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~**~ ARC Review: The Simple Wild by K A Tucker ~**~

***5 Stars***

I went into this one expecting fireworks, a bit of angst and frustration, a few laughs and being able to relate ~ at least in my head ~ to some of the issues Calla would face in Alaska and I got that, but also so much more. I got the feels with this, big ones (I caught the teary sniffles). From the first page I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I felt like if I put the book down I’d miss something and I just couldn’t let that happen so I “multitasked” and ate up every moment.

Calla was an interesting one for me. Overall, I honestly liked the girl and there were quite a few times when I was totally on board with her reactions, TOTALLY, but then there were those other moments where I groaned and thought “Oh God. You’re one of THOSE people.” because she was. It wasn’t a bad thing in my book, just fact But there is a lot more to her that even she doesn’t realize and I really enjoyed watching her evolve and become more.

As for Jonah. I loved him. I did. I mean I bounced between wanting to hug him, climb him like a spider monkey and Gibbs smacking him. He was a mix of blunt, brutal honesty and blind compassion and it made him absolutely lethal on so many levels.

Calla and Jonah’s journey is filled with a lot of head butting, A LOT. They have a lot of assumptions about a lot things and it was fun watching as they battled it out, only to find that they fit each other in that whole opposites attract way. And though their future at the end of the book is a bit up in the air, I can only see good things for both them.

This was simply a great read. The characters, ALL of the characters were well written and brought so much to the story that it felt real. That these people could, and in some cases, should exist in this world because it would make it a better place. Agnes and Simon are definitely my favs, but Wren, Mabel and Susan are not far behind. And then there is Alaska. Alaska became a character unto itself with all it’s moody unpredictability. Did this book make me want to drop everything and check out the bush? But it definitely gave me a deep appreciation of the land itself and those who call it home. So, if you’re looking for that book that is more than just a romance, filled with amazing characters and will fill you up with feels, then this is a definite must read!

~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~

City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father in rural Alaska, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. 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.

Release Date: August 7th, 2018

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.