Selling Scarlett [NOOK Book]

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STEAMY CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE FROM 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, ...

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Overview

STEAMY CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE FROM 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.

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 book in the Love Inc. series, featuring a different couple in each novel.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045249065
  • Publisher: Ella James
  • Publication date: 5/16/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,384
  • File size: 504 KB

Meet the Author

Ella James is an Alabama 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 one-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; two were listed among Amazon's Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella's projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at .
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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    The cover of Selling Scarlett is provocative and even without re

    The cover of Selling Scarlett is provocative and even without reading the synopsis; I still wanted to buy the book. I was intrigued from the get go with a simple picture of a girl. But it’s the different shades of red, her lingerie, the gift tag wrapped around her wrist, her posture and the ribbon banner that work together and create a stunning book cover.  After finishing Selling Scarlett I have a whole new love for the cover and Ella James. 
    To say that I fell in love with Elizabeth Deville, Suri, Cross and Hunter West is the understatement of the year. They captivated me. Hunter and Cross are my new book boyfriends. Its official and its fictagamy which is the act of dating more than one fictional character at once. Elizabeth Deville was everything I could ever hope for in a female lead. She was not cocky or overconfident; she was well educated, determined and cared about her friends and family with every ounce of who she was. I saw a lot of similarities in our own back stories so that could have made me a little biased but I don’t think so. If my sisters grow up and are anything like Elizabeth, I will be proud. 
    *momentarily swoons and gathers composure* I would spill some deets on Cross but there’s not a whole lot I can say without spoiling him for you if you haven’t read Selling Scarlett. Hunter West on the other hand embodies sex appeal, especially when James describes him in his all black poker outfit he wears to every tournament. He’s full of his own layers (like an onion) which you will certainly enjoy peeling away as you read. I was cheering in his court hoping, praying and grinning like an idiot with my fingers crossed begging the book Gods that Hunter was going to successfully face his demons. The complicated friendships and relationships from the past and present make Selling Scarlett magical. 
    Selling Scarlett had so many layers to the story and characters that with each chapter you finished you discovered something new and there would be another layer, another key point. With each startling revelation Ella James amps the angst volume up another notch keeping you on the edge of your seat. My best friend mocked me continuously for the smile plastered across my face and how she could tell what I was feeling as I read because I wore my emotions like a scarf. I do not have a poker face. At one point when Ella James had my insides tied up in a million knots I had to pause reading. I wanted to know what in the world was going to happen and at the same time I didn’t… What if I wasn’t prepared for what she had in store for me? 
    The plot line and story continuity is flawless, there’s no loose strings, or holes that leave you hanging. Ella James made Selling Scarlett come alive on the pages, I was enthralled with every aspect of this book. The way Ella James chose to write the book through alternating points of view without repeating the same scenes made the book that much more intense. It did so much to add to the depths of the characters and the flow of the story that a singular first person POV or third person just wouldn’t of captured. If Selling Scarlett somehow missed your reading list, you should add it now. Selling Scarlett is an amazing romantic suspense story and it delivers so much more than the short synopsis promises. Ella James took a new approach to romance and the cashing in of ones V-card and did it elegantly and masterfully. I cannot wait for another installment of Love, inc. Consider me hooked. 

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Suspensful

    I was surprised by this story. Because of the blurb, i thought it would be pretty shallow. Not so. Elizabeth is a great character. Loving and down to earth. Hunter is a sexy bad boy with a good heart. Both characters have troubled childhood pasts but are strong enough to come to grips with them as they discover that they were made for each other. I also was pulled in by the deep bonds and loyalty among the various characters in this story. Looking forward to reading about cross, suri, and manchester. Though, about manchester, i don't know how i can relate to someone who runs a brothel.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Intriguing

    Great read! Loved it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    ???

    Loved it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Good book!

    kept me interested and didn't want to put it down!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    This was an amazing read and I absolutely loved it. Though it wa

    This was an amazing read and I absolutely loved it. Though it was a tad (just a tad) slow in the beginning, I was ensnared all the way through to the very end. There is love, murder, sacrifice, mystery, sex, extortion, sadness, etc etc.  This book has it all.
    Elizabeth (Libby/Lizzy/Scarlett) DeVille is a girl born into privilege but was dealt a crappy hand in life; she has an estranged mother that causes all kinds of problems in her life - couple that with a selfish father who barely acknowledges her because of his new family and hardly any friends, she is a lonely young adult that has found herself with some trust issues. You learn that in her short 23 years, she has only managed to have one single crush - a crush that is definitely worthy of her attentions. 
    Hunter West is a professional poker playing, playboy who finds himself in a very lousy situation, a situation that not only threaten to reveal his dark secrets, but his freedom as well. Through it all, he becomes familiar with his "Libby" on different levels and he tries hard to stop himself, to push her away, to save her; but this little lady is very hard to resist.
    Elizabeth loves her friends dearly and when one of them is in danger of losing their life, she's ready to make a huge sacrifice. You'll have to read to find out!  Can't wait for the next book in the story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    I was kinda hesitant to read a book about a girl selling her vir

    I was kinda hesitant to read a book about a girl selling her virginity for money, but I did. I gotta say it was a pretty good book! It has a lot of interesting character and It's a book that was hard to put down. I would recommend it to anyhow who doesn't mind a lot of sex in their novels because this book does. Still it was a good story. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    I'm glad it was free. A thoroughly pathetic piece of dreck. Even

    I'm glad it was free. A thoroughly pathetic piece of dreck. Even though the plot was simplistic in the extreme,
    the plot line was confusing at best. Then, of course, there was the usual panoply of typos, poor grammar, misused homophones, ad nauseum. The best editor in the world would have been utterly helpless since there is nothing here worth the trouble of editing. Deleted it from my Nook. It's now floating somewhere in that great bit bucket in the sky.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2013

    **I received this book from Netgalley and Indie Inked in exchang

    **I received this book from Netgalley and Indie Inked in exchange for an honest review**

    Selling Scarlett by Ella James was very different than I thought it would be and thus, so much better than I had anticipated. This was a well developed and interesting story.

    I very much enjoyed getting to know Elizabeth and Hunter, learning their back stories. Since Ella James allowed us to get to know these two both together and apart from one another, you know they are about far more than sex.

    Hunter is such a Mr. Hotpants and playboy. He has a dark present and is battling through a difficult time. He also has a strong attraction, that he has been fighting for years, for Elizabeth. And when he finds her in an empty room, pleasing herself on his bed he can't let the moment pass him by and it changes EVERYTHING.

    Elizabeth has had a giant crush on Hunter since she was a girl but he doesn't seem to know that she is alive. Does he even know her name? After their bedroom "incident", she's out to lose her v-card and bury her feelings for Hunter. Clearly, he doesn't want her and she needs to face reality. So she's going to sell it, to the highest bidder, and save her hospitalized best friend at the same time.

    I liked that Hunter wanted Libby even when she was chubby, that he found her attractive and was drawn toward her. I love that he noticed her before she lost weight and when he saw her thinner, he worried about and only wanted that for her if it was for herself and no one else. He wanted her happy, not starving or caring about what other people thought.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters, enthralled by the mystery, and I couldn't help but root for my (ahem, I mean their) happily ever after.

    I couldn't put this book down. It kept me awake until the wee hours of the morning. So very good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Its disgusting

    I quit halfway through the first chapter

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    California girl

    Txt me 723-461-99227 i 13

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    Elizabeth DeVille was an heiress┬┐.that was until her mom was pla

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Pure filth. The description said "romance" not porn.

    I only made it a few pages in before quitting in disgust.
    How can people write or read this filthy garbage??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Hard start, stick with it

    I found it hard to read, an editor is deffinatly needed. But this story is good, and worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Don't waste your time.

    This book is even more badly written than" Fifty shades of gray" Instead of the constant references to "inner goddess," this author overuses "belly bats".I'm no prude, but the sex scenes were so poorly written, I was embarrassed to admit I read them. Dumb plot, dumb dialogue, repetitive phrases, etc. Where was the editor?
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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Confusing at first.

    No intro to the characters and the plot wasn't revealed for the 50 some pages. I almost gave up on this story with all the trash talk until it started to make some sense. I think I'll skip any more of Ella James' book as I'm really not impressed with this author's style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Coonfusing POS and Plot

    Finally gave up. Cofusing, jarring plot, main characters not at all likable or believable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    Elizabeth is a 23 year old virgin. She has been saving herself f

    Elizabeth is a 23 year old virgin. She has been saving herself for Hunter but he doesn't even know it. Elizabeth friend Cross gets into a motor cycle accident and his parents won't even help and she needs money and fast. She can't access her trust and her father won't even help her, so the only thing she can do is sell her virginity at Love, Inc. Love is a brothel in Vegas that Hunters friend, Merchant owns. Hunter is a poker player and is wealthy and has a troubled past. One of the girls from the brothel has gone missing and Hunters was the last one to be seen with her. Hunter knows that someone is setting him up but he doesn't know who it is. When Hunter finds out that Elizabeth is Selling Scarlett, he goes to Love, Inc. Hunter isn't going to let anyone have her so he bids 10 million dollars to win her. You will have to read and find out for yourself about Elizabeth and Hunter's story, you won't be disappointed. 



    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    Just Wow!!! When a book finds its way into my dreams, you kn

    Just Wow!!!




    When a book finds its way into my dreams, you know it is something. Selling Scarlett by Ella James was not what I was expecting. Yes this book was filled with romance, intriguing characters, and steamy scenes, but a really incredible mystery was woven through all of that.




    Elizabeth DeVille is a young girl who once had it all, but due to the craziness that is her family, she feels as if she no longer belongs in the high society she still finds herself in. Supported by her wonderful friend Suri, she finds herself stil longing after the hot, bad boy, gambler, bourbon heir Hunter West.




    Due to her selflessness attempting to help one of her other best friends, Cross, Elizabeth finds herself auctioning off her V-card for big bucks to none other than the man who haunts her dreams.




    Elizabeth makes for your typical, I-don't-think-I'm-anything-special, heroine. But the thing is I really liked her. She was really nice, caring and if anything she knows what she wants and she goes for it. Hunter West is your typical drool worthy hero with some nasty demons and commitment issues. But through his efforts of dealing with crazy criminal type behavior he finds himself caught in the middle of, you can't help but like the guy.




    James did a tremendous job drawing the reader into the story and making you feel connected to the characters. There are dark parts to the story and times I really just downright hated some of the characters in the story, Priscilla.




    I loved this stand alone book which thoroughly entertained me on the way to a HEA. So happy that Cross is getting a book as I can't wait to find out a little more about this other interesting, swoon-worthy in his own right, guy.




    Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    pure romantic

    luv it!! full of drama and romance! its not like other books with the same storyline, it has its own unique story!?

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