by Julie Anne Long
Series: Hellcat Canyon #3
Published on August 29, 2017 by Avon
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
She was a naive country girl. He was a billionaire's spoiled son. He was her first crush, her first heartbreak...and now her sworn enemy.
As Avalon Harwood's fortunes soared, Maximilian “Mac” Coltrane's plummeted, and he had to fight his way back to where they both began: Hellcat Canyon. Now Mac and Avalon will play dirty—in more ways than one—to get what they each want: the glorious old abandoned Coltrane mansion. But when Avalon snaps the house up at auction, she discovers there's something awfully familiar about the extremely hot caretaker...
Mac might have a heart of stone, and the abs to match, but Avalon—the dazzling girl whose heart was always too big and too reckless for her own good—was always his Kryptonite. And just like that, the stakes change: suddenly they're fighting not just for a house, but for a magic they tasted only once before and never since—long ago, with each other, at Devil's Leap.
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This book kept me up into the early hours of the morning as I read it in one sitting. I think it was the slow burn romance that kept me glued to my eReader screen until I finished it.
Definitely the slow burn.
Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap is the third in the Hellcat Canyon series, though read well as a standalone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous two books. Featuring a combination of enemies-to-loves and old flames reunited after years of separation, this cute romance is perfect for contemporary fans.
Part of what sold me was the chemistry between Avalon and Mac. They’d started going down that road as teens before Avalon disappeared and Mac dealt with a family fallout, and so it was one of those situations where the attraction was always simmering under the surface while they learned to trust each other. All of their antics to get the other to sell their land or leave had me cracking up laughing!
I can’t say I always enjoyed the internal monologues from either character, more so from Avalon than Mac as her thoughts dominated the story despite the alternating points of view every few scenes. But I get why they were there and it was nice to see the shift in each of the characters as they happened. They didn’t just flip personalities all of a sudden. Everything built on previous scenes and the history the two shared.
This book was pretty well paced, overall, too which was nice. It wasn’t one of those books where the characters are reacting to all sorts of events and obstacles so much as a character’s personal journey to finding themselves and happiness. Yes, the plot could be predictable at times but I knew that going into a romance novel. I expect it, to be honest. It’s why I keep reading these kinds of books.
Honestly, this book was just downright fun to read. I devoured it. With some of my favorite romance tropes and two characters who were both multi-dimensional and interesting, I think Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap is the perfect beach read to end your summer with.
I’m definitely going to check out the other books in the series! At the beginning of this one I guessed one of the other books’ main characters and saw I was right so I’m curious about that story. This one felt like a standalone but I can see it’s connected in little ways to the other books so fans of the series will appreciate the nods to previous installments.
If you’re looking for a slow burn romance with plenty of heat and humor, I recommend grabbing yourself a copy of Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap. I’m certainly going to come back for more from this author!