Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1)

cover62953-mediumAuthor: Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links:Author page June 30

Type: Novel in Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb: 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 . . .


Review: I love Jill Shalvis’s writing style, and really enjoy her trilogies because they always give me a reason to keep reading more. Don’t you? I savor trilogies or series about families because I know I’m making a reading investment that’s going to pay off in time getting to know the characters. I love the initial dip into the story where you first meet everyone and get acquainted with the details. Sure, you learn heart-stropping switch-ups and life-altering facts along the way in subsequent novels, but it’s always the meat of the matter that you find out in the very first one. And you always remember the couple in the first one with such fondness, and this starting novel is no different. Jill Shalvis’s trilogies are some of the best out there today, bar none.

Aidan and Lily were the relationship that never was–one that hovered there, on the fringe of every meeting, each conversation, but never to come to fruition. She assumed that he was involved with her sister because her sister had mentioned liking him; he, for whatever reason, had never tried for her. And when she left Cedar Ridge after the twin losses that occurred to her family, he always regretted that he’d let her go without saying anything–and she assumed it was never meant to be. That he didn’t like her that way.

When Lily returned, Aidan quickly found out through the town’s grapevine. As they interacted, they both felt the old attraction–but as always, things stood in the way. Lily now carried a load of incredible guilt about the things that had occurred ten years ago that had destroyed her family. Aidan didn’t know how to cross that divide–or if he even could. When fate continually threw them together, however, giving them second and third and fourth chances, were they ever going to try? Aidan wanted to, but could he ever get past the misunderstanding he wasn’t even aware of to get Lily on board?

Could Lily ever forgive herself and come home to Cedar Ridge?

As always, Jill Shalvis incorporates a stunning backdrop for the sweet, emotional character development of two strong-willed people, fighting against stumbling blocks in their lives as well as their unfulfilled chemistry for each other. I love her feisty heroines and tough alpha males who always cave to the inevitable when they fall into the most dangerous of all traps–love. Thanks Jill Shalvis! You’ve got another winning trilogy on your hands!


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