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One Summer by Karen Robards
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Well-done whodunit suspense story with a wickedly bad boy hero and an honorable intelligent heroine with a bad driving record.

Rachel was Johnny's teacher when he was accused and found guilty of murdering his latest squeeze. When he's up for parole he asks her for a job as she is the only one who thinks knows he's innocent. That and his ulterior reason that he's been in love with her for years. Before you go, "Euw", he is only five years younger than her, and she never had feelings for him when he was her student. When they meet up again, he's 29 and she's 34. Not so bad. A lot is made of the age difference among other aspects of their inappropriate relationship: he's an ex-con, poor, comes from a bad family, and has the typical bad-boy rep girls love.

Is he guilty or not is the crux of the book. As their romantic and sexual tension increases between the two, another murder happens in the same mode the first. He has a ONS with an old friend of his. At this point, Rachel doesn't really know how much he feels of her. He's mad at himself. Just a head's up for those that may find it a deal-breaker. In regard to the murder, luckily for Johnny, Rachel was picking him and dropping him off at his apartment when it happened, and the victim's son exonerates him. That doesn't mean that the small town crowd doesn't think he's guilty.

The suspense regarding the murders builds dramatically towards the end of the book, and there were a couple of hair-raising and gruesome surprises at the end. Nothing graphic, but still kinda scary.

The couple are great together, and Johnny's intense without being cruel. His story of his family as well as his time in prison is well done,poignant and a little stomach turning.

A great suspense plus romance. 3.5 stars.
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January 9, 2017 – Shelved
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: alpha
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: anachronistic
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: angsty
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: bad-parents
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: brooder
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: deception
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: h-i-would-trade-my-husband-for
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: honor
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: hunky-heroes
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: redemption
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: rough-around-the-edges
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: second-chances
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: secret-baby
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: this-guys-in-love-with-you
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: true-love
January 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by boogenhagen (new)

boogenhagen Great Review - off to find now. :)


Vintage Thanks. I found mine on the online library.


message 3: by boogenhagen (new)

boogenhagen Vintage wrote: "Thanks. I found mine on the online library."

I just checked it out the Phx digital library. Yay me! :)


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