- Title: Selling Out
- Author: Amber Lin
- Series: Lost Girls, Book 2
- Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
- Publisher: Loose Id, February 2013
- Source: Review copy provided by author ($7.99 ebook)
- Length: 315 pages
- Trope(s): Crusty Cop, Hooker with a Heart of Gold, Family Drama
- Quick blurb: A jaded call girl feels compelled to save a naive young runaway — and an enigmatic cop is trying to protect them both.
- Quick review: The frenetic opening almost left me behind, but when I finally caught up, the intense atmosphere and complex characters had me hooked.
- Grade: B
He was more deserving of love than anybody I had ever known, but it wasn’t even relevant to how I felt about him. Love wasn’t a choice, it was an accident. Not a climb, but a fall. I had slipped somewhere along my prickly path and down, down to the murky depths, hurtling ever farther, ever faster, and the only question was whether he would meet me at the bottom.
I probably should have read the first book in the series again before starting this one, because I felt more than a little bewildered during the first few chapters. But then Officer Luke showed up, and GOOD LORD.
And just as Lin captured the despair and hope of a struggling single mother in Giving It Up, the call girl main character here is anything but cookie-cutter. Shelly is bitchy and vulnerable and probably the most complex prostitute I’ve ever read in a contemporary.