  Love Inc. #1
Date: April 13th 2013
Publisher:  Barkley's Books
Pages: 426
Source: eARC provided by NetGalley/Publisher 
Purchase: AMAZON

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 Thoughts: 

The cover and title alone drew me in. The first 40% seemed to drag on forever with a ton of unnecessary details thrown in; or at least the seemed unnecessary to me. Hunter is one screwed up alpha male and Elizabeth/Lizzy/Liz/Libby is an enigma to most.

 Libby is a 23 year old virgin whom has had a crush on Hunter for years. The book starts off with Libby, Hunter, Cross and Suri all at a party that Hunter is throwing at his Vineyard in Napa. Things happen and Libby ends up in Hunter's bed, it really isn't what you think; though things get slightly sexual no actual sex is had. Libby freaks after seeing Hunter with Priscilla the porn star and runs into her friend Cross on her way out.
  Cross thinks the worse and take off on his motorcycle and ends up having an accident. He is in a coma and when his parents take him out of the expensive rehab center and place him in a state run facility, Libby decides that she has to go something to get him back to where he was. What she eventually comes up with is selling her V-card. She ends up heading to Love Inc. which is a high end brothel run by Hunter's best friend. Libby is taken in by the girls that work there and she feels like she has made friends with at least two of them.
  Then she sees Hunter and things heat up again.. After a tryst in the sauna Libby keeps her distance from Hunter and throws herself into getting ready for her "sale".
  Through everything we get chapters from Hunter's POV, which had my head spinning most of the time. A girl that worked at Love Inc ends up missing after spending the night with Hunter and he seems to be the main suspect. He thinks that Priscilla is behind the kidnapping and him and his BBF hire P.I.s to follow her and another guy and find out what they can. Things from Hunter's POV are jumpy and left me feeling drugged most of the time.
  Without giving anything away, the sale happens, "Scarlett" goes for 10 million and she can now pay for Cross's care at the rehab facility and then some. The missing girl is found but not alive and things in Hunter's past come to light. There is a HEA and I was glad that things wrapped up like they did.

Highlighted Quotes from the Book

Priscilla is screaming, sticking her arms in the air, her huge boobs bouncing as she jumps in place. "I give blow jobs! Don't hurt me! I'll give you a blow job!'

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