Life As I Know It:
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.
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.”
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 4.5 Stars ~~
Working Girl is the second book that I have read by A. E. Woodward. This book was so different then the first book I read. This was a really enjoyable read. The storyline was different from anything I have read. The writing I thought was really great, it was smooth and flowed well. I thought the author also created interesting characters and that they were extremely relatable. This was a fairly quick read and there are just enough twists and turns in the story to keep your attention all the way through. I really think this is a book that you shouldn’t know much about the storyline and learn as you go, but I have to say that the reason I couldn’t give this book a 5 star rating is because there is a part that is just past the half way mark, that I wish would have been brought to my attention before reading the book. The blurb (in my opinion) should have some sort of warning regarding this scene. Does that mean I wouldn’t have read the book if I knew about the scene before hand?? My answer is NO, I still would’ve read the book, but I would’ve been prepared for the scene. In my opinion, I think it could actually be a huge trigger for some readers and they deserve to know ahead of time that it is in the book. Now with that said….I truly enjoyed this book!!!
We meet Presley, Emerson and Chrissy (Presley’s BFF) in this book. No this isn’t a love triangle, but I included Chrissy in the main character line up, because she holds a pretty big part in this story and I loved her character just as much as Presley and Emerson. Presley and Chrissy have been best friends from the beginning, both being born into this horrible life, both daughters of prostitutes. They handle their situations in two completely different ways, but it seems to work for them. Chrissy is the type of friend every person wants to have. She was loyal and would do anything to help Presley!!! and trust me she did. Presley was the type of girl who was determined not to follow in her mother’s footsteps. I loved Presley’s strength and determination, but I will say that she was also her worst enemy at times. As for Emerson…..I can’t say enough about this guy!! Talk about someone who was so swoony 😉 He was a guy who knew what he wanted and wasn’t going to take NO for an answer. He was so patient and loving towards Presley. Even once everything is revealed, he never gave up on their relationship. You definitely want to meet Emerson.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the New Adult Genre or a fan of A. E. Woodward’s. It really was a sweet love story but also dealt with friendship, loss and the struggle to make your dreams come true. This also a standalone, so know that this is a complete story with a HEA.
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.