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Selling Scarlett (A Love Inc. Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ella James , Ami Johnson , Mae I Design
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Book Description

AN EROTIC MYSTERY FROM USA TODAY 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.


Editorial Reviews

Review

~ "I was flat out blown away by this book."  - Bend in the Binding
~ "Definitely a 5 out of 5 star book!" - Weet Weets Bookshelf 
"Selling Scarlett was amazing and engaging. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and at times I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next." - What Stina Thinks
~ "I (recommend) this book to anyone looking for a hot steamy roller coaster, I promise you won't be disappointed!" - Book Wormie
~ "I was up all night finishing this book, but I couldn't help it. I had to know what happened next." -
Delphina Reads Too Much
~ "I'm reading this one right now and I'm loving it!" - The Book Hookers
~ "The concept was different, and there was mystery, drama, and hot sex!" - Bookbabe
~ "Move over world, Hunter West is my new book boyfriend." - I Heart Books Reviews
~ "I can't wait for the next book in the series!" - A Crazy Vermonter's Book Blog

From the Author

EXCERPT: 
Hunter is shirtless and sweat-slicked, with dark eyes and a twisted mouth. He wipes his forehead, squinting, and speaks in a voice that sounds strangely far away. "Is that you, Libby?"
I can't speak. I can't even move for the longest moment. When I find my voice, I sound like I'm choking. "Libby? N-no."
Oh dear God, he's beautiful. I am in awe of his shoulders. His pecs. My heart is racing, and under my gown, I quiver in response to--well, it must be pheromones. I have the urge to grab his arms and pull him down beside me on the bed. Instead, I squeeze my eyes shut.
Oh God. I'm done. I was an outcast before, but my old crowd will really slay me now.
Slowly I lift my eyelids, finding Hunter closer; he's leaning over the mattress, the weight of his gorgeous upper body propped on his thick arms. His face softens when his eyes meet mine, and he nods slightly. "Yes it is."
I have no idea what he's talking about anymore, because my brain has turned to soup. I'm all glowing, glittering sensation as his green gaze sweeps me from toes to crown. His brows are slightly gathered, his mouth still tight. Firelight illuminates his face, so I can see the exact moment he realizes what I've been doing. His torso stiffens as his hands, pressed against the mattress, curl into big fists. He makes a low, approving sound and speaks in a voice that sounds like molten lava.
"That's so sexy."
I look down at my hand, still tangled in my gown. "It is?" I search his face.
"Oh, yeah. Hell yeah." He's on the bed with me that next second, his gym-ripped body licked by the glow of flames. I gasp when he grabs my hips and turns me toward him. His eyes are flaring, and I expect him to let go of my fleshy hips. I'm already recoiling, hating myself for humiliating myself in front of this man. Instead he pulls me closer, locking both hands around my big ass and squeezing.
"Let me get you off," he purrs. I feel a throb between my legs, followed by a rush of needy warmth. 
Oh God.
Somehow I manage to nod, and his hand is fishing in my gown. I can barely stand to watch him. I'm already panting, and my eyes want to squeeze shut. I won't let them. Fate has given me this gift, and I intend to experience it. I inhale deeply, trying to hold off my release.
Hunter's eyes glow as he strokes my calves and traces up my thigh, across my hip. He looks dazed as he lifts my panties with his finger, stroking oh so gently over me.
I whimper and he moves to straddle me, the fingers of his free hand tangling with mine, guiding my fingers, stroking me lightly, making me want to burst as he positions my finger, wraps his palm around my hand, and gently urges me inside myself.
His fingers are working my clit, and I'm wet...so wet. I am gasping, clenching and unclenching. My legs are locked, my feet dancing. All my blood has rushed under our joined fingers.
"You like it," he rasps, and then my finger is joined by his.
This is the most I've ever had, and I moan with the fullness of it. As I reach for him, clutching at his golden hair, he tugs away, ducking under my gown. I feel the soft heat of his tongue and shriek. My thighs clamp down around his head and it's like the universe is ripped apart. I groan and push his head down, nearly coming off the bed as he works me into what must be nirvana.
Holy shit.
I've never had an orgasm like this.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Barkley's Books; Fifth Edition - 3.27.14 edition (April 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCRTFSC
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,773 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
110 of 131 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Holly Crabcakes! This book was tedious! May 1, 2013
By Maddie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maybe some folks will enjoy this book, but I definitely didn't. The two main characters don't get together until 40 or 50% of the way in, and up until that point, it's just a lot of inner monologue and explaining of the past, etc. I think the author was trying to be edgy but also "classy" but in my opinion, failed miserably. The female main character decides to sell her virginity at a "classy" whore house to pay for her friend's hospital stay and of course the male main character ends up out bidding everyone and wins the chance to sleep with her. To get to this point in the book is looooooooong and arduous and filled with exclamations like "holy crabcakes!" which really annoyed me.

The author tries so hard to make the main male character tortured and broken, it just becomes tedious and you start to not like him or even really want them to get together. The main female character is ok, but she's just inexperienced in a way that makes you go, go out and live your life and then get together with this guy if its appropriate!! Not a very romantic notion to have while you're reading a romance novel!

In any event, don't bother with this book, it's corny, cheesy, long, and laborious. I couldn't wait for it to be over!
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By KBolden
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, let me state that this is the first time I've bothered to write a review for any of the thousands of books that I've read. But I loved this book so much that I wanted to give my two cents. Make that five cents, for those of you who've finished the book- you know why. For those of you that haven't, hold on and get ready for a bumpy ride. There are more ups and downs than a trampoline. Scenes are hot and full of tension.

And oddly enough a 1-star reviewer said it best: "is this a romance? Thriller? Suspense or action? Mmmmppp well I guess it's everything." YES, that is EXACTLY it! That's what made this book so much fun to read.

The Hero has to contend with a sadistic blackmailer, control childhood demons, hide family secrets,solve a possible kidnap and murder, AND stay two steps ahead of the FBI. Despite all those hurdles, love develops. We didn't have to read "I love you"'s on every page, which I appreciated.

The Heroine gets entangled in the Hero's mess ....and they both eventually get entangled in each other. And while that's fun and highly anticipated since it happens way at the end of the book- she becomes a target too. And how!

These characters were great together. Hunter was a hunk with a Stetson. A Southern Gentleman born, if not bred :) Elizabeth was sweet,strong and handled herself with such dignity. Go, Girl!

I adored the other characters, too. This is particularly true of Cross, I really want him to have a happy ending. Please give him one?! Hasn't the man been through enough already? Geesh! And the "girls" at the brothel were such a trip.

Now, my one complaint. I wasn't prepared to be reading the story from both characters perspectives.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have known better..... September 24, 2013
By Snips
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading the synopsis of a woman selling the "rights" to her virginity at a brothel, I should have stopped there and walked away. I took a gamble and bought this book anyway and wonder how the author came up with this story. I understand the seriousness of sex trafficking, which may have been the underlying message to bring it out in the open, but the romance of Eizabeth and Hunter is ridiculous. I couldn't understand how an intelligent and educated woman like Elizabeth was attracted to a man who slept with prostitutes. The story just didn't make sense and I didn't enjoy reading it.
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had so much promise April 15, 2013
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I bought this book because I liked the idea of the story line. However, the first 20 some chapters seemed to drag on and on. I didn't like that there wasn't a lot of interaction between Hunter and Elizabeth. I hoped after Elizabeth arrived at the brothel, she'd let her guard down and be a little more vivacious, but she didn't. If you don't know, Elizabeth DeVille decides to sell her virginity to the highest bidder to earn money to help a friend in the hospital. It's no surprise who won - Hunter. I saw that coming from the moment she made the decision. However, the amount her virginity went for -10 million dollars- was so unrealistic I had to roll my eyes. After she finds out Hunter West is the winner, she turns into this clingy pathetic woman. From that point on I did not like Elizabeth's character AT ALL. She drops hints about him being a good boyfriend blah blah blah. It's like a teenager falling in love with the first guy that pays her any attention. Multiple times Hunter tells her she needs to leave his house because he's dealing with a lot of stuff, and Elizabeth repeatedly ignores him and says she wants to stay. Clingy much? She was so pathetic that I was actually embarrassed for her. For being 23, her maturity level was that of a fourteen year old girl. I wish she had a little more backbone. In the first chapter we read about her and Hunter messing around, only for Hunter to leave her and sleep with a porn star. What logical woman would let that slide off her shoulders? Elizabeth is so infatuated with Hunter that she overlooks his many, many flaws. It makes her weak and not fun to read about. It would have been nice to see them go back and forth a little instead of it being so one-sided. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure
A fun read. A little bit of mystery with just the right amount of sexy. I'll look for more by this author.
Published 3 days ago by Jennifer Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced, erotically sexy, sophisticated and compelling novel!
Hunter West and Libby DeVille are two damaged souls who have learned to survive their families and public scandals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacquelyn Porath
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast read
I really enjoyed this book. I have read a few of the books that you have written So far I have really enjoyed reading them.Thanks
Published 1 month ago by sharon jungjohann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Jena M
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Not only was this story romantic, but it had lots of suspense and mystery as well. Another wonderful book written by Ella James.
Published 1 month ago by C. Berger
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUCH better book than expected.
I DEFINITLY judged this book by its cover! I expected that it would be shallow erotica without much plot. Surprise, surprise this was a layered and maze like adventure! Read more
Published 2 months ago by ShellyinChico
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Beautiful stars for an amazing Author who reads are as addicting as...
Love this author. Her reads are amazing. You always want more. No you always need more.
Published 2 months ago by BostonBrat
4.0 out of 5 stars starts slow then super captivating
A bit all over the place in the beginning so that gets u confused. However, then the rest of the story becomes rather captivating and keeps u interested and intrigued. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Editing fail
At the end of this book, the author offers her readers to proof the story for 5 cents per typo we could find and agree on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucie le Blanc
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5/4 stars
There were w lot of high points in this book. I think whats keeping me from giving it a solid 4 is the length, and the content that was filled in the length was sometimes... Read more
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