When Sarah “Red” Ryder loses her job as an art critic for a Boston newspaper, she’s brokenhearted. Worse than that? She’s broke. Her boyfriend recently left her – for a tatted-up hottie with a dick – so she’s stuck paying her hefty apartment rent alone. After two months unemployed, there’s no money left. With no immediate family to turn to, Red reaches out to her estranged grandmother, a reclusive writer living on an island off the coast of Charleston. Several days later, Red receives $30,000 and an invitation to visit.
James Wolfe is not Red’s grandmother. But he beckons her. Red has the ability to give him something he needs. He won’t take “no” for an answer, and he doesn’t mind screwing her over. He lost his conscience six years ago, when he was tried for the murder of his wife. Since then, life is about him – and the paintings he does under the mysterious pseudonym “W.”
Wolfe needs the island to keep painting. To live his life away from prying eyes. To keep up the anonymity of “W.”
Once he sees Red, he finds that he needs her, too. And Wolfe will have her. Any way he can.
**The story of Red & Wolfe will be told in three novellas. The next one releases May 21
This was my first foray into a novel by Ella James, though I believe that I have a couple of her books on my virtual bookshelf. This book come from the BEND box set that has since been removed from Amazon, why I don’t understand, and there has been mentioned that it might even be pulled from the likes of NOOK and the Apple Store (actually, I think it has been pulled from Apple).
This was a great short, and I mean great. There is a nice steady build up and when the two characters finally interact, you can feel the sizzle between them. It ended far too soon for me and I am eagerly awaiting May 21st, when part 2 is released. I’ve already pre-ordered mine and I highly recommend that you order yours too.
I’m not quite sure how the story is going to fit into two books since there seems to be so much more story to tell. It didn’t feel overwhelming however, only intriguing. I only hope that there is an ability to wrap up all the threads that have been created.
When the next book comes out, I’ll give a more rounded review, because I don’t feel as though I can properly comment on a story that truly I am half way reading.
…oh and is it just me, or does the girl on the cover look remarkably like Mila Kunis?