If you're looking for a heartwarming story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her life--a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that'll tell you how "broken" she is, STOP. Don't read another word of this.
I'm not that type of girl.
My name is Emerald Anderson and I'm not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I've been fired from every job I've ever taken, and I've never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.
I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says, "No, Emerald--You're great and you are good at something!" but I don't. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother's dying words to me were "You're going to end up just like me one day. A beautiful nothing."
She was right.
As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change me--one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother's words close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.
He's the first man who's ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he's wasting his time.
I'm not broken. I don't need to be fixed. I'm perfectly fine being a beautiful failure...
This book hooked me in from the first sentence...
My mother was a whore.
I was drawn in from there. After that, I could not put the book down. My emotions were all over the place. I wanted that sappy happily ever-after... What I got was a roller coaster of ups and downs. This isn't your usual story.
Emerald. She allowed her mother's failures define her. She felt she was destined to follow in her footsteps. There was no way she could be anything but a failure.
Emerald uses people for her personal gain. It's all she knows. She has few friends, well real friends. She has no love interest. It's not in the cards for her.
If anything can prove to her that she is destined to failure, it is her current status. Unable to hold down a job. Can't get through any situation without a drink. Now she has found herself court ordered to AA and in need of much more money that she can make slinging coffee at a coffee house. One of her co-workers befriends her and offers her another alternative.
Enter Carter. Closed off. Guarded. A mystery. Even still, by the end of the book. He is drawn to Emerald. She is an enigma to him. He is determined to show her that there is more to her life than being a failure. She can have a future if she just accepts that she isn't destined to repeat her mother's mistakes.
Now working at a secret strip club and being pursued by this handsome stranger, Emerald doesn't know how to act. Keeping him at arms length is all she knows. Men are good for money and sex. That's how she was raised. She doesn't know how to accept that Carter could be anything more than this.
This story will take you on a journey you haven't been on before. This isn't mushy. It isn't cute. It is rough and raw. It is well written and completely engaging. This book has earned every star I have given it.
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