My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

September 15, 2016 Book Reviews 1 ★★★½

My Kind of Wonderful by Jill ShalvisMy Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge
Published by Forever on December 22nd 2015
Pages: 368
Format: eArc
Source: NetGalley
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Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she's determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn't realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn't want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn't the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she's not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family's resort, Hud thinks he's seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he's been missing far too long. Now he'll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

The Cedar Ridge series is typical Jill Shalvis fare – warm, funny and smile inducing. You can’t help but grin as you read Jill’s books and My Kind of Wonderful is no different. Like its predecessor, Second Chance Summer, book two focuses on yet another yummy Kincaid brother. Do they really make them like these hunks in Colorado? If so, I have got to get me some skis! 😉

Hudson Kincaid is the head of his family’s ski resort patrol and he is all business. Constantly picking up shifts, solving problems and taking care of his mom, he has no time for romance. Until he meets Bailey Moore who coincidentally has no time for romance either. She’s on a mission of her own – after years of being seriously ill, Bailey is not using remission as an excuse for downtime. She has museums to see, oceans to swim in and mountains to climb. However when Bailey and Hudson meet on top of the Rockies, it isn’t long before the temperature starts to rise high enough to melt the snow capped peaks. A chance meeting with Hudson’s mom and suddenly Bailey is employed to paint a Kincaid family mural and her schedule is thrown out the window apart from all those hours pencilled in to flirt with gorgeous, ski patrol hunks of course.

Our hero and heroine are stunned by their chemistry particularly since neither have the time to commit to a relationship. An idea of a steamy, sultry night together to get it out of their systems couldn’t go wrong, right?

My Kind of Wonderful is a cute story but at times the stubbornness of these characters did drive me insane, particularly as it followed a similar thread as book one however the presence of the other members of the Kincaid’s zany, warm family was always a pleasure and it helped stop the storyline from getting bogged down by Hudson and Bailey’s more frustrating character traits.

I really enjoyed Hudson’s character, he really takes on more than his fair share of the family burden and I loved learning more about his background and his relationship with his siblings. Equally Bailey’s strength and determination were admirable given her past and I loved watching her grow and stand up for herself. Together, their chemistry is off the charts and Shalvis really knows how to write a love scene. You know what you’re getting with a Jill Shalvis book but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

My Kind of Wonderful is the ideal type of book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon, when you just want to smile, laugh and feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Paired with a hot beverage and sweet treat and you’ve got the perfect combo.

Danielle

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