Welcome to the Rainy Day Friends blog tour post! This is the second book in Jill Shalvis‘ awesome series Wildstone and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!
I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone, #2) by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #2
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship
Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.
Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?
Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.
Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.
Another sweet and heartwarming read with Jill Shalvis’ Rainy Day Friends, the second book in the Wildstone series. We’re back in Wildstone with Lanie Jacobs as she tries to make a fresh start after she discover’s husband’s betrayal. And while working at the Capriotti Winery, we’re (happily) bombarded by the amazing Capriotti family, lead by Mama Cora, that runs it.
This book is all about the great friendship and family. I adored the Capriotti’s so much, they’re a loud, loveable, not judgement family that just want to feed you and make you happy. They take Laine in (like many other lost souls) and gives her the opportunity to heal and find her happiness again. I loved the interaction between the family members, they always crack me up and put a smile on face. And they give good advice.
“Well, you should give a fuck,” Alyssa said. “You really should – but only about things that set your soul on fire. Save your fucks for the magical shit.”
Let’s talk about the romance! Lanie and our hero Mark (son of Cora) are cute and both suffer from “I-can’t-love-anymore-because-I’ve-had-my-heart-broken-by-stupid-people-itist” so it takes a little for them to figure out their chemistry is something that can actually last. One of the cutest things is probably Lanie’s relationship with Mark’s freaking adorable twins Samantha and Sierra. And there’s also a lot of awwww’ing seeing Mark’s and the twin’s relationship, too! Anyway, Laine and Mark = cute.
Let’s talk about the mystery! Aka, the the arrival of River Brown. It’s actually not a huge mystery, I think most of us saw it coming. But it was a nice secondary plot and I liked the happily ever after there too.
Overall, Rainy Day Friends is a perfect rainy day read that’ll put a smile on your face. The characters and the story totally had me hooked and I pretty much finished this in one sitting and I was totally okay with that. Definitely can’t wait to be back in Wildstone for some more HEAs.
Laine just stared at her. “You guys are so…”
“Awesome. I think the word you’re looking for is awesome.”
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Anxiety Girl, able to jump to the worst conclusion in a single bound!
Most of the time Karma was a bitch, but every once in awhile she could be surprisingly nice, even kind. Lanie Jacobs, way past overdue for both of those things, told herself this was her time. Seize the day and all that, and drawing a deep breath, she exited the highway at Wildstone.
The old wild-west California town was nestled in the rolling hills between the Pacific Coast and wine/ranching country. She’d actually grown up not too far from here, though it felt like a lifetime ago. The road was narrow and curvy, and since it’d rained earlier, she added tricky and slick to her growing list of issues. She was already white-knuckling a sharp turn when a kamikaze squirrel darted into her lane, causing her to nearly swerve into oncoming traffic before remembering the rules of country driving.
Never leave your lane; not for weather, animals, or even God himself.
Luckily the squirrel reversed direction, but before she could relax a trio of deer bounded across the road. “Run, Bambi,” she cried, hitting her brakes, and by the skin of their collective teeth, they all missed each other.
Sweating, nerves sizzling like live wires, she finally turned onto Capriotti Lane and parked as she’d been instructed.
It took a moment for her pulse to come down from stroke level. She’d been taught anti-anxiety techniques, but she’d never quite figured out how to make any of them work while in the actual throes of an anxiety attack.
It’s all good she told herself but because she wasn’t buying what she was selling, she had to force herself out of the car like she was a five year old starting kindergarten instead of being thirty and simply facing a brand new job. Given all she’d been through, this should be easy, even fun. But sometimes adulthood felt like the vet’s office and she was the dog excited for the car ride — only to find out the real destination.
Shaking her head, she strode across the parking lot. It was April, which meant the rolling hills to the east were green and lush and the Pacific Ocean to the west looked like a surfer’s dream, all of it so gorgeous it could’ve been a postcard. A beautiful smoke screen over her not-so-beautiful past. The air was scented like a really expensive sea-and-earth candle, though all Lanie could smell was her forgotten hopes and dreams. With wood chips crunching under her shoes, she headed through the entrance beneath which was a huge wooden sign that read:
Capriotti Winery, from our fields to your table…
Her heart sped up. Nerves, of course, the bane of her existence. But after a very crappy few years, she was changing her path. For once in her godforsaken life, something was going to work out for her. This was going to work out for her.
She was grimly determined.
a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.