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Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Coming home humiliated and saved by a friend’s offer of a job. Coming home to terrible memories of loss and devastation. Can Aiden make Lily understand that she is worth love?

Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar River #1
Audio Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Narrator: Karen White
Source: Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: 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 10 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…

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I am a little behind the times as Ruby Lee had read this book in 2015. Her review is here. I listened to it in audio. There is some sex, nothing too graphic. There isn’t a cliffhanger and there is no violence.

This is the first book in the Cedar Ridge series by Jill Shalvis. I have no idea why I picked it up. It’s really not my speed, but I listened from beginning to end. The narrator was ok but it took some time to get used to her. She wasn’t bad or anything, just not like I’m used to. No, I didn’t fast forward or anything. The story was pretty good. I waited for the suspense, but there wasn’t any. This is a story from a woman’s perspective as she returns to her small town home after being humiliated by her old boss in the big city.

She also faces her loss an devastating grief all over again. She lost her sister and her dad 10 years ago. She’d run. It’s not exactly how I would have handled it, but I have neither lost my sister or my dad.

Anyway, it’s kind of a sweet romance, and I’ll probably get the next one of the series. No, I’m not hooked. Not really. Not on chick lit. Give me a good demon or supernatural ass-kicking bounty hunter anytime. Nope, I’m not hooked. I’m just curious is all. It gets 4 stars.

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Justin by Kris Michaels

The last one falls.  It’s amazing to find love even when it’s been under your nose for years.  Why or how do these things happen?  Who knows? But it’s fantastic when it does. No one expects what Justin King does as a side line.  No one in his family save one brother knows he really works for Guardian.  He doesn’t need his family…until he does.

Title: Justin
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #10
Publish Date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Romanc8
Publisher’s Description: Being CEO of flourishing JK Holdings isn’t a sufficient challenge for millionaire restaurateur Justin King. He craves the rush gained by facing danger and triumphing—be it heli-skiing, rappelling, suit jumping from the peaks of Mt. Everest or racing performance cars. But nothing does it for him like breaking into impenetrable fortresses and rifling their vaults for Guardian Security. It’s the best-kept secret of his very public life.

Danielle Grant has built a life separate from the power and influence of her father, the owner of Phoenix Armament. As Acquisitions Manager of JK Holdings, she’s made herself indispensable to Justin King on a professional level, his steady constant as she watches the gorgeous women in his private life come and go. Never once did she allow herself to dream the romantic attentions of her boss would turn her way—until fate perched them side-by-side at the precipice of a deadly drop.

Just as Justin and Dani realize what they could be to each other, a malevolent force rips them apart, and Dani vanishes without a trace. Finding her and getting her back will require Justin do the one thing he has avoided all his life—ask for the help of his family.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

Lord above, did you fire your brains out of that damn rocket launcher?

or

I’m not crazy! Guardian has be tested! Once a year!

Oh, my gosh.  I just love Jade.  Only she could come up with comments like that.

This book is a well written accounting of the elusive Justin King.  His story isn’t graphic in horror or sex, but there is death and sex in the book.  There is not a cliffhanger and there is a happy ending.  All of this series could be read as stand alones, but it would be so much better to read them in order so you get to know the family and the other characters that are involved in Guardian Security.

Earlier, I stated that Justin King is elusive.  It’s a different kind of elusive than Joseph King.  Justin is very private and most of his siblings think he’s just a playboy restaurateur that doesn’t really know what Guardian is about.  Boy, are they in for a surprise.  That’s ok, though, because Justin needs as much credit of saving lives as the rest of the team.  What he does is keenly different, but no less useful.

All the Kings (except for Mom Amanda) were in this episode which was an incredible treat for those of us that practically worship the ground the Kings walk on.  Most of this book was somber because that’s who Justin is. He’s a meticulous businessman that has brilliantly built his world with his own two hands with no help from anyone.  He’s held his family at bay because that’s how he does things.  He’s not a jokester like Jacob.  He’s not damaged like Joseph.  He’s not the same kind of crazy as Jade, though he has his own brand.

I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Justin.  He was always in the shadows as the brother who knows nothing about what his sibs do for the world and here we are finding out that he has more effect on the world than haute cuisine and fine wine.

One last thing, while it makes me sad that this is the last official King sibling to get matched up, that does not mean it’s the last of the King family.  We have Drake and Dixon left to go and from the little teaser at the end of the book, I believe that one of them has their story next.

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