Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis
Released: June 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Reviewed by Sarah
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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 . . .
Welcome to Cedar Ridge! It’s a small mountain resort town overrun with alpha males. The plot surrounds a family running a ski lodge with financial troubles and several lovable, yet quirky women trying to keep them in their place.
In this story, Lily returns to town after running from it and her haunting memories for the past decade. Ironically she returns while running from another problem. She’s damaged, feisty, and sweet. What’s not to love? She has a lot of emotions to work through upon her return to Colorado and also with the probability of running into the man she had a crush on.
As the second to oldest Kincaid brother, Aidan is also the perpetual worrier. He takes responsibility for holding his dysfunctional, yet loving family unit together. Unfortunately after having his heart broken early on, he now prefers to love them and leave them; that is until a certain blast from his past returns.
I love the push and pull of the relationship. With ease, Shalvis creates tension and stubbornness among the main characters without pushing it too far right. I’ve come to expect a good time with every Jill Shalvis book I read and this new series does not disappoint. With Similar nuances to fabulous Lucky Harbor series, it starts with a familiarity that feels like home. It’s an endearing and fun read you won’t want to put down.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.