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    A great start to a new series.

    I love books by Jill Shalvis – every single one I’ve ever read. So I’m not sure why it’s been so long since I’ve read one. When I was offered a copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance – because it’s Jill Shalvis (duh) and because second chance stories are one of my favorite romance tropes. Second Chance Summer is the first book in the new Cedar Ridge series and what a great beginning! Aidan and Lily have a bit of history. When Lily left town 10 years ago she broke Aidan’s heart but didn’t know it. Flash forward ten years. Lily returns to Cedar Ridge because her life in San Diego has blown up in her face and she needs a job. Her childhood best friend, Jonathan, has offered her a badly needed job. The problem is that the job is in Cedar Ridge – the place she grew up and then ran away from. Aidan has moved on; building a life for himself as a firefighter, search & rescue team member and family protector. He is over Lily. At least that’s what he’s been telling himself. Everything changes when he runs into her at the local convenience store. Aidan and Lily both have dark shadows in their past that influence their present lives. How they overcome them and find their HEAs is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Jill Shalvis knows how to write hot, alpha males and strong females. She writes hot, hot scenes without being too graphic and without using four-letter words in every-other paragraph. (I’m not saying there is no strong language in this book – Aiden is a hot firefighter who hangs around with his equally hot brothers and other firefighters.) This book had my emotions all over the place. At times I wanted to strangle Lily and/or Aidan. Other times I cried with them. Books that do this to me are my favorites. I could not put this book down once I started reading it – except I did have to sleep a little bit. Bravo to Jill Shalvis for writing a funny, witty book with a cast of great secondary characters. I can’t wait to read what she has in store for us next in Cedar Ridge.
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    Great start to a new series!

    This first story in the Cedar Ridge series featuring the Kinkaid family is all about Aiden and Lily. When Lily's sister died in a mountain climbing accident, Lily left town for California, looking to find a way through her grief by moving away. When she ends up in a tough spot ten years later, she returns home to a job in a salon with a friend, and the man whom she's never forgotten. Will returning to Cedar Ridge, and the man she left behind, heal old wounds and open up her heart to a better and brighter future? This was a very enjoyable story. Because it's the first of the series, you get a good introduction to all of the Kinkaid family (4 brothers and 1 sister) and the background to some of the issues they've had to deal with over the years. For Aiden, his feelings of responsibility to his siblings also work their way into his job in firefighting and search and rescue. He'd like to rescue Lily too, but it's up to her to deal with her own ghosts. I liked both characters and felt that Lily's response to her sister's death was believable. She feels guilty for what happened (though she isn't at fault) and hasn't really confronted those feelings until now. When she left town the first time she broke Aiden's heart and she's not willing to do that again. She's made it clear that she's going to leave town at the first opportunity and doesn't want to get emotionally involved with anyone. But Aiden does a good job of showing her what she'd be missing and she begins to see that she can have a family again, if she'll accept his feelings for her and let him into her heart. Their love scenes are steamy yet tender and emotional. This was an entertaining and fast paced read and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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    Awesome, witty, sexy and heartfelt story!!

    Jill Shalvis does it again. A great start to a new series. It is witty, sexy, heartfelt, all while telling a touching story about overcoming past tragedy and learning to move on and live your life. Aidan and Lily were great developed characters whose relationship was both fun and touching to read about. I love the dynamics of the Kincaid siblings and I LOVE Char, their mother. I was laughing out loud while reading many of the scenes with her and Aidan. Actually I was laughing throughout the whole book. I'm now impatiently waiting for the next installment in the series, especially after reading the teaser.
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    Time is growth

    Lily Danville and Aidan Kincaid have a history full of pitfalls and mistakes. Lily comes back to town, after being taken advantage of at her old job in San Diego, CA. Aidan is part owner in the resort where she now works for her best friend. Aidan is still angry that she left. He was just getting to know her, falling for her, when 10 years ago she just walked away. She had lost half her family and wanted out of this small town. Now, Lily is back. Hurt, a little worse for wear, and the first person she sees? Aidan Kincaid. The one man she did not want to run into or look a foll in front of. He is always rescuing her it seems. He is always there for her. Aidan is not sure if he can stay away from Lily. She kisses like she wants him but she makes every effort to push him away. She claims she is leaving as soon as another job opens up. Should he even bother to get to know her again if she has one foot out the door? Such a really good story, rich with tender and sassy characters. I liked the development and the family ties that the Kincaid's bring as an example to others. The banter is fun, the sexy scenes are drool worthy, and the book itself will move you. ***This ARC copy was given free from Netgally.com, the publisher, and its author for review purposes. My personal and honest opinion does not reflect those of Netgally, nor its affiliates.
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    intricate family dynamics

    I have been a fan of Jill Shalvis’s work for a very long time. I have always loved how she does such a fantastic job of delivering not just a love story between two people, but also brings to her readers well-developed and intricate family dynamics. There’s always more going on and by the time you close the book you feel like you are part of the clan. The Kincaids may be a little dysfunctional, considering how they came to be, but they truly care about each other and it is there for anyone to see. They are protective, but they aren’t afraid to give a good ribbing when it is needed … and they are always there in a heartbeat when another is in trouble. It’s a fabulous bond and one that extends to their sibling’s loved ones as well. Once you are part of the group, you become a Kincaid with all the highs and lows that brings. Lily hasn’t had that kind of relationship in a very long time and she’s running scared of Aiden and all the complications that he brings. But the Kincaids are just as stubborn as they are loyal and he’s not going down without a fight. While he can understand her fear, he’s willing to take it on and show her that he’s worth the risk. It’s an emotional battle for both of them, but such an enjoyable one. And I can’t wait for the next Kincaid to meet his or her match. It’s going to be a heck of a ride :) (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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