The Simple Wild
City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.
Calla Fletcher was 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 her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla 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 new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps 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. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a 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.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
Once Calla arrives in Alaska, I was hooked on this story. The sexual tension, the scenery, the desolation of Alaska, the lies, the misunderstandings, and the tears, just all of it. I really came to love these characters and their stories. All of them, especially, Simon, who is only a secondary character, but he is the best Step-Dad ever…if you have to have a step-dad than Simon can't be beaten. Even Calla says "everyone needs a Simon in their lives".
Nobody does angst quite as well as this Author, and this story has its fair share of it. Even with the sad-as-hell cancer storyline, this felt refreshing and current. It's also not weighed down with unnecessary drama. The Simple Wild is exactly that…simply wild and now it's one of my favorite KA Tucker books. I highly recommend to everyone.
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 5+/5
Secondary Characters~ 5+/5
The Feels~ 5/5
Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5
Book Cover~ Not the best part about the book, by far, but It's okay.
Setting~ Bangor, Alaska & Toronto
Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review