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Johanna Patterson was raised in the world of Hollywood. Her father is a famous producer and her mother was a theater actress. They never had any time for her, and she grew up watching them tear each other apart. Johanna is currently a game show producer. She loves her work and is perfectly content with her life. She knows just how jaded the entertainment industry is, and the last thing she ever wants to do is become involved with an actor.
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Sam Weaver, a famous actor, is immediately captivated with Johanna upon meeting her. When he goes on her game show as a contestant and gets to know her, he realizes that what he feels for Johanna is different from what he's felt for other women in the past. He wants to date her, but Johanna is resistant. She doesn't want a boyfriend, espically not an actor boyfriend. The fact that she's attracted to Sam is something she'd rather not think about. Sam makes a bet with her that she can't turn down. If he wins it she has to go on a date with him, and if he loses he goes back on her show. He wins, and through his persistance gets Johanna to go on a lot of future dates with him.
Sam and Johanna soon find themselves in love, but Johanna is still fighting the relationship. She feels that she is incapable of love, and that a relationship with an actor could never work out. Sam realizes that he's found the love of his life and is determined to keep her. In order to do so, he has to help Johanna overcome her painful childhood and and get her to accept that they can have a future together.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   fear of emotional commitment If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   entertainer Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   movie/producer Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   nearly 100% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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