I have to say, this book has cropped across my mind every now and then since I read it… it’s stayed with me… There are very few books that I can honestly make that statement about, but this is definitely one of them. – Sara
By Penny Lam
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Turning eighteen was supposed to mean escaping the trailer park and the shadow of her mom’s job– the world’s oldest profession. But then her mother gives Vickie an ultimatum: work on her back or live on the streets. Suddenly, Vickie is out of options.
Beers and babes. The two b’s are all Buck needs to be happy. That is, until he and his roommate save the prettiest little thing in the park, inviting her into their trailer and their beds. Now Buck’s wondering if the two things he needs to be happy are the people he could lose all too easily.
In a park with nosy neighbors and a long memory, Shep can’t outrun his reputation. Bitter and jaded, he relies on Buck’s friendship, hoping soon he’ll get the hell out of Dodge. That is, until little Vickie and Buck show him that there’s love in even the trashiest corners of the earth. His reputation, though, threatens to unravel everything.
Just as they start to build their family, a murder in the park turns everything upside-down. Vickie’s troubles, Buck’s faith, and Shep’s dark past collide — testing their love and their trio. Can their unconventional relationship help them survive the fallout in a town where unearthed secrets can get you killed?
I wasn’t exactly sure if there was going to be a story here aside from the threesome, but author Penny Lam delivered a well-written and generously layered story with a couple to three sub-plots that made it a page-turner. The story is original and relatable – it may not be the status quo for most people’s lives, but my guess is that – sadly – many facets aren’t too far from some people’s normal. The definitions of perfection and happiness are not the same for everyone.
Trashy incorporates a few surprises along the way, and each pops out at the right time to move the story forward yet causes the reader to appreciate that evidence doesn’t always point in the right direction, and it’s best not to judge. Good people who do the right thing are good people, regardless of where or how they live.
The characters were unique and masterfully developed. There was no instant solution for the threesome as their relationship evolved and they each had to deal with the set of circumstances they had been dealt starting in early life. The underlying story – and sub-plots – are equally heart-warming and heart-wrenching, emotionally charging and draining, and raw and robust.
One thing remains constant and is what fosters hope for a better life – completing the circle – is love.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The “huh?” part?
It’s not so much a “huh?” as a “wish it would have been included”, and that’s the scene when Vickie gives birth with her two men by her side.
Yes, this was a well-written book with several really good sub-plots (won’t share since it would be a major spoiler).
Review was originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on June 30, 2016.