Sunday, August 27, 2017

Early Review of Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap (Hellcat Canyon #3) by Julie Anne Long

Title: Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hellcat Canyon (Book 3)
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (August 29, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0062672886
ISBN-13: 978-0062672889
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes need to be checked against the final version as they are subject to change prior to publication. All errors involving quotes are most likely my own.
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Avalon Harwood was on top of the world. She'd help create a new game that became one of the hottest selling gaming apps on the market. It led to the start of a new company and kept a significant amount of money in her bank account.  Just as she thought life couldn't get any better, her world came crashing down around her. She found her long term boyfriend and co-creator of GradYouAte in bed with another woman.

Trying to get her emotions in check, she runs home to Hellcat Canyon where she makes the impulsive decision to purchase a house that she's loved from little on. The house was put up on the auction block and she paid a pretty penny for it. Then she finds out the person she'd been bidding against was one of the house's previous residents--a guy she'd once had the biggest crush on, Maximilian “Mac” Coltrane. She also finds out he happens to be her new neighbor.

He's hoping to convince her to move out.
She's got other plans.
And so a battle of the wills, wit, and pranks ensues...
This was the third book in the Hellcat Canyon series and it can be read as a standalone. Other than taking place in Hellcat Canyon, the previous two books don't really come into play with this story which primarily focuses on the two main characters, Mac and Avalon.

This was a book that reminded me a little of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. The way these two tried to out do each other with their pranks and to force the other's hand was too funny. It was a battle of will, wits, and pranks that had me giggling and laughing throughout the book. It also allowed you a little insight into each of their characters. While the pranks left me shaking my head, they weren't mean spirited only deceptively devious mostly in a hilarious way.

Avalon Harwood is a smart and strong young woman who is emotionally distraught when she comes home. Her feud with Maximilian “Mac” Coltrane comes at just the right time. It lets her focus on something other than her heart ache. The fact that he's a gorgeously handsome man and that she is extremely attracted to him helps even more.

Mac has issues of his own. The family everyone thought to be so perfect really wasn't. His father is presently residing in jail. His brother and he seldom speak, and all of that has had a profound affect on him. He's gone back home to find himself. Avalon will unwittingly help him.

I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. I enjoyed observing the banter, shenanigans, flirting, and chemistry going on between this couple. I liked watching what started as a mutual indifference for one another turn into one hot, steamy, and meaningful relationship. Plus, the grand gesture at the end won over my heart. While the beginning was more emotionally charged than some might like, I loved how Avalon handled herself and coped with everything. Additionally one of the last things she says to her ex had me grinning from ear to ear. I'd quote it, but I'd be getting into spoiler territory. On the Lisarenee Romance Reading Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. I loved it and highly recommend this one.

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