MY KIND OF WONDERFUL by Jill Shalvis (December 22, 2015; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; Cedar Ridge #2)
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.
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I’ve heard a lot of high praise about Jill Shalvis from a super fun blog, Herding Cats & Burning Soup
, so when I saw the opportunity to review one of her books I jumped at it.
Told from dual points of view, My Kind of Wonderful was a witty, sexy, sweet romance that made me fall hard and fast for the author.
The push and pull between the characters never felt forced. Interactions were natural, the characters flawed to perfection, and the plot was a great mixture of tension and brevity.
“Warm and fuzzy?” he repeated, running the unexpected adjectives through his brain. “I’m not a pair of slippers, Bailey.”
Hudson Kincaid might be living a life filled with regret, remorse, and walls thicker than Grandma’s pecan pie, but in no way is he lacking in charm. His humor is well timed and has a way of keeping the reader (and Bailey) on their toes. One of Hud’s most interesting features was how he did his best to hide his needs and wants with excess work. His choice to Not have enough time to put effort into relationships was very telling and, honestly, easy to relate to.
Bailey Moore is one of those leading ladies that you want to cuddle, bop on the head, have a drink with, and scowl at all within pages. There were so many times I would want to shake her, but knowing her story, I understood her hesitancy. I didn’t instantly click with Bailey, but I grew to appreciate her. It was difficult to watch her well-intentioned list gain too much control.
His work. Her list. Wonderful distractions from real life.
I was impressed with my first Shalvis book, and plan to read more.
Start from the beginning with book one in the Cedar Ridge series, SECOND CHANCE SUMMER!
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 . . .
About the author:
New York Times
bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
Connect with the author!
Q&A with Jill:
Q: Finish this sentence: My heroine will never…
A: Stop loving Hud Kincaid. She will however at times want to hit him over the head with the closest blunt object.
Q: Finish this sentence: My hero will always…
A: Always, always, always be utterly baffled by the way the female brain works. Good thing Bailey is extra patient with him.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote/scene from My Kind of Wonderful?
A: “Aren’t you afraid that might express personal interest?” she asked.
His smile was a little naughty. “I’ve had my tongue down your throat. I’m pretty sure I’ve already expressed personal interest.”