Book Review: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

Author: K.A. Tucker
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: August 7th, 2018
Review Source: Netgalley

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.

Ahhh I don't even know where to start.  I haven't read a lot of K.A. Tucker's books, just because there's so many books, so little time but HOLYYY shit, am I wrecked after reading this book.  It legit made me look up every book Tucker has ever written so that I could immediately read all the words.  I could kick myself for only just now becoming obsessed. 

I feel so many things after reading this story.  My thoughts and emotions are a mess and this is after taking a day to reflect.  The way Tucker describes Alaska so amazingly makes me want to seriously plan a trip.  It is so beautifully and perfectly depicted that I felt like I was there. 

Calla, our heroine, was a city girl traveling to spend time getting to know her dad, who was absent for most of her life, in Alaska.  I have to be honest that Calla took some time to grow on me.  I did not love her right away but with her personal growth and development throughout the book, I really came to love her a lot.  Jonah, our hero is a pilot at her dad's company.  I felt their romance was completely believable because it wasn't artificially sweet.  It was a slow burn which is completely refreshing. 

I am rating this book with 5 starts because it was soooooo freaking good.  I recommend it for anyone and everyone. 

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