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Not much can go wrong when you're traveling first-class with your fabulously wealthy boyfriend--until you find his wife's body in your hotel suite.

Convinced she's next on Nick Noble's hit list, Jennifer Chaise takes off down the Vegas Strip armed with only her wits and a Kate Spade bag full of money. Giving herself a drastic makeover--complete with a new name--she lands he
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ebook, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published May 1st 2005)
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Judy
I picked this book up hoping it was an easy read to take my mind off of wedding planning, but I found out that I'd rather read it than flip through a bridal magazine! Very entertaining and for some reason you feel yourself relating to the characters in this book.
Jess
This was a little different from her other Virgin River series and her Grace Valley Trilogy.

It's all about a woman who is on the run from her boyfriend Nick (who happens to be married) because she's afraid he's goign to kill her. To hide from him she finds a small town on the outskirts of Las Vegas, she cuts all her hair off, cuts her nails etc... and starts working for min wage in a diner.

Here she finds that maybe her life wasn't so great when she had no friends but had all the money and gifts
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Laurie Ryan
I’ve been loving Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, so I thought I’d step away from it for a moment and try something else. Runaway Mistress is a different kind of love story than I’ve read before. Alex and Jennifer, er, Doris, don’t have their first real interaction until about page 100, but it’s worth the wait. :) And Jennifer’s metamorphosis throughout the book is seamless and interesting. I also have to say the final line is this story is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s perfect for the s ...more
Kelly Moran
Jennifer Chaise has spent her whole adult life being some rich man's mistress. After a rocky childhood, she was determined to have security. But when she finds her boyfriend's wife dead in their Vegas hotel room, she takes off into hiding, thinking she's next. In the small Nevada town, she meets officer Alex Nichols, who knows she's hiding something. Jennifer also discovers herself, a community determined to help her, and a new lease and purpose in life. But when her past finds her, everything s ...more
Trang Nguyen
Carr has yet to dissapoint me. This was a good book to read in between my different series I am reading. This was about a girl who grew up in poverty and made a life for herself by being a girlfriend/ mistress to rich men. However, after an event that scares her from her current lover, Jennifer is scared and on the run. She discovers a cute, remote, quiet city outside of Las Vegas where she discovers the life she was living didn't make her as happy as living in this town.

Love, friendship, a sen
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Ian
It's an entertaining bit of fluff, but more for the women. The thing that really separates Robyn Carr's Virgin River books from other books in the genre is that she deals with issues without drowning in them. I read Runaway Mistress off the back of her Virgin River series and A Summer in Sonoma.
I don't think it has the same pull for male readers as the Virgin River series, nor does it deal with characters facing very real challenges like Summer in Sonoma, but it's entertaining enough to deserve
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Robin
After witnessing a murder, Jennifer Chaise is running for her life from her boyfriend, wealthy businessman Nick Noble, afraid she is going to be next on his hit list. Hiding out in Boulder City, she shaves her head, buys some old clothes, and takes a job as a waitress at a diner called The Tin Cup. The townspeople believe she is just down on her luck, but Detective Alex Nichols figures she is trying to disappear from her old life and wonders what her story is. When Nick's bodyguards show up in t ...more
Ann-marie
Not your typical romance. Jennifer is the woman. Blonde, beautiful perfect hair and makeup and seem to have the best life having a sugar daddy who takes care of all her finance. Then in an instant she is on the run witnessing(or so she thought) her married lover seemingly having murdered his wife and now maybe after Jennifer. She dyes her hair get rid of her clothes and moves to a small community where she thinks Nick(her married lover) will not find her. What happens is a life she never knew co ...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
3 e 1/2
"Preferisco un uomo fantastico a mille diamanti. E, tra tutti i gioielli, Alex è il più prezioso di tutti..."

Certo rispetto alla romantica serie su Virgin River questo stand-alone della Carr è decisamente inferiore, ma gli elementi che la contraddistinguono ci sono tutti: il paesino accogliente e familiare, i vari POV con le storie che si intrecciano e il trionfo dei "buoni sentimenti"! ;D Jennifer non mi è piaciuta molto all'inizio, dalla trama non avevo capito che fare la mantenuta fos
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Dawn
Nov 25, 2011 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romance.
Recommended to Dawn by: I enjoy Robyn Carr's books.
I enjoyed this book. Most of the characters were very likeable. I liked the way Jennifer/Doris came to think of the towns people as family and began to appreciate the simple things in life. She definitely redeemed herself from being a rich man's mistress to someone who enjoyed helping others.
Ashleighloveland
I liked having a heroine who'd made some mistakes, had some real flaws but was still a cool person. Generallyliked this story.
Nanci
I've read all of the Virgin River and Thunder Point books and I'm a big fan of Robyn Carr but this one just didn't do it for me. I had a really hard time liking Jennifer/Doris. In an effort to get us to like her, it felt like Robyn spent a lot of ink reminding us constantly of her back story. I thought the rest of the Boulder City residents were wonderful. I especially liked Louise, Alice (the dog), Rose, and, of course, hunky Alex. The book actually makes me want to visit Boulder City. What an ...more
Lita Bouquard
Robyn Carr's Virgin River feeling was prevelant in Jennifer's story Runaway Mistress. As she flees a mobster to save her life she ends up in a small town with a collection of characters like Virgin River or Grace Valley. There are a few old ladies who believe in helping other women. How they both ended up on that same path after diverse lives is cool. Jennifer is befriended by a restaurant owner who is like Sam in Grace valley - generous and kind hearted. She has spent most of her life grooming ...more
Emily Higgins
Jennifer Chaise has been the mistress of Nick Noble for 2 years when she witnesses what she believes to be the murder of Nick's wife. Afraid for her own life, she disappears. After changing her appearance, Jennifer finds herself working in a diner in a small Nevada town. Much to her surprise, she finds that this new life is much more satisfying than her old life. She even finds herself falling in love with a policeman. Engaging story.
Mom
Not much can go wrong when you're traveling first-class with your fabulously wealthy boyfriend -- until you find his wife's body in your hotel suite.

Convinced she's next on Nick Noble's hit list, Jennifer Chaise takes off down the Vegas Strip armed with only her wits and a Kate Spade bag full of money. Giving herself a drastic makeover -- complete with a new name -- she lands herself a waitressing job in a nearby town. For someone used to private jets and waterfront condos, the change in lifest
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Lois Kirby
RUNAWAY

Another adventure by Robyn Carr. A tangled web of dysfunctional lives woven around good and bad. Jennifer growing up in poverty latches on to a life with all the material things a man can give her but not love, finds love and life doing for others. Her relationship with a young girl growing up as she had bonds them,they both reap the benefits. good human interest with some drama thrown in
Sara
My first foray into Robyn Carr's books & i gotta say, i was highly dissapointed.
From such a best-selling author i expected a better writing style and the ability to keep my interest.
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I found myself wanting to put this book down so many times & the only reason i kept at it was because of the Reading Challange.
I gotta say, if this is what R
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Darcy
This book is so different from others that I read from the author. I didn’t really like Jennifer at the start. Mostly I hated how she viewed herself as a professional mistress, how little she seemed to value herself, only what the men could give her.

I thought the book picked up as Jennifer made the transition to Doris. I laughed when she said that was her name, it was so different, yet oddly fit in with the new place she was in. I loved all the quirky characters that centered at the dinner, esp
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reader
What great characters and twisty storyline

Jennifer/Doris is such a wonderful character and the author's development of the story is surprising. It's very sweet, but so feel good!
Alyssa
This book made me cry at least twice. Growing attached to the characters of the book was awesome but in the end extremely hard! The book was great until the last chapter or so, then it became a very slow read. Carr needs to fix that in some of her other books too not just this one. I am sure I will read another Carr book shortly though!
Carolee Noury
3.5, really.

I love how Carr writes, but this definitely isn't her best novel,

Love the premise, but it moved slowly at times and I didn't relate to her characters all that well.
Mary K. Combs
Another great book

I get so involved in the story I read it so fast. I would recommend this book it's a great story.
Jeanie Harper
This was a very different and dry book. Slow getting through.
Leslied
I found this book really annoying - it started off well, then the dialog got stilted, the characters were too goody-goody for words and there were too many stupidly implausible situations (view spoiler) ...more
LostinBooks
I've read all of the Virgin River and Thunder Point books and I'm a big fan of Robyn Carr but this one just didn't do it for me. I had a really hard time liking Jennifer/Doris. In an effort to get us to like her, it felt like Robyn spent a lot of ink reminding us constantly of her back story. I thought the rest of the Boulder City residents were wonderful. I especially liked Louise, Alice (the dog), Rose, and, of course, hunky Alex. The book actually makes me want to visit Boulder City. What an ...more
Dorothy Timm
Really enjoyed this, but I enjoy Robyn Carr
Kristin
This book was a little slow, but still cute. Jennifer's disappearance seemed a little over the top, as did the fact that no one recognized her because of a shaved head and no makeup. The villain in this book wasn't scary enough to keep the plot going since I think the reader didn't get to see him as that frightening of a person. I liked the characters Jennifer meets in Boulder City and felt they kept me interested in the book. Overall, it was a cute story but not the best novel I have read.
Joy
Jennifer, a professional mistress, has managed to ignore her generous lover's business life until her nose is rubbed in it. Her hasty escape lands her in a small town where, with a personal makeover, she has to start a new, low profile life. To her astonishment, she is completely happy. Then her past finds her.

At the start I thought this might be the one Robyn Carr I didn't like, but by page 30 I was captivated. It really is possible to become a different person.
Shh I'm reading!
My first Carr foray outside of Virgin River and it was very enjoyable. Jennifer/Doris had a lot of character growth and the best pleasure was seeing her develop close relationships with the people in Boulder City. Her relationship with Alex missed the mark for me but I didn't care. In fact, I would classify it as chick lit simply because the romance seemed to secondary to everything else happening in the book. And that wasn't a bad thing.
Lavada Dee
I have just found this author with Virgin River so this is the second book of hers. I loved Virgin River and felt that Runaway Mistress started slow but I'm not sure it doesn't warrant higher than 3 stars. Guess future readers will have to assess that for themselves. It was well worth the read, enough so that I just bought "The Hero".
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