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.