SELLING OUT is the latest book out by the amazing author Amber Lin. This book was raw, dirty, uncomfortable, and at times sickening...and I loved every single minute of it!
Shelly is a hooker, plain and simple. For her own reasons, she's been selling her body for money for the last several years, but now she wants out of the business. Going straight isn't easy however and she's tapped by her pimp to do another job for him, servicing a bunch of businessmen for the night. While there, she meets an underage girl who's out of her element that Shelly names Ella. In a spur of the moment decision, Shelly takes Ella out of the situation, so they run out on the men they are supposed to be entertaining.
In retaliation, Shelly's pimp kills the men and frames Shelly and Ella for the murders. Desperate and in need of help, Shelly runs to the only person she can think of to help her—Luke, a police detective and the only man Shelly wants and cannot have.
But Luke has secrets of his own, one of which is the fact that he wants Shelly as much as she wants him. However, it's more than their professions that are keeping them apart. And as he and Shelly fight to clear her name, they will have to fight to stay alive but will have to fight harder to stay together.
Oh wow. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. Shelly's story was gut-wrenching. She was just so utterly screwed up, I ached for her. But then I got more of Luke's story and I was just blown away. When I met him before, I didn't particularly care for him because he seemed to act superior to Shelly but that wasn't the case at all. The two of them. Man, they shouldn't have worked, but they just did.
SELLING OUT had this twisting plot that I could get parts of but there was no way I could have figured everything out. I was floored by the end simply because of all the intricacies that Amber Lin had to weave in in order to make it all work. It was simply astounding.
My only, ONLY, complaint about SELLING OUT, and the reason I couldn't give five stars was because I felt like Shelly and Luke were robbed! Robbed, I say. I just didn't feel like they got the romance they both deserved after all their struggle. I wanted to see more of that. I really did!
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. SELLING OUT is the second in the Lost Girl
series, but it could be easily read as a standalone. However, if you haven't read the first book, Giving It Up
, you should check it out because it was amazing.
And even though I didn't quite love SELLING OUT as much as Giving It Up, I cried, cringed, laughed a little, but mostly I just read in awe of the complete awesomeness that is Amber Lin. She's an amazing writer and she's definitely found a devoted fan in me.