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Genre: Erotic Suspense
Series: The Lost Girls; Previous Book: Giving It Up
Shelly Laurent escapes her life as a high-class escort, but against her better judgment she takes the scared young Ella with her. In retaliation, her pimp and his dirty cops frame them both for murder. On the run, Shelly turns to the one man who could be her salvation: Detective Luke Cameron. She doesn't know if she can trust him or if ...
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Series: The Lost Girls; Previous Book: Giving It Up
Shelly Laurent escapes her life as a high-class escort, but against her better judgment she takes the scared young Ella with her. In retaliation, her pimp and his dirty cops frame them both for murder. On the run, Shelly turns to the one man who could be her salvation: Detective Luke Cameron. She doesn't know if she can trust him or if he's just a mirage, but she needs his help to free them all.
With a heart forged in fire and irreverence born of necessity, Shelly fights Ella's demons--and faces her own. She throws light on the shadows of Chicago's underworld, challenging everything she knew and the man she's come to love. Together, a prostitute and a cop fight for truth stronger than secrets, hope deeper than deception, and a bond more enduring than betrayal.
Posted September 7, 2013
3.5 stars from me!
While I did enjoy this book to a degree, I felt very confused because it is the second book in the series. This is one of those books where to be able to understand everything happening in this book, you have to read the first one. Which I hadn't done.
Taking that fact out of the equation though, this book was interesting to say the least. There were some parts that were off the wall crazy, and some parts that were very sweet. Shelly's character is one that has a very dark background, and she lets the rule her life still to the day. With everything she has been through, she still had her inner strength.
Luke also has a dark past, one that I could tell just from reading the story. However, it wasn't until the ending of the book that his past came to light. His character was a strange one for sure, and I have mixed emotions about him even after finishing the book.
All in all, this book has a lot of aspects that someone might enjoy reading, but there is a heads up that there is rape scenes in this book. I just know that some people might not be comfortable reading those.
Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews
Posted June 2, 2013
In Amber Lin’s debut novel Giving it Up, hooker with-a-heart Shelly Laurent was a fascinating secondary character. I’m so glad Amber decided to give Shelly her own book. In Selling Out, Shelly teams up with Luke, a detective to track down the man who has targeted her and in doing so, discovers the keys to her past and Luke’s. Selling Out is no “Pretty Woman” novel, although Shelly is beautiful, but Amber Lin presents the seedy, gritty truth of what prostitution is, even for a high-class call girl like Shelly. Amber Lin writes with grace and humor about two damaged souls, creating a compelling read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2013
After reading the previous book in this series, Giving It Up, I was left wondering what ever happened to the hooker with a heart of gold Shelly. In this story Shelly proves that she's much more than that as she continues to try to make her life better after turning informant for policeman Luke. Getting out of the business isn't as easy as she thinks as self-doubts lead her to one last party that ends with her and the girl she saves on the run from the law and having to rely on people she never wanted to have to count on. And having to count on others is not something Shelly's good at.
From the moment she was young she's been a plaything for men, but after feeling used for so long she finally decides to use others first. It's made her tough, sarcastic, and living life for the moment as her life constantly feels out of control. The only person that's been able to give her a glimpse of something better, and the only man she feels she can trust, is policeman Luke who's still on her mind even though she's no longer his informant. She wants to be something better for him but her low self-esteem holds her back from leaving the life she knows behind. When she's accused of murder they're forced into working in close quarters which forces her to admit her true feelings about him and address the old demons that have kept her feeling unworthy of a better life. Seeing her slow climb to self-betterment is an admirable journey with emotionally painful bumps along the way. Her life is again put in jeopardy as the story progresses and as her and Luke get closer to the true murderer she learns some very gutwrenching truths from her childhood that show how strong her survival instincts are.
Luke too has had a hard life growing up which has led to his strong desire to protect others. He wants a better life for Shelly and will do whatever he can to help her realize her self-worth. As the two of them traverse through the gritty underside of the city they draw closer together as each learns more about the other and Shelly can no longer hide behind her snarkiness. There are certain truths that Luke can no longer keep hidden from Shelly that will bind them together even further but are extremely gutwrenching to hear.
Luke is a true romantic with Shelly. He wants to give her the wooing she missed out on and it leads to some delightfully fast-paced yet sweetly sensual banter. The sexual interludes between them are steamy and get more intense as the trust between them builds. Seeing Shelly with Luke shows the shift in her thinking and proves that sex isn't always about business and that she's entitled to find satisfaction too.
We see characters from the previous book which made for a nice catch up of their stories. I was particularly excited to see the return of Phillip whose still as jaded as ever. There's a lot of hurt he hides behind his hardened demeanor and his interactions with Ella, the girl Shelly saves, show a Phillip left off kilter by the feelings she arouses in him. I love his conflicted nature and am intrigued by what Ella could bring to his life. She's a sarcastic girl who's been through some rough times but has remained pure, which is something unexpected to him. With this in mind I'm definitely hoping his story is told next.
Amber Lin is an author that shows life as it is, nothing is sugar coated. Her characters are put through the wringer but come out the other side stronger for everything they've been through.
Posted March 24, 2013
Amber Lin’s no-nonsense and unapologetic approach to mixing prostitution with suspense and romance is unlike anything I have ever read. It’s gritty, angry and violent mixed with hope and the quest for freedom, acceptance and love. If you thought Giving It Up was really good, Selling Out is, in short, amazing.
This is Amber Lin’s second published novel, and as far as I’m concerned, she’s at the top of her game with this latest installment in the Lost Girls series. When you see the labels prostitution and romance, your mind may take you automatically to Pretty Woman (Touchstone Pictures, 23 March 1990). If you think this series is anything like the Hollywood cinematic fairytale, you couldn’t be more mistaken. On a side note, how ironic is it that I am writing this post on the same date that Pretty Woman was released 23 years ago? Shelly wants to change, but she doesn’t know how. Shelly wants a white knight to save her, especially if it’s Luke. He’s not a billionaire CEO, but a cop. She’s a hooker with a powerful and dangerous clientele. She may not have much, but she has her smarts, and she’ll have to rely on cunning and gut instincts if she’s going to try and gain her freedom. It would be too easy to pass judgement on her for her choice of profession, however a key point of the plot deals with those choices, or lack thereof. Underneath the beautiful exterior, the sexually insulting humor and self deprecation is a woman who actually does care a lot about others. Luke would be the obvious hero in this story because it seems as if he has the cleanest vest of them all, or perhaps it’s because he’s on the side of the law. The more we get to know him, the more secrets are revealed about his past that will just break your heart. As a couple, Luke and Shelly seem to be doomed from the beginning. It’s a testament to the author’s writing skills that she made Shelly so darn likeable; I didn’t question how any man could want a relationship with a woman who had sex for money. Shelly put Luke on a pedestal because of his profession, and Luke put her on one in spite of it. But again, I felt all of those issues were cleverly addressed as the story unfolded. And if you think this story is full of sex, it really isn’t. I like to think this is about a lot more than that.
Honestly, Amber Lin’s plots scare me, make me feel ill, make me cheer for the main characters, and they give me hope. She has created some very strong characters with a plethora of issues. The drama always felt believable and true to the protagonists. We’re fed stereotypical assumptions only to have some of them broken down bit by bit. One thing I noticed and liked was at the end of a chapter when Shelly was about to find herself in a spot of trouble, the next chapter would open with her retelling of some past experience and the (tough) lesson she learned from it in an almost clinical, matter-of-fact voice. That made my heart drop to the pit of my stomach a time or two, let me tell you. The dialogue was refreshingly open, honest, humorous at times and raw. There were so many great conversations between different characters that moved the story along.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 24, 2013
Selling Out is book #2 in the Lost Girls series by Amber Lin, This can be read as stand alone, the heroine and hero are secondary characters from book #1 Giving It Up.
Shelly has been a high class call girl from the time she was a teen, she has used the money to take care of others but she wants love more and is trying to get out. Getting out isn't as easy as it sounds with no background and no past experience she can list to get a job.
Luke is a detective with the Chicago PD and loves Shelly even when she doesn't love herself, even when it mean his job is on line, even when it means hiding his past and the reasons for his need to get her out of the call girl business.
If you are looking for a light and fluffy love story, a Pretty Woman in paper back if you will you have the wrong book! Selling Out is heart wrenching, soul deep tragic with a deep and selfless love between two very broken people and the roller coaster they go through in an effort to put things right so they can be together. Amber Lin writes an amazing story that has characters so well written you feel they are a part of you, she takes you on a journey no one would want to go on and yet to reach the happy ever after at the end the characters must go through it.
Selling Out is moving, full of snarky innuendo, poignant and could make sob your eyes out at the same time you see the courage and the determination of not just the heroine and the hero but the supporting characters as well. It will have you reaching for a tissue while not being able to stop turning the page.
Reviewed by Carin for Cocktails and Books