Second Chance Summer: Damaged Pasts Start A New Series


Second-Chance-Summer-coverA Cedar Ridge Novel #1
by Jill Shalvis

Grand Central/Hachette
June 30, 2015
ISBN 978-1455586738
Ebook/Mass Market Paperback 368 pages
Audiobook: Unabridged | Length 10:01 |Narrated by Karen White | Hachette  Audio

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.  

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 heart-breaker. 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 Take Oblong


I always enjoy Jill Shalvis’ series.  She is an expert at the slow reveal, the hot hook up and the happy resolution. That is no different with this series starter.

The issues, and the truth of the past between Lily and Aidan are revealed slowly, like Gypsy Rose Lee stripped. And the hook ups are smouldering.

But Lily and Aidan are not completely front and center as there is a lot of series set up: the who’s who, what’s what, whys and hows of the town of Cedar Ridge, of the resort owned by Aidan’s family, her family tragedy, and his family dysfunction.

Oy, his father, what a scmuck! His mother is a delightful woman with some health issues — she also has romance issues, and her story arc is of her children having to ease up on their over protectiveness. 

Aidan has siblings and half-siblings.  Lily doesn’t really have many people at all because of her family tragedy.  Then some of the resort employees, the salon owner, and the people who work search and rescue with Aidan are given some background to set up the series a little more.

I  didn’t feel much of a connection to Aidan or Lily, but I did feel the streak of menace emanating from the one bad egg we meet here, Lenny.

I also didn’t feel the small town or collection of workplaces dynamic that is one of the things that makes Jill’s stories such great reads.

But, it is just the first book, and I am interested in seeing how the series goes.  I want to know what happens with, and if his mom ever gets to hook up with the guy she is interested in.  I am also interested in what happens to Hudson, Aidan’s half-brother, and to Kenna his half sister.  


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