Our 3 “Cents” on Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Posted July 8, 2015 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | , | 9 Comments

Our 3 “Cents” on Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Our 3 “Cents” on Second Chance Summer by Jill ShalvisSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on June 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 . . .

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Here at The Book Nympho we are just nuts about Jill Shalvis so set back and see what 3 out of 4 of us thought about her new release, Second Chance Summer.

1 Cent – Jonetta’s Review

Lily Danville left Cedar Ridge 15 years ago after a terrible tragedy. Now she’s back home after an incident that blacklisted her, preventing her from getting work elsewhere. Aidan Kincaid, a firefighter and Search & Rescue volunteer, never forgot his first love and now that she’s back…well, who knows.

I wanted to love this book! Aidan is beyond wonderful, with all of his perfections and flaws, and his innate nature to rescue people. The Kincaid family is extraordinary, messy, funny and fiercely protective of one another. I was captivated by that whole family.

The romance is what fell completely flat for me. Lily was a frustrating enigma who I tried hard to connect with but couldn’t. Her reasoning for keeping Aidan at bay felt hollow, unrealistic and irritating. I tried but couldn’t even like her that much.

While the romance failed (for me), everything else about the story was delightful. The Kincaid family dynamics were often hilarious, always entertaining. The next book, which is previewed in this one, has already hooked me. The romance, at least from the first chapter, seems much more promising.

2 Cent – Jennifer’s Review

I LOVE second chance romances and if Jill Shalvis is writing it sign me up! Second Chance Summer was a solid start to the Cedar Ridge series.

I enjoyed the romance between Lily and Aidan (looks up, a bit more than Jonetta). They have past with each other in the small town of Cedar Ridge and after tens years all the feels are still there. Lily break Aidan’s heart when she left town and now that she’s back she is afraid that Aidan will break her heart.

Aidan’s kept himself closed off to other women after Lily so it’s no surprise that when Lily blows back into town that those walls come down. Lily was betrayed by an ex and has put up similar walls and after seeing Aidan again she tries to make those walls higher to keep him out. But they both loose the battle and it’s fun and heartbreaking to see it happen.

While I didn’t have the same issues with the romance part as Jonetta I did have issues believing the family connections between the Kincaids. I just find it odd that these children from other mothers would come to live with Aidan and Gray’s mother. But maybe over the course of the series and getting a full view of their backgrounds will make it more believable for me. In any case I enjoyed Second Chance Summer and can’t wait to read about Hudson’s HEA in the next installment, My Kind of Wonderful.

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3 Cent – Anne’s Review

I LOVE everything Jill Shalvis and I was happy to have this to read after a book I didn’t like so well.

This is the first book in a new series. Our hero, Aidan, is a firefighter, search/rescue guy. He has a bunch of interesting family. The family owns a large resort on the mountain where there is skiing, hiking, climbing etc. The oldest brother Gray is married to his high school sweetheart Penny which provides some definite humor.

Lily grew up here and left after her sister died 10 years ago. She is back and for Aidan, she’s the one who got away.

Jill Shalvis does such a great job with all the characters and making them real to me. There is such a comfort in this. The story is based on some old hangups so I didn’t like that as well as some of her books. I am excited to see what happens to the all the characters as this series continues, though.



Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-half-stars



“So you going to tell me what’s wrong?”

“Other than I hate snakes and you saw me in my PJs? Nothing.” She lifted her chin and defied him to contradict her.

She should have known better. Like Ashley, he’d never met a challenge he didn’t face head-on.

He moved toward her, right into her personal space.

She took a step back and came up against the wall.

This didn’t stop him. He kept his forward momentum until they were toe to toe. And then while she was still standing there a little dumbfounded and also something else, something that felt uncomfortably close to sheer, unadulterated lust, he put his hands on the wall on either side of her head.

This both escalated her heart rate and stopped her lungs from operating. “Um—”

“You had your chance to tell me what’s wrong with you,” he said. “You passed. Now I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with me.”

Oh, God. Talking would be a bad idea. As for a good idea, she had only one, and before she could consider the consequences, she gripped his shirt, hauled him down, and kissed him.

He stilled for a single beat and then got on board quick, pulling her in, sinking a hand into her hair to tilt her head to the angle he wanted, and taking over the kiss.

The next thing she was aware of was the sound of her own aroused moan, and she jerked free.

The corner of his mouth quirked. “Did you just kiss me to shut me up?” he asked.

She blew out a sigh. “It made a lot more sense in my head.”

He grinned, one of those really great grins that made something low in her belly quiver. Needing some space, she pushed him, even though her instincts were telling her

to pull him in tighter instead of pushing him away.

“Back to what’s wrong with me,” he said, still looking amused. “It’s you.”

She opened her mouth to say something, but he set a finger against her lips. “My turn,” he said, and lowered his head and kissed her.

And oh. Oh, damn… There were some men who just knew how to kiss, the kind of kiss that could send a woman reeling. The kind of kiss that could take away problems and awareness and…and everything. The kind of kiss that could shatter her into a trillion little pieces. The kind of kiss that somehow both calmed her body and soul even as it wound her up for more.

Aidan was that kind of kisser. Shocking, really, to also realize that in between their first kiss all those years ago and now, that there’d been nothing like it for her.

Aidan pulled back a fraction of an inch, opened his eyes, and stared into hers.

She stared back because wow. Good. So damn good, and for one glorious moment there she’d let her lips cling to his, let the memories of him and all that he’d meant to

her wash over her.

And those memories had all been…epic.

Until the end.

Finding her sanity, she pushed him again. For a beat he didn’t move, just looked into her eyes.

And then, on his own terms, he stepped back.

She pointed at him. “That was…”

He arched a brow.

“Never mind what it was,” she said. “We aren’t going there.”

His smile was grim and utterly without mockery.

“Agreed.” But then he hauled her up to her toes and kissed her again.

And again.


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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-half-stars
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9 responses to “Our 3 “Cents” on Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

  1. I have it on hold at the library 🙂 I have a feeling I will probably be right there with you on the family connections but I trust the Shav to make it make sense by the end of the series 🙂

  2. I am glad that you liked the read, but I liked it so much more than the pair of you. It may be due to the fact that you review a lot more romances and have more to compare it to. I don’t read many and this just hit the spot, enough to make me want more romance.

  3. Maybe the mom is like Denise Richards or Sandra Bullock. Super moms with hearts of gold?

    I need to try Shalvis. Summer is the season for rompy swoony reads.