Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Unmaking Marchant ( Love Inc. #3 ) by Ella James

Unmaking Marchant by Ella James

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 fiancĂ©, 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?




First of all, I love Love Incs. series and Book 1 Selling Scarlett shall remain my favorite of all three, Book 2 Taming Cross a close second and Unmaking Marchant came in last. I'm sorry, Marchant. I still thinks Ella James gave us three really amazing books with fresh story-lines despite all of them revolving around the brothel, Love Inc. 

I met Marchant since Book 1. He is Hunter's bff and the owner of two brothels in Vegas. He came off as the affable Super Pimp with all his suave, really classy. I even heard he loves orgies. But thank God that was not being explore here. 

"Why can't I just be a whore? Why do you have to distinguish me as a man-whore?"

Then we have Suri, who is Lizzy's bff, also someone we know really well since beginning of the series. Honestly, I didn't really like her because she practically threw herself to Cross, while he was down and vulnerable. Come on, girl. Have some self-respect, would ya?

I'm caught off guard by Marchant's past and his state of mind. He looked so put together when I met him previously. I had no idea he was harboring some secret past of his own, he felt truly ashamed, disgusted with himself and his state of mind was totally messed up. I think Ella James have a knack of writing about vulnerable heroes that you just can't help but wanted to save them. Hunter, Cross and Marchant were very different, but obviously have this same trait of being emotionally scarred.

Suri managed to grow on me this time. She is trying to move on from her previous relationship and her silly crush on Cross. She finally decided to enjoy her life and having a fling with the Super Pimp might not be in the agenda, but he was simply irresistible. When she realized that Marchant sometimes behave erratically, she thought he was an addict and wonder why did she always going for these self-destructive man. What came next was how she came to care for this broken man despite his obvious reluctance to be close with her. 

I think the reason why I didn't love Marchant and Suri's romance as much as its predecessor was that we spent too much time reflecting on things that already happened in the past.

Like for example, we got to see how Suri broke up with her fiance, who happened to be her boyfriend since high school. Thank God we skip the part where she tried to make a move on Cross. Then we also spent quite some time to have Suri's POV during the event with Cross and Merri and then we still have to catch up with Hunter and Lizzy. It was simply too many things that we have to go through before we get to Marchant and Suri's blooming romance. 

The good thing was I really love catching up with the previous couples. But the bad thing was that Marchant and Suri's romance didn't have enough page time for me to truly fell for them. Ella James promised us a novella to give us an epilogue for Marchant and Suri and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

"why do you make me feel like everything's okay?"

Rating 3.5/5