One Summer

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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 he's 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 student's innocence.  But one thing has changed...

The sullenly handsome boy she...

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Overview

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 he's 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 student's 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Riveting."
The Orlando Sentinel

"Sizzling, spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat gripping."
Affaire de Coeur

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Feb.)
Library Journal
In this riveting tale of romantic suspense, Johnny Harris returns to the small Kentucky town of Tylerville after serving ten years in prison for the murder of his high school girlfriend. His former teacher, Rachel Grant, the only person to believe in his innocence, barely recognizes the angry, embittered man her old student has become. The two are nonetheless strongly attracted to each other and begin an affair that scandalizes an already hostile town. When a woman is brutally murdered in circumstances pointing to Johnny as the killer, Rachel provides him with an alibi that few people believe. Hard to put down, this entertaining romance/mystery will surely fly off the shelves. Fans of Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts will love it. Highly recommended for public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/92.-- Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
Denise Perry Donavin
When Johnny Harris, the bad boy of the town of Tylerville, is released from prison and returns home, the whispers about his murder conviction and his involvement with Miss Rachael Grant, the schoolteacher who helped him get paroled, fill the local grapevine. Rachael finds herself drawn to this motorcycle-riding antithesis of her prim and proper fiance. She is the only witness to Harris' innocence when another ghastly murder, identical in method to the one that he was convicted of, disrupts the town. Robards' novel is full of steamy and scary scenes, ending with the unveiling of a surprising villain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440208297
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 277,344
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books as well as one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Kate Fleming (1965–2006) trained at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and spent a number of years performing in Washington, DC. In addition to the more than one hundred audio books she narrated, Kate’s voice has been heard on public television, CD-ROM games, and commercials.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Me

    I read this book years ago; but I had to downsize, after the kids went to college and during the move I lost it. Now l'm happy I found it again in the nook, because it is a big favorite. Also a big favorite is "After the Night", give it a try if you haven't read it, you won't be sorry.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Always love Karen

    Another great read from karen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Decent read

    Good read but not her best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Loved it!

    Read it a few times. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Great Author

    Easy read before bedtime

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Not Bad

    Loved the hero Johnny the ex con, super bad boy, with a brain. The heroine was to perfect, stiff and boring. Covers quite a few taboos teacher/ student affair, parole after 10yrs. for murder and younger man/ older woman. It could have been better, but did love Johnny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Outstanding!

    I couldn't put it down. I never read a book twice but I will make an exception with this one. I just wish there was a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Touching and Titillating!

    A steamy read with vulnerable,sexy character's. One of those books you will read again and again! My all time favorite.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended - One of my favorites

    A lovely, spicy romance to warm you on a winter night; coupled with a murder mystery to keep you intrigued. A hero, vulnerable enough to be believable will make you want to keep turning the pages. It's a book I've reread many times.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Eh....

    Not my favorite by a long shot. Kinda high school-ish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Great story!

    Johnny Harris is considered 'trash' by the people of town. When he is convicted of murder, on very little evidence, most people see it as no more than could be expected out of 'his kind'. But Rachel Grant, who always does the proper thing, never believed in his guilt. As his ex-teacher she saw a side of Johnny that others never did. When Johnny comes home he's belligerent and angry. He's also as hooked on Rachel as he has been for half of his life, but feels she could never be happy with a guy like him. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming to watch these two try to overcome the differences in their personalities and life styles to be together. Granted there wasn't much murder mystery involved but it wasn't needed with the rest of this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    FANTASTIC!

    This is my ALL TIME favorite book. I absolutely love it. The love story between Rachel and Johnny is romantic, hot, exciting, riveting and sweet. I felt so bad for Johnny's upbringing/childhood and the events that lead up to his incarceration. He seemed like such a sweet and well intentioned character and, unfortunately, bad things happen to nice people. Rachel is equally as sweet. She doesn't have a bad bone in her body and you can totally understand why she and Johnny make a beautiful couple. This is a great book and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a little alone time in the world of Rachel & Johnny! Only ONE complaint: We didn't get a lot of insight into what Johnny was thinking. I think there's like two pages or so (maybe more) devoted to Johnny's point of view. The rest are all about Rachel's thought's. I don't know. Maybe Johnny's actions speak louder than words. It was a great read, however. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    ROMANTIC!

    This is the most ROMANTIC book I have read to date by Karen Robards. Ms. Robard's is a master at combining romance and mystery into her books. Her books come to life with each turn of the page. I couldn't put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    CAPTIVATING

    Never before have I read a novel so captivating in all my literary experiences. 'One Summer' fiercely held my heart and soul from the primary page to Johnny's verbal long awaited 'I love you' on the last. This has been my first Robard's experience and I HIGHLY recommend that if you're an escapist you read it. You'll be filled with immense enthusiasm as you tear through each page with thirst for what's to happen next. Be sure to lay yourself down without anticipation of getting up because you'll be reluctant to put away this shear indulgence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    STEAMY!

    Great summer read! Sexual tension was taunt and vibrant. I loved this book! If you want a story that makes you remember that high-school hotty bad-boy and wonder what he turned out like a few years later... this is your book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Incredible!!!

    I could hardly put it down. Ms. Robards is fantastic. She knows how to give her readers a great story. With an intriguing plot and sensational characters, it is a must read. Highly recommended!

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