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Throwaway (The Throwaways Book 1) Kindle Edition
Sometimes life gives you a second chance when you least expect it.
Jessie Jones has been under pimp Spence's thumb for fourteen years when undercover cop Gabe walks into her life and offers her something she's never had before: love, a future, and a home. But even if Jessie could walk away from Spence, there are darker forces of evil who won't let her go that easily.
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.
Throwaway is the first installment in the surprisingly warm and funny series The Throwaways, twelve novels that don’t shy away from the dark corners of this world but always shine the light of hope. At the core of the series is a group of strong but often unlikely heroes and heroines coming from all walks of life whose lives intertwine as they fight for justice, for love, and to leave their indelible mark on this world.
Immerse yourself in a world of suspense, laughter, and love with The Throwaways.
I got so engrossed in the book that it took a while to realize there's more to it than simple entertainment. It opened my eyes to a major social issue most of us are in the dark about. It's hard to put the book down, but when you finally do, the impression it leaves is significant. Overall, a great read that I have recommended to others. BookLover
This was a free Kindle download, which is why I read it to begin with.
I absolutely fell in love with Jessie and Gabe. The story was the perfect blend of drama, romance, and mystery to keep you guessing what was going to happen next, and when it was over, leaving you wanting more.
Once you were finished, it made you also start wondering what happens to the children in foster homes once they are 18 in your own state, opening your eyes to a social dilemma that people have yet to fully address. It also made me want to go read a biography of Jesse James.
I would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone I know who likes to read. Katie - Amazon
This is my first book review I've ever written. This book looked intriguing so I ordered it for my Kindle. Once I started, I didn't put it down. I read it in one sitting. I liked how the subjects were dealt with in a realistic way - not glamorized and not diminished. I also was extremely appreciative that the language wasn't filthy. At the end of the book, be prepared to search your mind for some answers to questions about how our society treats some of its own. Stock People - Amazon
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- ASIN : B01GQRG4DW
- Publication date : June 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 816 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #328,103 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Before I read this book, I read quite a few extreme reviews. People hated it or loved it. I think I am in the middle. The story was good. Jessie is a strong, independent, likeable character whose station in life isn't where she really would have chosen. As a ward of the state, she was tossed on the streets at 18 and had to find a way to get by so she turns to prostitution. I don't like the reviewers who judged this fictional character harshly. First of all she is fiction. Second, even if she was a real person, I don't think anyone should stand in judgement of someone in her situation. Her story, sadly, is the real life of many young girls in our country. They are usually forced into the job by their situations or by being tricked, kidnapped, and trafficked. The author did mention the problem of human trafficking in her notes at the end of the book, which is a reminder, at least to me, that this is a real life problem.
Jessie's relationship with Gabe is a little unbelievable, but the story is fiction and all fiction requires a bit of suspension of disbelief. This story just requires a little bit more. Even though their relationship is a little hard to imagine, I loved the way the author told their love story. There was humor, tragedy, and romance and I actually rooted for them to make it. It is a moderen day Romeo and Juliet story.
As for some reviewer mentioning that there were too many characters thrown in for no reason, I did not see that at all. There are not too many characters in the book in the first place and they all played an important role. Yes, not every character was fleshed out, like Gabe's sister. The reader just knows she exists and is in general a priss BUT that is all we really need to know because she doesn't play that much of a role in the actual plot of the story.
I also feel I have to mention the writing or formatting of the book. For some reason there were huge spaces in between every few sentences. I am not sure if that was meant to be that way or was a formatting problem. I do hope that it is fixed. I didn't think it hindered the flow of the story though. If anything, it made me able to read it faster. I didn't have any problems with the author's actual writing. I think the story flowed nicely and didn't notice any awkward transitions.
As I started writing my review I was going to give it 3 stars, but after looking more closely at the book's merit, I bumped it up to 4 stars. Yes this was a freebie but that does not mean the book will be bad. I liked the message the author was putting out there and the myths she was trying to dispel. The plot is good and I really did like it...so 4 stars from me! I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Jessie's a girl who is stuck in a life she doesn't want but can't get out of, so she makes the best of it. She understands the world and knows what her 'station' is but at the same time, she doesn't let that get her down day to day because what good would that do?
It's made obvious that she is a decent person and, just because she is a prostitute does not mean she is automatically going to become a junkie or not take care of herself. Quite the opposite. She is Spence's prized possession. I have a good feeling that if she DIDN'T go to yoga and weight training and watch her diet, Spence would be on her ass in point-two-seconds. He wouldn't chance her looking used up and I don't believe he is the type of man to tolerate his girls using drugs.
Also, Jessie told Gabe that she has tried so hard to stay disease free.
Plus - she was a virgin at age 18. That says a lot about her character right there. She simply was a good girl in a bad situation. She made the mistake of trusting Spence that first night and after that, she had no more say in her life.
And as far as the romance with Gabe goes, she was overly cautious for many reasons. She didn't jump right in and there was a lot of back-and-forth in her mind and via her friends. You know, those people who look out for you and make sure you stay as safe as possible no matter your situation...
This book IS NOT 'Pretty Woman' in any possible way, except for the one mention of it.
I only checked out a few reviews, but I saw people bashing the fact that Jessie wasn't strung out and looking like crap. Just because you're stuck in a certain life does not a POS make. There are many 'respectable' businessmen who embezzle and are coke addicts and buy prostitutes and frequent strip clubs, etc... But then there are stand-up citizens with the same types of jobs. You never can tell...
I'm sure it's hard to stay as straight as possible living the type of life Jessie did, but again, not so much if there is a Spence watching your every move.
If you feel you have the right to judge a fictional character in such a harsh way ... well, I really have nothing to say to that because it's so ridiculous. There is goodness in humanity Everywhere. You just need to find it.
I was blown away by the book and, even though I don't normally leave reviews unless I know they won't cause controversy because of my position, I felt I had to leave one for 'Throwaway.' I read this book quickly but there were also two points toward the end where I put it down so that it wouldn't be over too soon.
Also, I am hardcore about my Top 5 of anything. I have Thomas Harris, Anne Rice, and Jack Finney up there as far as books go ... this is an 'in my entire life' thing and I've been reading since I was extremely young, so fairly close to 30 years.
For this book to have hit me in such a way, well, that speaks volumes about it, free or not.
(one quick note, though -- I won't ignore the poor formatting or the two or three continuity problems [how did she manage to hold on to the key?], but overall those are nothing to scoff at considering what is out there -- even when we're talking about big-time authors who are with big-time publishers. Typos and holes and such are everywhere. So this book holds its own, that's for sure.)
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I am left with the impression that the author was frightened of the subject matter she'd chosen, an impression which was confirmed towards the end of the book when our 'heroine' has cause to swear for the first time - bizarrely, we don't see the swear word on the page; instead we get, " 'Holy....' Jesse used a swear word." If you can't bring yourself to write a swear word, should you really be choosing to write a novel about prostitution and sex-slavery???
There are several annoying formatting errors, worst of which is the existence of double line spacing between each and every paragraph, which means that a simple ten-line conversation can occupy a whole page. Did no-one look at this book before releasing it for public consumption?
There are also numerous grammatical and spelling errors - the continual use of 'that' in place of 'who' is an irritating example that sticks in my mind - and confusing 'passed' and 'past' is just not acceptable.
On the subject of language use, I understand fully that the USA and the UK are two countries separated by a common language, but I would have expected that, with just a little thought (and regardless of quotidian usage in the States), any writer could see that using the phrase, "she/he could care less about..." in the context of having absolutely no interest in something, is complete nonsense - literally. After seeing that written several times, I was fully expecting to come across the term 'would of' somewhere later.
In parts, the book is actually quite well-written and it's obvious that the author is not lacking talent. However, what she does lack in this particular instance is (a) a willingness to properly deal with her chosen subject matter (b) care with regard to use of the English language and (c) the realisation that proof-reading before publication is vital.
I found, however, that I could not make my imagination leap over the hurdles represented by these two issues. Women who work in the sex industry, who have grown up in the care system and who are forced into this way of life and are threatened and controlled by men as Jessie is, usually live desperate, short lives often filled with substance misuse and daily violence. Jessie appears to experience none of this. Drugs are not a daily part of her life, she even has days off and nights out, she has managed to save over £20,000 and the most violence she experiences in the book is a blow across the face (and someone shoots at her, but she manages to escape). She is able to function in society, is popular with other people, easily forms friendships and relationships and appears to have a well developed sense of self esteem, she never uses sex to barter for or replicate affection. The only other sex worker represented in the book is Honey who is working her way through college by earning money working as a prostitute and appears to have a contract to reflect this with her pimp. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that such women do exist, with lives as portrayed here but they are not the norm in the sex industry and they are the only two prostitutes who we meet in this book. Either the author is writing about untypical people for a reason (such as that they may be more sympathetic to the general reader) or they have done no research and actually think that the film "Pretty Woman" is a documentary.
All Jessie needs to escape her life (which doesn't seem to be that bad because after she meets Gabe she doesn't have to have sex with anyone else except him) is the love of a good man. This is not an unusual theme in a romance and normally I accept it as part of the storytelling but combined with the first point it seems to suggest that women don't make anything of their own lives but are dependent on whatever man is controlling them either by threats or love. Jessie does try to make a life for herself but she is only complete when Gabe returns, marries her and forms a family.
I found these problems a real impediment to enjoying this book but I did find it quite readable and reasonably well plotted. I don't think that the author intended the effect this book had but assume that she was trying to write a book about love and redemption. The romance element between Gabe and Jessie was done well and there were some good minor characters including Gabe's father. I also liked the cover.
But Jessie also has a friend in Vance and kind of heavy guy working for Spence the pimp but also looking out for Jessie without the knowledge of his boss. This becomes even more dangerous when Vance finds out she is dating a cop and his boss starts to get messed up in some very heavy criminals, which is way over his bosses head. Some surprising twists on the way and on the whole an enjoyable read even if at heart it is an old fashioned love story, just a different way of telling it.
It should really be described as set in a fantasy universe as prostitution, pimping and policing (the main contents of the story) are rendered in a childlike fashion disconnected to reality. For a real understanding of the subject I suggest Superfreakonomics which is more entertaining and actually worth paying for. Throwaway is unfortunately worth about the £zero I paid.