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, 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’s the only person waiting for her at the boat dock. Red has something he needs. He won’t take “no” for an answer, and he doesn’t mind screwing her over to get it. He lost his conscience six years ago, when he went off the grid. Since then, life is about him – and the renowned oil paintings he does under the mysterious pseudonym “W.”
Until the moment he sees her. Then Red is all he wants. And Wolfe will have her – any way he can.
I’m still not sure about this one. I liked it, but it took me a while to get into it. That sounds kind of ridiculous when you’re referring to a novella, but it’s true. Things started to pick up once James was introduced.
Since Red & Wolfe is actually a serial, not a lot was revealed in this first installment… except for the instant attraction between James and Sarah. (Almost too instant, but not surprising for a novella.) It’s obvious that there is more to James than meets the eye, but readers will have to wait to find out. Needless to say, once I finished the first installment it didn’t take me long to pick up the second. I’ve also picked up the first installment in each of the other twisted fairy tales by Ella James.