No One Knows Us Here, Lake Union Publishing, January 2023

Book cover for No One Knows Us Here by Rebecca Kelley. Image of buildings against a dramatic orange and pink sky. The buildings lean to the right. All the windows are dark but one in the middle.

Rosemary Rabourne is struggling to overcome the long-term effects of her traumatic childhood and make ends meet in a dead-end job, when her recently orphaned half-sister, Wendy, shows up at her door in hopes of shelter and care with her estranged sibling. Rosemary, determined to make things right after abandoning her little sister in a dangerous home, will do anything to be able to provide for her. So when a long-term and lucrative gig as a high-end escort presents itself, she agrees to take it on.

The client is Leo Glass, the billionaire CEO of a revolutionary social app that allows its members to see each other in real time, almost everywhere. He wants the “girlfriend experience,” and is happy to pay a very attractive young woman to pretend to love him. His proposition has its perks: a luxury apartment and financial security, but it also has steep conditions: constant surveillance and being available for Leo’s every whim. It’s not the life Rosemary wants, but she’s out of other options.

Then she meets her new neighbor, Sam, a musician with whom Rosemary shares an immediate attraction and a genuine intimacy she’s never felt with anyone. Falling in love with him means the chance to live an authentic life, beyond the prying eyes of her client and his company. But Leo Glass doesn’t take no for an answer, and Rosemary is willing to do whatever it takes to secure freedom for herself and her little sister.

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