Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Wild at Heart, book two in the Simple Wild series by USA Today bestselling author, K.A. Tucker.
Calla Fletcher returns to Toronto a different person, struggling to find direction and still very much in love with the rugged bush pilot she left behind. When Jonah arrives on her doorstep with a proposition she can’t dismiss, she takes the leap and rushes back to Alaska to begin their exciting future together.
But Calla soon learns that even the best intentions can lead to broken promises, and that compromise comes with a hefty price—a log cabin in interior rural Alaska that feels as isolating as the western tundra.
With Jonah gone more than he’s home, one neighbor who insists on transforming her into a true Alaskan, and another who seems more likely to shoot her than come to her aid, Calla grapples with forging her own path. In a world with roaming wildlife that has her constantly watching over her shoulder and harsh conditions that stretch far beyond the cold, dark, winter months, just stepping outside her front door can be daunting.
This is not the future Calla had in mind, leaving her to fear that perhaps she is doomed to follow in her mother’s fleeing footsteps after all.
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5+ Yeti Stars
I was a little nervous to read Wild at Heart because my expectations were so high but I am happy to report they were more than met! I fell in love even more with my sexy angry Yeti, if that was even possible. Although he was more my sexy, romantic Yeti in this book.
“I can’t remember what it feels like not being in love with you, Calla…I need you in my life like I need to fly. Like I need this Alaskan air. More than I need this air.”
Wild at Heart is an extension of Jonah and Calla’s love story and so The Simple Wild must be read first. In this book we get to see them planning their lives together, starting with the biggest decision of where they should live. These two were hopelessly, madly in love with each other but they didn’t want to make the same mistakes as Calla’s parents and they knew being in love was not going to be enough to keep them together. I think they both learned that compromise and communication with each other was essential to them surviving as a couple and by the end of this book they had #RelationshipGoals!
While this book obviously focused on Calla and Jonah as a couple, I really felt this was a bit of a coming of age story for Calla. There is a lot of focus on her finding her place in Alaska and finding a purpose outside of loving and supporting Jonah. Calla finds herself a bit isolated in rural Alaska when Jonah is working long hours. Naturally, seeds of doubt about whether she is making the right decisions by staying with Jonah begin to plant. I loved watching her grow and develop into a woman who learned to compromise without losing her identity. I did get mad at Jonah sometimes because, like Calla, I felt he didn’t give her enough attention and spent so much time working. Then we are reminded that Jonah thrived on helping people and making a difference. His work was always more than a job and what he was doing was so important. It’s why we fell in love with him in the first place!
I have to mention that this book is so much more sexier than the first one. The sex scenes do not go into great details but they were still so steamy! I felt so much passion, even from a single kiss! K.A. Tucker has created one of my favorite couples of all time. Their chemistry makes me feel like I’m about to be set on fire and their epic tale of romance makes my heart race and swoon all at the same time!
There are wonderful, amazing supporting characters in this story that Calla forms the most unlikely of friendships. They live in a small knit community and while some of these characters bring a lot of humor to this book, they each have their own tragic stories that made for some heartrending, emotional moments. The way the author interconnects all these characters was just brilliant! Of course I have to mention all the animals that brought so much humor and love into this book. A huge shout out to the racoon, goat and wolf dogs that were such a great addition to this story!
I was so sad to see this book end. I kept clicking the forward button on the kindle hoping there was more. I could read about these characters forever! This book is complete with a HEA but I am seriously hoping a book 3 is coming because I NEED MORE!
Heat Level: Mild
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review
“So … I guess I’ll see you when I see you.”
I can’t manage words around the flaring lump in my throat, and so I simply nod. The past four days with Jonah in Toronto have been a blur. A bliss-filled blur that I’m not ready to let go of yet. The Uber driver shuttling me home after this parting will have the privilege of a sobbing mess in their backseat.
An unreadable look flashes across Jonah’s icy blue eyes. I still haven’t grown accustomed to seeing him without a beard, though I’ll admit I’ve enjoyed admiring that chiseled jawline and those dimples. He takes a deep breath and turns away, his carry-on slung over one broad shoulder, his boarding pass and passport dangling from between two pinched fingers.
I watch him hand his documents to the agent at the US-bound entry gate, who spends all of one second reviewing them before waving him toward the glass security doors. On the other side is his fourteen-hour flight home. In seconds, Jonah is going to be out of sight, gone.
Who knows when I’ll see him again? He flew here to tell me in person that he’s been miserable these past two months since I left Alaska, that he doesn’t want to be a carbon copy of my father—spending his life pining over my mother—that he wants to find an “us” that will work. That he wants me beside him.
I haven’t given him an answer yet, too afraid to leap.
I feel the word rising inside me—an emotion about to erupt. “Yes!” My pulse pounds in my ears.
Jonah turns to regard me with a raised eyebrow.
Am I crazy? Maybe.
But I’m fully committing to it.
I take a step forward and swallow my nerves. “I’ll come back to Alaska.” Because being with Jonah again—laughing and reminiscing, having him in my space, waking in his arms—has only confirmed what I’ve suspected for months: I’m deeply in love with him, and living in Toronto when he’s not here doesn’t make sense to me anymore.
I’m done saying goodbye to this man.
Jonah leaves the line and retraces his steps to close the distance, dropping his bag by his feet. It’s five a.m. and we’re creating an obstacle, forcing travelers to weave around us on either side to get to their flights. Their grumbles touch my ears, but in this moment, I don’t care.
The severe frown cutting across Jonah’s handsome forehead as he stares down at me says he doesn’t, either. “Are you serious?”
I nod. “Yeah. I mean, if you’re serious about moving to Anchorage—”
“When?” he demands to know, his voice suddenly gruff.
“I don’t know. As soon as I can?” How long does it take to pack up your life and move to a different country? Granted, a country I was born in and still have citizenship with but haven’t lived in for more than two decades.
His eyes spark with determination. “Come for Christmas.”
I laugh. “That’s like a month away!”
“So? What else you got goin’ on?” It’s a challenge, delivered in Jonah’s typical blunt style. “I’m not going to see my mom in Oslo anymore. And Aggie and Mabel would love having you there. Especially since it’s the first one without Wren. You should come.” His Adam’s apple bobs with his hard swallow. “Come.”
Somewhere in between his words and his tone and the way he’s looking at me, I hear the silent plea. In truth, the idea of being near the people closest to my late father for the holidays sounds more appealing—and more feasible—by the second.
“Okay?” I say on an exhale, my voice shaky.
About K.A. Tucker:
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, First for Women, and Publisher’s Weekly. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages.
K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.
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