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Never A $7 Wh*re: My Journey from a Lady of The Night to the Lady of the Boardroom is a nonfiction memoir written by Toni Crowe. When she was eighteen years old, Toni left her home and family in Chicago to move to Cleveland with the man she had fallen in love with. Prince had courted her assiduously, and he promised that the move would allow him to help her break into the world of professional modelling. Toni’s family and friends begged her to reconsider, but she was following her heart this time. She did at least make the decision to leave her three-year-old boy with his grandmother, at the urging of a friend. Toni actually had some misgivings about her relationship and the move. Prince’s insistence upon her reciting a Prince Pledge and his brutal treatment of Baby, their friend, until she did so was disturbing and almost made her change her mind, but she was there when the three of them boarded the Greyhound Bus bound for Cleveland. She was tough and could handle almost anything, but what Toni would encounter on the other end of that bus ride would shake her to her core.
Never A $7 Wh*re is a stark and unforgettable true-life tale about a sociopathic pimp and the web of control and deceit he spins around a young woman. Crowe’s introduction indicates that she’s since held a number of top-level executive and engineering positions, and I’m not surprised. She also mentions her love of reading, a lifelong habit which stayed with her throughout her Cleveland experiences. What she doesn’t mention, but illustrates throughout this amazing story, is her gift for writing and telling her story. I had to remind myself on several occasions that I was reading a memoir, not a fictional account, simply because this book reads so beautifully. Crowe is a gifted communicator indeed, and her story should serve as ample caution against the other Princes out there who consider young lives as commodities to be used and discarded at will. Never A $7 Wh*re: My Journey from a Lady of The Night to the Lady of the Boardroom, The $7 Series, Book 1 is most highly recommended.