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hot in hellcat canyon book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

When I saw Hot in Hellcat Canyon, a contemporary romance published with Avon Books, I was excited. I’ve always loved sitting down, putting my feet up, and relaxing with a good romance novel—one that isn’t in any way, shape, or form erotic. I like being able to forget the outside world for a while, especially with everything happening in it lately. This book did not disappoint. Not only was I able to escape into a different world, but I also enjoyed the actual story line.

When John Tennessee McCord arrives in Hellcat Canyon with a broken truck, a career that is tanking, and a recent breakup, he doesn’t expect to be staying very long. However, when he sets eyes on Britt Langley, a waitress at the local tavern, his expectations are all by dashed.

To Britt, J.T. is more than a sexy movie star…he’s a man in desperate need of comfort and attention, just like her. When the two of them begin to hit it off, their pasts may get in the way of happiness. Will they be able to put their pasts behind them and move forward with one another? Or will it seep into their present lives and keep them from finding happiness?

I was intrigued from the beginning by both of the characters. Britt is a very strong and independent woman. However, with the walls she has put up, it’s obvious that someone in her past hurt her. J.T. is also a very strong (physically and mentally) character. With a rough childhood, a rebellious stage after he became famous, and a sobering breakup to help shape him, he is quite the character. He seems like the perfect small town guy, but not in a way that makes him seem fake.

The story line itself was pretty standard for an Avon book, but with different characters and different specifics, it was still interesting to read. This is definitely a good book if you are looking to relax and read something entertaining that doesn’t require a ton of deep thought.


Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.