ROMANCE

The First Time at Firelight Falls

Avon. (Hellcat Canyon, Bk. 4). Jun. 2018. 366p. ISBN 9780062672902. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062672919. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarWith 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.

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