Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review: "Second Chance Summer" by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) Jill Shalvis
Published: June 30, 2015
ISBN: 9781455586738
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: Personal Copy
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Second chance romances, series centered around brothers, books with humorous dialogue

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 . . . 

My Thoughts:
Strangely, this is the first book by Jill Shalvis that I've read.  I say "strangely" because I've actually been following her on social media for quite some time.  However, that is not the reason I yelled, "WHY HAVE I NOT READ JILL SHALVIS BEFORE????" the minute I finished this book.

Folks, this is everything that a fun romance should be.  The love story is sweet, the characters are endearing, and it is loaded with humor.  Lily is sort of a walking mess (and, I'll admit it, I can relate to that) and Aidan seems to have it all together, but Shalvis makes sure that there is more to meet the eye with these two.  Lily actually surprised me at how she matured as the story went on--and that is something that isn't especially common in romances.

I also thought, starting this book, that I knew exactly how the story would go.  This sort of predictability doesn't bother me in romance the way it does in other genres....but I was pleasantly surprised that the book did not go down the path I had expected.  I won't say that the road it did take was especially unexpected, but it was nice change to have the plot not go the way it seemed it would.

The best part of this novel was the verbal back and forth between the brothers, which was equal parts joking and sparring.  That alone sold me on this series (and I intend to read on with it in the future) and it kept me in stitches throughout the book.  As someone who has older brothers, their relationship felt very authentic to me.

Yes, it took me far to long to actually read anything by Jill Shalvis--but now I'm hooked!  I highly recommend this book to any romance fans looking for something sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of fun.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.

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