Second Chance Summer: Cedar Ridge, Book 1

Second Chance SummerAuthor: Jill Shalvis
Book Name: Second Chance Summer
Series: Cedar Ridge
Order: #1
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Okay


Blurb:  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 . . .

Review:  This was an okay read, but there just wasn’t anything that jumped out and grabbed me about this book.  The characters weren’t all that interesting and there were some issues with the storyline left me wondering if I fell asleep and jumped a few chapters because we went from point A to point G with nothing in between.

I had some issue with the firefighter/search and rescue role that Aiden has.  It seems like a huge amount for a single person especially when you are talking the extreme levels of back to back calls and events.  It not only seems unrealistic, it seems incredibly unsafe.  I’m not even remotely an expert, but to be able to do both jobs full time doesn’t seem realistic.  I also had some issues with the realism of the actual rescue towards the end of the book that completely negated any dramatic impact that scene was supposed to generate.  Again, not an expert so I can’t say if that is an even remotely realistic scenario.  Stubborn is one thing, but impractically stupid stubborn born from ego has no place in a rescue situation, so that made it even less believable.

So, I wasn’t much of a fan.  I didn’t not like it, but it wasn’t really worth the time.

Still the One: Animal Magnetism, Book 6

Still the OneAuthor: Jill Shalvis
Book Name: Still the One
Series: Animal Magnetism
Order: #6
Rating: Really Good
Genre: Romance

Blurb:  Darcy Stone is game for anything—except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist AJ Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately Darcy can’t refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

AJ admits it—Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?

Review:  This book is what I would consider a typical, fun, flirty and lighthearted romance story.  It has all the essentials to make it a good romantic read.  Interesting characters that have some depth, enough to actually enjoy and want to learn more about them.  A good story with just enough going on to keep it on the good side without getting beyond the romantic focus of the story.

There is a definite emphasis on the lighthearted in this story.  It does not get too heavy or really pull hard on any emotions, so it is the perfect kind of book to read if you need a break between some weightier or more intense types of books.

As a series, Animal Magnetism books are pretty much stand alone books, where characters from previous books in the series may make appearances in other stories, but it is not necessary to read those other books in order to follow the current story or feel like you’ve missed something important.