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Streetwalker Paperback – January 2, 2014
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I loved this book; it was a refreshing delight to read. If I could rate this book higher than five stars, I would. I will recommend this book to anyone over the age of eighteen.
Bravo, Ms. French!
STREETWALKER is so vitally written that the reader feels as though the author is intimately affiliated with this side of life; she is not, but she admits that her characters write themselves. Or as she so aptly put it in an interview, `The story of Carrie and Harlan came to me whole cloth. Out of nowhere. Suddenly, I had this 22-year-old prostitute commandeering the keyboard. I was just Carrie's fingers. This is one of two novels I've written where the main character took over the book and wrote the story. This sort of fugue experience is so cool-yet scary-that I look forward to having it happen again. The first draft of Streetwalker was completed in a bit more than a month. The edits, meh, not so quickly. When the hard work started, Carrie got scarce, and I had to do that on my own! Still, there was such a paranormal feel to the first-draft writing, that I wondered if there were a real Carrie behind it!'
The story of STREETWALKER is the tale of the sex industry - with a fine twist. Our heroine is Carrie, a prostitute who gives it all except her own physical and emotional connection, who rises from the lower class `houses of ill repute' to the classier format - on her own terms. French summarizes it best: `Carrie is my 24-year-old prostitute who works her way into a deal to partner with Harlan, the older male "madam" of a high-end brothel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The fact that he's black doesn't bother her, but the way he works his way into her life does! Harlan is the sexiest man she's ever met, and he threatens her vow to never let a man get close. Carrie is vulnerable while trying to be tough, and Harlan just doesn't get ruffled about much. She's smart but doesn't think she is. She's curious and a voracious reader. Harlan's extensive vocabulary intrigues her, and she requests he define words he uses. Harlan is a fixer. He sees Carrie for who she truly is long before she's aware of it, and he sets about to ensure she attains her potential. Their sex is sizzling even as she fights her attraction to him. His dark demons cause him to withhold part of himself, too. While they have a HFN ending to book one, more misadventures await the two of them in the remaining books in the trilogy.'
Angelica French is a thoroughgoing pro - and having sampled two very satisfying aspects of her skills it is it is easy to see her becoming a very popular American author - whatever your palate. Better erotic writing would be difficult to find. Grady Harp, May 14
Whoa, hold on, don’t get upset with me. That is actually her profession. But she is determined to get out of that line of work, and she thinks she can do that, with the help of Harlan Ledbetter. Besides having a name that is uncomfortably close to Bed wetter, Harlan is a successful businessman, who has enough money to help Carrie purchase and run a bordello together. He wants to help her for many reasons, but the main reason is that he is falling for her. Oh, by the way, this is a romance story at it’s core, and it centers on Carrie and Harlan’s relationship, that grows from a strictly business proposition, to something much more than that… An actual relationship is what I’m saying.
While I am not one to read a book like this, and I am not necessarily the “target demo” for this book, I very much enjoyed this book. It was so well written in the “normal” parts of the book, that when it slid right back into the “erotic” parts, it kind of caught me off-guard. Have you ever been so involved in the plot of a movie, and engrossed in the storyline, and then all of a sudden things shift, and you remember “Oh right, I’m watching a pornographic film…”? Yeah, me either… But if I HAD done that, this book would be just like that. I’m not saying that it was a bad thing, quite the opposite: Most erotic novels just try to get by on their sex scenes alone, but if you took those scenes out of this book, or at least scaled them WAY back, it would still be a very interesting read.
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