Hot in Hellcat Canyon wavered between a 4 and a 4.5 for me because it starts out really, really slowly and somewhat awkwardly. There's a lot of description and flowery language and roundaboutation in the first chapter or two where it felt like Julie was carrying over her way of writing lush poetic historicals into the modern world. It didn't quite fit. It wasn't quite awkward, but nearly could have been.
Then Britt and J.T actually started interacting and everything went out the window except hysteric gales of laughter.
So stick with it. It gets better. Lots better. Holding your sides cackling madly sort of better.
It's clear that Julie is going to do in Hellcat Canyon what she did so well in Pennyroyal Green - redeem, find the lost, seduce the unwary, and have lots of cackling fun while doing so.
I'm uncertain how well it'll translate, as some of the characters just weren't that appealing and others seemed to be fairly hopeless, but if Hot in Hellcat Canyon is but the least of what's to come, I'm game for more.
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.
“Julie Anne Long’s writing glows with emotional intensity and strong, passionate characterization.” JAYNE ANN KRENTZ