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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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Recap of KISSCON, Kansas City

Join me for a recap of the activities at KISSCon sponsored by Rainy Day Books, Avon Books and Harper Collins publishers.

This was an amazing experience. I’d never been to an intimate setting and book signing like this before. Woodneath Library in Kansas City, Mo, was the location of this event. Chairs and a stage were prepared for 9 authors and about 300 people. This was a free event.

Ok…let me start at the beginning of the day. Ruby and I decided it would be a great idea to support the bookstore that was sponsoring this event. They are called Rainy Day Books and they are a small book store that isn’t a corporate conglomeration.  This was a true floor to ceiling-books everywhere-all genres represented bookstore. They had very nice staff that wanted to help, point out their favorite books and explain up-coming events they have planned. These ladies knew their stuff and were happy and helpful with a heaping bit of make-you-smile. I enjoyed myself immensely.

Next thing on the agenda was the meet and greet of these 9 lovely authors.  Marie Tremayne is the author of Lady in Waiting (watch for the upcoming review here on One Book Two) was the newest member of the panel having only one book pubished at the moment. She also has one in edits and one she’s currently working on.

Lenora Bell and Cathy Maxwell are also historical romance writers except they have lots of books out there waiting to be read. Currently, I’m in the middle of reading What a Difference a Duke Makes (watch for the review here coming soon). While I read Cathy Maxwell in the anthology, Four Dukes and a Devil, I picked up her latest A Match Made in Bed.

The authors that Ruby Lee went to see were Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster and Jodi Thomas.  These ladies all write contemporary romance. Along with these contemporary artists are Lori Wilde, Linda Howard and Alisha Rai.  Granted,  I have never read the works of the contemporary artists, but there were 300+ people sitting in the audience that obviously were huge fans.

After a couple of introductory rounds, the panel were subjected to rapid fire questions.  Some put the authors on the spot by asking them to reveal their secrets if they answered yes to questions that started with “Never, have I ever…”. Audience members laughed at the panelist answers because along with the characteristic of great story teller was the fact they all are great entertainers.

When the speaking part was finished, everyone that wanted a book signed waited patiently in line for their chance to speak with their favorite author.

The final part of the event was the ticketed portion. Ruby and I splurged on VIP tickets to see what that would entail.  We each got a goodie bag (pictured above) and a glass of wine with a side of cheese, crackers and the best darn cupcakes I have ever ate.

All in all, it was a great experience and definitely worth driving 5 hours to attend.  Thank You to all those great authors for making our day memorable.

 

KISS con in Kansas City, baby!

I am so very tickled to report that One Book Two is going to Avon Romance Books Kiss Con in Kansas City, MO.  Don’t know what KISS con is?  Well, read on!!

 

Avon Books is a subsidiary of Harper/Collins publishing house.  Avon Books represents works in the romance genre with a ton of authors, but TODAY there is an event in Kansas City, Missouri put on by Rainy Day Books.  This event will showcase 9 romance authors and all of them are superstars AND WE GET TO GO!!!  It will be a treat to visit with:

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

 

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Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels with Avon Romance/HarperCollins. Her writing has won numerous awards including the 2014 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award for Historical Romance and the 2016 RT Book Reviews Best First Historical Romance award. She recently found out that she’s a finalist in the 2018 RWA RITA contest for published authors in the Historical Short category!

A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing who has lived on five continents, Lenora currently shares an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties named Dorian Gray and Percy Shelley. She loves hearing from readers! Sign up for her mailing list to hear about new books, sales, and giveaways!. She loves to hear from readers!

 

Lori Foster first published with Harlequin in January 1996. Her second book launched Temptation Blaze and her 25th book launched Temptation Heat. Since those early days, Lori has routinely had 6 to 10 releases a year. She’s a Waldenbooks, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author with over 100 titles published through a variety of houses, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martins, Harlequin and Silhouette.

Lori also writes as L.L. Foster publishing books written as Urban Fantasy with a little bit of romance.

 

Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.

Bestselling novelist Cathy Maxwell, a storyteller since childhood, embraces her writing romance as a way to express her belief that “loving well is the greatest adventure of all,” and to explore her fascination with the Regency period.

The author of twenty-five historical romance novels and four novellas Cathy’s latest THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL, the fifth of her Scandal and Seduction novels, has just been published. The others, also set in the Regency period, are quintessential Cathy Maxwell—traditional historicals with a contemporary sensibility and a touch of humor. They are A Seduction at Christmas, The Marriage Ring, The Earl Claims His Wife, and His Christmas Pleasure. Each has appeared for multiple weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.

 

Alisha Rai writes award-winning emotionally complex contemporary romance novels and is frequently sought as a speaker on a range of topics covering romance and media.
She is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. Her books have also been named Best Books of the Year by NPR, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Kirkus, Bustle, and Cosmopolitan Magazine and her novels have won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for erotic and contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling and tweeting.

 

With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

Marie Tremayne graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, a copy of Pride and Prejudice ended up changing her life, and she decided to study the great books of the Regency and Victorian eras. Now she enjoys writing her own tales set in the historical period she loves.

Lady in Waiting is Marie Tremayne’s debut romance novel and was a finalist in the GSRWA’s 2014 Emerald City Opener Contest. Its sequel, The Viscount Can Wait, was a finalist in the 2015 ECO Contest. Marie lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the Internal Association of Forensic Nurses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie.
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a three time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

 

One Book Two staff that will be in attendance.

Ruby Lee and Nervous Nellie Justice

 

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis does it again.  Nobody But You is being released tomorrow, which is just in time because Spring is here and love is in the air.

Nobody But YourTitle: Nobody But You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge, Book 3
Publish Date: March 29, 2016
Genre:
Romance
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

My respect for Jill Shalvis’s writing increases with every book I read.  Nothing But You is the third and final book in the Cedar Ridge series, and I am a little sad about leaving such a beautiful place.  Her vivid imagery and true to life problems that the characters face cause Cedar Ridge to become a very real place in the minds of her readers.

Many people feel that romance books are nothing more than formula writing but Jill badge4v4Shalvis is about as far from formula as you can get.  I love the snarky comments that Jill writes for the main character Sophie.  Every one of them made me laugh and led me to like Sophie a little more.  Jacob is a returning soldier with PTSD, and Jill takes that on with the compassion it deserves.

Jill Shalvis also makes it very clear about how she feels about 50 Shades of Grey with many direct references that don’t paint the book in a good light. They made me look at the story from a different angle, and I agree with many of her comments.

Overall, Nobody But You is a funny, well written, romantic story that I very much enjoyed over my Spring Break.  If you have read Jill Shalvis before, I am sure you are excited for this book release tomorrow.  If you have never read a Jill Shalvis book, you are missing out and Cedar Ridge is a good place to start.


Lucyfer’s Corner

1 paw – Lucy FaceRomance…  I can’t believe that I had to start reading romance again. Ruby felt that the “romantic situations” were a little too hot for Izzy’s young kitten eyes so I had to subject myself to the mush and grossness of human love.  I have never been more happy that Ruby had me spayed.  Who in their right mind would want to deal with all that?  Yuck!


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My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

I eagerly anticipate  Jill Shalvis book release days.  I can’t wait to meet her new characters and see what kinds of trouble they can get themselves into.

25317360Title: My Kind of Wonderful
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series:
Cedar Ridge, Book 2
Publish Date: December 22, 2015
Genre:
Romance
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

Jill’s characters are special because they aren’t “cookie cutter” people.  That is one of the arguments that anti-romance book people use frequently when they try to make the point that romance literature is not up  to the standard of the other genres.   I have actually had first hand experience with this at a book club Christmas party a few weeks ago.  Everyone was name dropping these “exclusive” book titles that they were reading.  When I told them I was looking forward to the new releases by Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins, they just stared at me and passed over my comment.  They act as if reading is suppose to be a kind of torture that they need to endure to be well-read.  I think it is sad that these people are missing out on tremendous stories that whisk the reader away to another time or place.  They allow us to become other people, if only for a moment.  It is my strong belief that reality 100% of the time is not good for anyone and “these kind of books” make life a happier, sunnier place.

Enough about me and on to this incredible book.  This book is character driven, and they are amazing characters at that.  They have a depth that few authors can achieve and they face things that aren’t “fixed” at the end of the book.  You know these people will continue to face their demons long after the book is over, but they will be able to do it together.  Plus they will continue to have mind-blowing lovemaking sessions that are constructed creatively and, at times, with lots of humor in this book.  The romance would definitely be rated an R+.

However, there is one part of this book that took it from a strong 4 rating to a 5 rating for me.  There is a scene in the book when Bailey and Lily get overwhelmingly drunk while waiting for Hudson and Aidan to return frombadge5v4 a rescue call.  When Hudson arrives to take her back to his place for the night, he refuses to make love to her because she is intoxicated.  He knows that a woman cannot give consent to sex when she is intoxicated.  Hudson and Aidan even have a discussion about how she is off-limits that night.

Jill Shalvis, you are an amazing woman to include this in your book.

In other books that I have read, the mental state of the woman is never addressed and it is considered sexy if a man loses control and “takes” her.  But it is not sexy and it is not legal.  In my other life, when I am not Ruby Lee, part of my job is to educate people about consent for sex.  We teach them that if a person is intoxicated or under the influence of anything, they can’t give consent.  It is a difficult message for some to get when our culture has condoned it for so long.  Another part of my job is to work with those that have been assaulted when they were intoxicated.  It is heartbreaking and something that can never be truly repaired.

So in closing, READ THIS BOOK.  It is sweet and funny with great characters that you will love until the end and after.

I am counting the hours until the next Jill Shalvis release day.


Izzy’s Corner

 ? paws – I can’t rate this book because mom spent most of it covering my eyes.  I know there is skiing, painting and a man that acted IMG_0640 (100x80)stupidly.  I don’t know about the last one for sure but every book I have read with mom so far has a man who has done dumb things.  Boy I a glad to be a female cat.

 


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