Broken Girl by Gretchen de la O
My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society’s dirty little secret. On the outside, I’m in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what’s left of me.
SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I’ve never had and the only man I’ll ever trust.
There is nothing simple about falling in love when you’re keeping a secret like mine.
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This story is about Rose. With a name representing beauty, you would think her life would be filled with it. Sadly no, Rose’s life is fragile and full of thorns that have pricked her heart and soul. She is so broken, that if she wasn’t as strong as she is, she would have been swallowed up by the darkness. She is a prostitute. She lives in the dregs of hell that most of us will never know. She is a survivor! She has a broken support system who are all just trying to survive.
She guards her heart because once, although she lives in a very cruel and real world, she opens a little window and felt hope, fell in love. She fell for the fantasy that someone would save her just like in a fairytale… instead, she was broken even more.
Shane is a good man who meets Rose one night as she is in a back alley. He comes to the assistance of her and a friend. Rose is stunned with him.. his beauty, his nobility, his sincerity. Those types of people just do not exist in her world. As hard as she tries, she can’t get him out of her mind. So she goes about in meeting him as her, just a girl, not a prostitute. They strike up a sort of friendship, he is relentless, but the secret between them is just too much. She knows he would be disgusted by the fact that she sells her body to survive. Who would ever look past that shameful existence and see the actual soul within that same girl. Absolutely inconceivable right?
I loved this book, it is original, raw and beautiful. The journey that Mrs. de la O takes you on is filled with pain, anguish, and heartache. It is also full of hope and love.
Do yourself a favor and read it!
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