Scarlet Stone by Jewel E. Ann
Published by Self-published on December 10, 2016
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“My name is Scarlet Stone, and my biggest fear is that someday I will find what I want most in life, and it will be impossible to steal.”
What happens when life just stops? When one moment makes you question your entire existence?
Scarlet Stone is a third-generation thief who has everything: a doting fiancé, a spacious London flat, and a legitimate job offer. In a single breath, everything becomes nothing, and she finds herself on a plane to Savannah, Georgia in search of the meaning of life.
After securing a six-month lease for a beachfront house on Tybee Island, Scarlet changes the way she looks, thinks, eats—basically her entire outlook on life. She needs peace, but what she gets is a housemate who looks like Thor, acts like a warden, and smells her proximity like a Bloodhound.
Theodore Reed is a carpenter and perfectionist with a body built of steel, a black, hollow heart, and a hunger for revenge. He doesn’t like company, girly-smelling crap, and British accents.
He resents every breath she takes. She’s fascinated by his every move.
In time, they discover their coexistence is toxic, their physical attraction is electric, the secrets they keep mean the difference between life and death, and the only truth they share is that everything is a lie.
“Over eighty-five percent of the world's population believes in a higher power, yet, very few people believe in miracles.”
Do you believe?
Scarlet Stone was another one of the books I was lucky to get for free via Jewel E. Ann’s newsletter. After loving A Place Without You so much, I was eager to read each of JEA’s unread books on my Kindle! While Scarlet’s story didn’t bowl me over as much as her other books, I loved how it left me with a deep appreciation for making the most of life. A poignant message in the uncertainty we currently face – when even a mundane task like grocery shopping is a nerve-wracking experience.
One of the reasons I chose this book was I was excited to delve into an organised crime romance. Early on in the story it was evident that Scarlet had left that part of her life behind. I enjoyed the throwaway references to her previous career, but the plot was focused on Scarlet finding her happy space in life.
Life is incredibly fucking hard, rarely fair, and always unpredictable.
Well, that quote certainly struck home. In the context of Scarlet’s unpredictable story it held true for each of the characters she connected with. I liked Scarlet’s friendly nature and she was an easy-to-relate to character. Her reasons for moving to Savannah were vague and didn’t become apparent until we were well into the story. The standoffish relationship with her broody but hot housemate, Theo was frustrating and his reactions to her were annoying. Later on in the story his reason for being difficult was explained but didn’t excuse it. Their chemistry was good when it ignited but I couldn’t overlook his mood changes. Those didn’t impress me one bit!
Was I Team Theo by the end? You bet I was! And that’s what I want to leave it at, as I don’t want to spoil the mystery surrounding the story. I came close to pulling an all-nighter reading this book and apart from being left with a few loose ends, I really enjoyed it and loved the plot twist at the end! Thank you JEA for another entertaining read. ♥️
3.5 Bright Ruby Stars
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