Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1)
by Jill Shalvis
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 . . .
“Come here,” he said.
“I’m right here.”
She walked into his arms. He pulled her in and kissed her. He kissed her until he knew he’d taken it as far as he could without tearing off that pretty sundress right then and there, and only then did he lift his head.
“Oh,” she breathed, staggering back a step, clearly trying to play it cool—which might have worked if her eyes weren’t dilated and the pulse at the base of her throat wasn’t going apeshit crazy.
He gave a slow smile and pulled her back in, not hard for him to do, since she already had a grip on his shirt like he was her lifeline and she was going down for the count.
She cleared her throat. “So you showed up all Captain America to save the day, and now what? I jump into bed with you? Was that your plan?”
“Yeah,” he said, “but in my version we didn’t talk this much.”
“A full-service rescue then,” she said evenly.
He tried a cajoling smile. “I’m really good at full service.”
“Do you really think this is a good idea?”
He laughed softly and let his mouth brush over her temple and then her ear, which caused her to shiver. “Of course it’s not a good idea. Or we’d have gone for it already.
But sometimes the bad ideas turn out to be the best ideas of all.”
“Yeah?” she asked. “Name one.”
“Bringing out your keys from the convenience store after the postcard display demolition.”
She let out a soft laugh and fisted her hands in his hair.
“So what now? We really going to try this out?”
Were they? He’d promised himself he wouldn’t give her a chance to devastate him again. But somehow over the past few weeks he’d lost sight of keeping his heart safe and moved onto wanting to heal her heart. “I’m game.”
She hesitated so long he took a step back from her and prepared himself to leave. But her hand came out and gripped his. “You’re wearing too many clothes,” she said softly.
As soon as I read the blurb for Second Chance Summer I knew I had to get my hands on a copy because... Firefighter! And when it came to Aidan Kincaid, Jill Shalvis did not disappoint!
Lily hasn't been home to Cedar Ridge since she left ten years ago but after losing her job, her boyfriend, and any hope of finding another job in San Diego, Lily goes home for temporary work in a friend's salon. She figures it's only a matter of time before she runs into Aidan again but, of course, she isn't expecting to see him as soon as she rolls into town with cheeto stains on her sundress and UGGs on her feet. I have to admit I'm a sucker for awkward remeets and theirs pulled me right into their story.
Lily broke Aidan's heart when she left home without a backward glance and he hasn't been quite the same ever since. When she shows up in town he swears he won't open his heart to her again but we all know how that goes down, don't we?! What I loved about Aidan, though, was the fact that once he realized that he was falling for Lily again he didn't fight it. He embraced it and promised her he'd wait until she was ready to embrace it too.
I'm not gonna lie, Lily had a lot of issues and guilt that she needed to work through, and though I could sympathize, she did get on my nerves a bit. That being said, I really did enjoy the slow build of their reconnect and watching Aidan help Lily work through her guilt.
To me, the romance kinda came second to Aidan's family and his work and I would have loved to have seem more couple time between the two but it was nice to see Aidan in his element as well. I mean, who doesn't want to read about a sexy firefighter being all heroic, am I right?!
Overall, Second Chance Summer was a great start to Jill Shalvis' Cedar Ridge series and I can't wait to read the next book, My Kind of Wonderful, and hopefully we'll get to see more of Lily and Aidan and the rest of the Kincaid family shenanigans.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Second Chance Summer in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.