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SYNOPSIS

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.

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Reviewed by Gitte: 4.5 Stars 

So I loved Giving it Up which is book #1 in this series and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Shelly’s story in Selling Out as she is such a complex lovable character. I have to say that these books definitely need to be read in order. I found them to be quite dissimilar but then Allie and Shelly are two very different people and this Author’s writing suited both as ultimately her writing style is raw and hard hitting.

Amber Lin has a very unique style and I personally love it.  Her writing highlights that life is not a fairy tale, it is not always wrapped up in pretty bows and sparkle, it can be dark, torturous both physically and mentally.  Innocents are wronged and children are robbed of the childhood they deserve. This is real yet the ugliest reality can turn into something beautiful through hope and desire and the love of a good person and a good person can come in many guises. Surrounding a vulnerable soul can be a hard and tough exterior. The question of morality is all encompassing!

Shelly’s story broke my heart for so many reasons and it certainly shocked me many times. There is tragedy, betrayal of the highest order and the deceptions are a plenty.  Shelly knows no other life than prostitution, pushed into it kept in it by force and fear trying to save others thinking it will ultimately save herself.

Shelly is vulnerable but it is hidden so well under a tough brick wall of nonchalance, a great sense of humour, her sexuality and stark realism. Shelly will confuse and frustrate you but she will take a piece of your heart as well.

Shelly wants to change her life, shrug the dark oppressive cloak of her childhood and past, she is exhausted and weary and the separation between her perceived notion of Luke and herself is overwhelming.

“I know I promised I wouldn’t do it anymore but I am about to go bang assholes for money. I tried to join the regular world, but they didn’t want me. I’m sorry. Don’t hate me. Help me.”

Luke, now where do I start? Despite me being puzzled by him at first; my connection was immediate, I knew there was more to this gorgeous cop who had a big heart, and I knew there was something we hadn’t been made privy to yet; something dark. I fell for him completely and totally got why Shelly was drawn to him, wanted him; saw him as the good to her bad. Luke wants Shelly, but he wants Shelly without the façade; without the games in other words the real Shelly that is buried underneath her profession.

Luke knows they can be together, he has all the pieces, some of which includes his own painful and dark past, yet he is unwilling to share and he is prepared to wait for her. Shelly hasn’t even begun to find her way, to understand, to realise that she deserves the good and the love.

Shelly and Luke’s story is addictive and compelling. This story is emotional, dark, erotic, suspenseful, traumatic and raw. It will have your heart hurting yet you will laugh plenty too. I can highly recommend this series.

I have to just mention that I loved catching up with Allie & Colin as well as Philip. I know I probably shouldn’t like Philip but I do…I want his story!! Oh and Major’s too….

 

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review*

 

You can check out Giving It Up and Selling Out here

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