Julie Anne Long has a lot of credit with me. She wrote What I Did for a Duke, which is a top 5 all time, top 3 historical romance for me. It is wonderful and amazing and you all should go read it right now. I’ll write about this mediocre effort while I wait.
Ms. Long has decided to try her hand at contemporaries. Her effort is there. There’s some smolder there, but overall it just wasn’t the same.
John Tennessee McCord, famous tv actor, ends up in Hellcat Canyon (tiny town out near Tahoe), when his truck breaks down as he was driving around looking at where they’d be filming his next tv show. Britt Langley is a waitress in town and there hiding from the world for her own reasons. They meet and there’s instant chemistry. Britt is running from her past and so is JT, but his comes back to find him.
It was all just okay. JT and Britt were so ridiculously perfect for the first 50% and then some it was just obnoxious. A famous tv actor, who’s sensitive, a reader, a black belt, and a carpenter. Yeah, yeah, sursies. After the story takes it’s turn they both just stopped communicating to each other and turned even more annoying. I just couldn’t care about them. Also there’s a ton of setup for other books to come in the series, and it really felt like folks were getting inserted left and right just so we could meet everyone in town. It did not feel natural.
Anywho, all this is to say, I shall still keep reading Ms. Long, her credit is still pretty damn high. This was fine. It passed the time while nursing, but it wasn’t memorable.