Jill Shalvis, the author of the Lucky Harbor series, is my go to author for quick humor and an adept emotional touch. My Kind of Wonderful, the second book in her Cedar Ridge series, definitely has both of those attributes. After reading Second Chance Summer (the first book in the series), I had been worried, because I felt she veered away from that humor that I really enjoyed. Maybe I only felt that way because it was a new series, and I was used to some of the recurring characters in Lucky Harbor. Hud and Baileys story was emotional, but both characters had a great sense of fun, and that showed in the light-hearted dialog. The other recurring characters were also more fleshed out than in the last book, and I was able to appreciate their family dynamic. I’m happy to say, My Kind of Wonderful, was, well, wonderful!
The synopsis, below, is taken directly off the author’s website jillshalvis.com.
UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE…
Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.
As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.
Bailey has just gotten the best news of her life, and she’s dying to start living it. She’s an artist who has been hired by Hud’s mother, to paint a mural of Hud’s family on the side of their ski lodge. Bailey gets drawn into a crazy family, and lends her zest for life to an always responsible Hud. The instant chemistry catches them both off guard, but Bailey, who has never felt that zing with any other man, convinces Hud, that she wants just one night. Hud takes his multitudes of responsibilities very seriously, and never lets anyone get too close. What makes them a great couple is that her vulnerability and joie de vivre balance his need to keep everything in order, and his family intact. They both have issues from their past that they have to work through, but surprise! They end up figuring out that they are better together, than apart.
I have enjoyed this book so much that I think I’ll re-read Second Chance Summer. Was I too hard on the new series? Maybe, because My Kind of Wonderful had charm, humor and romance. A perfect weekend read.
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