In Review: Hot in Hellcat Canyon (Hellcat Canyon #1) by Julie Anne Long

Posted May 14, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Hot in Hellcat Canyon (Hellcat Canyon #1) by Julie Anne LongHot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long
Series: Hellcat Canyon #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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My rating:

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 Langley.

His 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Julie Anne Long is one of those authors whose books I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I have a ton of her historical romances on my shelves, but I’ve just never made time to pick one up. I sure didn’t think I’d read one of her new contemporary romances first, but I’m sure not going to apologize for my choice. I enjoyed Hot in Hellcat Canyon so very much! I love a good small town romance and that’s exactly what this book gave me.

Both Britt and J.T. were great characters. I mean, sure, they come from different worlds — she’s a waitress in a small town and he’s an actor who’s just visiting said small town — but they had crazy chemistry and wonderful banter, so it was easy to root for them. Plus, you know, famous person/regular person romances are a particular favorite trope of mine, so I couldn’t really go wrong. Britt was pretty well locked down when it came to the idea of a relationship — which I couldn’t really blame her for given her painful past — but I loved how relentless J.T. was. I didn’t love the introduction of J.T.’s pain in the ass movie star ex because she was SUCH a horrendous cliché (and a bitch to boot) but it was fairly easy to roll past that drama. (And roll my eyes while I was doing it.) Any frustration I felt was erased pretty quickly with J.T.’s grand gesture. Oh. My. God. That toast. *swoons all over the place*

All in all, this was a fun read. It was swoony, sexy and funny. The hero and heroine were wonderful and I loved getting lost in their chemistry and banter. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters in Hellcat Canyon and I can’t wait to get more from them. I’ll definitely be taking another trip back to quirky Hellcat Canyon very soon — I have books two and three all queued up to read soon!


“Are you seriously trying to distract me with another woman? Like throwing a steak at a Rottweiler so you can make your getaway?”

The Want was still present and accounted for. But its gentler cousin, Yearning, had just show up. Yearning was seductive. She hadn’t felt anything like that in years.

“If you can still walk, then I didn’t do my job right.”

About Julie Anne Long

USA Today Bestselling author and Rita Award winner Anne Long's books have been translated into fourteen languages and nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America Rita and Romantic Times Reviewer's choice, and reviewers have called them "dazzling," "brilliant" and "impossible to put down." HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, named by as one of the Best books of 2016, was nominated for a 2016 Rita Award, and Kirkus Reviews named WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK one of the best books of 2016. She lives in California.

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