- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (May 31 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062397613
- ISBN-13: 978-0062397614
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#902,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #80160 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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“A star herself in the historical-romance world, Long makes a flawless transition into contemporary romance with a wonderfully sweet yet also intensely sexy love story that brilliantly showcases her deliciously sharp sense of humor and rare gift for creating realistically quirky, wonderfully engaging characters.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Bestseller Long [...] has a brilliant, quirky style that gives her first contemporary a delightful gleam. Her clever phrases make her small-town setting and characters seem fresh and new. [...] This laugh-out-loud treat is warmly emotional and richly satisfying.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“This book is a treat to read. The author’s love of wordplay is evident in the snappy dialogue [...] and it’s damn sexy. Long’s ability to create a love story that leaps off the page is as impressive [...] Let’s hope she keeps cranking them out for a long time.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Julie Anne Long’s books are sexy and adorable!” (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis)
“Julie Anne long is a fantastic writer.” (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz)
“Julie Anne Long’s writing glows with emotional intensity and strong, passionate characterization.” (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz)
Funny, sexy, heartwarming, Long moves seamlessly into the contemporary market. (New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde)
Sizzlingly smart! Long’s fresh new contemporary voice rocks! (NYT bestselling author Susan Andersen)
“This is romantic fantasy at its purest [...] JT and Britt are clever and funny, and the book has all the hallmarks of Long’s historical novels — charming secondary characters, delightful dialogue and a sigh-inducing ending.” (Sarah MacLean for the Washington Post, Named one of the Best Romances of Early Summer)
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, Julie has penned books that frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and the Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.
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I am not feeling as if I read a story, instead, I am feeling as if I was witnessing the growth of two individuals that were looking for self-love and their quest to find themselves. Julie Anne Long was able to do something very powerful just there: making it all about Britt and JT. The characters are the story line and that’s what every single book should be. Britt and JT were both on a spiritual quest of inner wisdom. As long as they are not willing to grow, there is no love possible for self or to have another one in their life. Both have a very different background, but there was a higher energy at play. To me, it was looking as fate and I am still smiling just thinking about it.
What is awesome in this book is that Julie Anne Long is playing with words (or her love of words). That is amazing! Both characters are smart and I just loved how the subtleties of different words and dialogue play a huge part in this story. Having us reading between the line and feel the feeling at the same time than Britt and JT :that is what writing is all about!
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I have to tell you that JT’s toast at Felix’s wedding and the Girls night out of Britt and Casey, were delicious!!!! What is really awesome in there is also a great reminder for us all: love has a lot of ways to show up and be present enough to notice all of those little actions that are translating into love. The chemistry between Britt is JT is blowing us away and for that was a tremendous pleasure to have them interact with each other.
I really hope that we will have the chance to read more about Kayla and Casey, Franco (that I really hated at first, but he found a soft spot in my heart), Trucker and even Rebecca (that I found some annoying!). I just did not want the story to end and I am already missing Hellcat Canyon.
I recommend it to everyone!! It is light and deep at the same time. It is just perfect!
*This book was given me for free by JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review
JAL’s writing is mesmerizing with evocative imagery and a perfectly paced build-up of romantic and sexual tension. She provided me with wonderful, multi-layered characters for me to love. I enjoyed every moment in their company, loving their dialogue, thoughts and chemistry.
It’s been about a year since I’ve read a romance novel but JAL lured me back to this genre with her beautiful writing. I can’t wait to read more of her work.
* contains sex scenes
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And that's part of the problem. It feels like she is working so hard to weave innuendo, double-entendre, and hyperboles into every paragraph that it becomes exhausting to read. What should be a bright and sparkly dialog between H&H gets bogged down with several paragraphs in between each line of dialog as the characters reflect on the line just spoken. They ponder, dissect, mentally review previous quips, then come out with another line of dialog. And then? Ponder, dissect, and mentally review and prepare what they are going to say next.
Confession time: I only read to the 65% mark on my kindle. I just kept either putting it down or drifting off to sleep. I really applaud the brilliant historical writers like Sherry Thomas and Courtney Milan who are venturing into contemporaries....I know it can be a bumpy ride managing their fans' expectations, but this novel didn't work for me. Its hard to get swept away by the chemistry of a couple (as Long did so beautifully with The Legend of Lyon Redmond) when the forward momentum of the plot slows to a crawl as the characters constantly reflect how witty the other is.
I will tune in to Long's contemporaries again...but might wait for the library copy!
and sexual health before beginning that aspect of their relationship. I was surprised that this was omitted, especially in a contemporary romance. // The major annoyance that I have discovered in JAL's novels (at least in electronic format - I don't know if the print options contain this issue) is that her line editor misses grammar problems, missed words in sentences, and incorrect gender identification (i.e. identifying someone as 'her' when the story is talking about a man, and vice versa). As a reader I make these mental corrections as I read, but I do find these problems annoying). This does not stop me from reading JAL novels. I like her creativity, and the 'heart' she puts into her characters.