Jennifer Chaise can't make enough money selling real estate to maintain the lifestyle she enjoys, so she supplements her income with a second job—as a professional girlfriend. After several relationships with older, wealthy men she's well well off, and though current boyfriend Nick Noble isn't perfect, Jennifer's happy enough—until the night she overhears the murder of Nick's wife—and his terse orders to "take care of" Jennifer too!

Flight is the only option, so Jennifer disguises herself and goes into hiding. Soon, she's waitressing in a small town near Las Vegas, trying not to attract any attention—especially not from cop Alex Nichols, who's showing her just how much she's been missing by going through the motions of love!

Carr has a way of making even the most unlikely circumstances seem plau-sible—a handy talent when telling a tale of this kind. Jennifer is a beautifully drawn character whose interior journey is wonderful to behold. (May, 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer