Today I have an audiobook review from he Cedar Ridge series from Jill Shalvis, a contemporary romance series set in the Rocky Mountain town of Cedar Ridge, and narrated by one of my all-time favorites, Karen White. Please read on for my review of
My Kind of Wonderful
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.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 3
Title: My Kind of Wonderful
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #2
Also in this series: Nobody But You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Published on: 22 December 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 50 minutes
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UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE...
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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A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.