Don't miss this unforgettable New York Times bestseller about sisters, loss, and the search for home that Library Journal calls "a hands-down winner!"
Lily Danville's life is crumbling around her. With no money and no home, her only choice is to go back to the one town she swore she'd never see again: Cedar Ridge, Colorado. Back to the memories of her sister's tragic death. Back to the place where, ten years ago, she shared an unforgettable kiss with Aidan Kincaid-the man her sister once loved.
A new job at the town's hottest resort is just the fresh start Lily has been looking for...until she discovers the resort is owned by none other than the Kincaid family. How can she possibly see Aidan every day without feeling as if she's betraying her sister?
But as secrets from the past come to light and Lily starts to realize the truth, she can only hope it's not too late to find love, family, and forgiveness.
"Second Chance Summer is sexy and packs a powerful emotional punch." -- Fresh Fiction, Top Pick
"Sassy, funny, and down-to-earth sexy, this lively romance is one readers won't be able to resist. A hands-down winner and a terrific launch to the author's latest series." -- Library Journal
"Shalvis knows all the right buttons to push...The flubs and flaws are hilarious, the grief feels credible, and the sparks fly in this solid, light romance from the always-reliable Shalvis." -- Publishers Weekly
Shalvis knows all the right buttons to push with characters Lily Danville and Aiden Kincaid, a junk-food junkie and a former not-really-so-bad boy who share a hometown and a history of poor choices. Lily is fired from a tony San Diego beauty salon by her unscrupulous boss and forced to go back home to Cedar Ridge, Colo., to regroup, until she can find another job and escape the small town again. Lily is a beautiful everywoman as she binges on convenience store snack foods and encounters Aiden at the worst possible moment. It may have been 10 years since the death of Lily's sister, Ashley, but Lily is still grieving, and the last thing she wants is to spend time with the guy Ashley had a big crush on. But Aiden, now a firefighter and a hero of the civilian group Search and Rescue, has always carried a torch for Lily, and he has no intention of letting her get away again. The flubs and flaws are hilarious, the grief feels credible, and the sparks fly in this solid, light romance from the always-reliable Shalvis.
Welcome to Cedar Ridge
A fan of everything Jill Shalvis had written, I was excited to read Second Chance Summer, and I wasn't disappointed. It's always interesting to read the first book in a new series and watch how the author develops the characters and the town, and tells you a story while setting the stage for future books, and Ms. Shalvis does it masterfully in this book. From the very beginning, the author paints a picture of Lily as a "hot mess" as she is returning to her hometown - a hometown she has been unable to visit since leaving amidst tragedy 10 years ago. While she knows she left with her own heart broken, she is unaware that she left a broken heart behind in Aidan, as well. Their reunion meeting, while inevitable, is hilarious and sets the stage for the nature of the relationship between Lily and Aidan. Aidan is a strong but sensitive alpha hero, and we see that from his first interaction with Lily. Lily is skittish about being back in Cedar Ridge, and feeling guilt over the loss of her sister and the dynamic of their relationship. She paints all of her experiences with her long-held feelings of guilt regarding her sister and father, and hopes to return to Cedar Ridge, keep her head down and stay "invisible" until something better comes along. Of course, we know that can't happen as it's inevitable for her and Aidan to meet when she is at her worst. Aidan's reaction to seeing Lily again is wonderful and I laughed as they first reconnect. But, what I find most insightful is what we learn about Aidan when we see him alone with his thoughts, or when we see him with his family.
Jill Shalvis has created a wonderful family unit for Aidan - loosely related through a deadbeat dad, but bonded through love regardless. Through their family dynamic, Aidan demonstrates an unfailing loyalty, commitment and trust that Lily just needs to realize can apply to her as well. Lily's background makes her wary of love, and skeptical that anyone is able to truly love her - so Aidan takes the challenge. In addition to creating a wonderful love story between Aidan and Lily, we meet a delightfully-quirky salon manager (can't WAIT to read his story), a strong mother (with a minor love story of her own during this book) who has "adopted" all of the wayward children of her deadbeat husband, and annoying but lovable siblings who love each other fiercely and question and challenge each other regularly. I also love that one brother is married, and fun marriage hi-jinks are factored in to make for a delightfully-fun introduction to Cedar Ridge. I can't wait to go back!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Second Chance Summer
Great book….another great read. I’m surprised you didn’t expand on Lenny’s role. I was waiting to read that he threatened Lily or tried to harm her in any way, since he was so jealous of Aiden and was mad being fired. I do wish you would lower your book prices. You are the highest around at $7.99 so please think about reducing it by a couple of dollars. Thanks, a loyal reader.
Must Read Welcome to Cedar Ridge
This book is one of my favorites by Jill Shalvis and I have loved every book I have read by her.
This is the first book in the Cedar Ridge Series and is the story of Aidan Kincaid and Lily Danville.
Aidan is a firefighter, Search and Rescue worker. He is as stubborn as hell, he is loyal to a fault and always puts those he loves first.
Lily is a cosmotolgist that is down on her luck, she was fired from a salon in California for doing what her boss wanted but when it backfired he blamed it all on her and had her black balled so she is now back in the last place she ever wants to be.
Aidans biggest regret is letting Lily walk out of is life 10 years ago, now with her back in Cedar Ridge will he be able to convince her to give him a second chance or are they both to hurt from the past? Lily has a lot to over come and has to deal with the past but is she ready to face Dead Man Cliff again and let go of the hurt and guilt she is feeling?
This book is well written and the characters are well developed and you can't help but love them. You get pulled in to the story and wish you were in Cedar Ridge with them. The secondary characters pull you in as well and you want more about each one of them.
One click this book!