Review - Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #1
Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Date Read:  July 14, 2015


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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I really enjoyed every minute of this story.  I am pretty sure that this is the first book by Jill Shalvis that I have read which is pretty amazing when you consider how many books she has written and the fact that I am constantly reading.  I honestly don't know how I have missed her work.  I guess I have a little catching up to do as soon as I get the chance.

This is one of those rare cases when I can tell you exactly the one thing that made me love this book.  That one thing is Aiden.  He is just a fantastic character and I loved absolutely every single thing about him.  If I lived in Cedar Ridge, I would probably get myself lost in the woods just so he could come and save me.  Every page that Aiden was on left me smiling.  All I have to do is think about this hot firefighting guy and I still find myself grinning.  It has been a really long time since I fell head over heels in love with Hero like this.

Don't get me wrong, I liked Lily as well but she was no Aiden.  Lily had some spunk and was able to accept what life had brought her.  She wasn't happy about her situation but she tried to make the most of it.  The way that she dealt with the issues from her past felt authentic to me and I have to admit that I would not have handled gathering my own wood nearly as well as she did in this story.   

I loved all of Aiden's family and his firefighter partner, Mitch.  I think that sometimes romance novels can get bogged down by too many additional characters but every single character that was introduced in this book actually added to the story.  The cast of characters in this story added a lot of lighthearted humor which really made the book a lot of fun.  I am really looking forward to seeing some of these characters again in future installments.

I liked Aiden and Lily as a couple.  I liked the fact that this was a second chance romance with both of them still having feelings for each other.  I think in this case the fact that they were both hesitant to jump into anything really showed how much they cared about each other.  In some ways, their relationship seemed to move very quickly but they still held something back from each other.  I did like the way the romance progressed overall.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is the first book in the new series by Jill Shalvis and it is a great place to start for readers new to this author like I was.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book which I am really hoping will tell Mitch's story. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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  1. I've loved Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series and am really excited about this new series. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it and Aidan sounds fantastic! Great review!

    1. Thanks, Katherine! I am going to have to read her Lucky Harbor series because I really enjoyed her writing style. Aiden was swoon worthy :)


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