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 ...
If all of Jill Shalvis’ books are like this one, then I’m kicking my own ass for not diving into her books before this because I fell in love with this one! I was hooked from the first page and had a difficult time putting it to the side to get other things done.
I adored Aiden. He’s the sweet, sexy, intuitive, funny, sweep in and the save the day kind of guy who when he decides he wants something he doesn’t give up. This isn’t to say he’s an absolute saint, because he’s not, but he is definitely a person you’d want by your side. Lily, I liked, I did. She was sweet and sassy, but the guilt she carried around with her was immense. Most of it I could empathize with, there is no limitation on grief, but one of her issues ~ which had to do with Aiden ~ had me arching my brow in confusion and wanting to shake some sense into her. But as the story progresses, Lily faces the demons that have been haunting her for years and she starts to heal. The progression of Aiden’s and Lily’s relationship was done well and filled with sweet, funny, sexy and heart wrenching moments. What I liked the most was that they communicated with each other and while it may have taken some poking, prodding and meddling from outside sources, they confronted the issues between them and moved forward.
Now, while I really liked Aiden and Lily what really pushed this book to a 5 star (feather) rating were the rest of the characters in the story and their interactions with one another. The way that the Kincaid family interacted with each other, from the good, the bad to the ugly, felt real and I loved being apart of their lives. The same went for their friends, like Aiden’s best friend Mitch.. I believed that these people had grown up together, that they had a soul deep connection with each other and only wanted what was best for them even when they wanted to knock the other person out.
The Bottom Line: I loved all the characters and the writing and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
~ ARC received from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.
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