Book Review + Blog Tour – Selling Out (Lost Girls Book #2) – Amber Lin

I haven’t read book #1 in this series so I wasn’t sure whether this could be read as a standalone. I was aware that each book follows a different character therefore I decided to wing it, not without a warning from a fellow reviewer that I would be missing some backstory. I will say I was initially confused, possibly the warning and the awareness that I was going at it ass backwards made me feel that way. The author has definitely provided a lot of backstory for those like me, so my conclusion is that it can still be read as a standalone.

The blurb; Shelly Laurent escapes her life as a high-class escort, but against her better judgment she takes the scared young Ella with her. Framed for murder by her pimp and his dirty cops in retaliation, 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 it’s time for her to take a stand. Just one shot, make it count, she’ll fight Ella’s demons—and face her own.

Shelly 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.

I was unprepared for this one. I got to see the world of prostitution like I haven’t before. The battle of a young woman whose eyes have seen too much, whose body has felt too much. Yet her only salvation, if she’s to have any, is by committing crimes she never imagined committing.

Shelly is the kind of heroine I’m drawn to. Flawed yet strong.  She was sexually abused in the past and found herself in the world of prostitution. So when she came across Ella, barely 18 and clearly new to world, she knew she had to help her get out. Mostly because she believed that it was too late to save herself so at the very least she could save someone else. Years of selling her body had of course left her with deep emotional scars. She couldn’t imagine a man wanting her for anything other than her body.

Enter Luke Cameron. He was everything Shelly wanted, the light in the darkness that was her life. But she couldn’t bring herself to even hope for a future with him. After all, their professions were worlds apart…

“Well, we can make our last stand here. The star-crossed lovers have to die together, you know. That’s how the story goes.”

“Is that what we are?” he murmured.

“The hooker and the cop,” I said. We’re from opposing families. Fated to tragedy.”

Yup, their story is not the warm cozy kind. Its full of raw emotion, a dark romance, the love of two people so dissimilar in the eyes of everyone else yet so similar in every way that matters.

“I would recognize you no matter how you looked. I would find you anywhere. I haven’t learned every secret of your body, but I know what’s inside. I know you.”

I loved their journey… full of angst, full of action… a compelling read.

4 stars.

Amazon: Selling Out by Amber Lin

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Amber will be awarding a $25.00 prize to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour so feel free to comment below for your chance!

Finally I’d like to thank the author and Goddess Fish Promotions for providing this copy for my review.

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22 Responses to Book Review + Blog Tour – Selling Out (Lost Girls Book #2) – Amber Lin

  1. kiwilass85 says:

    yet another series added to my book list!! Loving the blurb!

  2. Laura Mendez says:

    I really can’t wait to hear more about Shelly. Thanks for review 😉

  3. Stacy says:

    Ohhh, I’ve had Giving it Up on my TBR…just waiting on my book budget 😦
    It seems that it cannot come fast enough 😛

  4. Mary Preston says:

    I do expect a powerful read with no punches pulled.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  5. sarah vesper says:

    Looks good =]

  6. Ami K. says:

    Does the title has a special meaning?

    shadowrunner1987 at gmail dot com

  7. Anonymous says:

    love the sound of this book!

  8. kp says:

    love the sound of this book!!!

  9. Catherine says:

    Amber…What kind of research did you have to do into the seedy underside of prostitution? Authors get to do the most interesting research!

  10. manoman66 says:

    Reblogged this on manoman66 and commented:
    very good

  11. kgagnon2013 says:

    Thanks for your thoughts, this sounds so good. I am looking forward to reading this book/series!

  12. Lyra Lang says:

    It certainly sounds intriguing – a hooker and a cop.

    lyra.lucky7ATgmailDOTcom

  13. cowanjoanne says:

    Great review! I’m putting this on my TBR list.

  14. Rita Wray says:

    Great review, sounds like a winner.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  15. Anas says:

    You hooked me with that blurb!

    moonsurfer123 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Shannon says:

    Sounds like a great story of someone overcoming a rough past. I hope things turn out well for her!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  17. June M. says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. I enjoyed the first one a lot. Thanks so much for the post & giveaway.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  18. Andra says:

    Shelly and Luke’s romance sounds real and wonderful. I love it when things don’t seem usual. andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  19. Kate L says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Really excited now that I’ve read the excerpt!

    Kate

    hense1kk@cmich.edu

  20. Sydney W says:

    Thank you for the review!
    Cant wait to get my hands on the book!
    Its always good to read an emotionally intense book 🙂
    Best Wishes,
    Sydney W
    Bookaddict100(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  21. bn100 says:

    Very nice review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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