The story was written in the early 90s, published 1992.
Jenny Monroe is 17, a month away from 18. She is the daughter of the family that is the top of the socio-economic stratosphere of the small town.
Mitch Sullivan...the Hell-raiser of the title. 26, works as an auto mechanic saving money to head off to Europe and become a writer. He already has some articles published, so this is not a pipe-dream. (What is the etymology of pipe-dream, anyway?)
I wanted to love this book, even though the H/H were so dang young. I got 1/2 way through, and was still holding out hope...then the misunderstanding happened, and I skimmed through to the end. I really liked Mitch, and Jenny was sweet...but, it just wasn't enough.
I generally love a Dallas Schulze book...even the older SIM titles. My favorite being Secondhand Husband. This one just didn't pan out for me.