Oh, this series! The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker has been on my TBR forever, and with all the raving hub-bub and the newer release of the sequel, Wild at Heart, I knew it was the perfect time to give it a go!
~ The Simple Wild & Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker ~
Release Date ~ August 7, 2018
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.
I just loved following Calla’s journey to Alaska!
I decided to go with the audiobook, and I really enjoyed how well the narration fit Calla’s character. Her struggles with her father were so touching, and I was really surprised by the way that Calla’s emotional story just consumed me. While I loved Jonah and Calla’s slow-burning romance, I would have liked a little more depth in their relationship development and closure in the end. Their happily-for-now was really sweet, but I wasn’t ready to let go of Jonah and Calla.
Thankfully, I timed it just right to jump on into the sequel Wild at Heart… It was just what my heart needed!
I didn’t think it was possible, but I really adored both of Calla and Jonah’s characters even more in this story. They were each so totally different, but their common ground was in their passion and love for each other. Sure, they faced challenges, but they were both selfless and only hoped for the other’s happiness. Together they became strong, and their romance was oh-so-perfectly sweet!
I can’t say enough how much I loved Calla and Jonah’s adventures in Alaska, and Tucker did such a fantastic job with the descriptive setting. I really enjoyed how their story focused on the day to day, those little precious and stolen moments that are missed by so many. Tucker placed such unique little touches with everything from raccoons, goats, gardening, and grumpy and meddling neighbors and managed to bring light to every single one of them. They became a part of Calla’s life and truly shaped her character as she evolved and really flourished in this duet.
Dare I say I still want more? I just loved the introduction to the new characters in Wild at Heart, and I might be a little greedy here, but since these were my first reads by Tucker, I was really curious to know if there would be more of Jonah and Calla and their amazing family of friends in the future… Well, guess what??? We are!
There will be a new novella, Forever Wild, coming December 1, 2020, and it can’t get here soon enough!
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