Author: Aria Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Based on the cover photo and synopsis (and the story itself), I was expecting this modern day mashup of “Little Red Riding Hood” to not necessarily be darker, but grittier. While Scarlet was the wide-eyed ingénue personified, Beau was just too clownish for me to take seriously. All the references to the “darkness” of his past just didn’t pan out once revealed. His inner thoughts ran the gauntlet from juvenile to oversexed frat boy. I just couldn’t connect to him and never felt he was solid.
Loved Gran. Cagey, old thing! She may have been sick, but she was also the only character who truly knew what was going on…because she orchestrated the whole thing! Go, Gran!
I give ‘Scarlet’ three stars, because while it was a good effort, for me, it just missed the mark.
I was given an ARC-copy of ‘Scarlet’ as part of a promotional blog tour in exchange for an honest review.