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Hot in Hellcat Canyon

(Hellcat Canyon #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  872 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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,
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Avon
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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The internet... not just for porn anymore."

Okay, I admit the internet has more than just porn... I've heard. But, it is still the best place to get your porn... people have told me.... So, what's your favorite porn site? I'm asking for a friend...

So, I started this series by reading the third book and loved it. This one didn't let me down. Super funny, super likable characters, super cute romance.

Yes, they fell in love too easily, but whatever. They had chemistry so I'm more inclined to forgi
Sam (AMNReader)
Reread w/ my friends Gaufre & Joanna. Nov 2018.

For my second read of this book, I just sunk in a bit more to 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 co
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.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

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 town s
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
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, cr, read-2017
B-R with the lovely Sam

2.5 stars

Hot 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
Joanna Loves Reading
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-hr, library, cr
Buddy re-read November 2018 — not much changed her for me. Still flawed but a lot to like too.

3.5 stars

I 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
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3 Stars

This book suffered from FBISS...First 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 answer...I'm surprised she still answ
Lover of Romance
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review Updated

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 ke
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
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)
*The Angry Reader*
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
My first Julie Anne Long. And I adored it.

First and foremost, I judged it by its cover (which is stupid and cheesy). Thought the book would be stupid and cheesy. Instead I got heart and laughs and THE BEST characters. Hero. Heroine. Side characters. Perfection.

Mostly though I’m in love with John Tennessee. A hero like the perfect pair of jeans. Worn in and comfy. Sexy as hell. No glitter or fuss. Been through some shit to get this good. JT is going on my very short list of book boyfriends. I d
4.5 stars

Daaaaamn, this book!

This is romance with capital R. It reminded me of the early years of my reading romance, most especially Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books. The kind of romance with strong characters, including the secondary ones, and a very satisfying road to happily ever after.

I admit, it wasn't perfect. It took a while for me to get into it, as often the case with new-to-me authors. I had to familiarize myself with the writing style. But soon, the characters took over, and my GOD,
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3 to 3.5 stars. A cute read about a Hollywood heartthrob who falls for a small-town girl. Well, a girl living in a small town, anyway LOL. An enjoyable read, but not as good as #3, Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap. I didn't get as emotionally hooked in this one, and as a result the big climax near the end didn't really move me in the way I think the author intended. Oh well. I still liked it, and plan to read #2, as well as #4 when it's released.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Rounded up to 3 stars because it was a series starter (requiring the introduction of a canyon load of secondary characters and backstories). But, I was a very distracted (and a bit bored) reader throughout. Love JAL's historicals, but this didn't work for me, as it did for so many others. Catch the many very positive reviews!!
I've always felt that Long has a very contemporary voice as a romance author, despite writing until now only historical romances. So I was excited to read her first foray into contemporary writing, and overall I really was not disappointed. Just a couple of things made this slightly less than an -A- read for me, but first, I want to gush about all the great things I loved here. Hellcat Canyon as a setting is a fine rival to England's Pennyroyal Green. And like Pennyroyal Green, it's a small-town ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sure that it is scary when an author who normally writes in the historical romance genre and changes over to the contemporary romance genre. Especially when JAL rocks that genre. With such well known names already established in that arena. Well it is scary for a reader as well, but it looks that JAL is going to rock this genre as well. I LOVED JT and thought that him being and older hero at 40 was a refreshing change. Even though he is a movie star, he has become more grounded and knows qu ...more
Manda Collins
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love it, though it took me a while to finish Brit held out for a little too long, but the grand finale was worth it. And JT was a dreamboat with surprising depth. Looking forward to the next book with (I hope) the sheriff and Glory Greenleaf!
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Had some nice parts, especially the Bunny scenes but it still feels like most contemporary Romances. I do admit I prefer her HRs, but this was a nice attempt ^^
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excessively theatrical behavior at times; some dialogue between females that was a little iffy on the feminist front, in terms of women in the book seeming to think and tell each other their only value stemmed from being in relationships (it included literal fighting over men); but overall it was quite touchingly romantic. With some laughs thrown in for fun.

The art described popped very vividly to mind, wish I could have seen it. The character chosen for the caricature of JT did not hurt my imp
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Afrodyt's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

J.T McCord is a bonafide Hollywood star, but his shine has been tarnished by a spectacular flameout in his personal life. So after the paparazzi vultures feasted on the carcass of his career and moved on, he's searching to find this bearings during the downtime he has between roles. He finds himself in Hellcat Canyon because later that year his new TV show will begin filming in the area and he's decided to kill some time scoping the place o
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Julie Anne Long moves from historicals to contemporaries with the first book in a new small town romance series. Britt, a waitress hiding out from her past, and J. T., a television star looking to make a comeback, strike immediate sparks off one another when the actor makes an unexpected stop in Hellcat Canyon, the small northern California mountain town where Britt works. The first third of the book is pretty slow, with a lot of setting up of secondary characters (who no doubt will star in ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amazing read. I laughed and I cried at the beauty of the hero's "I love you" speech.

This book was so much fun to read. I laughed out loud multiple times. I just finished this book and I want to re-read it again.

The hero goes after the heroine, he woos her, and he fixes her broken front step so she has a safe stairway to walk on. My heart melted.

When they are flirting with each other they use unique vocabulary words and laugh that the other person knows that word. It was adorable. I loved their
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
Hot in Hellcat Canyon was a real treat. It was my first book by Julie Anne Long and I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, it was a real gift to have the chance to read her story. This book is all about characters: their growth, their aspiration and their love. Is the story line is unique and full of surprises? Not really. A story between an actor and a waitress is quite common within romance stories. It could have easily become a cheesy love story and fall into a read that would have become unint ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start off by saying wow! Long did an amazing job on this story and had a way with words. A charming hilarious treat that I just loved and couldn't get enough of!

This was my first book by Long and if all her stories are like this one man have I been missing out! This story is mainly about the characters. Britt is a waitress who ended up in Hellcat Canyon to start over from a bad marriage. JT is an actor looking for his next big break when his truck breaks down in this little town.

Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Last year, Sherry Thomas took a stab into the contemporary romance genre and it was an amazing effort. The same can be said here for Julie Anne Long. I guess for these traditionally published authors, with a massive following in their historical romance genre, they can write almost anything and do it well.

Julie Anne Long uses an overused trope: a Hollywood superstar (sort of on a career/personal breakdown) meets a simple town girl. But if the book was good, it doesn't really matter. This
Pj Ausdenmore
I don't typically start recommending a book three and a half months before it's release date (31 May) but HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, Julie Anne Long's contemporary debut (after years of writing stellar historical romance) is one you do not want to miss. Oh, the feels. A hero and heroine I absolutely adore. (I love that they're a bit older and have some life experience. JT has just turned 40 and Britt has a difficult marriage in her past). Intriguing secondary characters (I hope we get their stories! ...more
Sheila Melo
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Somehow he'd forgotten the sort of pleasure that could be had in making someone happy for no reason at all.

"He frankly couldn't think of the last time anyone else had tried to make him happy for no reason at all."

FINAL DECISION:  Full of the emotional complexity, beautiful enthralling descriptions of love and stuggle and pain that readers have come to expect from Julie Anne Long, HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON is Long's first contemporary.  Thankfully, the answer to the question of whether Long's style
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
So there were some good parts, and I was smirking throughout the drunken rampage scene because there is nothing more adorable than girls being drunk and being weepy and excessively emotional friends okay there really isn't. ON the other hand, most of the conflict pissed me off, even if there were attempts to rectify them towards the end, and I have never been a fan of machismo. I deal with too much of it in IRL to regard it with anything less than immense frustrated irritation.
The Lusty Literate
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
2 Stars | Hot Steam

Having enjoyed Julie Anne Long’s splendidly written regency romances, I began her new contemporary romance, HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, with open curiosity—eager to discover her version of modern courtship and love. Sadly, all I came away with was deflating disappointment.

Right from the start I struggled with this book. I tried to get into it—night after night—without success. All it did was lull me to sleep. Nothing was holding my attention. I kept hoping that at some point the p
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
What a cast of interesting characters. They’re unique, a bit off, into each other’s lives and genuinely caring. Britt may have come to them as an outsider but they’ve accepted her into their community and treat her as one of their own. It’s just what her injured soul and heart need. J.T. may be big time now but his roots are in a town much like Hellcat Canyon.

Britt’s not really ready for a relationship and tries to keep her distance but she keep crossing paths with J.T. When the mega TV star fix
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