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The Hellion

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,270 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Once they were high school sweethearts. Now, twenty-four years later, Tommy Lee can still excite Rachel like no other man.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Jove (first published 1984)
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Robin
Tommy Lee Gentry and Rachel Talmadge share a past. Twenty Four years ago, they were neighbors, best friends, and lovers. But when Rachel finds out she is pregnant, her father sent her away to have the baby and give it up for adoption. Tommy Lee and Rachel lived separate lives until now. Rachel's husband has died and Tommy Lee starts visiting her. He tells Rachel he has never stopped loving her. But his reputation for wild women and booze stops her from getting involved with him again. She warns ...more
Rosi
I don't know if I should mark it off as contemporary or historical since the book refers to a lot of furniture and clothing style from the eighties.
I rate it as OK because it did help me pass the time but there were a lot of issues that I found disturbing. *******SPOILERS*******
*****SPOILER ALERT*******
I did not like that the parents had so much power over the H/h especially the h even as an adult. The H/h conceived a baby but put up for adoption per both sets of parents and neither of them sea
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Season
Not my favorite of Ms. Spencer's books, but it is a really good story, I just don't really relate to this one. The thing of all of Ms. Spencer's books is that each book is so very different, not one story is the same as another. If you are a fan of hers, you will like this one. It is a easy, quick read.
Tressa
The Hellion had an intriguing start with vivid description. Unfortunately, the ending seemed pat and the resolution with Beth seemed too easy. Plus, there wasn’t any mention of the other kids, which I thought was odd.
Jen
This was a fun quick romance read. Predictable, but a juicy little romance.
Stacy
Tommy Lee and Rachel were raised together. They lived next door to each other and their parents were good friends. When they fall in love as teenagers it was no surprise to anyone. What was a surprise to the teens was an unexpected pregnancy and a major push from their parents to keep them apart when they needed each other the most. Now they are both 41 and there are no obstacles between them except the lives they’ve lived while apart.

If you enjoyed the first paragraph I included and would like
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Caroline
This is the lowest rating I have ever given a spencer book, although it unfortunately deserved it.

I would say this book was a light read but I consider that a story that doesn't frustrate me or leave me with questions by the end of it. The ending of The Hellion was idealistic - and I have no problem with that; except for the fact that the two main characters (Rachel and Tommy Lee) who lived in same town for twenty four years and have loved each other for twenty four years, were kept apart by int
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Marleen
I really wanted to like this book better but I just couldn’t. The story-line was uninteresting, antiquated and rather thin; the dialogues too repetitive.The characters were stereo-typed and one-dimensional. I wanted to like Tommy Lee Gentry and Rachel Hollis, but to me, they were unappealing and unrealistic. This story was too predictable for a romance story - and indeed felt very much like a flimsy romance written in the eighties with no connection to today's way of thinking. I may sound harsh ...more
Becky
This was a good story, but at times unrealistic. Rachel is forty something whose husband has just died from a battle of cancer. She is wealthy, a prominant business owner, beautiful and has a cold, demanding father. The family of course has their secrets. Enter Tommy Lee, another 40 something rich,good looking man who is the talk of the community about his drinking, fast driving and women. Rachel and Tommy Lee have a history that time and mistakes can't deny. I don't want to spoil the story. See ...more
Rebecca Dean
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Cindy
Sep 10, 2007 Cindy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the author
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed this romance, but not as much as I wanted to. It was so obvious that Tommy Lee and Rachel would get back together, I kept waiting for them to get it over with. Rachel's main hesitation was Tommy Lee's reputation (which I can understand) and worry about what everyone would think (which I couldn't). Rachel's dad comes off as such a jerk, I couldn't understand why she even cared about his opinion. The story never quite built up the suspense or romantic tension it needed. Not as good as so ...more
Leeann Smith
I am not a big fan of romance novels but I read this on the recommendation of a friend. The story line is a bit predictible but that is not a bad thing if you love romance. What I was more drawn to was the location/setting. The story takes place in Russellville, AL so all the references to locale was familiar. I enjoyed that aspect. I think most who have always loved Harlaquin Romances novels will enjoy this book, especially if you live in northwest Alabama.
Lori
Sappy love story, poorly written.
Karen Hogan
Let me start by admitting that no one does romances like LaVyrle Spencer. In this book two former high school sweethearts meet again in their forties. Unfortunately, this book was not that good, and I had difficulty even getting into it.
Meggie
Oct 08, 2013 Meggie marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I really liked all the LaVyrle Spencer books that I have read, but this one...I put it down for a month and when I picked it back up I just wasn't interested in finishing it. Maybe I'll try it again sometime? DNF.
Naomi
Any book of LS is well worth the read. the Hellion was a sweet story which followed most of LaVyrle's books, yet sucked me in just like the rest of them. This is an author who I wish had never retired!
Gaynell
I enjoyed this book, but it was not as believable as her other books I have read. I do love that Spencer makes her H/h normal people. They don't all have perfect bodies, beauty queen/king looks, etc.
Amanda
Not my favorite. It was a quick read and okay for a cute love story. You pretty much knew everything before it happened. Probably won't be interested in reading this one again.
Karin
Never liked this one much as a teenager, but as an adult I found it to be an enjoyable read. Evil parents, unrequited teenage love, adoption. Get 'em all here.
Chamie
Nov 10, 2011 Chamie marked it as to-read
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Erin
Ha ha...I remember reading this book and thinking how corny and hokey it was....another of the "modern" day books of hers that i didn't enjoy.
Amanda
The plot was no mystery, the conflict was formulated, and the ending got a little overcheesy hokey. But it was an okay Sunday afternoon romance read.
Carrie
One of my very favorite of LaVyrle's books. I was SO disappointed when she stopped writing her novels. I read and have all of them.
Shan Walks
This is one of the few books I've read half a dozen times at least. It's my favorite modern romance novel.
Michelle
Nice little romance, not one of my favourite Spencer novels,but enjoyable none the less.
Jody
kind of uneventful for her, nothing more than romance which is boring to me.
Kelly
I loved it. Read it in 1 day because I couldn't put it down.
Sharon Sherman
Ah, young love. A story where the adults made the worst mistakes.
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