By day, I'm a domestic violence prosecutor. By night, I read romance to restore my faith in love, relationships, and humanity in general.
This book kicks off a new series, but it sticks tight to Jill Shalvis' typical formula: funny and snappy dialogue, an appealing cast of characters in a charming small town (many of whom are sequel bait), a dash of pathos, stir in some sexy times, and viola! "Second Chance Summer" offers a gender-flip of Shalvis' usual commitment-phobic, alpha male trope. Here, it's the heroine, Lily, who doesn't want to risk losing her heart to anyone. Ten years ago, she lost her sister and her dad, and that's more than enough grief. Meanwhile, Aidan is ready to settle down, and he'd love nothing better than to get a second chance with the girl who got away.
Luckily, the Shalvis formula happens to be one I enjoy, at least in moderation. Her characters are always likeable, the writing is reliably decent, the conflicts are believable and not too angsty, the pacing moves right along, the romance is emotionally satisfying, and there's always enough humor to keep things light.