DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL'S LEAP is book three in the glorious
Canyon series by Julie Anne Long. I came to
appreciate Long's word from her Pennyroyal
Green series- historical romance from the Regency
period. While I enjoyed Long's historical romances, I
positively adore her contemporary Hellcat series.
These books have everything, y'all. Angst, snark, smarts,
and incredible sexytimes. I hold these books up with Molly
O'Keefe's writing and the early Julie James books when her
FBI series was at its finest.
DANCING AT DEVIL'S LEAP features a second chance romance as
well as an enemies-to-lovers plot. And the romance
is a delightfully slow burn. Maximilian "Mac" Coltrane and
Avalon Harwood had a teenage romance that ended in flames.
Avalon home to Hellcat Canyon to briefly escape her cheating
business partner and boyfriend from San Francisco. In a fit
of ill-considered pique, she buys at auction the glorious
old house where her teenage love used to live. Avalon
quickly learns her erstwhile love Max has slid from being a
millionaire's child to acting as groundskeeper of his
family's mansion and is determined to regain his childhood
home. Max is dismayed to learn who swept up his house with
the intent to flip it, and the war is one to see who can end
up with the property.
There's a lot of pent-up feelings on both sides, leading to
some serious emotions underlying their playful sparring for
the upper hand. Their witty banter is laugh-out-loud funny.
Their slow drift into a trusting friendship where they
realize their own and each other's personal growth is a
thing of beauty. Long's writing resonates with me, feeling
very real and emotionally gripping. This is easily in my
top three romance books of 2017.
Long's writing just keeps getting better, and DIRTY DANCING
AT DEVIL'S LEAP gives me all the Good Book Feels
that I could possibly want. This is a book I ended up
happily clutching to my chest in the middle of the night
when I finished it. I could not bear to put it down to
sleep until Mac and Avalon achieved their Happy ever After,
and I was incredibly sad that it ended and my time in
Hellcat Canyon was over for now. This is a Keeper Book I
will pick up and read again, especially to get me through
the lean reading times until Long's next treasure is released.
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