Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Lisa Wray of HarperCollins
Goodreads: The emotional story of a young woman’s journey as she leaves behind all the things she thought she wanted only to discover who she really is. #1 New York Times bestselling author ROBYN CARR explores the challenges facing women today as they are valued for what’s on the outside rather than the inside.
Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she’s used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona—with a new look and a new name—as she hides out in a small Nevada town.
Working as a waitress in the local diner, she finds a mentor in Louise, a retired professor who takes her in. As Jennifer begins to embrace a new life, she realizes how much was missing from her old one: a sense of community and purpose… But it’s not easy to simply disappear. Her neighbor Alex is a cop, and while he’s friendly enough, he may also suspect that Jennifer is not what she seems.
Although she is under constant threat of being discovered, Jennifer is surprised to realize that, for the first time, she’s genuinely happy. Suddenly this real world is all she wants. But will it be enough when her past catches up with her?
Ope’s Opinion: If you like Robyn Carr’s books you will definitely like this one. This is a very different one then I am used to her writing, but done just as well.
It took me a little while to really like and understand Jennifer. Her choice of life style ( dating married men ) made it hard to relate to her at first. Seeing her struggles when she was young helped me to understand her more.
There was one intimate scene, I could have lived without. If you took it out, the rest of the book would have been fine. I understand that was put in there for the romance readers that enjoy it – just not necessary for me.
The ending was predictable – which is part of Robyn Carr’s charm in her books.
I have this one on my kindle under its original title (Runaway Mistress). I think it was first published in 2005 which may account for the writing style difference of her more recent novels. I’ll try to move it up my reading list though because it’s Robyn Carr 😉
I will be interested to hear what you think.