Dali’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Kind of Wonderful is amusing, sexy and tender all rolled up in an attractive snow powdered package.
“He flashed that panty-melting grin and all her poor, neglected womanly parts flamed to life and did the Macarena.”
Bailey Moore has never “had time for anything except survival.” But now she has a new lease on life and with it a list of all the things she imagined she’d enjoy doing during the decade she battled cancer, starting with painting a mural. When the opportunity to do it lands on her lap though, she didn’t expect it would include an impossible to resist, cantankerous, sexy ski master. She’s seen how loyal, genuine and protective he is with his mother. Which makes him an adventure she wants, but only if it comes with an expiration date.
Hudson Kincaid’s plate is almost overflowing with responsibilities. He’s head of the ski patrol at his family’s ski resort, on the police force, taking care of his mentally unstable mother and worrying day in and out about his estranged twin’s wellbeing. He doesn’t have time for a relationship nor does he want one, but one look at Bailey and a few moments around her happy and magnetic personality is enough for him to want to stay in her orbit. Can he let himself be happy? And can he convince Bailey that their Kind of Wonderful is forever?
Jill Shalvis is a joy to read, you can’t go wrong with her when looking for a touching contemporary romance with strong characters that make you want to root for.
“You make me feel things.”
“Like irritated? Annoyed?”
“Yes… But Also warm. And… Fuzzy.”
“Warm and fuzzy..? I’m not a pair of slippers Bailey.”
I loved the witty back and forth between Hudson and Bailey that stoked their instant chemistry. I appreciated Bailey’s strength which never faltered and gave her an inner beauty that was hard to resist. Especially for a man like Hudson who is strong and loyal to the core. And completely swoon worthy when he turned his sexy loving towards Bailey.
“It’s my turn for a question now.”
“Aren’t you afraid that might express persona interest?”
His smile was a little naughty. “I’ve had my tongue down your throat. I’m pretty sure I’ve already expressed personal interest.”
Even though they had decided that whatever was going on between them was temporary and would remain light, the loving intervention from Hud’s incorrigible siblings and his mother pushed them in the right direction, helping Hud forgive himself and both to live life fully.
“We’re all gunning for you to trip over your two left feet for a woman. It’s your turn.”
The family meddling is another layer I fully enjoy when reading Jill Shalvis’ books. Those pranks the brothers pull while knowing they’ve got their backs is completely endearing. My Kind of Wonderful also had Hud’s mom very close to the center of the story. She adds both heartwarming, humorous moments, as well as heartbreaking ones depending on her mental stability or lack of it.
I loved the pace at which Baily and Hudson grow closer. There isn’t any over the top drama, just the right amount of angst for me to be glued to the story while rooting for them to be able to find their happy ever after adventure. Oh and let’s not forget the hilarious pranks the Kincaids pull on each other that’s worth barrels of laughs! Two words for you this time: choking hazard.
Book Facts: My kind of Wonderful is book #2 in the Cedar Ridge series by Jill Shalvis. It’s written from both points of view. Can be read as a standalone with a happy ending.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *