Author: Ella James
Publisher: Rising Books
Release Date: 5 May 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
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 is an entertaining, definitively adult telling of the classic fairy tale we've all read or heard as children. Although Red is trying to cope with the loss of her job and having to sell most of her personal possessions just to be able to get by, she's still got a quirky sense of humor. She does her best to not let her friends know how dire her situation truly is, but her best friend Katie learns the truth when she does a surprise visit to see Red. After reaching out to the grandmother she's never met, Red is shocked to discover a hefty sum of money that's been deposited into her bank account, along with an invitation to visit her grandmother in South Carolina. However, things are not what they seem once Red makes it to Charleston and learns the truth about her grandmother.
Again, this is an entertaining story, and while this story will be told in three separate novellas, I think this first part could have been a bit longer; there are only three chapters and literally two paragraphs for what's considered Chapter 4. Too much time was spent on Red and her financial woes at the beginning of the story. It did pick up with the sexy flirting once Red makes it to South Carolina and meets a neighbor of her grandmother, but it's so close to the end of this installment that by the time you get into that aspect of the story, it's over before you know it. Which I guess could be a good thing if you want readers to get the next part of the story, but the way Chapter 4 ends so abruptly is a bit disconcerting, I thought I had a defective file. But that won't keep this intrepid reader from reading Part II to find out what happens between Red and "W".
I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.