An erotic mystery from USA Today best-selling 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 listeners under the age of 17 due to mature language, sexual content, and violence.
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THE POSSIBILITIES WERE ENDLESS
As I finished the book, I was left with the thought that this book had the potential to be extraordinary, but instead it was just....normal. The first 4 hours or 9 chapters kind of dragged and there was actually very little interaction between the two main characters which was a bit annoying. Perhaps this is because the author was setting the stage for a series. I think the biggest problem was that the characters kept talking about their chemistry but I didn't really "feel" the chemistry. The author meant there to be a lot of sexual tension between the characters, but I didn't really get a solid feeling for this and my stomach never clenched with angst or suspense or hope or anything like in other books similar to this one. I think the book had amazing potential, but it just didn't follow through all that well. The narration was a bit odd also. I'm not quite sure how because both narrators were good -- I just didn't feel any emotion from them.