Second Chance Summer is the first book in the Cedar Ridge series by Jill Shalvis. I had looked forward to starting this series because I was jonesing for another Lucky Harbor book, and she completed that series last year.
The following synopsis is directly from jillshalvis.com:
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 loved about the Lucky Harbor series was that the writing was very tongue in cheek and made me laugh out loud. Ms. Shalvis’ characters are your neighbors. With the exception of octogenarian Lucille, who is the nosy neighbor times two, you want to hang out with her characters, have a drink with them, and invite them over for dinner. They are very real. Aidan Kincaid and Lily Danville definitely fit this same description. However, they lacked the warmth and humor that I have come to expect from a Jill Shalvis character.
Lily walked away from Cedar Ridge right after high school, essentially running away from a personal tragedy. She left behind Aidan Kincaid, who unbeknownst to her, held a torch for her. As we were reintroduced to Lily, we spent two thirds of the book re-hashing her self blame with her. I usually love it when a character has to work through their problems before they can find happiness, but I grew tired of Lily’s personal angst. She was not totally to blame for my ambivalent feelings. Aidan, unlike Shalvis’ usual male leads, lacked depth and warmth of character. He was a little too stoic and other than the fact he was a firefighter and had a rock in’ body, I saw little that interested me. Despite my ambivalence through most of the book, the culminating scene on the mountain where they overcame adversity, declared their feelings for one another and decided to move on with their lives together was a great chapter. I just wish more of the book had delivered that same depth of emotion.
My love for Jill Shalvis’ writing will keep her on my must read list. I just wish there was another Lucky Harbor book to look forward to…
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