Second chance Summer by Jill Shalvis | Review

June 30, 2015 Book Reviews 4 ★★★½

Second chance Summer by Jill Shalvis | ReviewSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #1
Published by Forever on June 30th 2015
Pages: 368
Format: eArc
Source: NetGalley

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 . . .

There’s something about a Jill Shalvis book that puts a smile on my face no matter how down I’m feeling. With her witty storytelling, quirky heroines and gorgeous heroes, she never fails to please. 

SECOND CHANCE SUMMER is the first in her new series entitled Cedar Ridge. Set in Colorado, you can almost smell the crisp clean air of the mountains as she whisks you away to the small town setting amidst the fresh snowy powder and majestic peaks. Lily Danville never thought she’d be back in Cedar Ridge. Hightailing it out of there after losing her sister and father to tragic circumstances, Lily has never looked back even when it meant leaving Aidan Kincaid behind. After years of unanswered questions and old feelings gently slumbering, she has to face it all again when she loses her job and her best friend is the only one who’ll take a chance on her. Aidan Kincaid spends his days fighting fires and rescuing stray climbers and his nights trying to keep his mismatched group of siblings together. Abandoned years ago by their father, the Kincaids have had to fight and scratch for survival like feral cats always on the brink of disaster. When Lily walks back into town, Aidan finally has the chance to carve out a future of his very own. If only he can get lily to open up and tell him why she turned her back on them so many years ago. 

You never really have to worry about how a Jill Shalvis book will turn out but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. How she takes you to that ending is what’s important and in SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, she really pulls on the heartstrings. All the old feelings are already there so there’s an extra depth to Lily and Aidan’s relationship because they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses already. The reader can sit back and enjoy their witty repartee and steamy encounters and not overly worry whenever drama comes knocking at the door. It’s a nice, simple romance that you can curl up with and put aside your worries of the day. 

Because it’s the first in a series, it’s very much the set-up book for the others and so we are introduced to the rest of the Kincaid’s who we’ll inevitably get to know much better. I loved the rapport these siblings had with each other and the fierce love and protective nature they all had for one another despite how they all came together. 

Overall, SECOND CHANCE SUMMER is a solid start to this series with plenty to delight the old and new Shalvis fans. I, for one can’t wait for more! 


4 Responses to “Second chance Summer by Jill Shalvis | Review”

  1. tonyalee

    I remember talking about this one a few weeks ago, but I never did get it. I am glad you enjoyed this one so much!

  2. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    Jill Shalvis’s books always leave me feeling happy too. I liked Second Chance Summer, but I don’t think it’s her best. I’m looking forward to more books in this new series.

  3. Faye M.

    Awesome that you enjoyed this one, Danielle! Colorado sounds like such a nice place – I know someone who lives there and he keeps telling me of the fresh air and daily walks and the nice mountain view. I would love to see a romance unfold in such a setting!

  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    YAY! I think I’m going to start this one next, so I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! It will be my very first Shalvis book! I am so obsessed with second chance romances lately. This will be at least the 3rd or 4th I’ve read this past month alone. LOL. Great review hun! Can’t wait to meet this Aidan!

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