My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge Series #2)

My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge Series #2)

by Jill Shalvis

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From the New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes an emotional women's fiction read about a woman determined to take advantage of her second chance and live life to the fullest.
Bailey Moore is finally getting to live on her own terms. After a fierce battle with cancer, she's ready to do all the things she never dared to before, like sail the Greek Islands and explore Europe's castles. Her first new adventure brings her to Cedar Ridge Resort, a ski lodge in the Colorado Rockies.
Bailey quickly discovers that following her No Regrets List won't be easy. It doesn't offer instructions for how to deal with a suffocating mother or an ex-fiancé who doesn't want to let her go. Her list also doesn't include falling for the lodge's swoon-worthy head of ski patrol, Hud Kincaid, and his boisterous, kindhearted family.
As much as she longs to travel the world, Bailey soon realizes it will be hard to leave the small town of Cedar Ridge and the people in it. And when her past comes calling, she'll have to summon more courage than ever before to live the life she truly wants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455586769
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Series: Cedar Ridge Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,081
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Twitter @jillshalvis

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My Kind of Wonderful (Cedar Ridge Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
BJsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Funny, sexy, moving - just adorable! Grab a mug of hot chocolate and fall in love with Hud & Bailey! Bailey is finally healthy again, after fighting that stupid cancer for almost ten years. And she has a list. A list of things she wants to do in her 'new' life. One item on that list brings her to Cedar Ridge. She was hired to paint a mural on a wall of the ski-town's hotel resort. A family portrait of the Kincaids. Enter Hudson Kincaid. He and his half-siblings own and run the resort - and if being on the ski-patrol wouldn't keep him busy enough, he's also a town cop a few shifts a month. He's had a couple serious relationships in his life, but they all fell apart, because he works too much, and wouldn't change it for those girls. But now he might have met the one girl he could imagine forever with. Of course he doesn't know it yet! ☺ It's instant attraction between the two of them. And it's adorable to watch how they both try to not take this relationship too seriously. It might take them a while to get to their HEA.... WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO BAiLEY & HUDSON??? WiLL THERE BE A HEA??? WiLL THERE BE A CLiFFHANGER??? Nope . . . I'm not telling you ☺ __________________________ Such a beautiful & funny & moving story! After I finished Jill's last Lucky Harbor book, I didn't know if anything new could compare to that amazing town. But Cedar Ridge and sexy its Kincaid family.... yesssss .... I love it! This was such a cute and adorable and sexy and funny and moving and snowy romance! I could read books like that every day! I loved every second of this book! ....can I pleeeeaaaase have my own Hudson?!?! ► Set in the amazingly beautiful & snowy background of Cedar Ridge.....MY KIND OF WONDERFUL is the perfect book for a cold winter night. Funny, sexy, moving - just adorable!! Grab a mug of hot chocolate and fall in love with Hud and Bailey! ◄ And now please hurry Madame Shalvis - I need more sexy Cedar Ridgers - the next book will finally be out the missing Jacob!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the series. I just have to laugh at the brothers pranks and relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book..everything about it,the story, the setting, and of course the characters! I am so sorry I missed out on reading the first one. Am going to buy it now...can not wait to read more of this series. If you loved her Lucky Harbor series you will love this one!!
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
Bailey had a second chance in life, so she decided to live her life to the fullest. So when she was hired to make her first mural, of course she's going to say yes. But Hudson doesn't want to. He encountered Bailey before and he just knows that being near her is bad news. I like the story in general. I thought that this is more of Bailey's story, even though the series is about Hudson's family. I like that Bailey is this independent character. And I an loving Jill Shalvis' books because of that. The story was definitely about personal growth while exploring it with a love story. And I thought that was cute. Of course, it is a romance novel. And I thought the way the way Bailey and Hudson got together was more fairytale-y than realistic. For me, I liked the book for the personal growth, and accepting life. I read this book as an audiobook and I thought the narrator was okay. Not the best but still good. Over all, I really might check out more Jill Shalvis books.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had a fantastic time with this romance. I pulled this book from my virtual stack of past due review books. It was a great book so I have no idea why I waited so long to pick it up and read it. Of course, I have yet to read a Jill Shalvis book that I didn't like so it really is no surprise that I liked this one as much as I did. This is the second book in the Cedar Ridge series but it is easily read as a stand-alone novel. Hud takes his responsibilities very seriously. He takes care of his mother and accepts all of the blame for his brother leaving town. He is very dedicated to his work and seems to be on the clock all the time. He wants no part of the mural for the resort that his mother has arranged. Bailey is ready to embrace life and do all of the things she has had to put off for so long. The first thing on her list that she wants to complete is the mural for the ski resort. The characters in this book were great. Bailey has been through a lot but still has a very positive attitude and is looking forward to her future. Hudson is an incredibly hard worker who is dedicated to his family and doing what is right. Hudson has a large family that also work at the ski resort that played a big part of this story and were all a lot of fun. Bailey's loved ones wanted to protect her and keep her safe even though they didn't always seem to completely support her choices. I loved Hud and Bailey together. The chemistry between them was amazing and I felt like these two really needed each other. Hudson saw Bailey as more than her illness and helped to give her back the sense of normal that she needed. Bailey added the balance to Hudson's life that he didn't realize he needed. I felt like both of these characters came alive every time they were together and I couldn't help but cheer them on towards their happily ever after. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a story filled with great chemistry, touching moments, and a lot of hope. I can't wait to read more from Jill Shalvis! I received a digital review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing).
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WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
After ten long and tiring years, Bailey Moore’s cancer is finally in remission. She’s determined to get the most out of her new life and begins to work her way through a bucket list. Whilst hired to paint a mural at Cedar Ridge, a ski resort in Colorado, Bailey decides to make the most of the beautiful surroundings and head down the mountain – despite her lacking in the ability to ski properly! Taking a wrong turn and ending up at the top of one of the black and somewhat hair-raising runs, Bailey meets Hudson Kincaid; head of Ski Patrol, local cop, and the subject of the mural she’s about to start painting. Despite their attraction to each other, they clash. They’re both stubborn and fiercely independent, yet the connection can’t be ignored. Hudson carries the weight of his family on his shoulders. His twin brother, Jacob, went missing after a fight between them many years ago, and Hudson doesn’t even know if he’s still alive. Their mum, Carrie, lives in a care home nearby due to suffering from dementia which was onset from an early age. Despite her dementia, she still has her moments of lucidness, which Hudson treasures dearly. As well as Jacob, Hudson also has three half siblings courtesy of his non-existent philanderer of a father; Gray, Aidan, and Kenna, who all reside at Cedar Ridge with him. There’s a solid bond between the siblings and it’s obvious they care strongly about each other – and each other’s mum’s. Although Bailey and Hudson’s characters connect, Hudson has no room in his life for a relationship, and Bailey has her heart set on working her way through her life’s wish list, so they agree on a no-strings fling whilst she’s in Cedar Ridge. However, along the way feelings begin to run deep, but with both of them as stubborn as the other, will they break down their barriers and admit the truth before Bailey leaves and moves on to the next item on her wish list? The scenes between Bailey and Hudson are quite passionate in places, without being trashy. It’s beautifully well written despite it seemingly being just a fling between them, and it made me fall in love with, and root for, both of the characters even more so than I had already. This book is the second in a series by Jill Shalvis, which focuses on each Kincaid sibling in turn. Having not read the first book, I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on anything because this was a story in its own right – about Hudson and Bailey. Although the rest of the Kincaids are in the book, you’re still told about their backstory so you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. This book was an absolute pleasure to read and I loved every single page of it. You won’t be able to put it down once you start reading! Reviewed by Jodie at Whispering Stories Book Blog
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Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis writes the kind of feel good romances that readers have come to rely on to lift their spirits, and that's certainly the case here with this heartwarming tale of a woman given a second chance at life and a man who finds her joy intoxicating. My Kind of Wonderful is the second in the Cedar Ridge series. It revolves around the Kincaid family who run a ski lodge. Hudson is the dependable one, the one his family relies on to keep things on the right track. When his memory challenged mother hires Bailey to paint a mural of the family on the side of the ski lodge, it's just one thing on Bailey's bucket list of dreams since being given a reprieve from cancer. Handsome ski patrolman Hudson is so far out of her perceived league that his flirtations with her come completely out of the blue - but are definitely welcome. A steamy affair ensues, though with a definite end in sight. Once the mural is finished, Bailey plans to continue on with her list. But will Hudson be so willing to let go of the woman who has captured his heart? I love the way this author writes family dynamics. Each character is clearly defined and plays their role in making the reader feel their emotions, their joys and heartbreak. Hudson's job working ski patrol rescues defines his role in the family too. But when Bailey enters his life, he clearly sees that he's put aside his own wants and desires for what he believes his family needs. Bailey's obvious enjoyment in everything around her opens his heart to new possibilities. Bailey is a delightful character, a woman who has suffered and deserves the freedom she craves. The two of them together burn up the pages with their sweet and sexy scenes. Just as wonderful as the romance is Hudson's relationship with his family. Plenty of laughs ensue when the brothers are together. It's no surprise that this romance won the category of Favorite Funny Romance in AAR's Annual Reader Poll 2016. With a likeable cast of characters, a good dose of heat, some tender and teary moments and a satisfying happy ending, romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this story.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
Hmmm, there was something about this book that just didnt do it for me. It was still a pretty good read, but it almost seemed like everything fell into place when it was needed, and sometimes the dialogue was a bit over the top. I did enjoy the characters, though, and look forward to reading Jacob's story next.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
My Kind Of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis is the next book in the wonderful Cedar Ridge Series. Bailey Moore came to Cedar Ridge with an agenda. She feels she has been given a second chance on life and isn’t willing to miss a minute of it. Even if sexy Hudson Kincaid is standing in her way. Hudson Kincaid loves being in charge on the ski patrol and being with his family. The last he thought he would find is Bailey Moore sitting on top of the skilled ski run. She is not what he expected but is turning out to be exactly what Hudson needs. Can Hudson convince this free spirit that she belongs with him no matter where they are? This is a delightful series. The chemistry and compassion between Bailey and Hudson is dynamic. His family is entertaining and will make you laugh. Eager to read the next story in this series.
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caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
My Kind of Wonderful is book two in the Cedar Ridge series by Jill Shalvis. I completely fell in love with the first book in this series, Second Chance Summer, which focused on Aiden and Lily and the Kincaid family and the ski resort they co-own and run at Cedar Ridge, Colorado. So there was no doubt that I would equally love getting to know the first of the twins, Hudson Kincaid. Hudson and his twin brother are half siblings to the other three Kincaids. They and their mother are the product of a fling their father had had. Their mother did the best she could to raise them alone but she also had her own challenges. At an early age, she started to lose her grip on reality, suffering from early onset dementia. She was at times lucid and in the present, but at other times, she lived in the past. At the age of twelve, they discovered the existence of their siblings and were accepted into their open arms, where they stayed. Now, four of the Kincaids run the ski resort, the fifth, Jacob, Hudson’s twin, is not there. He has been gone for ten years, since their 18th birthday. And Hudson blames himself. Hudson has a full plate, more like an over flowing plate. He runs the ski patrol, works part time in town as a cop, and takes care of his mother who is now properly cared for in a local facility. He has someone full time looking for his brother, trying to find out if he’s okay. So, there is no time for anything or anyone else. But then Bailey happened. Bailey Moore has a future to plan. That is more than she could ever have hoped for. Since the age of fifteen, Bailey has suffered from cancer. With constant treatments with grim outlooks, she was told more than once that her days were limited. But now, as of her first three month check up, she is cancer free. For the first time ever, Bailey can plan. She has a list of things she wants to do, to experience. The first is to paint a mural. Bailey is a graphic artist by trade. But she can also paint. Hudson’s mom has hired her to paint a mural at Cedar Ridge of their family. But Bailey won’t take payment for this. She has to do this for herself. It was on her first morning there that she met the oh so heartstoppingly handsome ski patrol, Hudson. It didn’t take long for the electricity to spark between these two. “There was something about her, something that made him smile, made him think, made him…yearn.” Both of these two are flummoxed by their attraction to each other. Neither was looking for something right now. Hudson has no more room in his life and Bailey has a life to live. A list of things to cross off. Maybe, though, she could have just one night. Experience a night of real passion, something she’d never been able to have. Passion with a man that wants her because he can’t fight his attraction to her, that doesn’t feel like he has to be careful with her. But, can one night ever be enough? “Uh-huh,” she said dryly. “Because you have no idea what you’re doing right?” He was still smiling but his eyes were suddenly very serious. “When it comes to you? No,” he said. “With you, I’m so far out of my league I can’t even see the league.” Hudson and Bailey stole my heart from the start. Hudson carried the weight of his entire family on his shoulders. He carried the guilt for his brother’s absence. He felt he owed this family everything for taking he and his brother and mother in and loving them. He would do everything in his power to repay them.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 3 Second chances only really ever work if you are committed to the part 2 of your life, and in this title, Bailey certainly has grabbed for that option with gusto. Breaking away from the swathed in cotton wool life, this cancer survivor has decided that life is for living, and she wants to make up for lost time. On a ski trip in Colorado, she finds herself in need of some help with a broken binding and a wrong turn onto an advanced hill. Hudson works for the family business, and is part of the ski patrol. Straight-laced and a bit uptight, this man is mired in the losses of the past and his fears for the future. But, something about the sassy and freewheeling Bailey draws him in, despite those fears. These two have a clever interplay: both have experienced loss and tragedy, but while Bailey is doing her best to move forward in spite of her past, Hudson is more comfortable sticking to what he knows (and is desperately trying to keep in his grasp). With the addition of the Kincaid family and their wonderful relationship and interactions as well as their warm welcome for Bailey as they all see the connection between she and Hudson kept this couple feeling as if their alone moments were full of sharing and growth, and the family moments brought a sense of lightness and support. Narration in this story is from Karen White, and she is one of my all-time favorites for her ability to present the subtle nuances that often are missed in audio performances. Each character was presented with a unique voice that had a particular delivery and pitch, fitting to the character description and story. Bailey’s near-manic ‘grab the gusto now for tomorrow is not promised’ attitude is clear, and there is a decided change in that emotional subtext as she starts to find and develop the connection with Hud and then his family. Hudson’s stoic and occasionally grumpy nature isn’t wholly ingrained, and we see a decided lightening in his approach and delivery as he is able to come to terms with his own fears and as he opens up to Bailey. Fast paced conversations flow neatly, as do the quiet and more reflective moments for these two: alone and together. White’s performance allows a listener to understand the characters and easily understand and follow the story, and provides a wonderful listen. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BAILEY AND HUDSON ARE AMAZING TOGETHER. She is an inspiration. After 10 long years of fighting cancer she is finally living her life all out. And when she meets Hud it's no exception. Hudson is afraid to risk his heart because people seem to always leave him. But the spitfire that is Bailey reels him in inch by inch. This is a smoking hot story with smoking hot characters. I want to be Bailey when I grown up
hnhn More than 1 year ago
This latest in the Jill Shalvis Cedar Ridge series, “MY KIND OF WONDERFUL” is a story learning to live after overcoming something horrible. The want and need to see and do things that you’ve only read or dreamed about. Bailey Moore is doing just that. She finds herself in Cedar Ridge at Hudson Kinkaid’s family ski resort. Bailey doesn’t plan to stick around, she has many things on her “To Do” list, but there’s just something about Cedar Ridge, the ski resort, and maybe Hud. A Bailey works on her project at the Ski Resort, Hud works on getting Bailey’s attention. He finds her amusing, confusing, loving and just too darned cute. She finds him annoying, hot, too darned in the way. Hudson’s family find Hud and Bailey’s interactions funny and about time, they take every opportunity to throw them together or just rag on Hud. Jill’s books have a wonderful wit and warmth. I loved this book and urge you to take the fall in the world of Cedar Ridge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. You occasionally want to shake Hud, but he has his own issues to work through. You can't but fall in love with Bailey, she's sweet and kind. Another good one in this series.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Make sure you have all night, because once you start reading, you won't want to stop! "You kissed our cutie-pie muralist." Hell. "She kissed me." Gray grinned. "She did." "You know what that makes you?" Gray asked. "What?" "Slow." MY KIND OF WONDERFUL by Jill Shalvis is a riveting, emotional romance set against a ski resort background - so you can safely expect there to be a lot of white stuff included. The two leads will steal your heart as will a colorful array of secondary characters. This is the story of Hudson "Hud" Edward Kincaid and Bailey Moore. This is the second book in Jill's Cedar Ridge series; I have not read the first, but plan to soon! I've actually sprung for SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, the first book, in audio and can't wait to start it! You can safely infer that MY KIND OF WONDERFUL works well as a standalone. Jill Shalvis has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I know that when I pick up one of her books, I can count on a full dose of an immensely satisfying happy ever after. I really liked both Hud and Bailey. Hud is the sexy, eye turning, very capable and conscientious head of ski patrol at his family's busy ski resort and he moonlights as a Cedar Ridge cop in his "spare" time. He's also one-half of a set of twin brothers and misses his twin terribly; They separated - not on the best of terms - and Hud feels responsible for their rift... just as he feels responsible for making his family's resort viable and for their mother's illness. Every minute of his day is planned in advance; Every second is orchestrated. Having such a full plate already, doesn't allow room for a relationship. Period. Then he meets Bailey... Bailey is a cancer survivor. I applaud how the author addressed what could have been such a sensitive subject. Bailey's lived under the imminent threat of death for ten years. She never planned to do anything, but make it through each day; That was an accomplishment in and of itself. She never expected to have a future. Miraculously, she's now been declared cancer-free and, right away, she makes a list of to-dos. She's a graphic artist by trade and, when she receives a call from the ski resort about painting a mural there, she decides to check it out! If she gets the job, she can not only paint the mural, but work on her skiing. I loved the family dynamics that played through-out this read and can't wait to read more of this family's HEA stories. The Kincaids' are a rough and tumble bunch. As they put it: “Go big or go home. That was the Kincaid way.” As far as the couple's relationship went, I enjoyed how one night at a time only whetted their appetites for more. Make sure you have all night, because once you start reading, you won't want to stop! If I had one complaint about MY KIND OF WONDERFUL, it's that I didn't want the story to end. I wanted to read more about this couple and their extended family. The epilogue was positively delightful. NOBODY BUT YOU, the next book in this series is already on my to-read list. I highly recommend MY KIND OF WONDERFUL to anyone who enjoys sweet and hot contemporary romances. 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
deeeee More than 1 year ago
My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis Bailey, a cancer survivor, is a graphic design artist who also creates wonderful murals. She is "hired" to create a mural for the huge outdoor wall at the ski resort at Cedar Ridge where she meets the very sexy Hudson Kincaid. Hud has some serious issues, which include taking care of his mom, who suffers from early on-set, alzheimer's; searching for his MIA twin; struggling to keep the Kincaid family together; and to fulfill work obligations. He has the "pull away" complex women can't seem to resist or breach, although they certainly try to. Then he meets Bailey, on a dangerous slope (she's reading the map upside down). She's sitting on the top of a double black diamond trying to figure out where she is suppose to be and how to get there. Since finding herself cancer-free for the 1st time in 10 years, Bailey has created a "bucket list". Skiing and spreading her wings is on the list. Although the chemistry is off the charts, Hud doesn't want to come between Bailey and her to-do list. The heat between the Kincaid men and their respective women is blistering HOT! Shalvis has again written a wonderful love story filled with people you would love to know.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis is my go to writer when I need a laugh or a good cry. Her books run the emotional gamut and this book does not disappoint. My Kind of Wonderful is funny, heart-wrenching and all around fantastic read. This is the story of Bailey and Hudson. Bailey is celebrating life after beating cancer and she has a list of things that she wants to accomplish. One of which is to paint a mural. She is hired to paint at the Cedar Ridge Ski Resort. Hudson has built a wall around his heart. He has many responsibilities from taking care of his mom, trying to find his missing brother, being a cop, head of ski patrol and helping save the family ski lodge. When he meets Bailey she turns his world upside down and tears down the wall around his heart showing him how to live and love.
NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
littlelorimarie More than 1 year ago
The hero is hot and the heroine is sweet. Wonderful dialogue, belly laughing antics, and a ski-town hotel resort I'm drooling to visit. Secondary characters add a splash of amusement to the story line. Love Gray and Penny.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I really got caught up in the Kincaids when I read Second Chance Summer and I remember not caring which of the siblings was next because I knew I was going to read their story whoever it was. But I do have to say that I am SO tickled that it is Hud. He is such a rascal that having him meet his match is extra fun. And this story is fantastic! It is one of those slow burns as we get to know both of them while at the same time they are getting know each other. As to be expected, they have hang-ups (understandable & realistic ones) that they have to work their way through. Hud is a great hero - smart, caring, and has taken on so much responsibility. Unfortunately that also he's not very good at letting things go and he carries around a lot with him. His dedication to his mother is absolutely amazing but the guilt over the way his brother left is dragging him down. And while he doesn't have time for much more in his life, between his jobs and family, Bailey definitely gets his attention! I think she is one of my favorite heroines ever and I so wish I could be more like her (of course without going thru what she did to get there). She’s got an amazing love of life, tempered with an interesting, straight-forward wisdom. I think that the HEA moment for her and Hud will go on my list as one of the best I’ve read for a very long time. On a little of a down side I didn’t feel like the siblings were involved as much as in the previous story. I think because Bailey has got such a compelling story that maybe there isn’t much room. Or maybe it was so much like coming home again, after getting to know them so much before, that it was one of those moments where you slipped right in like you never left. They are just as rowdy & in each other’s business, which I loved so much about them. If you’ve never read a Shalvis book, this is a FANTASTIC series to start with. All of the quirky Kincaids and their SOs are delightful – full of mischief and love for one another. They play hard, work hard, love hard and live hard. They don’t have things easy but they have each other and I can’t wait to see what Shalvis dreams up for them. (The next book is about Hud’s twin, Jacob, and since he’s been MIA for years, I’m very interested to find out exactly who he is and what his deal is going to be.) Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)