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.
Review by Courtney
Elizabeth DeVille was an heiress….that was until her mom was placed in rehab and her father sold his company and remarried, leaving Elizabeth to fend for herself. When an accident almost kills one of her best friends Lizzy she must find a way to come up with money, and a lot of it. Elizabeth will offer the one thing she has left to offer….her virginity.
Hunter West, poker player, heir to his families Bourbon fortune and frequent patron to his best friends Nevada Brothel, Love Inc, he is tired and worn out from what his life has become. Being blackmailed and tortured because of his past, Hunter must find a way to prove he is innocent for one crime when he feels nothing but guilt because of another.
Right from the start this book had my heart pounding. Its’ an extremely intense book, and it’s not your typical romance or love story. Hunter and “Libby”, as Hunter calls her, have a few chance encounters through the story, but in the beginning they aren’t in a lot of the chapters together and there isn’t a lot of revealing dialogue between the two of them. The story builds perfectly, along with the suspense and the angst. I was a little put off by Libby’s “crush” on Hunter. She had this crush since she was a teenager and it continued on into her adult life, even though their interactions were so minimal, and yet she had no other relationship in her “real” life. The crush seemed odd to me, but it didn’t stop me from LOVING this book and story. Regardless of Libby’s obsessive like longtime childhood crush, I loved all of the characters. There are so many moments throughout the story that I just needed to see what happened next. The build-up was intense through every page, just waiting to see what was going on with Hunter and waiting for Hunter and Libby’s next run in. When was the information going to be known? What was going to happen when Scarlett auctioned her virginity? When would the whole story come to light? It was an intense, crazy rollercoaster of a read, but the story flowed perfectly. Everything happened at the perfect time; Ella James did an amazing job with this book. She definitely kept me wanting more and I cannot wait for more from the Love, Inc. crew! I gave Selling Scarlett 5 out of 5 books.