Title: Scarlet Stone
Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: A romantic suspense standalone
Release Date: December 10th, 2016
Synopsis“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?
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What I thought about Scarlet Stone
I'm just going to say it. I loved this book. Scarlet and Theo's story is not an easy one, but I found it immensely interesting and engaging. This will be a spoiler free review because you will want to experience every little nuance of this story for yourself.
Scarlet is looking for meaning in her life. She ends up living with Theo. He's the most belligerent housemate you could ever want. He's a very difficult character to like, at least at the beginning of the story. But eventually they detonate each other -- that's how it feels as I was reading the story. The desire they have for each other oozes from the pages. Their connection is both visceral and intellectual.
There's an intricately woven subplot that sort of hits you upside the head out of nowhere and Jewel E. Ann perfectly translated the surprise of it all right into my lap while I was reading. It was a perfect twist and I loved how it had me holding my breath.
This book is a romance, it's a story about finding meaning in life, dealing with guilt and finding forgiveness. For me, this was more of a reading experience rather than just a story. There are some difficult themes here related to illness and depression that may make this story not for everyone, but if you're looking for something different, Scarlet Stone definitely fits the bill. The writing is terrific.
ARC provided for review.
About the Author
Jewel E. Ann
Adult Contemporary Romance AuthorJewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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