second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1)
by Jill Shalvis
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 received a copy in exchange for an honest review
This was the first book I read by Jill Shavis and it certainly won’t be my last. While it’s pretty much what I expect from a contemporary romance, the author manages to add a unique touch by adding a great setting a deep family bond and characters you can’t help but care about even thought they frustrated and annoyed me at times as well. Second Chance Summer Takes place in Cedar Ridge a small town in the Rockies. The setting was breathtaking and I am almost a bit sorry they didn’t spend more time exploring and enjoying the scenery. Lily left the town ten years ago after the death of her sister and father and vowed to never return, thanks to a scandal at her previous job she’s suddenly jobless and the only option is to return to cedar Ridge where she is offered a job.
Lily was a nice down to earth character who loved her cookies and sweets, I can relate ;). Although at times she could be a bit too stubborn, like when people told her what to do, she always acted a bit too rushed and harsh. Instead of listening and thinking about why they said that. She carries around a lot of hurt and guilt about how her sister died. Returning to Cedar Ridge brings that all into focus again. Overall I liked Lily, although there were times I certainly wanted to share some sense in her.
While Lily made for a nice female characters I think I might like the Kincaid family even more. They are what a family should be, tight and always there for each other. I loved the scenes involving the Kincaid family, maybe even more than the romance. The interactions between the siblings were just so well done and there are some really heartfelt scenes. Aidan is one of the older brothers and while he keeps some secrets close he is always there for his brothers. He’s also out risking his life almost daily putting out fires and doing search and rescues. I was actually a bit amazed how he managed to cram everything in his life. he also works at the resort and sometimes I got tired reading about him just because he always seem to have so much going on and working so hard. His work also meant I knew how this book would end and what would get them together and I was a bit disappointed when that prediction was right as it was cliché and I rather be surprised. He was a great main character, although also he could be a bit too stubborn sometimes.
The side characters definitely are done well, especially Aidan’s brothers. I already have a feel for them while this isn’t even their book. it was fun getting to know them. I also liked Char, Aidan his mother. There are also some other characters who make an appearance and fill in the town of Ceder Ridge, but the focus was on Lily and the Kincaids.
The romance was well done, although one thing did bother me and that is the fact that we never get to know what really happened in their past. Lily left and in Aidans head she left him, while in Lily’s head they never had anything beside a special moment. I just wished we would hear what really happened as it left me confused. And the reason Lily tried to stay away from Aidan was a bit weird. I get that she still feels a bit of quilt and emotions over what happened, but some of her reasoning just didn’t make any sense. What I did like is how Lily and Aidan seem to get to know each other again and grow closer. The romance happened a bit to fast, but as they already knew each other I guess that made sense. And at times it felt like they just had kisses or sex instead of talking, although surprisingly they also did talk, more in the first half though. They did make a great couple and I certainly think they are good for each other.
The small town setting was really done well and I can’t wait to return there in the next book. It really had that small town feeling with how always everyone knew what was going on with everyone else. It made for some fun scenes. I also liked the mountain setting. Although I’ve never been to the Rockies I have had a few vacation in Switzerland their mountains and now that’s what Cedar Ridge looks like in my head, only a bit different. I just wish I could take a hike there, it sounded like a lovely place and I wouldn’t have minded a few more nature or hiking scenes.
To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, although I also had a few issues, coverall I enjoyed it and I will definitely be picking up more books by this author. her characters come alive and even the side characters have their story. I especially liked the Kincaid family and how close they are and always there for each other. The romance was well done, although a bit frustrating at times, like how Lily had a weird reaosn for havign to stay away or how they would kiss or have sex instead of taking things through. Lily and Aidan made for a great couple. The small town setting in the mountains was one of the aspects I liked most, it made for a great setting.
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I haven’t read any Jill Shalvis books yet, but this sounds like one I would enjoy – except for the part about not finding out what happened between the two of them years ago. Good review, Lola!
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This was my first Jill Shalvis book and it definitely won’t be my last. It can be hard to find good contemporary romance novels and I like this author her style. I was a bit disapointed we never got a good overview of what happened in the past as it sounded very different from both their point of view, but maybe that was intentional?
I definitely liked this one, too, but it isn’t my favorite Jill Shalvis. I love some of her later Lucky Harbor books. They are sooo good! And I also love the Kincaid family. I’m glad you are reading Jill Shalvis.
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I own the first Lucky Harbor books and am hoping to read that one soon. I heard great things about that series. The Kincaid family was my favourite part of the book or maybe the setting. I just love a tigh knit family and I am looking forward to read the other characetrs their books!
Lola recently posted…Review: Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
I like it when a family gets a lot of page time in a story and like you sometimes it pushes out the romance as my favorite part of the book. I’ve only read one Jill Shalvis story and I liked it, but I need to read more.
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In this case the family was my favourite part, because it was so done well and you really felt the bond between them. I am definitely planning to read more Jill Shalvis as I really enjoyed this book.
Lola recently posted…Review: Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
YAY for popping your Shalvis cherry, Lola! I’m so happy you enjoyed this story, the characters do seem quite real, don’t you think? I love that the author can make me care for her characters, even if they also frustrate me at times.
I hope you’ll enjoy lots more of Shalvis’ books in the future 🙂 Great review!
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I agree she writes great character and they feel so real. And she sure made me care about those characetrs even though they also frustarted me at times. I’ll will continue this series and check out ehr other series as wel, I already have the first Lucky Harbor book, so I hope tor ead that soon!
One of my favorite things about her books is the relationships that aren’t the hero/heroine finding romance. Siblings, girlfriends, the hero’s buddies, the towns as a whole. They really are just such great support for the hero/heroine. In the Lucky Harbor ones that shows up a LOT. There’s a huge focus on both sides of having female bonding with siblings/best friends and the hero having his guys. It’s just so special. I’m so glad you had a good time with your first one, Lola!
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I am really happy to hear all her books have such great relationships. I am looking forward to start the Lucky Harbor series soon. I like it when the side characters play a big part in a book and you feel their relationships and connections. I think you where the blogger who first recommended Jill Shalvis to me and I am happy I finally got to read one of her books, now to read more of them!
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I am glad that you liked this one. I love the men in this series and look forward to what’s next.
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I am also looking forward to the next books and getting to know the other family members better.
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I haven’t read this author but I have always heard good things about her. 🙂
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This was my first book by this author and I like her style. She’s pretty popular and I heard a lot of good things about her as well 🙂
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