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Johnny Harris, with his notorious reputation, has just been released from prison, where he spent ten years serving time for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Rachel Grant, his former teacher, has always believed him innocent, unlike the rest of Kentucky. She chooses to give Johnny another chance and provides him with a job and friendship. Although right from the beginning,bad boy Johnny has something else in mind for good girl Rachel...Yet a murderer is loose and strikes again just when he gets back, and all evidence points to Johnny…
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Ten years ago, Johnny Harris was sent to prison for the murder of his girlfriend. Now on parole, he is offered a job by his former English teacher, Rachel Grant. But now that he is free, the murderer decides to kill again.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich    -   old gal loving young guy    -   loving criminal Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   love with a criminal Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   accused criminal    -   criminal Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   arrogant    -   blissful    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   unhappy for sexing the guy    -   guilty


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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