In Review: Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis

Posted February 23, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill ShalvisSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Grand Central
Format: eARC, 369 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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...


In Review My Thoughts

I’ve not read a lot of Jill Shalvis’ books, but I’ve found I really enjoy the ones I have read. Second Chance Summer was no exception. Of course, I have a total soft spot for second chance romances of any type, so I figured this one would be right up my alley. I was right.

Second Chance Summer pulled me right in from the very start. Aidan was all kinds of swoony – I mean, hello hot, athletic and heroic? What else could a girl want in a good book boyfriend. Lily was a great, complicated character. She’d left her home years ago after the deaths of her sister and father. She was carrying a ton of guilt around and I hated to see it, but I understood where she was coming from. I loved the pairing of these two and watching them reconnect, even through the bumpy parts, was wonderful. As long as they’d pined for each other, watching them get a shot at a second chance made me so very happy. It wasn’t an easy journey – Lily had a lot of demons to battle and baggage to handle – but Aidan was there at every turn to help in any way he could.

As I expected from Jill, there was no shortage on laughs, swoons or feels during this book. I definitely look forward to continuing on with this series. I love the small town, mountain setting and the cast of characters so far. I can’t wait to learn more about them. I also have every intention of continuing to tackle Jill’s backlist as time allows. Her books are perfect when I’m looking for a sweet, small town romance.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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There were some men who just knew how to kiss, the kind of kiss that could send a woman reeling. The kind of kiss that could take away problems and awareness and…and everything. The kind of kiss that could shatter her into a trillion little pieces. The kind of kiss that somehow both calmed her body and soul even as it wound her up for more.


About Jill Shalvis

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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3 responses to “In Review: Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis

    • Kim

      Yay!! I’m on the waiting list at the library for the second book. Of course, I might just wind up buying it before the eight people ahead of me finish.