Series: Cedar Ridge #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2015-12-22
UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE . . .
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 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.
FTC : I got this from NetGalley
Why I read it : Because Jill Shalvis books make me smile. I read them over and over again and they never fail to capture my emotions. I’m never particularly surprised by the story but it makes no difference; they are my comfort-crack.
Genre Tags : Romance, Feel-Good, Grumpy-Hero, strong-heroine, sick-heroine, family, easy-read, smexy, creepy best-friend, Female-friendship, Bro-mance
One Sentence Round-Up
A feel-good romance featuring a grumpy man and a woman who has been given a second chance at life.
- Plot – 4/5
- Romance – 5/5
- Characters – 4/5
- Heat Level – 3/5
What I liked
Honestly, there is very little I didn’t like. Jill Shalvis books don’t particularly tax my brain but that’s not why I read them; these are like a big warm blanket of a book, guaranteed to make me smile and make me feel comforted. I don’t know why I react this way; every book is a personal experience and these books truly work for me.
I particularly enjoyed the character of Bailey. She takes this awful experience and she makes something positive from it; she searches for her happiness but she doesn’t allow the “list” overtake her ability to live in the present. She throws herself into everything but she never seemed flighty and was never irritating with it. I respected her decision with her ex because I realised that she never saw herself as a victim or as someone to be pitied. She saw herself as a survivor who deserved to live the life she wanted. I loved her.
The relationship between the H/h worked well too. They complimented each other and it was a solid pairing. The chemistry between them was shown well in the banter and the intimate scenes between them; I enjoyed reading them together. Of course, the whole conflict between them could have been stopped with better lines of communication but isn’t that always the way 🙂
What didn’t work for me
There wasn’t much but I think I need to mention that I pretty much have started to predict these story-lines and the characters. That doesn’t bother me but it may some others.