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Review + Excerpt: Working Girl by A.E. Woodward

Posted 1 October, 2014 in Features, Reviews / 1 Comment

Review + Excerpt: Working Girl by A.E. WoodwardTitle: Working Girl
Author: A.E. Woodward
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Working Girl:

Life 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.

Review:

Recommended for: Fans of stories with broken characters and people learning how become more than the life they’d been handed.

This was kind of meh for me. It kept getting better as I read on, but it was kind of tough to get through in the beginning.

For someone who’s so determined to forget and escape her past, Presley sure harps on it a lot. I totally get that she has reason to be a little pessimistic, but wow, did she have a bad outlook. I feel like if it weren’t for Emerson’s influence, she would have been to obsessed with her past to have the future she wanted.

Presley was pretty much perpetually in an awful mood, very “woe is me,” and justified her actions and behavior with, “Well, just look at the life I life. I have every right to be a ginormous bitch.”

But then as she started letting Emerson break down her walls, her narrative was slightly more bearable to read. He really did have a great influence on her.

And his narrative was a delight to read. I really loved him. I knew that things would come crashing down eventually, and that would be caused by him having some connection to the life Presley was trying so hard to escape, but it wasn’t until a few minutes before it all imploded that I guessed how close he actually was.

Working Girl Excerpt:

“Chrissy!” I whine.

She laughs and lies down next to me. “Stop thinking, Pres. Live. Let him in. You deserve to have someone else on the inside. You have way too much beauty locked up in there to not share it. Whether or not you want to believe this, you have so much to offer someone if you would just take the chance and let someone else in. Trust me, I know what is behind those carefully constructed walls, and it’s amazing.”

If it were possible to look more like a goldfish I’d be stunned. Living this life has made Chrissy hard-faced, and although she is forever telling me she loves me, and that I’m worth more than I believed, I’ve never heard her speak with such conviction before. The problem with keeping yourself locked up tight and spending most of your time alone is that the thoughts and opinions you have about yourself fester. They fester and grow and seep into every aspect of your being, until one day, you wonder how it is that you even managed to get one true friend. Even then, I managed to convince myself that had we not been born into the same life, that there’s no way Chrissy would have wasted her time on me. She thinks so, but up until now I haven’t been so sure. We’re just so different. She exudes confidence, whereas I shy away from life. She walks into a room and commands attention; I am more than happy to sneak in via the fire exit, just to make sure no eyes are on me.

Chrissy’s eyes shimmer with tears and I know that she not only means what she is saying, but that it means something to her that I believe her. This beautiful broken soul has believed in me for so long that I owe it to her, and to myself, to allow her words to take hold of me. I reach for her hand, unable to form words eloquent enough to tell her how much she has done for me, how much she has given me. I look into her eyes and I try, with everything I am, to convey what I feel burning in my chest. I am enough.

A moment passes between us; a moment too special to mar with anything but silence. When Chrissy sniffs and shifts in her seat, I know she’s ready to move on. And I know just how.

“He’s asked me out for coffee tomorrow,” I say quietly. “What should I do?”

“Meet him. Meet him tomorrow, and every day after that.”

“But . . .” I start to argue. Getting involved with Emerson is dangerous for both of us. Someone is bound to get hurt.

Chrissy reaches out and softly places her hand over my mouth preventing me from talking anymore. With her free hand she snakes underneath my pillow and grabs my cell phone before handing it over to me. “Stop thinking, and just say yes.”

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.

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