Annabelle Maestro, the daughter of movie stars Ralph Maestro and Gemma Summer, broke away from her famous parents and Los Angeles where she grew up and began a new life in New York City. While everyone thinks Annabelle is working in the fashion world, few people know that what she’s really doing is running a very lucrative, high-class call girl ring with her cocaine-addicted boyfriend, Frankie Romano.
Denver Jones is now a hotshot L.A. lawyer who is making a name for herself defending the rich and famous. Recently split with her boyfriend, Denver is looking for love in all the wrong places and selling her soul to the devil in order to succeed.
Carolyn Henderson is the personal assistant and mistress of U.S. Senator Gregory Stoneman and is loving her life in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the Senator is married with children, and while he keeps promising to leave his wife, Carolyn has seen no sign of this happening. However, a recent development has given her a bit more leverage, and she plans to pressure the Senator into keeping his word.
Annabelle, Denver and Carolyn all knew each other as girls growing up in Los Angeles, but life has led them in different directions. Now, the murder of Annabelle’s mother has brought them all back together again. Annabelle is devastated by the death of a woman she barely knew, and the fact that her self-absorbed, macho father is a suspect isn’t helping matters at all. She has no desire to be thrust back into the spotlight as the daughter of two famous people, nor does she have any desire to confront the ghosts of her past. But family duty beckons, and her father orders her to come home.
Denver is part of Ralph Maestro’s legal team and has been assigned the dubious honor of fetching Annabelle back home and babysitting her while she’s there. That’s unfortunate because Denver has much more on her mind than a stuck-up, over-privileged friend from the past. She has just broken up with her boyfriend, taken a hot Latin lover and has a fling with a sexy writer while in New York. She’s much more interested in her love life than being a lackey to Annabelle.
Denver is also worried about Carolyn. As adults, Denver and Carolyn have kept in touch and Carolyn is due in L.A. for the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, they are playing phone tag and never seem to connect. Carolyn is busting to tell her the news about herself and Senator Stoneman, but the time is never right. When Carolyn goes missing, Denver is torn between her career, her duty to Annabelle and her father, and her friendship with Carolyn. Making a split-second decision, she leaves L.A. and heads to Washington to find the ultra-responsible Carolyn, who would never disappear without letting someone know where she was.
As if all this weren’t enough, rich, privileged and gorgeous Bobby Santangelo Stanislopoulous, son of Lucky Santangelo, is back in the picture as well. Denver had a major crush on this childhood friend, but he never even knew she was alive. Now Denver is hoping that may change during this little impromptu class reunion of sorts. Hopefully, with all the old gang reunited, they’ll be able to get to the bottom of Gemma Summer’s murder, locate Carolyn and get back to the people they were meant to be before life interfered and turned them into individuals they no longer know.
Jackie Collins’s latest sizzling novel is a great read. Who doesn’t love a good scandal? In POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL, there’s scandal aplenty. It’s one of those books where you just have to keep going to see what happens next. Those of us who don’t live the lives of the rich and famous will enjoy this fun glimpse into another world.
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 18, 2011