Published by HarperCollins on August 29th 2017
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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.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Avalon Harwood has a habit of doing things because she could. Ever since they’d been children, she’d always tried to best and impress Mac Coltrane back home in Hellcat Canyon, but that was over ten years ago. Avalon, who grew up poor, is now a successful businesswoman, while Mac, the son of a billionaire, saw his world fall apart. Mac is selling the family house, a Victorian building that Avalon has always loved, and now that she has enough money to buy it, she does.
DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL’S LEAP is the sort of book to embrace like a best friend. Avalon is a reckless, fearless, impulsive woman given to whimsy, and I adored her right away. DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL’S LEAP is astoundingly well written, bursting with colour, energy, and feelings. Ms Long’s prose reminds of The Wizard of Oz when black and white switches to colour. Julie Anne Long’s bright, vivid descriptions are so lively that she could literally write about nothing and it would still be a joy to read. What, at first, seemed like a somewhat predictable romance – friends to lovers – at some point turned into quite a complicated story: people had to face facts, grow up, and set their pride aside, and it became a fabulous story.
DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL’S LEAP is quite often very funny, and I laughed out loud more often than I had in many years when it comes to a contemporary romance, and still the author touched my heart. But the writing, oh the writing! Ms Long’s dialogues are brilliant and feel genuine; the prose is effortlessly elegant, witty, and the author possesses a vocabulary that puts mere mortals to shame, without ever sounding pedantic. And the characters are simply wonderful, whether young or old, human or animal; each is drawn with care and love. DIRTY DANCING AT DEVIL’S LEAP is a wonderful romance, a beautiful book to treasure, especially in these trying times when we need beauty and love.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.