The Runaway Heiress

Meg Tilly. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-0-593-20108-4

Golden Globe–winning actor Tilly takes readers behind the scenes of Hollywood in this refreshing standalone spin-off of her Solace Island series, which pairs an heiress on the run with a big shot director. Sarah Rainsford, now going by Rachel Jones, is in need of a place to stay but unable to access her bank account without risking being discovered. She accepts a job as the live-in personal assistant for bad boy director Mick Talford. Mick, whose reputation is nothing but a charade for the press, is impressed that Sarah’s mere presence makes his house feel like a home, something he’s never really had before—but he suspects she’s hiding something. After Mick gives Sarah an ultimatum, she comes clean: she’s on the run from her abusive husband, Kevin, a lieutenant with the NYPD. Love blossoms as the pair join together to investigate both the shady circumstances of Sarah’s marriage and the death of her parents in hopes of freeing her from a bad situation. Tilly makes it easy to root for these strong, focused characters, neither of whom has ever been in love before, adding an endearing, first love twist to their romance. The well-developed protagonists and intriguing suspense plot are sure to keep the pages turning. [em]Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon, InkWell Management. (July) [/em]