Author Spotlight with Reviews & Giveaway – Ella James

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selling scarlett

Synopsis

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.

Selling Scarlett is a full-length novel of 107,000 words. It has a complete happily-ever-after ending with no cliffhanger. It’s the first Love Inc. novel, featuring a different couple in each novel.

Excerpt

Elizabeth’s POV

“Oh my God.” I cover my face, feeling sick. It’s bad enough being hounded after what I just did, but to have it all captured on camera?

With my hands still covering my face, I dart between two SUVs and start to run. I’m clearing a row of cars, finally in sight of my own, when I hear the squeal of brakes and something hits me hard.

A compact car flies by, and I’m aware that I would have gotten hit were it not for the strong pair of arms around my waist. I glance up—into Hunter’s face. As his hands close over my upper arms, I notice his expression. He looks like an avenging angel, with his strong jaw, soft lips, and ruffled gold hair. He’s dressed in a suit that’s clearly tailored for his shoulders and his chest, and even in the circumstances, I can feel the heat begin to gather between my legs.

I’m pulled against his chest and spirited the last few steps to my car. I can hear the reporters pounding the ground behind us, their shouts rising sharply over the noise of traffic, but all I see is Hunter’s green eyes, widened with what looks a lot like concern.

“Where are your keys?” His voice is calm and rich. Mine, I think irrationally. The gentle strength of his arms is all for me.

“They’re in my purse,” I say, as the cameras flash all around us. I can actually hear them click, just like in the movies. My heart is beating so hard I think I might throw up.

Hunter pulls my driver’s side door open and I feel the solid heat of him behind me. With one hand on my shoulder, he says, “Get on in there, Libby.”

The nickname makes me hesitate; for not the first time, I wonder if he thinks I’m someone else—but that doesn’t make any sense. Libby is a nickname for Elizabeth.

That next second, they are all around us. Faces and equipment and voices, closing in on us. Hunter rocks his body into mine, urging me into the driver’s seat. As he does, I feel his hardness against my hip.

His face is right by mine, his low voice like a warm breeze in the crook of my neck. “Remember there’s a back exit if you loop around,” he tells me, pointing in the direction I should go. “Just make a U-turn and floor it. It’ll take you right onto the main road.”

I nod, unable to move my eyes from all the faces leering through the windshield.

“Libby, look right here.” I feel a hand close over mine and I lift my head to meet his eyes. They are softer than I’ve ever seen them. “Don’t get in a rush,” he tells me. “Take your time. Be careful. I’ll take care of these pricks.”

And that’s it. My door is closing before I can even thank him. As I look over my shoulder to back out, I catch a glimpse of him clearing the traffic around my car, his burnt golden hair ruffling in the wind as he raises his arms. They create just the barrier I need to escape the camera lenses.

Review

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Selling Scarlett because it’s a New Adult Romance.  I generally don’t like romance or erotica so I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into.  I have read Ella’s paranormal stuff and I like her a lot so I thought “Why not?”  I am so glad I did. Selling Scarlett is WHOA!! It is a no holds-barred, non-stop, nail-biter of a book!  It completely caught me off guard.  I was so entranced with the story that I read the story in like 6 hours or something!  That is not like me!  I couldn’t put it down.

Elizabeth DeVille is having money issues.  She is ashamed of her history and the resulting financial problems that she has because of them.  She stumbles across Hunter West, a rich, ladies man that seems to have no shortage of women or problems.  Something about Hunter just captivates Elizabeth and she’s not sure why.  No one has ever had this kind of effect on her.  However, she can’t go anywhere near him because of who he is and who she is supposed to be.

Her friend, Cross, has a thing for her and he finds her “stalking” Hunter in his house.  He gets in a fight with her and leaves, crashing his motorcycle in the driveway.  Cross’s family has disowned him and decides that they aren’t going to pay his medical insurance. They move him to a state-run care facility where the care is lacking.  Elizabeth decides that she is going to raise money to help pay for Cross’s medical care.  She decides that she is going to sell her virginity to the highest bidder, no matter what anyone says.  The problem is, Hunter’s best friend owns the brothel where she is going and she’s not sure what is going to happen if she runs into him there.

This story is so good and so well written. There are so many times I was practically screaming at the book and the characters in the book going “What are you doing?!”  It was a wild, hot, steamy, crazy, sexy, beautiful ride.  I was so caught up in the story of Elizabeth, aka Scarlett and her pining and dreaming of Hunter West.  I wanted her to get with Hunter and every time that she got close I was like “DAMMIT! Foiled again!!”  But, I will tell you that this book has a happy ending so don’t fret over that too much.  And, Selling Scarlett is FREE right now on Amazon!! How awesome is that?  I give this book 5 books.

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Synopsis

For twenty-three years, Cross Carlson was a playboy. You know the type. Tall, dark, and wealthy. Blue-eyed. Charming. He seemed to have it all so easy. But Cross was harboring a terrible secret – one that helped ruin the life of an innocent girl and almost ended his own.

Finally out of the hospital, Cross is flailing, scarred in both body and mind and stifled by the weight of the secret he still keeps. The only way to absolution lies in a Mexican convent, and going there could cost him everything.

If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to screw up big time, it’s Meredith Kinsey. Just a few years ago, Merri was an ordinary girl with a job at her college newspaper and white picket fence kind of dreams. Now she’s holed up in a Mexican convent, hiding from a drug lord who thinks he owns her.

What happens when the only way out of hell is with the son of the man who put you there? They say love conquers all, but does it really?

NOTE: Cross and Merri’s story is a Love Inc. Book. It features some characters from Selling Scarlett, but it follows a completely different story line can be read as a stand-alone.

*Taming Cross is a new adult romance novel and is not intended for young readers due to violence, sexual situations, and mature language.

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Review

Of course after the wild ride and the fun I had with Selling Scarlett, I had to get Taming Cross.  This book covers the story of Cross Carlson and his history with his family and his father’s “private” past.  He wants to make peace with what his father has done, but he’s not sure how to do that.  If he does what he wants to do, he stands to lose everything, and not just his non-existent relationship with his family.  When Cross decides that he is going to do what it takes to find the one person that can help him with this task, it winds up getting him into a lot of trouble and he may just lose everything, including his life.

All you have to do is read Selling Scarlett (for FREE) and then you are going to want to get Taming Cross. And then you are going to want to get the next book, Unmaking Marchant, which is due in late October/early November.  Once you have read these, then you should head on over to Amazon (or Barnes & Noble) and get some of her other books to read. And of course, I give this 5 books!!

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About the Author

Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

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