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.
***RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 17+ DUE TO SEXUALITY AND MATURE LANGUAGE.***
Glad this was the First New Adult genre book I decided to purchase and read. I loved Ms. James’s writing style and easy to follow plotline. The book has romance, major sexy-time themes, mystery, and tons of humor. I adored Elizabeth from the beginning and welcomed a different style of lead female that isn’t perfectly sculpted and whiney. She bucks up and takes on life’s crap with style. Her family is pretty messed up, but not as bad as Hunter’s. Hunter has mommy issues like wow and is taken advantage of by the awful witch Priscilla. I wanted to smack her out of the book she was so evil. I loved the romance between Elizabeth and Hunter and how their relationship evolved. Toward the end, I was wondering when they were finally going to get it on! Sheesh, talk about holding out for too long.. Especially on Hunter’s end!
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Ella James is the author of Stained and Stolen, books one and two in the Stained Series; HERE, book one in a sci-fi romance trilogy; and Before You Go, a romance YA beach read that tells the first meeting of Logan and Margo, who will be featured in her upcoming adult release, Over The Moon. She has a YA paranormal romance release scheduled for every month of 2012, including Chosen (Stained Book Three) in June and the second HERE book in July.
Ella is inviting readers to help her write a shapeshifter romance, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page.
Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog. You can visit her blog at www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com, or friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks. For a list of her award-winning YA romances, visit her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0
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