Please, introduce yourself.
My name’s Jacklyn Hollander, and I’m thirty-four years old. I’m the daughter of a French costume designer and an American diplomat. I grew up around the world, but after my graduation, I worked in New York and Philly.
And what’s your profession?
Today, I’m a physiotherapist and happy with my job. Several years ago—and not only to finance my training—I worked as a mistress and quickly got the hang of it. Now that I opened my physiotherapy office in Washington, DC, I no longer swing the whips. It’s really satisfying to help people heal and assist them in regaining their mobility. I won’t deny, though, that sometimes, I miss my old life.
If I have it right, you’re in a relationship now?
Oh, yes, I am. Nicolas is a young, very talented FBI agent—charismatic, clever, handsome. I met him when my car had a breakdown on the highway eight weeks ago. He helped me, and I…well, it was a split-second decision. See, he’s six years younger than me, grown-up but still with the gullibility of an adolescent. Nevertheless, I handed him my calling card, and he actually called me. He’s a great lover…and a chicken.
Would you like to explain that?
When I explained to him that I’m into bondage games and would like to tie him up, he was hesitant. Really hesitant. He had never submitted himself to a woman before, and he couldn’t wind his mind around the idea of giving up control. The first time I thought he’d rather jump and run than lean back and enjoy the ride.
And did he run?
I had him tied to the bedframe, so the question is obsolete.
How’s your relationship evolving?
Gradually. I’ve tried to get across that he’s the right man for me, but that I won’t forego being a mistress in a relationship. I need this to be really happy. So I’m teaching him step by step that my satisfaction is his, too. So far, it’s working.
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you – aside from finding the right partner?
I’m proud I could open my physiotherapy office in DC. Not many women manage the jump to self-employment. I had help from two friends, whom I had met in Philadelphia. They were…customers at one of the clubs back then. In real life, Rick’s a successful lawyer and Harry owns a real estate business. Their backup helped me find affordable rooms, and they sent the first patients. The office is prospering, and that makes me very happy.
Which hobbies do you have?
I’m not really a sports person though I try to stay in shape. Nicolas introduced me to jogging, and whenever possible we spend time in the park. If no one pushes me, I’m a couch person. I like action movies, TV series, and I can sit with a bowl of popcorn to binge-watch any crime series. Though I’m half French, I don’t like cooking so much, but I don’t put my hope on Nick. He can’t cook at all and only makes a mess in the kitchen.
What’s your greatest wish?
Nicolas has a dangerous job, and each day he leaves for work, I hope he’ll come back unharmed. In other words—I’m happy with my life. I couldn’t wish for more.
After three murders in the Washington, DC, vicinity, the FBI Agents Hayes and Beckham are assigned to solve the case. Although the murders seem incoherent at first, it becomes clear that there are connections between them. It turns out that the murderer is far from having reached the end of his deadly list.
Aside from the investigation, Agent Hayes has to find a way to get on with his demanding girlfriend and her challenging love games. Can he do both and not lose himself?