I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Cedar Ridge #1
Published by Grand Central on June 30, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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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 . . .
What I Thought…
• Jill Shalvis is one of my all time favorite authors. I love her small town settings and swoon worthy guys. Second Chance Summer is the first in a new series and I’m excited to see what this small town in Colorado has to offer.
• Lily took awhile to come around to. She’s returning to Cedar Ridge with her tail between her legs and Cedar ridge holds some bad memories for her. She didn’t completely deal with her bad memories, which I appreciate as not everything can be fixed all at one time.
• Aidan was so easy to like. He was funny, has a great relationship with his family (especially his brothers) but he’s not so over the top perfect either.
• Lily and Aidan did not have a previous relationship, however they do have a connection, which is party complicated by what happened to Lily years ago before she first left Cedar Ridge. I liked how that prior connection brings them together as well as holds them back a bit.
• As always with a Shalvis book the side characters are key. I loved Lily’s friend, he gives her a job, which makes him awesome. He is also just plain hilarious. Aidan’s brothers were also a lot of fun, as was his sister-in-law Penny (she was by far my favorite).
• There were some parts that were a bit over the top (Aidan’s three jobs for one), but I enjoyed the story enough that it didn’t bother me. And truthfully, I don’t often let those things bother me anyway.
• While I enjoyed Second Chance Summer a lot, it didn’t quite leave me with the same feelings that the Lucky Harbor books did, but I’m not sure it’s really fair to compare them.
Overall If you have liked any of Jill Shalvis’ other books or enjoy contemporary romances than Second Chance Summer is for you.
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