Blog Tour | Working Girl by A.E. Woodward (@AWoodwardAuthor)

03 October 2014

A few weeks ago I was gifted an ARC of Working Girl by A.E. Woodward by IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review. Read on to find out what I thought of the book, all you need to know about it and to find out how to win a $20 Amazon gift card, swag and a signed copy.

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Publication Date: September 22, 2014

Tour: Working Girl by A. E. Woodward

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Summary:

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.

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Review:


As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I needed to read it and I'm glad I did. I've never read a book like this and I enjoyed every moment. First off, we meet Presley a young sad girl who has grown up in the world of brothels and prostitution. She's grown up watching her mother sleep with random joes every night and eventually watched her best friend, Chrissy become one of the girls, but she's always wanted something more. She's never wanted this life and wants more than anything to earn her keep in an honest, safe way and she's working damn hard to make sure that happens and that she gets as far away form Big Earl, the brothel's owner, as she can.

Before Presley meets Emerson, she has Chrissy to help her. Chrissy and her have been together and in this all their lives. They are like sisters and you can tell how much they love each other and would do anything to protect one another. Ultimately, Chrissy does just that and protects Chrissy in more ways than one and in ways Presley has no idea about until much later in the book. I think it was important to have Chrissy there for her. I think without her she wouldn't have been as strong and fought as much as she did for a different life.
Presley starts going to school and there she meets Emerson, a beautiful and rich young man who Presley feels could do so much better than her, but for reasons beyond her he only wants her. The relationship between Presley and Emerson is beautiful to see and we get small snippets from Emerson's point of view which I loved. It's very easy to think of him as a gifted rich boy who has had everything he could ever want for and never felt true, pain but that is so wrong. He has been wrecked by tragedy in his past and the affect that had on him can be seen in the sections in his POV. You realise that these two young adults are saving each other by being together. 
Tragedy eventually hits Presley and Emerson is there for her through it all but as is always the case, life takes over, and rips these two apart just as Presley was beginning to think she could start to live the life she's craved. When they were ripped apart I couldn't believe how it happened and as I read the fall out in a harrowing scene between Presley and Big Earl I could feel the bile rising in my throat but that wasn't the most shocking thing. It was the reunion between Presley and Emerson that was and realising that both of them are connected in the worst way imaginable. I had a feeling as I was reading that there would be a connection but I never imagined it to be the one it was.
The climax of this book was my favourite thing about it. I just couldn't stop reading. I needed to know if these two got their happy ending because they so deserved it. The climax was so well written, you could feel both Presley and Emerson's pain in each word you read and they spoke. 
Oh and can I just take a moment to swoon over Emerson? He is just so adorable and you can just tell how much he loves Presley and wants to help her. He knows from the moment he meets her that she is hiding something and needs saving and he does save her. He doesn't give up and even when all her skeletons are laid out in front of him he still loves her with all his heart and soul just like he promised her he would. Early in the book, Presley mentions Paris and Pont des Art, the bridge over the River Seine where lovers place a lock o the bridge with their name on and then throw the key in the river. I can just see Emerson whisking Presley away to do just that. It's the sort of thing he would do and I love him for that. He just accepts her and loves her how she deserves to be loved after all the hell she has been through.
All in all, this is an amazing book with great character development and supporting characters 
and I can't wait to read more from A.E. Woodward.
About the Author:

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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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