Audio Review: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

Audio Review: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill ShalvisMy Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge, #2) by Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 12/22/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Karen White
Source: Audible
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four-half-stars

UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE...

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.

I’ve read a lot of Jill Shalvis’s books. A lot. Nearly all her Lucky Harbor series, nearly all her Animal Magentism series, and Second Chance Summer, the first book in the Cedar Ridge series. I’m a big fan. And here’s something I’ve learned about her books. The first book in the series is usually good. All her books are good. But it’s the later books in her series that really stand out. It’s like it takes her a bit to create the settings and characters of the towns in which her books are set. So I couldn’t WAIT to read My Kind of Wonderful, the second book in the Cedar Ridge series. And oh my gosh, I LOVED My Kind of Wonderful. It’s one of my favorites of all of Jill Shalvis’s books.

Bailey Moore has not had an easy life. For the last ten years she’s been very sick with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She was diagnosed when she was in high school and has been in treatment until recently. But it seems that her cancer is gone, and she’s hoping she’s truly in remission. Bailey is ready to live her life now. Bailey is awesome. She’s strong and kind, and has problems reading ski maps but she’s not a pushover.

This trouble reading ski maps leads to her meeting Hudson Kincaid. Hudson is head of ski patron at his family’s ski lodge (along with being a part-time police officer). Hudson is crazy busy, and he’s AWESOME. I loved Hudson so much. Hudson and Bailey’s first meeting was so cute. Seriously So Freaking Cute!

Bailey and Hudson have some serious chemistry, and I just loved all their scenes together. They have great conversations that made me mostly giddy the whole time. Hudson does have some issues, though, he does screw things up. Luckily he is pretty good at groveling.

Another major highlight to My Kind of Wonderful is the Kincaid family. Their situation is peculiar but it’s so wonderful to see the siblings being there for each other. And, of course, giving each other a hard time too, as siblings do.

I absolutely loved My Kind of Wonderful (the audiobook was especially fantastic) and I am already anxiously awaiting the third book in the series. Fans of contemporary romance, and small-town romance series will love this one.

four-half-stars

14 Responses to “Audio Review: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Nick @ Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist

    One of your favorites by Jill Shalvis? Well, I need to try this now! I’ve only read a couple of her books, but they’ve been a whole lot of fun. The characters in this one are definitely ones I will root for, I can tell from your description.
    And the romance and chemistry sounds super cute too.
    I’ll be sure to see if they have this one at my library on my next trip!
    Lovely review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Jill Shalvis is just great! I’ve read a ton of her books, and obviously I like some more than others, but I’ve always enjoyed her books. And this one just really worked for me.

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Ahhhhh! So now I’m kicking myself for not getting this one! I’ll just have to go buy it since you loved it so much! I still need to read Second Chance Summer, but I really hope I can get to it soon. Hudson sounds super swoony and Bailey sounds fun! Definitely going to get this one!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I liked Second Chance Summer, but My Kind of Wonderful was just so amazing. The family dynamic really stood out in this one, and Bailey is awesome. So is Hudson!

  3. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    oh you keep making me feel so guilty for not reading this author yet!! hehe I know I need to read her, but every time I visit my local library I always forget to pick her up. I swear I am going to put a sticky note up so I remember!!! Love the sound of this one.

  4. Sara

    Shalvis is one of my trusty ‘comfort’ authors-her books always make me happy 🙂 I didn’t know about this series, will have to check it out!

  5. Kaja

    Haha, it’s great to see such an enthusiastic, positive review! I always like reading reviews where it’s obvious the reviewer enjoyed the book so much.
    Yeah, this was a good romance, you know I adore Shalvis. I saw she has another series starting this year, I wonder how she manages to keep everything straight with all the characters and the settings, she’s amazing!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I know, I saw the other series too! I have no idea how she keeps everything organized in her head. she’s like Nora Roberts, who writes so many books each year.

  6. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Lovely review, Quinn!
    I don’t know why, but I just can’t get into this series as much as her others. I really like the heroes, but I think the back and forth with the heroines is driving me a bit insane!
    But I do agree that their chemistry was fantastic, and my heart went out to Bailey.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I wasn’t madly in love with Second Chance Summer. I mean, I liked it, but it wasn’t love. I think what really made me like this more than the first book was the family dynamic between the Kincaids. Have you read her Animal Magnetism series? I’m a big fan of that one too.

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