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September 13, 2018

Review: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

 

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Publication Date:  August 7, 2018
Publisher:  Atria Books

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God I love K.A. Tucker’s books. I haven’t met a book yet that she has written that I did not love, and The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker is no exception. Dare I say this was my favorite one of her books so far?

What I loved most about this book were the characters. I especially loved watching MC Calla Fletcher’s transformation from city girl to small town girl. All with the help of absolutely drool worthy Jonah (who I am claiming as my ultimate book boyfriend right now). I adored watching the two of them connect as the story progressed. And by having him described as a hunky Viking-esque man… my mind couldn’t help but picture Travis Fimmel (a la Vikings the television series – but the earlier season version of him) in this role. K.A. Tucker sure does have a way of creating these stunning characters that you will have a hard time forgetting, and the leading men… oh boy… She is superb at writing about these men that make me giddy.

I’m not gonna lie. Reading about the life in Alaska makes me absolutely curious and wanting to head over there to visit and check out. I’ve been in a little plane once where my friend who was the pilot asked me if I wanted to watch a pencil float and had me face down in a puke bag was the extent of that experience. I’d love to take a tour in one of the planes described in The Simple Wild, and just take in the scenery. It all just sounds absolutely breathtaking…and scary / anxiety inducing at the same time.

What I had trouble with in The Simple Wild? Not much, I tell ya. There weren’t enough “sexy times” for me this time around… and it didn’t come until well past the half way point. Lots of lusting and cute smirky moments, but not enough rumble tumble. I also found it to be pretty predictable, but who cares! It was perfect. Absolutely I cried, and if you don’t get a little teary eyed…you are dead inside. Just kidding (or am I?).

If you’re on the hunt for a read that will tug at your heart strings and make you read until well past your bedtime, you absolutely need to grab The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker.

 

About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

 

 

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