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Contemporary books where the hero is prostitute/ or living on the streets?


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Posted on Jan 11, 2013 10:14:05 PM PST
Bling says:
Maybe this might qualify for homeless hero - A Place to Call Home. H is homeless (almost) for the first half of the story. IIRC, it's a clean book and has more family drama in it than a conventional romance. But I still thought it was really sweet.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 8:40:17 PM PST
Camille says:
Thank you for the rec, PinkiexLi. I just got in on my kindle and I'm going to start reading it soon :).

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 12:09:05 PM PST
PinkiexLi says:
Just finished Escorted. The h is a virgin and hires an escort (the H) to deflower her. She ends up being his steady client and they fall in love. It's free now and it was a good read

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 9:20:58 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 5, 2013 1:53:35 AM PST
Camille says:
Wow, I didn't know that. I'm going to check it out. Thanks, chele.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 7:21:46 PM PST
Thanks for the Morning Glory rec.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 5:07:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2013 5:07:55 PM PST
Chele says:
In case any of you are interested, Morning Glory was made into a movie. It stars the late actor Christopher Reeve and the late Deborah Raffin. She also narrates the audio book. You can watch the movie on Netflix. I haven't watched it as yet for fear it may ruin one of my favorite books. Though I watched the trailer on dvd and Christopher Reeve sure makes a handsome Will.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 4:00:55 PM PST
Camille says:
Really? I've been putting off reading it too (I've heard it mentioned), but I think I'm going to read it. I was skeptical because I've been more into contemporaries lately, and also because I couldn't tell if it would be an emotional read or not.
Thanks for letting me know!

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 11:49:03 PM PST
Bling says:
I've been putting off reading Morning Glory for a long time, but finally read it after seeing it recced again on the other homeless hero thread. Loved it! Will, the H is so, so awesome and so lonely that it makes you want to hug him and never let him go. The book's sorta like Poughkeepsie in style, emotional and sweet but without the annoying secondary characters.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 1:47:17 AM PST
Bling says:
No problem! :) I just used the search function on the right side of the page to type in 'homeless hero' lol :p

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 2:19:03 PM PST
Camille says:
What would I do without you, Blitzkrieg? Lol. I've tried searching for other threads about homeless H's and couldn't find any-- so this is great! Thanks, I 'll check it out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 11:43:05 PM PST
Bling says:
Camille, I wonder if you've checked out this other thread on homeless heroes - maybe you'll get some recs here:

http://www.amazon.com/forum/romance/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxM42D5QN2YZ1D&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2W23JVXB2L3J0#Mx161ZJBCZAZHMG

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 2:14:12 PM PST
readtoomuch says:
I haven't read it yet, but Escorted is on my tbr. The H is supposedly a paid escort

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 10:25:12 AM PST
Camille says:
Glad you liked it, Blitzkrieg! I really enjoyed the story of the two main characters, too. I know there are probably more books out there like this, but they are so hard to find (just like the books on my other thread)! *sigh* I guess I'll just continue to search in hopes of coming across more.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 8:26:53 AM PST
A. Wan says:
I 2nd the rec for Broken Wing!

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 6:54:53 AM PST
Bling says:
I liked Damaged Goods more than I expected to :)

I finally did read Poughkeepsie - Loved, loved, loved the main story of Blake and Livia but as you said, skimmed through some parts of the secondary characters. But still really liked it!

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 2:54:59 PM PST
Seofin says:
Has anyone mentioned Damaged Goods? H doesn't live on the street but he's a prostitute who lives a good life then begins a relationship with one of his costumers. Really good, not your traditional love story.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 2:39:57 PM PST
HJ Leonard says:
It's through a vanity publisher, or some such. Libraries won't be purchasing the rights to lend them.

Also, did you look at the price? How many paperbacks would you pay $14.49 for? Even the brand new hardbacks for authors such as JR Ward or Karen Marie Moning (NYT Bestsellers, and trad-pubbed) are only around $15-16.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 2:32:53 PM PST
Camille says:
Bump

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 9:52:45 AM PST
Camille says:
Darn! I wish I knew this before! It's definitely too late to get a refund on those books, but at least now I know for the future.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 3:41:57 AM PST
Bling says:
HJ Leonard, Oh? But Amazon does show that Poughkeepsie has a hardcover version?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 2:13:35 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Camille, if it is within the 7 day window from the date you purchased the kindle book, just go to 'manage your kindle' and click on the dropdown to the far right of the book title. It gives you an option to return the book.

Blitzkrieg - Many of these book are only e-books as they are self-published, so those would most likely not be available through your library.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:40:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 9:41:27 PM PST
Bling says:
Wow, thanks for those detailed answers. I do get bothered by grammatical errors and too much drifting into secondary characters so I guess I won't buy it then. Although I'm still interested by the premise, so I will probably search for it in a library.

by the way, second the earlier recommendation of Broken Wing, although it is a historical. BUT it's not a very typical historical, as in heroine feels very new age, and there are no big issues of propriety like in Regency romances, and there is no "ton"/society thing. It reads very like a contemp and I loved it:)

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 8:28:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 8:31:28 PM PST
Camille says:
S. Wanner:

Thanks for the compliment :).
I agree that the story seemed to be written from a young adult's mind with some of the cheesy things the heroine thought/did. What was disappointing to me was that he wasn't truly "homeless". He had places he could've gone permanently, friends and loved ones who cared about him, etc. So that part right there I felt like the author could have changed to make the story a more emotional, realistic and heart- wrenching read. Its just so frustrating to me to find a story with a plot that's intriguing to me and very unique, but it falls a little flat depth-wise. Like I said before, I've read several books that have my favorite kind of plot but the story turned out to be a let down, and I end up re-writing the story in my head (which is not fun, especially when you've paid for the story).
So yea, it was an okay read for me, but I think that's only because of the potential it has. It's really frustrating reading books of your favorite genre that leave you wanting more.

I do wish that there were more books with this type of story... Homeless/hustler hero, etc.

How do you get a refund? I buy several books each month as well, so I'm a pretty good customer, but there are a couple books I've read that I thought were absolutely horrible, and if it's possible I'd like a refund. Does it have to be shortly after reading the book? Not to sound dense, but I really wish I knew about this before.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 3:35:56 PM PST
HJ Leonard says:
I have to pipe in about Callum and Harper. Skip it if you get frustrated with editing issues. It's rampant with them. I really wanted to like and finish it, but it was just too distracting. Harper's name to Jules and back, narrative tense kept switching back and forth from past tense to present tense (I walked across the room/I walk across the room) in mid-paragraph, CONSTANTLY, and there were tons of punctuation and homophone issues (your/you're, etc).
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