Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central
My Copy: NetGalley
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.
What do you get when you pair a sweet young woman grabbing life by the horns and a hot ski patrol guy taking care of everyone but himself? Another winner by Jill Shalvis, that’s what. Bailey and Hudson were so real to me. They were likeable, loyal, flirtatiously fun and vulnerable, each in their own ways.
Bailey Moore has been living on borrowed time for ten years. Diagnosed with cancer as a teenager, she has spent the last decade fighting for her life. Armed with her mom, her friend/ex-boyfriend and an army of doctors, she fought for a long time…. and won. Now cancer-free, she plans to make the most of each and every day. To do that, she makes a bucket list – things she’d like to do now that her life isn’t limited to a hospital room. One of the things on her list is to paint a mural. Encouraged by her memories of painting with her grandmother, Bailey jumps at the chance to do just that when she is hired to paint the side of the lodge at the Cedar Ridge ski resort.
Her mural-painting adventure gets off to a rough start when she gets lost on the mountain her very first day. Rescued by the head of ski patrol, Bailey is equal parts embarrassed and intrigued. Things only get more interesting when her rescuer turns out to be the son of the woman who hired her – and one of the owners of the resort.
Hudson Kincaid spends his life taking care of his responsibilities. His work at the resort, his part-time job as a police officer in town, his mother and his siblings who help run the resort take up every minute of every day. There is no down time for him…until he meets a refreshing young woman who immediately shows him the value of not taking even one minute for granted.
Hud knows there is something special about Bailey. He is drawn to the fragile-looking young woman from the minute he first sees her. Despite the fact that he’s initially opposed to her painting, he can’t help but be intrigued by her. It’s obvious by her frail appearance, her barely there hair and her living in the moment attitude that she’s been through a rough time. She arouses his protective instincts, but to his credit he doesn’t show her pity. What he does is bring her into the circle of people he cares about, and takes care of.
Jill Shalvis captured the essence of a cancer survivor who has a new lease on life after conquering the beast. Bailey is hopeful for the first time in her adult life, and she’s not afraid to take chances. One of those chances is jumping into an affair with Hudson. Unable to resist the big alpha ski god and the chemistry that flares between them, she thrives under his attention. Hudson knows he has nothing to give anyone else, certainly not a woman who deserves to be handed the moon. He is emotionally unavailable and his busy life pulls him in a hundred different directions. He can’t seem to keep his mind – or his hands – off of Bailey, though, and he looks forward to every weekend when he knows she’ll show up to work on the mural.
What made this book so much fun was the interaction between Hudson, his mother and his siblings. Bailey fit right in with the Kincaids, thoroughly enjoying being around a big family for the first time in her life. While she initially promised Hudson there would be no strings, she ends up falling hard for him and realizes she wants more. She wants to be with him, right there in Cedar Ridge, near his family and the town that also captured her heart. While Hudson was a completely lovable hero, he is a man, so of course he ends up doing something stupid instead of the right thing – all out of fear of opening himself up to someone he cares about.
As usual Jill Shalvis has created a town I would love to live in, with people I would love to be friends with. The Kincaids all had a rough start to their lives, but they have found a way to live and work together in relative harmony. The affection between all of them was obvious, and there was never a doubt that they would have each other’s backs no matter what. I can’t wait to read more of this series.
I give My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis 4.5 stars!