Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

Title:  My Kind of Wonderful
Series:  Cedar Ridge #2
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Publication Date:  December 22/15 by Grand Central Publishing
Length:  357pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance/women's fiction
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:


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.

My Review:

This novel is fun from the get-go. Shalvis takes the wonderful world that we came to know in the 1st Cedar Ridge novel and takes it to another level. The scene comes to life in a beautifully larger than life manner. Shalvis paints it through her words and invites her readers into this world for a short while. She tackles life after personal disaster in this wildly entertaining story, while also showing how it’s different for each of us. The miracle of the human body and soul come into play in a big way. The plot itself was both exciting and enriching.

I fell in love with both the main characters from the beginning. Seeing Hud come to grips with the full impact of his past added an extra level of drool-worthyness to this strong, sexy hero. Bailey’s need to stand on her own and experience life after what she’s been through was appealing. I loved how each of them were so well developed individually. The little tidbits of insight into their characters was so fantastic, giving a truly well rounded feel. And let’s not forget the loveable supporting cast that these two were surrounded by. They were such great individuals.

This story is simultaneously sweet, funny, hot, and emotionally hard hitting. It’s a complexly enjoyable tale that I could barely put down.

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