This book everything I was expecting but so much more. On every level.
Working Girl by A. E. Woodward
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
SynopsisLife As I Know It: Booze Drugs Gambling Easy Women Such was my life in fabulous Las Vegas. But what do you expect when you’re the daughter of a prostitute. This is not the life I want for myself, and I have a plan. Life As I Want It: Go to college. Get my degree. Get as far from Vegas as possible. But life has other plans. Plans that include him. Life isn’t always sunshine and roses and even the best laid plans change. This is my story. The story of a girl who thought she had it all figured out until life threw her a curve ball. My name is Presley and I refuse to be just another Working Girl.
I'm trying to figure out how to write a review for this book. It was a gritty read, with very little glamorization of the world Presley lived in, but still had a sweet romantic aspect to it. If you're wondering what I mean, think on the lines of "Pretty Woman" but different, harsher.
I really liked Presley. She had goals and dreams, and was making them come true. I also liked how she and her best friend Chrissy loved and supported each other, even doing things that went against the grain of their soul to keep each other safe. I was a little miffed at how she kept rebuffing Emerson, but understood her reasons for doing so. When you live in ugliness and are told you are ugly you begin to think you don't deserve beautiful or nice, when you do.Speaking of Emerson, he was/is so dreamy. I loved how he used poems to convey his thoughts to Presley and I love how determined he was to get to know her.
I'll be honest with you, some parts of this book were really hard to read because of how dark and graphic they were. They weren't raunchy, they were just hard. These parts broke my heart and made me cry. I don't think I laughed at all while reading this book. It's not all seriousness, but I guess I took the book seriously. There was a twist in this book that completely rocked me. As in, it totally messed with my mind. There was quite a bit of that but it was a doozy!
This is my first A.E. Woodward book. I have her other books on my reading lists. I'm looking forward to seeing if her other books will still be on my mind long after I've finished them. I also can't wait to see if they are dark but still full of hope.
* A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About A. E. Woodward
A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the author of Kismet and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Working Girl is her fifth book.