Second Chance Summer by @JillShalvis

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1)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 . . .

Rating: 2.5-3*

Cover: Yay

Trope: I want to say reconciliation romance but can it really be that when they weren’t together in the first place?!

Chemistry Rating: Damp squid

Review: This is one of those “I’m a massive fan of the author BUT …” reviews so hang on tight.

I am a massive fan of Jill Shalvis but what was this?

I know getting a first book in a new series to be of a high standard is tricky when you’ve got to introduce all these new main characters, recurring secondary characters, the setting, laying the groundwork for future books and romances etc. but this really didn’t work for me.

The main reason it didn’t work for me was not really any of the above but the fact that we were told about the depth of Aidan’s feelings for Lily right from the start. Now if they were childhood sweethearts and actually had a relationship way back when, I can believe that he spent the following years and years thinking of her and pining for her but actually what happened between them is one kiss. Yes one kiss.

Then we have the fact that Lily wouldn’t allow herself to like him because she thought he was Ashley’s (her now dead sister) and she still feels guilty for her death. I get the feeling guilty for her death bit but really why didn’t she just come out and ask Aidan casually whether he was ever involved with her sister.

The majority of the book takes place in the salon or Lily’s flat or up a mountain and the super speed that Aidan and Lily go from giving into their lust to saying “I love you” without a single proper date in between was warped.

The secondary characters introduced were a bit blah. Lily’s friend Jonathan didn’t win any points but I liked Aidan’s mother. As to his brothers and sisters? The two that have me most intrigued right now are Kenna and Jacob. So while I was disappointed with this book, I am definitely not done with this series.

PS. Also seriously how many haircuts/facials does a sexy firefighter really need?! Maybe it’s just me but the salon setting didn’t interest me at all.

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