‘Scarlet Stone’ was gripping, it was fantastically written, it was compelling and enthralling, it was a fantastic read filled with humor, emotion, angst and steam. It was my first read by this author and certainly not my last since I found it to be so very intriguing on so many levels. This story was so different, so much better than I had expected, surprising me in such a good way. I don’t need to read other books by Jewel E. Ann to tell you that she’s a talented storyteller or that she has the unique ability to create engaging character-driven stories. So trust me when I say, you don’t want to miss this wonderful story.
“Love is the heartbeat of our existence – the essence of humanity. In every life we try to do it better.”
Scarlet Stone is a woman in her thirties who desperately needs or more exactly wants to change her life. She needs this change and wanting to live a clean and simple live and find some peace and quite, but also find her purpose in life, she moves from London to Savannah. She finds a new rental home in Tybee Island, home she apparently will share with someone.
Scarlett’s new roommate is like anything she had expected a roommate to be. If Theodore Reed didn’t know what hate at first sight means, he just found out when he met the eccentric Brit. He’s grumpy, angry and more than scary and the last thing he wants is to have a roommate, especially since the roommate is Scarlet.
While Scarlet is friendly and tries to get to know Theo, Theo ignores her, trying not to give a sh*t about her. If at first he’s like a beast around her, as time passes he warms up to her…a little. But Theo has important plans, he doesn’t need a distraction and Scarlet with her colorful personality is one in every single way.
“She doesn’t matter. I don’t want to see her. Hear her. Smell her.”
‘Scarlet Stone’ was suspenseful, mysterious, funny, emotional and sucked me in from the very beginning. An opposite attract/enemies to lovers story, Scarlet and Theo’s journey to find who they are individually and also each other was intriguing, layered and as I said before, fantastically written. To fully enjoy this story, you really must not read too many spoiler-ish reviews, because trust me when I say, you will appreciate these characters’ story at another level this way. The plot here was so well developed and also complex, full with many interesting turns and revelations.
“In another life, Theodore Reed would make my heart do flips. A part of my soul would gravitate toward his.”
Our two main characters were engaging, compelling and so well portrayed. I absolutely loved Scarlet’s vivid portrayal. She was so endearing and even relatable. She was full of life, brave, strong, intelligent, adventurous and so daring. Overall, she was an amazing heroine I loved from the start and enjoyed reading her tumultuous story. Theo was an intriguing character you will want (maybe) to punch in the face at times, but he also was sweet and caring and for sure he will warm your heart at some point. This tortured hero was really interesting, engaging and as strange as it sounds, I enjoyed his rudeness. He was a really entertaining character and I loved finding out his story/background as the story progressed, which btw was done pretty well.
“Sometimes silence holds more meaning than words. And love … it’s infinitely impossible to define, but unequivocally, without any doubt, the reason we are here.”
Mrs. Ann did a great job with the enemies to lovers aspect. The dynamic between the two main characters was entertaining, their relationship being crazy as hell and complicated, but also passionate and captivating. Their bickering was witty and the way they challenged each other at times was simply delightful.
All in all, ‘Scarlet Stone’ was a wonderful, enthralling read I urge you to read it if you want a well-developed, story about finding yourself and finding love, forgiveness and redemption, second chances at life and second chances at love.
“Not every day is a parade with fireworks, but every breath counts.”