Saturday, July 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer
Cedar Ridge #1


Jill Shalvis


June 30, 2015


Forever Romance

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GR's Summary:


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 . . .

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My Thoughts:

In typical Jill Shalvis writing, we get a sense of small town living, close knit family bonds, and sweet and spicy romance with Second Chance Summer.  This is the first story in the Cedar Ridge series and focuses on Lily Danville and Aiden Kincaid.  Lily lived in Cedar Ridge her whole life, until her younger sister, Ashley, died in an outdoor accident, and shortly after her father followed from a heart attack.  Devastated and feeling guilty, Lily left Cedar Ridge, Colorado, to live in San Diego, California.  Aiden was upset to see Lily go because he had feelings for her, and thought that she felt the same way about him.  Feeling rejected, Aiden went on with his life, but never felt about another woman the way he felt about Lily.

Fast forward ten years, and Lily has returned to Cedar Ridge, because she is in need of a job, after she was blacklisted from the high end salon that she use to work for.  She plans for her stay in Cedar Ridge to be temporary, until something better comes along.  However, she never planned on reconnecting with Aiden, or prepared for the way he would make her feel...

There were a ton of reasons that I enjoyed Second Chance Summer.  One of my absolute favorite's were the strong bonds of love between the Kincaids.  Brothers Aiden, Gray, and Hudson, as well as sister, Kenna, were very entertaining!  They liked to tease each other, would bicker, play jokes, but also be there for one another through thick and thin.  I loved Aiden's mother, Char, as well.  She was strong, independent, spunky, and put her boys in their place whenever they needed it.

I felt like I was living in the small town of Cedar Ridge.  I could picture the beautiful and dangerous nature filled setting, as well as the people in town.  Gossip spread like wild fire amongst the townspeople, as did support, and banding together at tough times.  Aidan was my favorite kind of hero.  He was a sexy firefighter, worked in Search & Rescue, and helped run the family business, Cedar Ridge Resort.  At the root of Aiden, I saw a do-gooder, and fell for him instantly.  Lily was harder to warm up to.  She was very closed off, constantly presented obstacles to her own happiness, and made it difficult for Aiden to love her.  However, Aiden was the type who embraced a challenge and refused to give up on her.  Together these two helped each other heal and find that special forever kind of love!

My Rating:

I'm looking forward to continuing the Cedar Ridge series!  Fabulous characters, deep emotion, a beautiful setting, and entertaining plot, make this a story that I highly recommend.  I give, Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis, 4 Second Chance At Love, Healing, Sweet, and Romance Filled Stars!!! 

Book Teaser:

Book Excerpt:
     “So you going to tell me what’s wrong?”
     “Other than I hate snakes and you saw me in my PJs? Nothing.” She lifted her chin and defied him to contradict her. 
     She should have known better. Like Ashley, he’d never met a challenge he didn’t face head-on. 
     He moved toward her, right into her personal space.
     She took a step back and came up against the wall.
     This didn’t stop him. He kept his forward momentum until they were toe to toe. And then while she was still standing there a little dumbfounded and also something else, something that felt uncomfortably close to sheer, unadulterated lust, he put his hands on the wall on either side of her head. 
    This both escalated her heart rate and stopped her lungs from operating. “Um—” 
    “You had your chance to tell me what’s wrong with you,” he said. “You passed. Now I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with me.” 
     Oh, God. Talking would be a bad idea. As for a good idea, she had only one, and before she could consider the consequences, she gripped his shirt, hauled him down, and kissed him. 
     He stilled for a single beat and then got on board quick, pulling her in, sinking a hand into her hair to tilt her head to the angle he wanted, and taking over the kiss.   
     The next thing she was aware of was the sound of her own aroused moan, and she jerked free. 
     The corner of his mouth quirked. “Did you just kiss me to shut me up?” he asked. 
     She blew out a sigh. “It made a lot more sense in my head.” 
     He grinned, one of those really great grins that made something low in her belly quiver. Needing some space, she pushed him, even though her instincts were telling her to pull him in tighter instead of pushing him away.
     “Back to what’s wrong with me,” he said, still looking amused. “It’s you.” 
     She opened her mouth to say something, but he set a finger against her lips. “My turn,” he said, and lowered his head and kissed her. 
     And oh. Oh, damn… 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. 
    Aidan was that kind of kisser. Shocking, really, to also realize that in between their first kiss all those years ago and now, that there’d been nothing like it for her. 
    Aidan pulled back a fraction of an inch, opened his eyes, and stared into hers. 
    She stared back because wow. Good. So damn good, and for one glorious moment there she’d let her lips cling to his, let the memories of him and all that he’d meant to her wash over her. 
    And those memories had all been…epic. 
    Until the end. 
    Finding her sanity, she pushed him again. For a beat he didn’t move, just looked into her eyes.
    And then, on his own terms, he stepped back. 
    She pointed at him. “That was…” 
    He arched a brow. 
    “Never mind what it was,” she said. “We aren’t going there.” 
    His smile was grim and utterly without mockery.
    “Agreed.” But then he hauled her up to her toes and kissed her again. 
    And again.

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About Jill Shalvis:

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 for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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  1. I like so many of the elements that you mention- second chance, small town, firefighter, fun family...oh yes! Nice review, Lindy!

    1. Thanks Sophia :) All of these elements made the book so good!!!

  2. Oh no her sister and her daddy died at almost the same time? I can see why she would be closed off. Great review!

  3. Seems like I should read this one just because it's set in Colorado.


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