Selling Scarlett by Ella James

Selling Scarlett



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.



It doesn’t happen quite often that I have to pause before writing a review, but I found myself conflicted how to write this one. Selling Scarlett (Love, Inc.) was not a horrible book nor was it full of errors but it would not be considered as one of the best books I have ever read either. Soooo, here we go!

“I’m gasping for air as the windows grow darker, and lying sweaty and shaky on the bed, I can’t believe what I’ve done. I’ve sold my virginity. I can’t believe anyone paid $10 million for my hymen.”

This was the first quote from the book that caught my attention. It’s a good one, huh? The only problem is that I had to read until 57% to get here. I could have done without the first half (BORING) of Selling Scarlett, but the second half is well-worth the struggle. It had romance, suspense, and mystery and more than enough intrigue that kept me interested and wanting to know who the villain is. With a more entertaining first half, Selling Scarlett would have been a 4 star read!

DISCLAIMER:  I received a complimentary copy of Selling Scarlett in exchange for an honest review.




I’m a 20-something sci-fi nerd with a journalism degree and a serious York Peppermint Pattie addiction. I spend my days baby-wrangling and dog-chasing and my nights tapping on my laptop and hanging out with my writer/editor husband. A fun day for me involves lots of writing, running, and researching topped off with some quality Kindle time. My life’s goal is to find an empty cottage in an enchanted forest, install a solar panel for my laptop, and move in – never to be seen again, except in sweatpants.


Ten things you don’t know about Elizabeth DeVille, bottled water heiress and heroine of Selling Scarlett:


  1. It’s not really her mother’s fault the family is broke. It’s true that it’s more her mother’s fault, but her father isn’t blameless either. He wasn’t exactly great with his family’s bottled water money, even if he hadn’t had to shell out big bucks for Lizzy’s mom’s rehab.
  2. She has some irrational anger at/jealousy of her father’s new wife’s children. You know, the ones he fathered while he was still married to Lizzy’s mother. It’s not their fault, but it’s still hard to swallow. Luckily, she never sees them. And if she did, she’d be nice. They’re only kids, after all.
  3. She feels badly about what happened with Cross. Really badly. She should have noticed he was starting to have feelings for her. She did notice, kind of. But she brushed it under the rug. He acts like everything is fine now, and maybe it is, but she’ll always feel guilty that she didn’t like him back.
  4. She really misses college sometimes – when Cross and Suri and she were BFFs, and only BFFs. None of the complicated stuff.
  5. Sometimes she can’t believe how much she put herself out there for Hunter. She had a gut feeling—a pull to him that she wouldn’t ignore—but still. That whole time period was just crazy. She was crazy. But she’s glad.
  6. She’s worried Cross will never see her the same after what she did for him. She thought it would be something they could joke about later. She also thought he might wake up and be furiously mad. Which he was…for a few minutes. But instead, it’s all just kind of awkward now. And even though she ‘got’ Hunter via the ordeal, she hates how weird things are with Cross now.
  7. She’s also worried about Cross. After what he went through, anyone would be different, but… there’s just something about Cross that makes her worry even more than what makes sense. Maybe it’s because she can’t talk to him like she used to, so she doesn’t really know what’s going on.
  8. She saw Marchant making out with Rachelle last week. She hasn’t told anyone, not even Hunter.
  9. She loves wombats and would like to have one as a pet. Have you ever seen them waddle? Adorable!
  10. She’s got a huge secret she’s keeping from everyone…and it comes in either blue or pink.


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