Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Selling Out (The Lost Girls) by Amber Lin

February 23, 2013
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.
In the 2nd book of the Lost Girls series, we get to spend some time with Shelly, a high-class escort. In the previous book, Shelly was an informant and got shot. We met Luke, the cop that Shelly was informing for and it was obvious there was some heat to them. 

We start off Selling Out with Shelly trying to get a real job. She had given up her life of turning tricks and was trying to make a go of it. But when manager of the book store she was applying at, turns out to be a former john, she goes home dejected. And in her house, is her pimp, Henri, ready to put her back to work. At a party, she saved a young girl, Ella, from this life and in order to teach them a lesson, Henri frames the girls for murder. The only person Shelly can turn to his Henri but Shelly's not known for trusting men. 

I loved seeing the relationship between Luke and Shelly grow. We're thrown for some twists and turns as we learn more and more about look. He is definitely hiding a dark past but it all makes him even more sexy. As Luke tries to break down Shelly's walls, we get to see her very funny defense mechanism of making jokes, sexual and otherwise, to diffuse intense conversations. 

I highly recommend this read but pick up Giving It Up (The Lost Girls 1) first. 
Shelly's comedic banter. 
"No why, are you looking for a three-way? Because I'm game for it, but you have to be in the middle. I'm allergic to all that brooding" 
It got a little bit slow in the middle. 
"If you actually were my girlfriend, then we wouldn't have to pretend."
"I'm sorry, did you ask me to be your girlfriend? Because I feel sure I would have remembered that."
"What are the chances of you not mocking me for this?"
"Are you going to ask me to prom too? I don't think I have a dress but maybe we can go shopping together. That's probably best. What color is your tux?"
"And this is why I didn't ask you."
"Pass me a note in homeroom, and we'll see."

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