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Faith returns to her home town ten years after she and her family were run out when her mother supposedly ran off with the richest man in town. Gray, the son of the man her mother ran off with is hostile and wants her to leave so she won't upset his sister and mother, both of whom are mentally fragile. Faith knows her mother did not leave with Gray's father and attempts to discover what happened to him. She is harrassed by a murderer and she and Gray, whom she's always loved, eventually become lovers. The murderer eventually tries to kill Faith.
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The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Cherniske

Faith Devlin had been forced from her home when she was fourteen by Gray Roulliard, the son of the man that her mother supposedly ran away with. Twelve years later she's back, having risen from the gutter that had been her childhood and turned herself into a successful business woman. Yet no one wants her there, especially Gray, who has taken over the family business since his father's disappearance. Right from the start he tries to force her out of town, but the woman will not budge. At the same time that he tries to convince her to leave, he tries to convince her to have an affair with him, because even after all these years and an eight year age difference between them, he wants her. Faith resists with everything she has, afraid of the past between them and her new mission. On her return, she learned that Gray's father had never returned home, and yet according to her mother, the two of them haven't seen each other since that last night when they were discovered missing. So Faith sets out to find out what could have happened to Gray's father. Gray finds out, and there's hell to pay . . . in the start of a hot affair that sets everyone on edge. With their affair, the man that had killed Gray's father, his lawyer/friend Alex, comes forward intending to kill Faith. So he tries to burn her house down . . . with Faith and Gray inside. Alex is instead killed by Monica, Gray's sister, whom Alex has been using as a sex substitute for her mother. At last they know what had really happened to Gray's father. With that out of the way, and the love that had grown between them, Gray asks Faith to marry him. She couldn't say anything but yes.
The review of this Book prepared by Susan Schade

A poor woman and rich, powerful man, who are having an affair, suddenly disappear, leaving both families without a trace. Twelve years later, the womans daughter reappears, determined to redeem herself in the eyes of the town, but most importantly, in the eyes of the mans son, who she has loved since childhood.
The review of this Book prepared by Kim Mills

Talk about love on the wrong side of the tracks this book has it all. Faith Devlin has loved Gray Rouillard all her young life but, Faith is known as trash. Gray is the all american playboy. Circumstances make them enemies. When Faith comes back to clear her family name from a terrible crime she encounters Gray again an this story takes you on a sexual rollercoaster ride of who done it, and deep raw sexual tension.
The review of this Book prepared by pegi singleton

Faith has loved Gray since she was a skinny child, but he is the town's golden boy and her family is nothing but white trash. To make matters worse, her mother is having an affair with his father. When their parents disappear together, Gray shows up to kick the rest her family out of town. It is a night that stays with Faith forever. Years later, however, Faith returns to town. She believes that Gray's father was a victim of foul play, and she wants the find the truth. But first truth she learns is old crushes die hard, and Gray is still the most beautiful man she has ever seen. But can they overcome their bitter past and solve the mystery of their parents' disappearences? And can they deal with a truth of their own love for each other?
The review of this Book prepared by Kathy Love

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   sensitive Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   business executive Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   blissful    -   scared


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb Rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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