Source: publisher via Netgalley. Thank you Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: contemporary romance.
Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.As head of
As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.
This is the review of the second book in the series, though I don’t think it is truly necessary to read them in order. Here is my review of Second Chance Summer, the first book.
I love Jill Shalvis’s romances. This has been said time and again on this blog, even in the form of an Author Addiction post. And while Lucky Harbor and Animal Magnetism series might be my favourites (I think I prefer AM over LH, actually), Cedar Ridge is a fine new series to check out, especially if you’re already a fan of Shalvis’s work.
I liked Hudson and Bailey, they’re both very well-rounded characters which can often be a problem in the romance genre, where clichés abound and most people think romances are mindless entertainment. But I find that Jill Shalvis really writes great characters and that I’ll probably never stop reading her books because they’re my crack.
I especially enjoy her small town settings and big families. It’s always fun to read about characters you know and even though living in a small town with nosy neighbors sounds like my personal type of hell (especially in a place where being snowed in is an everyday occurrence in winter time), I like stories set in them.
Hudson and Bailey’s story might not be my absolute favourite – mostly because I initially had some trouble connecting with Bailey, that’s just a personal preference, not a flaw of the writing – but I still devoured the book and am craving more, so I’m really excited about the release of Jacob’s story, Nobody But You in March (Jacob’s one of the Kincaid brothers, he’s been away for a really long time… And now he’s back in Cedar Ridge, yay!).
Have you read My Kind of Wonderful? What did you think?
Do you live in a small town? Do you like the idea of knowing all your neighbors and having your family close?
I’d love to hear from you! :)