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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Ella James (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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THE POSSIBILITIES WERE ENDLESS

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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.

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Scarlett

Selling Scarlett is a wonderful story masterfully spun with twists that are surprising and angst that pushes your patience to the limit. I love that Ella keeps you on the edge of your seat, but I did find myself getting a little exasperated from time to time waiting for Libby and Hunter to just get together. I loved the story, but there was a little too much angst. Sometimes that factor leaves the actual point of action a little anticlimactic. Just saying. In any case, the performance readers were outstanding. That man’s voice is sexy and her story telling skills are fantastic! Great job to all. Kudos!

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Bizarre - did I miss something?

I have enjoyed several of Ella James's books, but I found this one completely bizarre -- almost as if I started listening in the middle. The plot was fractured and confusing, and Jim Steel's voice was all wrong for the story. I found his accent grating and his faux-deep-gravely-voice very unconvincing. He also sounds like he's about 100 (a little creepy in a romantic lead). Perhaps I would have more success reading it, but the story line was so flat I'm not tempted to try.

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  • Barbara
  • Stafford, VA, United States
  • 09-24-15

Was ok

Not a favorite and kind of boring at times with to much detail summary. Also corny at times and I found myself fast forwarding. The spark between Liz and Hunter should have felt more intense but was just blah! Don't waste your credit!

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Potential to be good but failed!

It was very difficult to finish listening. I'm not sure how the characters even fell in love. It just felt like it was missing and moving all over the place making it difficult to enjoy the storyline.

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keeps you imtrested.

great story mystrey and lobe tangled in the covers.cant wait to read the next one.

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Good Storyline with emotional hooks that count

Would you listen to Selling Scarlett again? Why?

Yes very entertaining with a good storyline and well defined characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The reluctant coming together of the hero and heroine.

What about Jim Steele and Simone Lewis ’s performance did you like?

Very good

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Sacrificing Love

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  • Sondra
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 01-11-15

Awesome

Great story, love it. Can't wait to hear the other stories....you won't regret listening to this for one mintue