Published by Self-Published on December 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
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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?
One piece of advice before reading this book: buckle up. Scarlet Stone dished up every conceivable emotion and then completely obliterated my senses. Even when my emotions were tied in knots, I reveled in this spellbinding, original story.
“My name is Scarlet Stone. I was offered useful traits the day I entered this world. I passed on common sense, opting for the-edge-of-a-knife journey.”
Scarlet is a delightfully stubborn yet pleasant Brit who comes to Savannah, Georgia, to find peace and purpose in her colorful life. She rents a beach home, and the house happens to come with a roommate/home renovator, Theo. He is an angry, scary, grumpy beast of a man who hates Scarlet on sight. The two roomies aren’t just like oil and water. Scarlet is a match to Theo’s propane, but the fact that they will likely go up in flames doesn’t dampen her fascination with—or attraction to—him.
“There is nothing I want more than to crawl inside of this man and spend eternity piecing together what I have no doubt is an ineffable masterpiece.”
The book is aptly named because it was all about Scarlet Stone for me. I freaking adored Scarlet. She’s such a vibrant, compassionate, and complicated character. I didn’t always understand or agree with her decisions, but I thoroughly respected her strength and intelligence, her intense self-reflection, authenticity, and determination to change.
Unlike some of her other novels, Jewel E. Ann doesn’t lull the reader with niceties only to be sucker punched. The book has a slight edge to it from the beginning, letting you know that you’re in for an emotional ride. The story challenged me to expand my beliefs and question my morals. At times I feared the plot was taking me down uncomfortable paths that I was reluctant to travel. I was pleasantly surprised by the way in which the unpredictable journey is presented without a looming cloud of depression.
Scarlet Stone is an exquisitely breathtaking and poignant tale of acceptance, letting go, living in the moment, and love. If you’re looking for a unique story with a gripping plot, you should grab this book.
Recommended for fans of:
Unusual love stories
Thought provoking reads
** ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. **