Review + Excerpt: Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Mass Market: 368 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
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...

I'm a big Jill Shalvis fan. Her Lucky Harbor series was one of my favorites and when it ended I was very excited to read her new Cedar Ridge series. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed Second Chance Summer and I cannot wait for more books in the series.

Jill Shalvis follows a formula, but it's a formula that keeps me coming back for more. Jill Shalvis's books, especially if they're part of a series, are like potato chips--you cannot read just one. Just like in her Lucky Harbor series, this new series was set in a small town inhabited by eccentric townspeople, sexy alpha men and intelligent women. But unlike Lucky Harbor, which was a small town near the ocean, Cedar Ridge is located up in the mountains of Colorado. 

Our hero Aidan Kincaid is a fire fighter, a search and rescue worker and he also co-owns the Cedar Ridge Resort with his siblings. Our heroine Lily Danville found her way back in Cedar Ridge after she got fired from her job in LA, but she promised herself that it's only temporary. Meanwhile, she needed a job, and the only opening was at the resort. The last thing Lily wanted though was to see Aidan. Ten years ago, they did not part on good terms when Lily left after her family fell apart and Aidan didn't stop her. Now, Aidan hopes to convince Lily to give him and Cedar Ridge a second chance...

Both Lily and Aidan were likable characters. Besides being a sexy fire fighter, Aidan works hard, is responsible, loyal and loves his mom and siblings. He rescues people for a living, puts others before himself, and you can count on him. He had his brooding and alpha moments, but I love how open he was about his feelings for Lily. As for Lily, she's independent and hard-working, but she struggled with her guilt over her sister and father's deaths. She didn't have family around like Aidan does so she's alone. She's hesitant when it comes to starting a relationship with Aidan, and I understood why she felt the way she did. She was carrying a lot of weight on her shoulders and she needed to let go of some of that before she can start anything. But Lily and Aidan could not ignore each other and the obvious attraction between them. It was fun and entertaining to watch them find their way to each other again, hiccups and all.

Lily and Aidan were great, but my favorite part was meeting all quirky secondary characters. My favorites were Aidan's brother Gray and his wife Penny. They were a hoot with their TMI. If you read Kristan Higgins's Blue Heron series, they kind of reminded me of Pru and Carl. Others were Aidan's mom Char, Lily's friend Jonathan, and Aidan's friend Mitch--they all brought humor to the story and I love all the scenes they were in. I also love the family dynamics between the Kincaids. They prank and annoy each other, argue and get in each other's business, but at the end of the day they are a unit and they are there for each other no matter what and I just love that. Jill Shalvis writes the best sibling relationships in contemporary romance, no question.

The plot Second Chance Summer in was familiar and nothing really surprised me, but add in the setting, the quirky secondary characters, the humorous moments and the witty banter, and what you get is a very delightful, entertaining read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. If you enjoyed (or, like me, miss reading) the Lucky Harbor series, definitely pick up Second Chance Summer. You'll find everything you loved there in this new series. If you want to start a small-town romance series, give Cedar Ridge a chance. You really cannot go wrong when picking up a Jill Shalvis novel. 

“Come here,” he said.

“I’m right here.”


She walked into his arms. He pulled her in and kissed her. He kissed her until he knew he’d taken it as far as he could without tearing off that pretty sundress right then and there, and only then did he lift his head.

“Oh,” she breathed, staggering back a step, clearly trying to play it cool—which might have worked if her eyes weren’t dilated and the pulse at the base of her throat wasn’t going apeshit crazy.

He gave a slow smile and pulled her back in, not hard for him to do, since she already had a grip on his shirt like he was her lifeline and she was going down for the count.

She cleared her throat. “So you showed up all Captain America to save the day, and now what? I jump into bed with you? Was that your plan?”

“Yeah,” he said, “but in my version we didn’t talk this much.”

“A full-service rescue then,” she said evenly.

He tried a cajoling smile. “I’m really good at full service.”

“Do you really think this is a good idea?”

He laughed softly and let his mouth brush over her temple and then her ear, which caused her to shiver. “Of course it’s not a good idea. Or we’d have gone for it already.

But sometimes the bad ideas turn out to be the best ideas of all.”

“Yeah?” she asked. “Name one.”

“Bringing out your keys from the convenience store after the postcard display demolition.”

She let out a soft laugh and fisted her hands in his hair.

“So what now? We really going to try this out?”

Were they? He’d promised himself he wouldn’t give her a chance to devastate him again. But somehow over the past few weeks he’d lost sight of keeping his heart safe and moved onto wanting to heal her heart. “I’m game.”

She hesitated so long he took a step back from her and prepared himself to leave. But her hand came out and gripped his. “You’re wearing too many clothes,” she said softly.

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  1. Sounds like a winner to me! I'll be adding this to my TBR list :)

  2. i hope you'll enjoy it as much as i did :)


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