Get it at Amazonfrom our B review: This is the first in the author’s Cedar Ridge series featuring the Kincaid siblings who run a popular – but financially troubled – resort in the Colorado mountain town of Cedar Ridge. Second Chance Summer offers a variant of a second chance at love story. Aidan Kincaid and Lily Danville grew up together, and we learn early on that they shared a passionate kiss ten years earlier. Ms. Shalvis gradually reveals what happened after the kiss – from both Aidan’s and Lily’s perspectives – to lead Lily to leave town. Aidan hasn’t seen Lily in 10 years, but even though he has thought about her repeatedly, when he hears that she’s coming back he doesn’t want anything to do with her. In his mind they crashed and burned and he doesn’t want to risk it again; he already has his hands full with a whole host of responsibilities. Aidan is on the town fire department, is a member of the local Search and Rescue team, and also helps run his family’s resort. Additionally, he has always been the glue that holds his family together, including the children from his bigamist father’s second and third marriages. Lily never wanted to come back to Cedar Ridge, and not just because of Aidan. Blaming herself for the deaths of her father and sister, she left town for San Diego. But when she was fired and blacklisted from her job as manager and cosmetologist in a high profile beauty salon, the only job she could get was a temporary spot at a friend’s salon in Cedar Ridge. What she didn’t know is the salon is in the Kincaid family resort. The minute Aidan and Lily see each other again the sparks fly, and with both of them living and working on the resort property they run into each other at every turn. Despite the fact that Lily and Aidan are both dealing with major issues there’s a lot of humor in the book. I particularly like the scenes in the resort salon in which Lily interacts with various townspeople, and gets conned into giving Aidan various treatments. I found both principals to be fully developed characters, and appreciate that they each grow over the course of the book.
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