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“Life is meant to be scary…But you’ve gotta take the chance every now and then”
Presley Adams hasn't had an easy life her mother was a prostitute. She hates the life she has been dealt, but she deals with it. She is doing all she can try and live a normal life, and not follow in her mother's footsteps. She's a fighter; she’s independent, but at the same time there is still a vulnerability about her. She has dreams, but also her demons that lead to self-doubt and insecurities. Presley is scared of love, and what it may bring! Her walls are up, and she is afraid of letting someone get close.
“I’m just a girl. A girl with hopes and dreams. Just craving to be loved”
Until she meets Emerson Williams the guy with the cute smile, and those dimples. He’s smart, confident; he intrigues her, something about him is familiar, but at the same time mysterious. He slowly gets under her skin; he makes her nervous, but most of all hopeful, and something that she thought she would never be. Emerson sees something in her, something that makes him want her, a deep feeling that they could be good together.
“There’s got to be a reason Emerson is pursuing me. After all, there is nothing special about me”
“I don’t know what your story is, but I want you to know that I’m not going anywhere. You are worth fighting for”
Presley and Emerson are two different people from different worlds/ life. They both have baggage, but they share a common ground. From the moment they first meet they both feel a connection, and somehow the balance each other out. He’s honest with her makes feel safe, slowly breaks down her walls. And she makes him feel nervous, but alive.
"Make no mistake….Emerson has become my Kryptonite”
“I know you because you’re the missing piece. You’re everything I’m not, and when you’re not around I choke. I've been choking Presley”
Told from both POV. A.E. Woodward does a wonderful job of pulling into Presley and Emerson’s story. A.E has created such incredible heartfelt characters I was captivated from the very beginning. Their journey is emotional, raw, painful, and not easy to read at times, but also heartwarming, funny and moving.
“I don’t give a shit about your baggage. I’m strong enough to carry yours …..and mine”
Presley best friend Chrissy is her rock!! And I just loved their relationship, and all that she does for Presley, so supported, and protective of her. She’s the best friend that every girl needs.
“Let him in. Cut the shit, and let life happen. It’s time”
Overall, I loved this book the storyline was about hope, love, friendship, taking a chance and learning to live. Loved the poems, the characters, the emotions, twists that kept me on the edge of my seat, and one left me shouting no way!!! I’m a fan of A.E I like her writing style it never fails to pull me in from the very first chapter. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that you add this book or any of her others to your TBR list.
“Chrissy!” I whine.
She laughs and lies down next to me. “Stop thinking, Pres. Live. Let him in. You deserve to have someone else on the inside. You have way too much beauty locked up in there to not share it. Whether or not you want to believe this, you have so much to offer someone if you would just take the chance and let someone else in. Trust me, I know what is behind those carefully constructed walls, and it’s amazing.”
If it were possible to look more like a goldfish I’d be stunned. Living this life has made Chrissy hard-faced, and although she is forever telling me she loves me, and that I’m worth more than I believed, I’ve never heard her speak with such conviction before. The problem with keeping yourself locked up tight and spending most of your time alone is that the thoughts and opinions you have about yourself fester. They fester and grow and seep into every aspect of your being, until one day, you wonder how it is that you even managed to get one true friend. Even then, I managed to convince myself that had we not been born into the same life, that there’s no way Chrissy would have wasted her time on me. She thinks so, but up until now I haven’t been so sure. We’re just so different. She exudes confidence, whereas I shy away from life. She walks into a room and commands attention; I am more than happy to sneak in via the fire exit, just to make sure no eyes are on me.
Chrissy’s eyes shimmer with tears and I know that she not only means what she is saying, but that it means something to her that I believe her. This beautiful broken soul has believed in me for so long that I owe it to her, and to myself, to allow her words to take hold of me. I reach for her hand, unable to form words eloquent enough to tell her how much she has done for me, how much she has given me. I look into her eyes and I try, with everything I am, to convey what I feel burning in my chest. I am enough.
A moment passes between us; a moment too special to mar with anything but silence. When Chrissy sniffs and shifts in her seat, I know she’s ready to move on. And I know just how.
“He’s asked me out for coffee tomorrow,” I say quietly. “What should I do?”
“Meet him. Meet him tomorrow, and every day after that.”
“But . . .” I start to argue. Getting involved with Emerson is dangerous for both of us. Someone is bound to get hurt.
Chrissy reaches out and softly places her hand over my mouth preventing me from talking anymore. With her free hand she snakes underneath my pillow and grabs my cell phone before handing it over to me. “Stop thinking, and just say yes.”
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A.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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