- UNMAKING MARCHANT by Ella James
- Publication Date: February 11, 2014
- Format: Ebook gift
- Source: Author, Ella James (Ella’s Elite Street Team) via Amazon Kindle
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
SYNOPSIS:Marchant Radcliffe, owner of the exclusive Love Inc. brothel, is no stranger to darkness. He lost his parents in a plane crash and since college has harbored a secret almost too terrible to bear. He keeps his head above water by pouring his energy into his business—and he’s thrived, despite the dark blot on his soul.Then, after ten years of good fortune, Marchant’s skeletons start to peek out of the closet, tossing him down a trail of ruin that begins with arson and could end with murder. Because he’s kept his struggles private, he has no one to pull him back from the brink.After a breakup with her longtime fiancé, Suri Dalton, daughter of one of Silicon Valley’s tech tycoons, has nowhere to go except her BFF’s new penthouse in Las Vegas. The last thing Suri is looking for is a man, but after drowning her woes in wine on the flight over, she stumbles into a torrid make out session with a beautiful stranger—who just so happens to be Marchant Radcliffe, playboy and literal pimp.Despite an immediate attraction, Suri writes Marchant off as exactly the sort of guy she should avoid. Until Love Inc. goes up in flames, Marchant winds up at the bottom of a swimming pool, and Suri is the only one around to pull him out.What happens when what you see isn’t what you get? What do you do when destiny is too alluring to resist and too dangerous to survive?
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Ella James is on my top 20 top authors list. She has been since I found Selling Scarlett and the Love Inc. series just keeps getting better and better.
Marchant Radcliffe, owner of the infamous brothel Love Inc., is first seen as the playboy owner who gets any and everything he wants. He does treat his girls good but he definitely lacks a “I give a damn” button. He has intrigued me from the first time we are introduced to him in Selling Scarlett and I had no doubt that when his story came along it would be great. Well, Ms. James did not disappoint!!! I fell hard for Marchant. Wow….did I ever!!! I read this book within hours!
The characters in the Love Inc. series are pretty amazing. It takes talent to connect characters the way Ms. James does and she does it flawlessly. The relationships aren’t forced and everyone from the main characters to the brothel girls are likable and real. Only Ella James could make me like a brothel!
On the surface we’ve already seen the rich playboy side of Marchant but what we don’t see is the issues he suffers with on a daily basis. In the previous two books of the Love Inc. series I never expected anything wrong with him except for the fact he was the ultimate player who dabbled in alcohol and drugs a lot and well…the fact he owned a brothel. But I was wrong. There is more to marchant than what meets the eye and we definitely see that in his story. His a very complex character who makes you take a step back and wonder how in the world you ever judged him.
Suri is someone who told herself she needed to stay away from Marchant Radcliffe (well, she told herself this after the fact she shared an *ahem* moment together before actually knowing who this beautiful man was. Boy…bathrooms are my new favorite hangout place *wink*wink*) She could tell instantly that he had a dark side but even knowing this fact it didn’t deter her from seeing where that attraction could take her with Marchant. Suri isn’t perfect by a long shot..she has her issues just like everyone else and I like that about her. She’s a relatable character and you can’t help but be amazed by her determination.
The storyline in UNAMKING MARCHANT was crazy good. I thought nothing could top SELLING SCARLETT but I was wrong. This has became my new favorite from Ella James. Everything was so well-devloped and thought out. The characters from the previous novels are woven through perfectly and I like how their own stories kind of continues within this book.
This book doesn’t have a cliffhanger per-say but you are left having to wait for the next in the series and even though it is part of the Love Inc. series it can be read as a standalone, although I wouldn’t encourage it. I am very ready to see the next part in Marchant & Suri’s story. Their chemistry is amazing and I have no doubt we’ll see more of that in the next installment!