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The First Time at Firelight Falls
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The First Time at Firelight Falls
A Hellcat Canyon Novel
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Single mom Eden Harwood has a lively daughter, a blooming business—and a juicy secret she's hung on to for ten years. She doesn't mind a bit that there's no room for romance in her whirlwind life . . . until six-foot-infinity, smoldery-eyed, bass-voiced Gabe Caldera reminds her of what she might be missing.

The principal of Hellcat Elementary is usually knee-deep in fawning PTA moms, but Gabe only has eyes for the fiery, funny, skittish redhead who barely knows he's alive. But this ex-Navy SEAL never fails to get what he wants. And what he wants is to fan those sparks between him and Eden into the kind of bonfire you can see two counties away.

The passion is explosive . . . and the tenderness has them thinking about forever. But when Eden's past waltzes into town for a reckoning, her secret blows them apart. Still, Gabe will never back down from a fight . . . especially if the ultimate prize is Eden's heart.

"Julie Anne Long's writing glows with emotional intensity." —New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Anne Krentz

Single mom Eden Harwood has a lively daughter, a blooming business—and a juicy secret she's hung on to for ten years. She doesn't mind a bit that there's no room for romance in her whirlwind life . . . until six-foot-infinity, smoldery-eyed, bass-voiced Gabe Caldera reminds her of what she might be missing.

The principal of Hellcat Elementary is usually knee-deep in fawning PTA moms, but Gabe only has eyes for the fiery, funny, skittish redhead who barely knows he's alive. But this ex-Navy SEAL never fails to get what he wants. And what he wants is to fan those sparks between him and Eden into the kind of bonfire you can see two counties away.

The passion is explosive . . . and the tenderness has them thinking about forever. But when Eden's past waltzes into town for a reckoning, her secret blows them apart. Still, Gabe will never back down from a fight . . . especially if the ultimate prize is Eden's heart.

"Julie Anne Long's writing glows with emotional intensity." —New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Anne Krentz

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  • 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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 19, 2018
    In the sexy fourth California-set Hellcat Canyon contemporary (after Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap), Long introduces her hottest hero so far: clever, handsome Gabe Caldera, principal of Hellcat Canyon Elementary and former Navy SEAL. Florist Eden Harwood keeps everything close to her chest, including the identity of her 10-year-old daughter’s father, but her attraction to Gabe, and his to her, grow impossible to hide. She initiates a series of secretive sexual encounters with him, but the intensity of their passion unfortunately disguises the confusing magnitude of their true feelings. Their shaky balance is compromised when someone from Eden’s youth arrives unexpectedly in Hellcat Canyon, and she must deal with her own past actions, plus swiftly multiplying consequences, by building an honest and solid relationship with Gabe. Vivacious banter and rich rapport among the secondary characters invigorate this enchanting, fun, and realistic series. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from April 1, 2018
    An elementary school principal with a Navy SEAL body woos a down-to-earth florist who realizes romance is worth fighting for.Eden Harwood is too busy being a single mom to her 10-year-old and managing her thriving business to go on a date. Veteran Gabe Caldera really wants to change her mind. But when do two adults with too many obligations find the time to explore the possibility that they might be perfect for each other? It may have to be in the parking lot of the school where Gabe is the principal, or his office, or on a soccer field, or in a car in a secluded spot off the road. Long (Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap, 2017, etc.) sets up a playful courtship between her protagonists, with every rushed conversation ending on a cliffhanger that they pick up the next time they cross paths. She's also skilled at ratcheting up the sexual tension alongside the emotional connections that the two build through their repartee, which may make the reader nostalgic for a time before everyone filled out online dating profiles. The charm of the novel also comes from the fact that its setting has been fleshed out over several books, and the cast of characters in the town has expanded and deepened, echoing the author's Pennyroyal Green historical romance series. The novel varies its tone well in the first half, mixing comic dialogue with hints of Gabe's and Eden's secret depths. Though it succumbs a little to melodrama in the second half, when Eden's past comes back to town, the overall impression is of lightness and hope. This blend of sweetness and conflict evokes Nora Roberts' early Americana.The fourth novel in the Hellcat Canyon series highlights Long's deftness at staging small-town romance.

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  • Library Journal

    June 15, 2018

    With a ten-year-old daughter and a thriving flower shop, single mom Eden Harwood doesn't need a man in her life--and for years she's managed to keep the local bachelors at bay. But elementary school principal and ex-Navy SEAL Gabe Caldera is not so easily dissuaded, and Eden, as determined as she is to avoid a relationship, can't deny the pull between them. Propriety wars with passion as they come to terms with their feelings, only to have their budding relationship threatened when Eden's past--and her daughter's father--come to town. Appealing protagonists are complemented by an exceptional cast of old and new characters (an overly critical helicopter mom and a precocious ten-year-old are especially pleasing), bringing the quirky town to life. VERDICT Sweet, sexy, flirty, and upbeat, Long's latest Hellcat romp is undiluted fun and as refreshing as a California breeze. A great summertime read. Long (Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap) lives in Northern California.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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