The Simple Wild
By: KA 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.
Bookish tip: Pair with a sweater and some cozy socks…or better yet a big comfy blanket because this book takes place in Alaska where it is way too cold.
Do you know what one of my favorite romance troupes is? A SLOW BURN. The slower, the better. I love the build up and the anticipation….the will they…or won’t they….
Do you know what my other favorite romance troupe is? Enemies to lovers. The love/hate relationship that sparks so much chemistry, the characters need to have the fire department on speed dial.
The Simple Wild by KA Tucker is a combination of a slow burn and an enemies to lovers romance. Why did it take me so long to read this one?
Set in Alaska, The Simple Wild is the perfect winter read that questions: How can two people that are complete opposites fall in love and make it work?
I could talk hours and hours on the relationship between Jonah and Calla. Their chemistry is off the charts. Jonah is ALL MAN. He is definite book boyfriend material. However, he is also down right mean to Calla to due his own biases. He is rough and tough and kinda a confident jerk.
Initially, I too had a hard time identifying with Calla. She came across as a little too materialistic for my taste. Calla, unbeknownst to her, is a little bit lost and she clings to her ways as a safety net which in turn makes her appear shallow….
THEN…..THEN, Reader – I witnessed Calla standing up for herself and not taking any of the crap Jonah threw at her. I even watched her dish it right back. FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I WAS ALL IN. Don’t let Jonah walk all over you, Calla! Stick it to him!
Sorry…let me get back on track….
Within this romance is a redemption story. Calla and her father, Wren, have a strained relationship. It makes me a bit sad because their story is full of missed opportunities and miscommunications. Their relationship provides for some really emotional reading and I loved it all the same.
The relationship between Jonah and Calla mirrors the same one as Calla’s mother and father had before Calla’s mom left. This too provides for a lot of emotion and angst especially since Wren still loves Calla’s mom.
Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say that The Simple Wild got me right in the feels and I bet it will you, too.
Recommendation: A slow burn, enemies to lovers? You best believe I am recommending this one.
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The Simple Wild is Book #1 in the Wild Series. The bad news? It ends on a cliff hanger. The good news? Wild At Heart, the sequel releases February 18, 2020!!