Who doesn't love a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks? Johnny is one of those rebels you cheer on through the whole book...you'll want to see how bad he can be and get all warm and fuzzy when you see how tender he really is.
I have read a dozen Karen Robard books and this is one of my favorites. I gobbled this book up. It was more romance then suspense....and the love seens were hot.
Good story about proper ex-schoolteacher Rachel Grant who offers a job to former student Johnny Harris. Johnny who is from the wrong side of town, is back in town after ten yrs in prison for the murder of a local girl. Though most of the town does not, Rachel has always believed in his innocence. But the handsome sullen boy she remembers has turned into a handsome, sullen and dangerous man. Then the killer strikes again, and all evidence points to Johnny.
This is the first Robards book I could get into. Johnny is a bad boy with a chip on his shoulder but he is hot. I could understand Rachel's dilemma. The killer was very deranged and you don't figure it out until almost to the end.
Johnny Harris is home again after a 10-year stretch in Federal Prison for murder. Now he's out on parole and ready for the job Rachel Grant has offered him. Rachel was his High School English teacher who always believed her former student was innocent of murder. When the killer strikes again and all evidence points to Johnny, Rachel is the only person in town show believes him.
I first read this book 20 years ago and loved it. I enjoyed it just as much this time around. Johnny is my favorite kind of hero, a bad boy hero with a chip (boulder) on is shoulder. Rachel stands up for him against the rest of the town and her family. I loved the chemistry between these two characters. The pages just sizzled. The only drawback with the story was the lack of suspense in the first half. But I can say I was truly surprised by the identity of the killer. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Although this book held my attention, I had trouble at first seeing the attraction between the two main characters, beyond the obvious physical. I was nearly convinced at the end, but I felt they could have been fleshed out a bit more. Worth a read for the great twist ending, and the steamy love scenes, of course!
I have to say the romance between Rachel Grant being a teacher, and getting together romantically with a former student, Johnny, this bad boy turning over a new leaf in a new year after getting out of prison was pretty intriguing. Johnny goes to work for Rachel at her hardware store. She offers him the apartment upstairs above the store so he can get comfortable.
The thing I couldn't stand... between all the romance between the two main characters, and conflict and drama with her family, was that the suspenseful parts were rather drab and annoying. They just seemed to draw out forever, without really getting to a point.
I think Karen Robards could have done better. But she is a fantastic storyteller, as she proves in her other novels. This one just didn't do much for me after a while. I could not finish this one.
Very emotional book with a dark and sexy hero. I found this rec on Amazon as "Favorite book ever list", I wouldn't go that far, but I did read it in one sitting and enjoyed reading it. I like books where the hero or heroine are with other people causing some jealousy and angst and this story has that element. Also the suspense and love connection were very good.
High school teacher Rachel Grant believed in her student Johnny Harris's innocence even after he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend. Now, 10 years later, he's out on parole and Rachel has taken him under her wing, even finding a job for him. It isn't long before their relationship changes and Rachel and Johnny become much more intimate. But when another murder occurs and Johnny is the prime suspect, can Rachel prove his innocence before it's too late? Karen Robards defines passion in this story of love and scandal in a small Kentucky town. One Summer is an outstanding novel that readers will turn to again and again.
Robards ( Nobody's Angel ) here mixes suspense with romance, with uneven results. Teacher Rachel Grant, the daughter of a prominent family, agrees to give a former student a job when he gets out of prison after serving 11 years on a murder conviction. Rachel has always believed that Johnny Harris did not kill the girl he was dating, but everyone else in their small Kentucky town thinks otherwise. Johnny liberates Rachel from her well-planned but lonely life, and their mutual attraction grows into a relationship between soul mates, scandalizing the townspeople. When another girlfriend of Johnny's turns up dead, Rachel staunchly defends him and searches for the real murderer; her loyalty allows Johnny to escape the past and begin his life again. Though Robards provides an entertaining read about romantic renewals, several elements combine to make the plot seem farfetched. Johnny's transformation from hoodlum to law student is too rapid, the identity and motive of the true murderer seem implausible, and characters are too sketchily developed to make their motivations credible.
The book is about Johnny and Racheal. Racheal used to be Johnny's teacher in high school. Johnny is a bad boy. He was convicted of rape and murder ten years ago. He gets out of jail. He gets a job with Racheal's help. Racheal and Johnny start to date. Then a murder takes place. All the fingers point to Johnny.
He was pure, unadulterated trouble. Johnny Harris is home again, his too-tight jeans and damn-your-eyes belligerence honed to perfection by a ten-year stretch in federal prison for murder. Now hes out on parole and ready for the job Rachel Grant has promised to help him begin a new life. Unlike the rest of the town, Rachel has always believed in her former students innocence. But one thing has changed...The sullenly handsome boy she remembers is still sullen, still handsome...but no longer a boy. And now the small Kentucky town is alive with gossip and whispers of a scandal, as friendship turns to passion and Rachel abandons a lifetime of propriety in the ex-con's arms. Then the killer strikes again. All evidence points to Johnny Harris, but Rachel knows he is innocent. And she knows she is next...as a shattering truth is uncovered and dark passions explode in the relentless summer heat.
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards delivers the contemporary romance her fans have been waiting for. Johnny Harris is back in his Kentucky hometown, out on parole and ready to start a new life. But the only one willing to give him a chance is his former teacher, Rachel Grant, whose friendship soon turns to passion.