Morsels [13]: Selling Scarlet and The Diary of Brad de Luca

Selling Scarlett [Love Inc., #1] by Ella James
Goodreads Summary
Barkley’s Books | E-ARC via Netgalley
Publication Date: April 13th, 2013
Adult Fiction, Erotica
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Ridiculous plot line or not, I went into this book with the idea that it’s going to be like a Pretty Woman type of story. While the selling of Scarlett part happened for about two seconds in the book, the better part of the story was really focused on Hunter.

Scarlett or Elizabeth is a twenty-something virgin who is looking to make some quick money in order to help out a friend. Commendable reason, yes. But there’s something utterly preposterous about someone selling their virginity – a concept, that while I know may be happening behind closed doors – is just utterly unrealistic to me. 

I really have no idea why they packaged this novel like the entire plot revolves around Scarlett. It’s really more about Hunter, who got tangled with the law for the disappearance of a prostitute.  
The air of mystery surrounding the book was nicely done but the romance was a little hot and cold for me.
As for pacing, there were instances when readers would get lost; the author didn’t really have any smooth transitions of events. It lent for a frustrating, choppy read.
This is my second Ella James book; and though I didn’t really enjoy reading this one, I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. 

The Diary of Brad de Luca [Innocence, #1.5] by Alessandra Torre
Goodreads Summary
Indie | E-copy via Netgalley
Publication Date: September 30th, 2013
Adult Fiction, Erotica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This is sort of a prequel to the series, Blindfolded Innocence. I know nothing, much less heard about it before. It’s the beginning of Brad de Luca’s obsession with Julia Campbell. 
This little novella was a scorcher and it was fun to see the unraveling of one playboy extraordinaire. The man did not lack for confidence and charisma or women, for that matter. Julia, on the other hand, was a feisty, independent woman who can play the game Brad is playing.
Perfect introduction to a sizzling series, if you ask me. I’m definitely considering reading the rest of the books. 


Finding Cinderella [Hopeless, 2.5] by Colleen Hoover
Goodreads Summary
Atria Books | e-Book
Publication Date: October 14th, 2013
Young Adult, Romance
Rating 5 out of 5 Stars

Ridiculously good. I’ve never read Hoover’s Hopeless series so this is my introduction and quite a memorable one at that! Gawd. I wish this was a full-lenght novel. I have read it back to back since I downloaded it. It is that good!

Hoover combined humour and heartbreak and hopeful beginnings in the story of a boy and a girl who had a connection at a time when they both knew a relationship is impossible. Oh and it was so so good and funny and heartbreaking and I just want to – gah! Yeah. That’s as eloquent as I’m going to get.

I did end up at my bookstore yesterday to pick up Hopeless and Losing Hope. What can I say? I’m an easy sell. 😉

Speechless. Move over, Will. You’ve been replaced by Daniel. Sorry. 

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