Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker is the second novel in the Simple Wild series set in Alaska. A women’s fiction romance set against the beautiful landscape as Calla and Fletcher begin the next chapter of their lives. Danger, a new home, a curmudgeon neighbor, and an old flame quickly pulled me in.
by K.A. Tucker
Series: The Simple Wild #2
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From the internationally best-selling author of The Simple Wild comes the continuation of a woman’s journey to Alaska and a life she never imagined for herself.
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.
This story continues the romance and lives of Calla and Fletcher and while Tucker does a great job with backstory to refresh the reader, I believe this series should be read in order. At the end of book one, Calla returned to Toronto, and this book picks up as Fletcher prepares to leave from visiting her and asking Calla to move back. Calla takes a chance on them and packs up her life to move.
Back in Alaska, they put their homes up for sale and begin looking for a new home to share. She is looking at properties close to the city and he is looking for a homestead with land for an airstrip. They end up buying a log cabin with an airstrip, but it’s forty-five minutes to the city.
The setting and small community were the centerpiece of Wild at Heart from the woman, who is the glue to this small community, to their neighbor, whose bark is worse than his bite. Fletcher is busy building his business and at first Calla feels a part of that, but she quickly learns she must find her own place in this vast wilderness. It was interesting seeing her navigate this new life, her neighbors, and seeing her find her place in this wilderness, from gardening to overcome her fears.
Some drama, suspense and the unexpected problems of life in the wild kept me flipping the pages. I loved the community and their neighbor, the curmudgeon whose story moved me.
Tucker knows how to pull the reader in and hook them. Despite some drama and miscommunication, she brought these characters and their small community to life while making me want to uproot my life and move to Alaska.
Fletcher and Calla had some growing pains and a little miscommunication had me pulling out my hair, but their affection for each other was genuine and I was rooted for them. The story ended on a high note and I am looking forward to reading the novella Forever Wild before Running Wild, the next full-length novel which will give us Marie’s story.
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I love an Alaska setting and this author is on my TBR. We aren’t even going to talk about how many books of hers that I own but have yet to read!
Alaska is always a nice backdrop for a setting in a book.
Wonderful review Kimberly. I read the first in the series and need to pick this one up to see what happens next with Calla and Fletcher.
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I am happy to hear that this one worked out for you, I have heard some good things about this one here. This review is a good reminder that I need to try out this author.
The Simple Wild is one of my all time favorite romances. And K.A. Tucker one of my very favorite authors for at least 9 years now. You know I loved this and the novella after this as well. I always recommend this series. I’m glad you are loving it too!
Lovely review, this series sounds exciting.
You remind me. I need to get to the first one still. The setting and the situation are really big draws.
I loved this series so much – I loved the romance, but it also really made me feel what it would be like to live in a completely new way!