The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Published: August 7, 2018
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.
This is my third re-read of this book. And I love it just as much as I did before. K.A. Tucker fills this book with so much love and hope and moments of happiness, it makes it such an amazing read.
I think my most favorite thing about this book is the character development. Calla is a city girl through and through, but she’s called to Alaska to spend some time with her father Wren after a diagnosis has his days numbered. The hurdles Calla has to jump through just to adjust to being in Alaska, let alone going through getting to know her father and the business that kept him from her for so many years, it’s such a journey. And I didn’t just fall in love with Calla’s journey through her relationship with Wren and even Alaska Wild (his charter company) but I fell in love with this Alaska. And I say that without ever having been, this book is the one glimpse into Alaska that I’ve ever had and it’s probably one of my absolute favorite landscapes described in books ever.
This book follows the grumpy x sunshine trope and the enemies to lovers trope. TWO OF MY FAVORITES. So romance wise, this book DID IT for me, and I mean…Jonah is just sexy Viking written all over him and the slow burn sexual tension is amazing, so worth it. And even Jonah and Calla’s relationship is something really special, seriously special, that you just really want to root for.
This book when I first read it, was totally out of my comfort zone but I love it for it’s just general journey, the whole experience of growing with Calla, falling in love with Jonah, having a relationship with Wren, it was all so amazing. It literally felt like I had arms wrapped around me while I read this again. Like a warm hug, it’s the best way I could describe it. I continuously debate or re-reading this book and after a year or two, I’m glad I did. It was time to pick this up and read it again for the third time, and for the third time…it did not disappoint.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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