Jill Shalvis’s long-standing and fan favorite Lucky Harbor series came to an end in late 2014. That series was incredibly popular and filled with lovable, engaging characters. Each time a new book was released we would all wonder which couple would make an appearance in the new book. There was something comforting about Lucky Harbor and the warm familiarity we all had with it.
Second Chance Summer is the first book in Jill Shalvis’s new Cedar Ridge series. Would readers find the same mini trilogy format or would this be a long running series with each book building upon the last and adding new couples? How would we all adjust to having new people to learn and love? Most important would it have those same yummy, alpha man characters who love to swoop in and save the day all the while stealing our, errr the girl’s heart?
Cedar Ridge, Colorado is the setting of our new series and the home of Aiden Kincaid. He is a firefighter, search and rescue worker, and part owner of the family business, Cedar Ridge Resort. Aiden is part of a complicated family all left by their father. They learned about their many brothers and sisters later in life after finding out their father liked to spread himself far and wide. Aiden’s mother took each child in even though they were not hers and took care of them all.
Lily Danville is back home and not very happy about it. She ran far and fast from Cedar Ridge, Colorado so many years ago when her sister was killed in a climbing accident. She still believes it was her fault and maybe coming home will help her settle and forgive once and for all. Aiden is someone she abruptly left with no word right after they shared a moment. She never gave him the chance to speak to her or change her mind. She wanted out and away bad enough to leave without looking back.
But now she is back and whatever was between her and Aiden hasn’t gone away. If anything it has gotten stronger with the passage of time. Having just been burned in a relationship she is ok with ignoring him but Aiden is not going to let that happen. She might have ripped his heart out by leaving before but now he will make her face their feelings and deal with what is between them.
“Maybe we could just deal with Gray directly,” Lily said.
He gave a slow shake of his head. “Why?”
She tried not to notice how his T-shirt had stretched itself nearly beyond its limits to cover his broad shoulders. Or how the shirt was only partially tucked in at his abs. Or that he smelled fantastic. “It’d make things easier,” she said.
She stared at him. Was the air suddenly too thick to breathe or was that just her? “Me,” she admitted.
He cocked his head. “Maybe I’m not interested in making things easier for you,” he said so casually that it took a moment for the words to process. By the time it sank in, he’d changed out the blown fuse and was gone.
Jonathan was still grinning.
“Why are you smiling like that?” she asked, irritated.
“Because this is going to be fun.”
Lily was pretty sure this, whatever this was, was going to be the exact opposite of fun.
Both have their demons and both have their issues. Will Lily be able to work through the responsibility she feels for her sister’s death and the dead-end turn her life seems to have taken? Will Aiden be able to add another person to all the other people he currently takes care of and will he be able to look past the last time she left him?
I was nervous about this one because I was a pretty big fan of the Lucky Harbor series. Sometimes the new venture might not turn out to be as good. I had some mixed results. I adored Aiden. He is just like all the other Lucky Harbor men I drooled over. He is strong, upstanding, sexy and alpha. He is exactly what you want to read in your hero. Lily is a bit prickly and not so nice. She is coming off a bad event in her life and is facing down some demons but I wasn’t sure why Aiden really liked her. She didn’t give off love me vibes. In fact, the only vibes she gave off were stay far, far away from me. I had a hard time warning up to her.
But this is still Jill Shalvis and I like the feel of her books. They are books I can sit down and enjoy for a couple of hours. I count on that from her and I was not let down. Eventually I came around to Lily and Lily and Aiden together. When she finally let him in, they worked. Plus there are some secondary characters who promise to have good stories and a quirky, new town to immerse myself in.
Overall, fans of the Lucky Harbor series will be thrilled to know this series starts strong. It has the same small town feel and family connections readers enjoyed with the other series. Second Chance Summer has Jill Shalvis’s trademark humor and deadpanned responses combined with some wonderful sexy times. Fans should be pleased with this new offering and be able to anticipate a new long running series to follow. Final grade- B
Hudson slid him a glance. “On a scale of one to goatfuck, how stubborn are you going to be about this?” Hud asked.
Aidan just gave him a hard look.
“So goatfuck then,” his brother muttered. “Perfect.”