Sunday, December 13, 2015

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis: Review

Blurb:

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .


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About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Review by Yvette:

There’s nothing quite like opening a new Jill Shalvis book and knowing with absolute certainty that it's going to become an instant favorite. The characters and the storylines may change with each book but there's a certain feel that's distinct to this author's writing, one that has me eagerly awaiting the chance to get lost in a hopelessly romantic and eternally optimistic fictional world. The moment I started reading Second Chance Summer, the first book in the Cedar Ridge series, I relished the sense of familiarity that came with reading a Jill Shalvis book as well as the excitement of getting to know a new cast of characters. Second Chance Summer is a beautifully written, character-driven romance about learning to forgive, overcoming fears, and learning to live and love.

Second Chance Summer follows protagonists, Aidan Kincaid and Lily Danville, an adrenaline junkie firefighter and a down-on-her-luck hairstylist (respectively), who reunite when Lily returns to Cedar Ridge after a ten-year absence. Aidan is the knight-in-shining-armor type of hero while Lily is the reluctant damsel-in-distress. They have a bit of a love/hate relationship, with each stubbornly refusing to give in to their mutual attraction – a dynamic that’s equal parts frustrating and entertaining. Despite their instant connection, their romance is a slow-build, which I actually preferred because it extended that will they/won’t they anticipation. The air between them was erotically-charged at all times, crackling with an intoxicating mix of chemistry and sexual tension. Whether they were butting heads or bonding over their many similarities, Aidan and Lily’s romantic and emotional connection was undeniably intense and only gained traction as the narrative progressed.

From the witty banter between Aidan and Lily, to the testosterone-filled ribbing between Aidan and his fellow firefighters, to the fun-spirited teasing between the Kincaid siblings, Second Chance Summer is just plain fun to read. Second Chance Summer is guaranteed to make you laugh, swoon, and wish that Aidan Kincaid existed outside the pages of the book. What I loved most about this book (aside from Aidan and Lily’s romance, of course) is the fact that the supporting characters are thoroughly developed and are vital to the development of this story. Getting to know the Kincaid siblings and become engrossed in their tight-knit comradery made me even more eager to get my hands on the rest of the series.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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