Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review - My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @ForeverRomance

My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #2
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: December 22, 2015
Date Read: November 20, 2018
Length: 368 pages
Source: NetGalley

UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE...

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.
My Review

I had a fantastic time with this romance.  I pulled this book from my virtual stack of past due review books.  It was a great book so I have no idea why I waited so long to pick it up and read it.  Of course, I have yet to read a Jill Shalvis book that I didn't like so it really is no surprise that I liked this one as much as I did.  This is the second book in the Cedar Ridge series but it is easily read as a stand-alone novel.

Hud takes his responsibilities very seriously.  He takes care of his mother and accepts all of the blame for his brother leaving town.  He is very dedicated to his work and seems to be on the clock all the time.  He wants no part of the mural for the resort that his mother has arranged.  Bailey is ready to embrace life and do all of the things she has had to put off for so long.  The first thing on her list that she wants to complete is the mural for the ski resort.

The characters in this book were great.  Bailey has been through a lot but still has a very positive attitude and is looking forward to her future.  Hudson is an incredibly hard worker who is dedicated to his family and doing what is right.  Hudson has a large family that also work at the ski resort that played a big part of this story and were all a lot of fun.  Bailey's loved ones wanted to protect her and keep her safe even though they didn't always seem to completely support her choices. 

I loved Hud and Bailey together.  The chemistry between them was amazing and I felt like these two really needed each other.  Hudson saw Bailey as more than her illness and helped to give her back the sense of normal that she needed.  Bailey added the balance to Hudson's life that he didn't realize he needed.  I felt like both of these characters came alive every time they were together and I couldn't help but cheer them on towards their happily ever after.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a story filled with great chemistry, touching moments, and a lot of hope.  I can't wait to read more from Jill Shalvis!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing).

The Series - Cedar Ridge

Book 1 - Second Chance Summer - My Review
Book 2 - My Kind of Wonderful
Book 3 - Nobody But You - My Review
About the Author

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

31 comments:

  1. I've only read one book by Jill Shalvis, but I really enjoyed it! I've been meaning to finish the series and try some of her other books, but I haven't had a chance. It sounds like this book has a sweet story with wonderful characters! Thanks for sharing it!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I have liked everything that I have read by this author so far. I still need to get to a lot of her backlist though.

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  2. Will I ever try one of Shalvis' books? That's the million dollar question . . . I've been meaning to grab one for a long time now, and yet I still have to start one! *sighs* So glad that you loved this book though, Carole, it sounds like a really good contemporary romance :)

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    1. You should definitely give her work a try, Silvia!

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  3. I like Bailey's positivity :) This sounds like such a good read!

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  4. i like your review, but i'm not in a mood for romance yet... but probably one day of course.

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    1. Anytime I want an easy quick read, I reach for romance. It seems to take me longer to read a lot of other genres.

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  5. I have been trying to get more of Shalvis' backlist read. I discovered her via Lucky Harbor, and have fallen in love with all the wonderful small towns she brings me too and the great friend groups she assembles. Her books always are light and breezy with just the right amount of emotion, and I enjoy them. Glad you liked the chemistry between the hero and heroine, and that it delivered some feels.

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    1. I haven't started Lucky Harbor and still need to read a lot of her backlist. I do lover her writing.

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  6. Yay for getting to one of your older review reads and loving it in the bargain. I have no idea why, but I still haven't picked up one of her books yet and they always look so fantastic.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read her work soon, Sophia Rose!

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  7. I always have such a great time with this author

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  8. I don't read many contemporary romances but I do have a couple of go to authors and this author is one of them. :)

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    1. Her stories do seem to appeal to a lot of readers.

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  9. Arghhh, I need to read more Shalvis! Though this one I actually read! Woot

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  10. I've only read one of her books so far but it was really good.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the one that you read, Mary!

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  11. I do love a story about two people who bring out the best in each other. And that cover... I've only read a little of Shalvis's work, but I've liked what I read.

    So glad you enjoyed this one, Carole! :)

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  12. I haven't started this Shalvis series yet but sounds like I need to. I love her writing. Great review!

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    1. I enjoyed this series, Grace, so I hope you get the chance to read it.

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  13. I really enjoyed this series and wonder if there will be more. How did you read 3 before 2?!?! I suppose that can happen. I love everything Jill Shalvis. Anne- Books of My Heart

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    1. I had review copies for the whole trilogy so I probably got way behind when this one was publishing but had the time to read the third one before its publication day. I know it doesn't make any sense.

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  14. I love when a book I pull out of the bottom of the pile more than meets my expectations.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I have so many books in my pile that there have to be some really great ones hidden away.

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  15. I have this one sitting gathering dust on my Kindle! I read the last one in this trilogy and while I enjoyed it (it's a Shalvis book after all!) it was probably my least favorite so I haven't been super motivated to read the first two. Looks like I need to fix that!

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    1. I hope that you are able to give it a try soon, Katherine!

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  16. It's great that you've been working through your backlog list and actually starting to read them! And yay for being able to enjoy it too. It sounds like a really cute and heart warming romance (wouldn't expect any less from this author.)

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