Red & Wolfe, Part 1 by Ella James

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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.


Red & Wolfe, Part 1 was a fun read. This first part is a really quick read and just setting up everything. It was not completely believable (really who sees a random $30,000 in their bank account and just thinks sweet! Let's go spend some money?), but I was just looking for a hot, fun read. 

Things do heat up towards the end of this short chapter, so I am really looking forward to part 2. It should be even hotter! Just what I am looking for in this story. So what has happened thus far? Well Red is broke, lost her job, about to lose her apartment, just not in a good place. She finally breaks down and writes her grandmother and she replies "come", so Red goes. 

Wolfe is a recluse living on the island where Red's grandmother has lived for years. He hardly ever leaves, doesn't want anyone to know where he is and that he is the artist "W". He just wants to be left alone to do what he wants. Only he needs Red to help him get what he wants and he will do whatever he needs to to secure his future. Alright on to part 2!

Rating: ★★★1/2


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