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Hot in Hellcat Canyon This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Hot In Hellcat Canyon is a story I have been looking forward to and I admit my expectations were very high maybe too high It s always an interesting experience when an author changes genres In the past, I have adored this author s historical s so I was curious to see how she would handle contemporary My biggest issue with this book was that the first half of the book was boring and I had a hard time paying attention to the story I This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Hot In Hellcat Canyon is a story I have been looking forward to and I admit my expectations were very high maybe too high It s always an interesting experience when an author changes genres In the past, I have adored this author s historical s so I was curious to see how she would handle contemporary My biggest issue with this book was that the first half of the book was boring and I had a hard time paying attention to the story I kept reading because it s an ARC copy, and I felt obligated to at least finish it I am relieved to say that about halfway I started to becomeinterested in the story It does start out pretty slow It starts off with our hero who is a famous actor, has come to stay in Hellcat Canyon for a few weeks Our heroine is a waitress and works on the side as a real estate realtor These two have some chemistry, but Britt has a painful past when it comes to men I understand in a way why she mistrusted J.T but I did feel that she should have trusted himJ.T is a hoot and a fabulous hero He is genuine and sincere and even though a bit of a playboy having been an actor and a famous one at that, once he commits to someone he is loyal Of course, he makes mistakes, but he owns up to them but he also sets boundaries and doesn t apologize for things he never acted upon I did like that about him, he forces Britt to face up to her own mistakes too I m not saying you re helpless Britt I don t think that for a minute It s just that no one can completely take care of themselves Not even me, and I have a freaking black belt in karate It s not a man versus woman thing It s a let somebody care about you thing And sometimes that takesguts and sense than taking on the whole damn world by yourself But man can he be romantic and sweet when he has a mind too The second half of the story really worked for me and I loved the way it turns out in the end definitely a tear or two was shed in the reading Although I wish the first half was just as good not a bad beginning for this series and I am looking forward to see what Julie Anne Long has in store for us with this series Overall a fun and charming story that is poignant and emotionally riveting foogallery id 21952 He nearly crashed into a great, dangling wind chime He gave it a startled swat It retaliated by swinging at him like nunchunks He dodged and feinted nimbly just in time, before it took out an eye His black belt in karate came in useful at the damnedest times.So I ended up sneaking back to this series a little sooner than I expected after having read book three a few days ago, but honestly this is just what I needed this week More lighthearted but not stupid fun that has just enough of He nearly crashed into a great, dangling wind chime He gave it a startled swat It retaliated by swinging at him like nunchunks He dodged and feinted nimbly just in time, before it took out an eye His black belt in karate came in useful at the damnedest times.So I ended up sneaking back to this series a little sooner than I expected after having read book three a few days ago, but honestly this is just what I needed this week More lighthearted but not stupid fun that has just enough of an aw factor to make me feel but won t make me cry And this book delivered on all counts One scene even had me in stitches I laughed so hard if you re into that kind of thing The whole town was apparently tracking her date like NORAD tracked Santa.HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON features an actor trying to maintain a successful career years after a hit show, complete with a loyal fanbase and a catch phrase he never wants to say again, and a waitress who rescues plants, gives new life to old worn out things, and is trying to move on from a past experience that left her a little banged up but not broken Both have reason to be hesitant about emotional entanglements one s not ever said the L word and one no one longer trusts herself to love the right person And yet here they are He was studying her with an expression akin to a YouTube video she d seen of a Doberman attempting to befriend a cat who was having none of it Mildly puzzled but absolutely confident his charm would win the day if he could just figure out where to poke his nose.Long s writing really is so good There s something so effortlessly captivating and whimsical and funny and emotional about her scenes Not to mention her characters I might not have loved this one as much as I did DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL S LEAP there was exgirlfriend drama, a misunderstanding, and stubbornness at play, so, you know, that s always a hit or miss for me buuuut it was still really good Do you think I can t possibly have any feelings of my own, because my job is to have pretend onesThe banter this woman churns out, my god The banter is just gold And as befits a series opener, this book also really plays up the quirks of the town of Hellcat Canyon and it was fun seeing early glimpses of characters I had already met briefly along the way I m a horse Technically you re a stallion Because I m hung like oneYou re quite adequately hung, but that s not why Adequately hung Saydirty things like that to me I want that on my headstone when I die He was adequately hung If you re looking for a really sweet story, with heat, word play with friends, charm, and some raw self reflection and discovery, as well as the delight of newly discovered female friendships, I definitely recommend this book I m so looking forward to the next in the series as I hear from trusted buddies that the hero is so far the swooniest of them all Yes please 3.75 if this was heaven, he hoped hell had a better decorator stars A Broken Truck, A Broken Career, And A Breakup Heard Around The World Land Superstar John Tennessee McCord In Hellcat Canyon Legend Has It That Hearts Come In Two Colors There Gold Or Black And That You Can Find Whatever You Re Looking For, Whether It S Love Or Trouble JT May Have Found Both In Waitress Britt LangleyHis Looks Might Cause Whiplash And Weak Knees, But Britt Sees Past JT S Rough Edge And Sexy Drawl To A Person A Lot Like Her In Need Of The Kind Of Comfort Best Given Hot And Quick, With Clothes Off And The Lights Out Her Wit Is Sharp But Her Eyes And Heart Not To Mention The Rest Of Her Are Soft, And JT Is Falling Hard But Britt Has A Secret As Dark As The Hills, And JT S Past Is Poised To Invade Their Present It S Up To The People Of Hellcat Canyon To Help Make Sure Their Future Includes A Happily Ever After Julie Anne Long S Writing Glows With Emotional Intensity And Strong, Passionate Characterization JAYNE ANN KRENTZ 2.5 stars I enjoyed the author s historicals but this book, her first foray into contemporary romance land, didn t work for me.Set in a small northern California town of Hellcat Canyon, the story features two town outsiders Britt Langley, a waitress who came to town to start over after bad marriage and JT McCord, an actor looking for his next big break when his truck breaks down on the outskirts of Hellcat Canyon An actor and a waitress What can I say Not very original And the small town2.5 stars I enjoyed the author s historicals but this book, her first foray into contemporary romance land, didn t work for me.Set in a small northern California town of Hellcat Canyon, the story features two town outsiders Britt Langley, a waitress who came to town to start over after bad marriage and JT McCord, an actor looking for his next big break when his truck breaks down on the outskirts of Hellcat Canyon An actor and a waitress What can I say Not very original And the small town setting was puzzlingly inconsistent The town had no hotels, and just one BB but had couple of bus stops no restaurants except for one dingy bar but Macy s advertisements everywhere no tourists but establishments such a fortune reading and boutique store There was a required, very predictable and over the top portrayal of small town residents that supposed to be charming but instead felt grotesque Since the book was an introduction of the series, the town and its residents played big part in it.JT is pretty good character, smart and charming His age 40 makes him little older than usual MC I liked it Britt is nice and sweet woman who tries to rebuild her life after abusive marriage I liked their banter, their flirtation via food analogies and wordplay but I didn t feel real connection to them There was no intensity, no magic Their romance didn t pull me in And, actually, I was little bored and ended up skimming some pages Introduction of JT s mega famous ex girlfriend didn t help the story either turning it into a mean OW cliche and taking some shine out of JT because of the way he dealt with the OW Overall, just an average and a very predictable read Buddy re read November 2018 not much changed her for me Still flawed but a lot to like too.3.5 starsI rarely read contemporary romances, but I am a fan of JAL s historicals so decided to give this one a try The start was a bit rough The first chapter was clunky and wordy, but once I got past the start, I found myself really enjoying the story and characters I was definitely picking if up every chance I got, which wasn t always easy through the holiday This is the first in the series, and Buddy re read November 2018 not much changed her for me Still flawed but a lot to like too.3.5 starsI rarely read contemporary romances, but I am a fan of JAL s historicals so decided to give this one a try The start was a bit rough The first chapter was clunky and wordy, but once I got past the start, I found myself really enjoying the story and characters I was definitely picking if up every chance I got, which wasn t always easy through the holiday This is the first in the series, and it certainly feels like a first in series book It succeeded in getting me interested in the series, and I have checked out the next from the library.While I enjoyed the pairing, I wasn t thrilled the direction the story took in the last third Too much time spent with an Ex, too little talking between our main characters I also found some of the small details about the small town didn t add up They sounded like a big city person writing their idea of a small town For example, the bus service sounded like it ran late, well into the evening, which it likely would not have lasted that long Also what small town even has bus service And even if it does, the advertising on the bus seats would be local ads not expensive one with famous movie stars Then again, small town California may look much different than small town Midwest, so perhaps I am just wrong.Overall, I enjoyed this story despite its flaws The characters felt real and relatable, which is a reason I keep coming back to JAL I will be continuing with this series B R with the lovely Sam2.5 starsHot in Hellcat Canyon is one of those books that I ll remember reading in a year but will only be barely able to recount, especially any truly memorable moments Those moments that make me smile, long after I finished It s not crap Not the main characters, J.T and Britt though Britt got on my nerves towards the end , not the secondary characters, not the small town stereotypes not the plot That said, I have no clue why JAL felt the need to incorporate The Bi B R with the lovely Sam2.5 starsHot in Hellcat Canyon is one of those books that I ll remember reading in a year but will only be barely able to recount, especially any truly memorable moments Those moments that make me smile, long after I finished It s not crap Not the main characters, J.T and Britt though Britt got on my nerves towards the end , not the secondary characters, not the small town stereotypes not the plot That said, I have no clue why JAL felt the need to incorporate The Bitchy Ex trope How to explain this I believe JAL to be one of the classier authors and that trope was a cheap shot, in my opinion Why do we still need the bitchy ex to outline the heroine s brilliance Why are we women still doing that to ourselves I don t mind it when one of the main characters still has some sort of unresolved issues with his hers former partner, but why does the woman have to be so clich ed Moving on.The Hellcat Canyon series will be a contemporary Pennyroyal Green series with many other characters already introduced, and sadly Hot in Hellcat Canyon suffers from the first in a series syndrome, in which a lot of time is spent on introducing us to the various secondary characters, a little of their backgrounds, the town, the atmosphere, the legends, etc That s also why it reminded me so much of the Pennyroyal Green series.That, and the language I ll will read the next, as I already have it, but there were quite a few times where I thought Yep, JAL needs to learn to speak Contemporary But now she suspected the man who had once blithely partaken of women as if they were a bowl of peanuts and probably would have blithely partaken of her, too, before last nightwas being careful with her Who speaks or thinks that way I mean it, as a non native speaker and someone who had to go through various torturous linguistics seminars, I keep trying to figure out how the language adepts to different areas of life socially, culturally, economically After living in the UK for over 10 years, I have yet to hear someone say partaken I know the word, obviously, but I ve never heard anyone say it To use it in this context sounds very HR to me Anyway, I ll stop whining now It wasn t as bad as I make it out to be It was still solid writing, and the banter actually between all characters was really good Hello, JAL Thank you, Sam, for the wonderful b r, and sorry if it was a little chaotic with my RL shizzle getting in between This was an outstanding discovery Mostly JT and Britt were fantastic romantic leads and their interactions were a lot of fun Julie Anne Long does banter very well and the flirty sparks were strong and hit just the right mix of wit and anticipation.The only real drawback was the last quarter tangle where both leads lost some of their defining characteristics to draw the book out view spoiler I mean, both turned coward in ways I didn t appreciate Long establishes that they re both wounde This was an outstanding discovery Mostly JT and Britt were fantastic romantic leads and their interactions were a lot of fun Julie Anne Long does banter very well and the flirty sparks were strong and hit just the right mix of wit and anticipation.The only real drawback was the last quarter tangle where both leads lost some of their defining characteristics to draw the book out view spoiler I mean, both turned coward in ways I didn t appreciate Long establishes that they re both wounded and I get their hesitation to commit But both Britt and JT go beyond what I thought reasonable for someone in love and wantingIndeed, at different points, both acknowledge they are in love, determine that they ll say so at the next possible opportunity, and then do the exact opposite instead when the chance presents itself by actively pushing the other away hide spoiler So I found a bigish block of the book frustrating, but the resolution brought things back with enough flare that it still ends up pretty entertaining and a fun read I sure hope this is the beginning of a new must read author, for me It s certainly promising.A note about Steamy There are three explicit sex scenes but they re not over long despite being enticingly spicy and they fit very well with the emotional dynamics of the story So pretty much the middle of my steam tolerance 3 StarsThis book suffered from FBISSFirst Book in the Series Syndrome It was an ok read, nothing phenomenal but I enjoyed it and I forgot how real Long s characters are Looking forward to the next books in the series I m always messaging Julie on twitter asking her when she s going to write another historical, her answer is always not right now And I keep asking and she gives me the same answerI m surprised she still answ 3 StarsThis book suffered from FBISSFirst Book in the Series Syndrome It was an ok read, nothing phenomenal but I enjoyed it and I forgot how real Long s characters are Looking forward to the next books in the series I m always messaging Julie on twitter asking her when she s going to write another historical, her answer is always not right now And I keep asking and she gives me the same answerI m surprised she still answers me lol Sooooo since I can t get my hands on a new JAL historical I ll cozy up with her new contemporary series I really hope it s a goodie Reread w my friends Gaufre Joanna Nov 2018.For my second read of this book, I just sunk in a bitto JAL s prose right away JT was charming, as expected, and Britt wasn t as offensive initially I can t remember warming to her I couldn t remember why And I thought I will think on this Maybe only this while I read this book Oh She didn t show much vulnerability Ever Her grand gesture was sorta putting herself out there in what felt like the safest way possible after it s confir Reread w my friends Gaufre Joanna Nov 2018.For my second read of this book, I just sunk in a bitto JAL s prose right away JT was charming, as expected, and Britt wasn t as offensive initially I can t remember warming to her I couldn t remember why And I thought I will think on this Maybe only this while I read this book Oh She didn t show much vulnerability Ever Her grand gesture was sorta putting herself out there in what felt like the safest way possible after it s confirmed how he feels Ultimately, that makes it his grand gesture twice in a sense view spoiler I ll forever wonder if they d end up together if she hadn t seen that wedding video Thoughts hide spoiler Also, for a grown up, she spends too much time acting like a drunk teenager I m not saying this isn t realistic, I m just saying I m not on board I also noticed JT came across as smarmy when he was using lines on her after they were together At his observant and sincere moments, he remains lovely I think reading this left me angst less, and I believe it s cause Britt never got her hooks in me.In summary, kinda The first part of the book went much better, then the ex shows up, it stumbles see below , everyone gets unlikable in a bit too petty of a way, and it recovers because JT puts himself out there and Britt sees the resultThe last chapter is lovely Also, never noticed how much page time the characters coming up really got before I m thrilled, and completely smitten w JAL s consistency in this way Even if she s shit at math For asophisticated and veteran JAL POV, see Bubu s review Thanks for the BR, Bubu I can and have said a lot about this book I believe it s a fairly solid 3, and could ve been a four if it were not for a few major issues Hiding the rest of the review under a spoiler, due to my buddy read, just in case view spoiler In the beginning of this book, I thought, whoa descriptive, which quickly shifted to whoa, wordy which quickly shifted to whoa, rambling Bubu made me aware that this author just shifted to CR, and some of her phrasing and exposition for that matter definitely feltsuitable to HR Then around 60ish % I felt like the contemporary came out Some of that felt choppy and detached from the style earlier in the story, but it was much easier to read Can I nest a spoiler I can try view spoiler OW drama was generic and annoying, and fully body shaming This was a disappointment since it was not relevant to establishing character and felt like a cheap way of being funny And frankly, Britt, our heroine, was SUPER annoying and immature in this stage of the book She was an asshole Britt also suffered a history of abuse which didn t really help explain her motivations or lack thereof, except in a surface way If that is the case, why bother The Big Mis was super predictable hide spoiler I think that takes care of the things that really grated on me.So the good Dialogue Even in the beginning, where it was rambling, the dialogue was breathe of fresh and funny air The supporting cast was a lot of fun J.T was also a great hero considerate, sweet, and a fixer The use of fixing up or not giving up and plantswonderful The end about the last 10% or so felt particularly sweet and well written The heroine s relationship with her sister could ve made me understand her , so I wish we d seenof that hide spoiler I will absolutely continue the series, especially considering how the author seemed to fall into acontemporary rhythm by the end In addition, I truly enjoyed the characterseven though Britt grated on me for a portion of the book Stays mostly in the shallow end, no risk story telling Hero reminded me a little bit of SEP s Bobby Tom Denton, with charm and flirt Heroine had abusive past but pretty much glossed over except for mention and device to create ending foil to HEA Small town cuteness, drama, and series baiting secondary characters Relationship skirted depth but couple had some fun back and forth Solid contemporary romance apple pie, good but not terribly exciting.


About the Author: Julie Anne Long

Well, where should I start I ve lived in San Francisco forthan a decade, usually with at least one cat I won the school spelling bee when I was in 7th grade the word that clinched it was ukulele I originally set out to be a rock star when I grew up I had a Bono fixation, but who didn t , and I have the guitars and the questionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of my closet to prove it.But writing was always my first love I was editor of my elementary school paper believe it or not, Mrs Little s fifth grade class at Glenmoor Elementary did have one my high school paper along with my best high school bud, Cindy Jorgenson and my college paper, where our long suffering typesetter finally forced me to learn how to typeset because my articles were usually late and thus I probably have him to thank for all the desktop publishing jobs that ensued over the years.Won a couple of random awards along the way the Bank of America English Award in High School which basically just amounted to a fancy plaque saying that I was really, really good at English and an award for best Sports Feature article in a College Newspaper and anyone who knows me well understands how deeply ironic that is I began my academic career as a Journalism major I switched to Creative Writing, which was acomfortable fit for my freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy I dreamed of being a novelist.But most of us, I think, tend to take for granted the things that come easily to us I loved writing and all indications were that I was pretty good at it, but I, thank you very much, wanted to be a rock star Which turned out to be ever so slightly harder to do than writing A lotequipment was involved, that s for sure Heavy things, with knobs It also involved late nights, fetid, graffiti sprayed practice rooms, gorgeous flakey boys, bizarre gigs, in fighting what s not to love But my dream of being a published writer never faded When the charm ahem of playing to four people in a tiny club at midnight on a Wednesday finally wore thin, however, I realized I could incorporate all the best things about being in a band namely, drama, passion, and men with unruly hair into novels, while at the same time indulging my love of history and research So I wrote The Runaway Duke, sent it to a literary agent see the story here , who sold it to Warner Books a few months after thatwhich made 2003 one of the most extraordinary, head spinning years I ve ever had Why romance Well, like most people, I read across many genres, but I ve been an avid romance reader since I got in trouble for sneaking a Rosemary Rogers novel out of my mom s nightstand drawer I think it was Sweet Savage Love Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBainI cut my romance teeth on those ladies And in general, I take a visceral sort of pleasure in creating a hero and a heroine, putting them through their emotional paces, and watching their relationship develop on the page And of course, there s much to be said for the happy ending And why Regency Historicals Well, for starters, I think we can blame Jane Austen Her inimitable wit, compassion and vision brought the Regency vividly to life for generations of readers If Jane Austen had written romances about Incas, for instance, I think, we d have racks and racks of Inca romances in bookstores all over the country, and Warner Forever would be the Inca Romance line.But I m a history FREAK, in general I readhistory, to be perfectly honest, than fiction when I have time to read these days When we were little, my sister and I used to play Littl


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