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3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,172 Ratings  ·  555 Reviews
Jessie Jones is living the life--except for the fact that she earns it by working the streets. She's been under pimp Spence's thumb for fourteen years, and she isn't looking to change it. That is, until undercover cop Gabe walks into her life and offers her something she's never had before: a love, a future, a home. But even if Jessie could walk away from Spence, there are ...more
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Published August 20th 2011 by Booktrope (first published July 1st 2010)
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Sylvain Reynard
Jul 26, 2011 Sylvain Reynard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick but enjoyable read, with interesting characters, action sequences, references to the legends surrounding a figure from the Old West, and redemption. The female lead inspired respect and admiration and the story itself shone a light on subjects many people avoid - prostitution, human trafficking and slavery, and organized crime. But the author, Mrs. Huffman, didn't treat the dark topics as mires in which to wallow, nor did she glorify them. I thought she did a good job of showing ...more
Color me amazed. This book has a well-developed plot and characters, a great background settings, some history and a strong heroine. It's told in 3rd person POV but from the eyes of the main character.

It's not often that I come across a romance-suspense novel that has me captivated from the start. Our heroine, Jessie, is a working girl in St. Louis, in the clutches of her pimp with no hopes of ever getting out of her enslavement. She knows this and still maintains a kind heart and a positive sp
I read this book because it had good reviews; however, I cannot rate it as well.
The main character, Jessie, is introduced as a prostitute wanting freedom from her pimp Spence. She has been with Spence since she was released from the foster care system,mainly because she feels she has no where to go. Jessie lacks confidence and feels that she is her title "Whore."
She meets a cop who is trying to gather information about Spence's Mofia connections. Huffman portrays Jessie and Gabe's love as "
Apr 27, 2013 Amethyst-y rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Nice idea but badly executed. Human trafficking is portrayed very primitevely and unrealisticaly. Being able to stash away so much money and on top not having it stolen(from under a matress!) over fourteen years is ridiculous. And what more this girl had so much free time and liberty of movement. Having a night or two off in a week, usually it is more like four or five days in a month. So she worked all night and then she went to yoga in the morning... really? When did she sleep? Having survived ...more
Erin Mehler
I really didn't think I would like this book when I began reading it. It was free from B&N for the Nook and had decent reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

The character development wasn't great, the story moved fast, lacked substance and was pretty predictable. Having said that, I did like reading it and wouldn't steer you away from it IF you just wanted something to read to kill time. It's not the kind of book you read more than once, but I don't feel like I wasted time reading it. I
Jan 08, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
I don't know what to say about this at all. To use one of the authors own sentences "it's Like she watched Pretty Woman too many times"
Unfortunately this was just not a good book! While the storyline had promise, the characters weren't believable. The story moved too fast, it didn't give room for brand new relationships, such as this one, any room to grow or develop in anyway at all. First chapter Jessie and Gabe met, the next they were behaving as if they had been in a relationship for a consi
I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

The coolest part: the heroine saves herself. That's not usually a given in a romantic suspense novel. (I don't think this book neatly fits into the romantic suspense genre--it's first-person POV, and the heroine's journey is the most important aspect of the story--but the suspense is the major aspect of the external plot.) Usually in RS, if there's a burly military cop guy hero, he's usually doing the action hero stuff. Not so in this st
Jul 31, 2013 DeAnna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always happy when I come across a free book that has a lot of good reviews. I admit that when I am looking for a new book to read I usually skim through the bad reviews first to get an idea of why people didn't like a book, then I check out some of the good ones. I found with this book a big complaint was that the setting wasn't realistic, wasn't very true to life. The only thing I say to that is... it's a romance novel, not an exposè on how life is on the streets. It's not based on a true s ...more
Jay Sawdy
Jun 28, 2012 Jay Sawdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book as a freebie (special offer) based on the Amazon synopsis of Jessie Jones, a prostitute under the control of a pimp, Spence, who meets undercover cop Gabe who gives her an idea of a different future.

Heather Huffman wrote this book to throw a spotlight on the "Throwaway" teens who are abandoned by the foster care system at 18 to somehow try to make their own way in the world.

I found Jessie to be loveable character - she doesn't apologise for her profession, feeling that sh
Dec 11, 2014 Efrat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as I was interested in Heather Huffman's charity work, and this book was recommended.
It's an enjoyable and quick read, despite the fact that it discusses the harsh reality of those less unfortunate - subject to human trafficking, prostitution and organized crime, as it gracefully illuminates the reader to their world without it seeming too harsh or traumatic. To Heather Huffman's characters, it's a way of life they've adapted to and accepted without being given too much of a cho
Nov 13, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Jessie, has had a rough life being a throwaway. Wehn she turned 18, she was released from foster care and had no place to go. Spincer became her pimp and helped her survive. One night while she's working with her friend Harmony, a man named Gabe catches her eye. Gabe changes her life in many ways that she could never imagine. After Jessie is released from this life style, she goes on a mission to help other kids coming out of foster care with no place to go.

I liked the book b
Jun 01, 2014 Allison rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks
Quite spectacularly not good. The main characters talk to each other like children, when they're meant to be 30-something adults with real life experience - Jessie actually calls Gabe a big, fat jerk during arguments on 2 separate occasions, and not in an ironic way. The pacing is really odd, with some chapters representing hours and some swiftly chronicling the passage of months. Everything happens unrealistically quickly, with Jessie and Gabe meeting one day, escaping away for a weekend togeth ...more
Diane Dooley
I'm copying another reader's reveiw of this book, because it really says the same thing that I feel about this book too.

"I really didn't think I would like this book when I began reading it. It was free from B&N for the Nook and had decent reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

The character development wasn't great, the story moved fast, lacked substance and was pretty predictable. Having said that, I did like reading it and wouldn't steer you away from it IF you just wanted something to
Oct 21, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
A cute story. It was a freebie/indie read and it felt it. The other problem I had was that it wasn't explicit (sexually) which brought up a lot of questions with the plot itself. I'm not sure it made sense to deal with such sexual topics (she's a prostitute) without going into some of the specifics, especially when they have ramifications later in the story (ie. she's always on about protection, but then she ends up pregnant, etc). I did appreciate the star-crossed lovers aspect of the story, an ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Throwaway by Heather Huffman is a little bit different from other books I’ve read. It has the romantic fantasy just like all the others but this book also has action. The main character Jessie, never had the perfect life. In fact, she’s a prostitute. She works for her pimp Vance and has been doing this job for more than 4 years. There’s no way out of it but at the same time she’s not looking for a way out. Until Gabe came along. Gabe is an undercover cop that is on the verge of a huge i ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Farrah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this, and I liked that the author shared some resources on fair trade and human trafficking at the very end. The storyline is interesting and pretty unique, and I thought the characters were likable.

Jessie and Gabe's relationship was really cute, and I liked that Jessie wasn't an I'm-just-going-to-sit-here-and-you-need-to-save-me sort of person (I tend to be a fan of strong female characters). Parts of the story had me laughing out loud (that part about the cat especiall
Sep 23, 2015 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life choices

The book that I choose to read this summer was Throwaway by Heather Huffman. I would consider this to be a realistic fiction book because most of the events that have happened could have really happened. When I choose this book I was just looking through the free books and the cover looked like it would be about a country girl. When I started reading it wasn't at all what the cover lead on to be. I really liked the main character Jessie and the plot of this book. It wasn't at all wh
Jillian Alig
Jul 09, 2015 Jillian Alig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
It took me a long while to finish Throwaway, which I received as a freebie off iBooks.

The premise of the novel is a great idea in theory, but in all honestly Huffman's writing leaves a lot to be desired. Jessie's character is constantly biting her lip while her stomach is is knots or she arches an eyebrow. Some instances were so aggravatingly repetitive that it made me wonder whether or not Huffman proofread before publishing.

Additionally, I found that the portrayal of sex trafficking and the
When I first heard of the book, I was really interested. I mean what isn't intriguing about a prostitute falling in love with a cop? It's not like there'll be any conflict between their two jobs right? And at first, it really was interesting. I felt the romance was a little heavy in parts, but then again, that's sort of the point.
This was great until the middle of the novel, where everything begins to sound like a Christmas special. Christmas is rolling in, which would've been okay if the main
Aug 31, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This romance story kept me entertained until the end, and the ending is beautiful and fitting. <3 The characters are unique, and their dialogue is clever and entertaining. Jessie, the narrator, is original, amusing, witty, and distinct, and she and Gabe are so cute together! Something I really admire about the characters is that none of them are perfect, but they are real, and they've worked with what life has dealt them, not letting it hold them back. The plot p
Melanie Adkins
Aug 27, 2014 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica's been a working girl since she was eighteen. It wasn't by choice either. After being discharged from the foster care system and given very little money, she had to do something. She met Spence about this time. The man who would become her pimp for the next several years. At thirty-two, Jessie just wanted to be happy and live normally. She never thought it possible until she met Gabe.
Gabe is a good cop. He's worked hard to get where he is. However, when he meets his new assignment, he f
Feb 28, 2014 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book at first, but when I start a book I tend to finish it.

I also know that sex trafficking is a HUGE problem here in the states, and a likely target are those girls who have no where else to go.

Jessie did not enjoy her job. She was an escort brought in by a "nice" man 14 years ago who introduced her to the prostitution ring. She was thrown out by the states foster system when she was 18 so she had to figure something out. She lived in fear every day that her pimp Spence wou
Feb 16, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the Kindle app and whilst messing about looking at what is on offer for this new style of reading to me, I have always loved books in the physical form, I came across some free offerings, there are plenty to choose from, and being a little sceptical decided to give this book a try. I have never heard of the author and didn't do any research before hand so I was pleasantly surprised as I delved in to this story, a love story, between a prostitute and a cop.

A most unlikely pairing but the s
Andrea Marrero
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Nadine Jones
Kindle freebie

I wanted to like this. I really did. I can see the author is trying to do.something a little different, and she's got her heart in the right place. But in the end .... no. Just no. Just like every other Kindle freebie, I was left feeling disappointed.

First, the plot: Jessie, a former foster child, became a prostitute at 18, because she felt she had no where else to turn. Her pimp, Spence, is possessive, jealous, and suspicious. She accidentally falls in love with a cop, Gabe.

And t
Mar 20, 2014 Megdelasur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of HEA and this one didn't disappoint. It's a great Pretty Woman love story, with all the star-crossed love of Romeo and Juliet. I enjoyed the author's ability create characters that you connect with, who fall in love by getting to know one another, not just insta-love. She doesn't write steamy romance scenes, which is fine, but sometimes I had a hard time telling if the characters had actually done the deed or stopped mid-makeout.

The only challenge I had was believing that a girl
Dec 15, 2014 Larissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't it all that bad, so... keep reading this review!
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So, thirty-something Jessie lives the life of selling her body, no strings attached, always looking behind her shoulder, etc. And a cop might change this forever.
They will get to know each other, their constant jabbing will make you cross-reference of sorts with YA books, which this one is not — and make you think of bunch of childish characters.
Jumping from not-getting to know-each-other
Eva R.
Feb 04, 2014 Eva R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. When society deemed Jessie a throwaway, she did not stop her from realizing the real sunshine in her life. But that life is shattered when she finds herself drawn in the eyes of a mischievous man unlike any other she has ever met before. What begins as a simple crush will lead them both on a journey of a lifetime. This trip start in a St. Louis neighborhood known as Cherokee Street to a cave in the Ozark Mountains with an ancient mystery ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn between giving it 3 or 4 stars and went with 4 only because of the interest it stirred in m to start recognizing the many areas in real life right under our noses that exist. Not just prostitution and abuse but sex trafficking, corruption amuck and so much exploitation of women and children. it has stirred a passion in me to learn all I can to become an advocate for those who can't speak for themselves. The believability of portions of book were a problem for me as it made it seem lik ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throwaway is one of the best books I have read. It was honestly a very relatable book for me being a teenager dealing with society. Jessie was very strong girl who society turned her into nothing or in other words a throwaway. She didn't let that stop her from finding good in herself and in everyone else. It became hard for her to find that good in the works whenever she fell for a mysterious boy unlike any boy she had ever fell for before. It started just like any other relationship first just ...more
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Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is busy raising three boys or tending the family’s myriad of animals, which includes alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. Huffman’s optimistic and somewhat quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels.

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