Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Quote-tastic/Review--oh man. why'd you say that?!!--My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge #2) by Jill Shalvis

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Soooo. Quote-tastic, erm, almost Wednesday this week. Someone *looks around* may have misplaced her book and just found it. Maybe. Anywho...Jill Shalvis!!! Yall know I love me some Jill Shalvis. The woman is freaking genius! My Kind of Wonderful was so damn good and this one just had me cracking up. The hero and heroine are going skiing (he's giving her a lesson) and on the lift she's trying to get to know him a little better. I loved her throw down. lol

Hudson's eyes darkened and she quickly searched her brain for a diversion. "So...you were a juvenile delinquent?"

His gaze lifted from her mouth to her eyes. "Yes."

"Did you find the trouble or did it find you?"


She smiled. "A real badass, huh?" she asked.

"Still am."

"Okay, lets make a deal," she said on a laugh. "How about you answer my questions with more than two words and I don't push you off the lift? Sound like a good plan?"

He grinned. 
And one more because I can't help it. The end just made me smirk. I can imagine her face and have SO had those moments with people. She's a muralist so they're up on scaffolding.... 
"How long have you been up?"

"Since two thirty this morning," he said. "Got called in. The conditions were ripe for an avalanche."

She must have paled because he smiled. "We got it handled."

"How do you handle it?" she asked.


She blinked.

"Don't worry," he said. "We're good at it."

She let out a breath. That easy confidence was incredibly attractive. Or maybe it was the element of danger she found exciting, though she wasn't sure she liked what that said about her.

Still, the fact remained that she couldn't even begin to imagine all the responsibilities he faced on a daily basis. "The most dangerous thing I face on my job is a paper cut," she said.

He shrugged. "You could fall off this platform. You ever think of that?"

She eyed the drop and felt her stomach quiver. "Not until now, thanks."

He flashed a grin and she stared at his mouth.

My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge #2) by Jill Shalvis

Prepare for a swoon, ladies. Prepare for a swoon. Jill Shalvis has done it yet again! I swear. She hits the right spot every single time. My Kind of Wonderful was just that...completely wonderful. From beginning to end Hud and Bailey had me in one big ol' swoon and left me with a big grin on my face and a happy sigh in my heart. 

The quick of it is that Hud and his siblings run a ski resort and his mama has hired a random woman to come in and paint a huge mural on their resort wall. And Hudson...not so pleased! The resort's struggling and they just don't have the funds for something like that. But dang if that cute little artist will be denied! This gig is important to Bailey and she's determined to do it even if it means working pro-bono (much to his dismay). And oh the sparks they fly between as these two are forced all close together. 

So. Hudson and Bailey. Hud's a little growly, a control freak, he's a protector and has such a sweet underbelly he tries to keep a hidden. He's a cop and does ski patrol and all kinds of other alpha male things at the resort. Yum! And Bailey is all strength. She's a survivor, talented and has a lovely spirit about her. Their chemistry...total sparkly deliciousness. They butt heads, they growl, they get all lusty and sweet. It was one helluva good time watching these two fall for each other. I loved seeing them on their jobs too. Her working on the family mural and him on patrol. Totally sexy when he goes into rescue mode. Noms!

Now. My favorite thing about the book...this family. I freaking LOVE this family. Hud's brothers and sisters are something else. I love the way they are with each other. They give each other absolute hell, the guys torment each other, they snark and growl but they are solid and there for each other. It's a fun dynamic seeing them all together. I busted out laughing more than once and totally had moments of wishing I wasn't an only child. The heart and love of it all just gets to me. They definitely add a wonderful background element to the romance.

All in all, My Kind of Wonderful was just a fabulous read. Had me smiling and laughing and going all girly. No matter what series Shalvis tackles I instantly want to be a part of the world she creates. The settings, the people, the feeling of home and family and friendship. An amazing talent, that.

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.

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