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Throwaway [Kindle Edition]

Heather Huffman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jessie Jones is living the life--except for the fact that she earns it by working the streets. She's been under pimp Spence's thumb for fourteen years, and she isn't looking to change it. That is, until undercover cop Gabe walks into her life and offers her something she's never had before: a love, a future, a home. But even if Jessie could walk away from Spence, there are darker forces of evil who want her to stay put, or worse, dead. In this romantic suspense, author Heather Huffman delivers an adventure from the vibrant streets of St. Louis to the caves of the Ozarks as Jessie discovers whether she can love another, whether she can love herself, and whether any of it is enough.

Editorial Reviews


"What I really liked about this book was the multiple layers to the plot - romance, intrigue, murder, tragedy, corruption, friendship and family. It kept me glued to the book and I finished it in a day." - Jay's Insight

"I greatly enjoyed this book which had just the right level of suspense where you really didn't know what was going to happen next, balanced with a few incidents that were easy to predict but that gave the reader a satisfying feeling of "rightness"." - The Right Words in the Right Order

"The characters are believable and undeniably human, while the story is filled with action and interesting plot twists. It reaches to the depths of readers' souls, and inspires them to try to make a difference within their own lives." - Author Jess Buike

From the Author

While Jessie's story is fiction, she was in a situation too many children face as they age out of the foster system. There are organizations that have been established to transition teens from the foster system into adulthood, but the need is still great.
One cause I believe very strongly in is the fight against modern-day slavery. Every day around the world people from all walks of life are enslaved, just like Jessie and the girls she encountered. Statistics show there are more people in slavery today than there were during the height of the transatlantic slave trade. Women and children are especially at risk.

The evil of human trafficking is not a theme in my novels, but merely a common element to many of them. The theme that permeates my writing is hope, which is the theme that permeates my life.   I believe if there's a breath left in our body, things can always get better.
This book is my small way of doing what I can to be a voice for the voiceless and to honor the strength and courage of women today.  I hope you enjoy.
Heather Huffman

Product Details

  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961241
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope (August 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J6GYIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,045 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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111 of 131 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do What It Says - Throw Away September 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have never been moved to write an Amazon review before but I feel compelled to warn other readers to do exactly as this book instructs in the title and throw it away.

Despite this being a book about a street-walking hooker, the realities of this employment path are completely glossed over by the author. The protagonist turns barely a single trick in the course of the entire book, and that one night spent actually working is dismissed in a single line. As it would need to be, as the author clearly did no research on and has absolutely no understanding of prostitution.

There are many shades and guises of working girls in the real world, but the idea that a woman could be working the streets for fourteen years with a pro pimp and not be a junkie is so improbable that it moves this novel to the realms of SciFi. Only on Planet Improbability would there exist a yoga-loving street hooker in perfect physical health, her looks unravaged, her mind blissfully free from emotional trauma, and her body miraculously spared from STIs after more than a decade of nightly sex work. (Which, clearly, she must be, since she and her sudden love interest have unprotected sex without even discussing it, nary even a condom in sight.)

The premise of this novel in the Editorial Review is interesting, and life as a hooker - even the well-trod trope of the hooker with a heart of gold - has a lot of development potential for the romantic suspense genre. Unfortunately, is remains laughably rudimentary to the detriment of the entire book. Save your $0. Your time is worth much more.
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, extremely thought provoking August 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an awesome book. It is a little slow to start out with but once you get it into it you can't put it down. The characters are really relatable, even though I have nothing in common with any of them. It reminded me a lot of the movie "Pretty Woman", except it actually has substance. It's more than just a good read, it brings up a bunch of issues in society and it makes you think.

If you are from St. Louis you can definitely feel a connection with the story. You can almost see the places Jessie sees, which is pretty hard to find in other books. The author used her home plate advantage to a T here and it gives the story a nice touch.

All in all, it's the most riveting tale I've read in a long time and I was sad to see it end. I'll give it 5 stars and 2 big thumbs up!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly grittier pretty woman August 8, 2012
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I have very mixed feelings about this book. The writing style of the author is very good, grammatically correct, and well-edited. I have family Southeast of St. Louis as well as in St. Louis proper, so the setting rings true. Dialogue is good, characters are well-developed. But as a number of other reviews have said, I have difficulty with some of the plot elements.

We have a street walking hooker who's been in the business for 14 years. And she's beautiful, undiseased, not addicted and still has a heart of gold. She regularly does yoga, has days off and (even though her pimp is shown to be abusive) she's even managed to save $20,000. She aged out of the foster care system and managed to remain a virgin until her pimp relieved that condition. She considers her pimp to be her owner. Her roommate has a slightly different arrangement - she's a student and is making money to pay for her tuition in college as well as the pimp and after four years she's done. Anyone having difficulty suspending disbelief, yet? Then our heroine falls in love w/a cop who's trying to investigate the pimp and his new connections. And he w/her. And they love each other soooo much that they have unprotected sex. I'd like to say that's all of the improbable story motifs, but it's not. However, I can't go into further detail without spoilers, so I'll just stop here.

I love that the author is trying to draw attention to the plight of sex workers and kids in the foster system. It's a feel-good story with action, adventure and romance. But if you can't get over the unrealistic assumptions used to advance the plot, you will have difficulty with this book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, okay execution September 9, 2011
By Hillary
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I was reading this book I could not get enough of the humor and enjoyable characters, but there were some things that really put me off to this book.
The main character Jessie is intelligent, strong, sassy, guarded, and very humorous and her male counterpart is as well very brave, smart, protective and loving. This is really a good weekend/one night read (at least for me) and has pretty much everything fun in it, like romance, action, comedy, and even some tragedy. For that I would give it 5 stars, but there was also the fact of the writing. Sometimes the writing of this book felt a little jumbled and not as cohesive as I would have liked, I normally never get lost in books, but I felt like the transitions were poor and muddled causing me to question how did she get there.

Other than the writing being jumbled sometimes and the transitions not being the best, I would recommend this book as a fun weekend read. Good luck with your book searches and have a wonderful day.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! September 2, 2011
By Chloe
Format:Kindle Edition
The author lives in Missouri . . . I live in Missouri. I could picture the exact locations of the story and even got a chill when she mentioned one of the streets where I lived at one time. Yes, it is a very sad situation with the rehabs, foster homes, etc. 18 year olds in those 'throwaway' situations have a tough road to follow. I suppose a person doesn't really think about some of these situations. There are a lot of strip clubs on the East Side, and a lot of young women are trying to make a life for themselves the best way they can. Some, to a fatal end.

The book was intriguing and real.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars
I loved the suspense and romance in the great writing. I value the love of family....whether it's by blood or not. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Reba
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read
Published 29 days ago by G. Bolf
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel holding One's Interest, being a Mild Page-Turner
This book is well written. The main character, Jessie Jones, is portrayed realistically. Jessica's character, her cynical outlook on life, black humor molded by her experiences... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shimon Z. Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great story that kept my attention
Really great story that kept my attention, thinking about it even when I was at work. Great characters and a story with a message. Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done
After reading some of the reviews for this book I was unsure whether to download it or not. I'm very glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the story & the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book and the love and courage that was shown for Jessie
Such a joy I pray this book touches someone going through and let them know they too can get through this and come out Blessed
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars short, easy read
This is a fairly short and light read that you will not regret reading. It's the kind of story that will make you sad that it's already ended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irie EErie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read!
Published 2 months ago by Lindsay Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by NikeMadMan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
A prostitute and a cop- what an unlikely couple. Jess was trapped under her pimp, Spence's rule, with nowhere to go. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Black
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More About the Author

Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is busy raising three boys or tending the family's myriad of animals, which includes goats, chickens, dogs - and a horse for good measure.

Huffman's optimistic and somewhat quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels. Heather is the author of ten novels, including: Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, and her latest release, Waiting for You. Find out more about her family's adventures as they strive to live off the land, as well as her writing and charitable work, on

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