Friday, October 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Working Girl by AE Woodward

TourBanner1 Working Girl by A. E. Woodward 
Publication Date: September 22, 2014 
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Tour: Working Girl by A. E. WoodwardLife 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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4.5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

The first book that I read by AE Woodward was Kismet. From that moment I became a big fan of hers.  She completely gutted me with that book and anyone who has read it knows exactly why.  So when I saw that Ms. Woodward had a new book releasing I could not wait to read it.  Once again I was completely blown away.    Working Girl is a unique story and very different from anything that I have read.   It is an emotional roller coaster ride that is so worth taking.

Presley grew up in a world that is so different than most girls her age.  Her mother is a whore and her home was a brothel.  She grew up knowing that her mother turned tricks for the Joes that walked through the door.  She saw and heard it all, from the drugs to the sex.  The one friend and constant that she had in her life was her best friend and her rock, Chrissy.  They understood each other because they both grew up in the same world.  They both saw it all.  They didn’t have any other friends because most kids saw them as nothing more than the daughter of a whore.  As they got older most kids thought that the apples doesn’t all far from the tree and assumed she was just like her mother.  She had a hard time trusting people not knowing whether or not they wanted something from her.  I think growing up in a brothel you have one of two choices.  Follow in your mother’s footsteps because that is all you know how to do, or try to escape that world and be your own person.  Make something of yourself.  For Presely the latter was her choice.  She didn’t want to be her mother, she wanted to make something of herself.  But how do you do that when this is all you know, and when you spend your days taking care of your momma?

Emerson is in his own world of pain and hurt.  He has some deep secrets but when he meets Presley there is something about her.  He sees the sadness in her.  He wants to get to know her, understand her and be the one to make her smile.  But breaking through Presley’s walls seems to be more difficult than he thought.  He opens up to her about his feelings and his past in hopes that she would do the same in return.  Presley is one tough nut to crack, but Emerson is not giving up.    He is relentless in his pursuit of her.  He will do anything to make her smile and break down her walls.  Presley needs to believe that she deserves more than the life that has been handed to her.  And she needs to let Emerson in so that she can have that life that she deserves.  But letting someone in is not always easy and Presley proves just that.

Presley was such an beautiful heroine. I loved her strength and her motivation to be better.  To be honest my heart broke for her on more than one occasion.  She was so much more than the young girl who grew up with a mother who made a living by having sex with men.  What she has been through in her life is enough to break anyone let alone a young girl.  Chrissy was by far the most amazing and supportive best friend there is. She proved her friendship over and over again.  She would do ANYTHING for Presley and for that I loved her.  Even if it killed me to see her go through so much.  She wanted Presley to be happy!.

Emerson, oh sweet dear Emerson.  There are no words to describe his love and devotion to Presley.  He was so sweet and so caring and he proved how much he loved Presley.  He never gave up on them.  They were meant to be and he would do whatever it took to prove that.  I loved the little gestures to prove how much he cared.  I felt the love and the chemistry between the two of them and I felt the connection, which is so important for me as a reader.  When to people have feelings for each other and you can feel their emotions through the words on the page, to me that makes for an amazing story.

This book will make you cry but there are also moments that will make you smile.  In true AE Woodward fashion there were twists and turns along the way that made for one heck of a roller coaster ride.  There were moments that shocked me and I found myself staring at my I-pad with my mouth wide open wondering if I read that correctly.  And yes I did.  I never saw it coming, and those are the best twists.   If you are looking for a unique story that is filled with so many emotions and at times break you, only to put you back together again in the end, then Working Girl is the perfect book.  Amazing job!!

About A. E. Woodward

6966715A.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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