Title: Wild at Heart
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: The Simple Wild #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Rebekkah Ross
Length: 13 hours (472 pages)
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Alaska
Book 1 Review: The Simple Wild
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.
Unpopular opinion here! I was disappointed in this sequel. It’s missing the elements that made me fall in love with the first book: the enemies-to-lovers romantic tension, Calla’s fish-out-of-water humor, and the emotional father-daughter relationship. To me, this felt like a watered-down rehash of The Simple Wild.
Calla still struggles to fit in, but now she’s more like a fish in a puddle. The new characters were enjoyable, but I missed the characters I loved from the first book. Jonah was not in the book nearly enough, and when he was, he was pressuring Calla to “compromise” (aka sacrifice what she wanted for what he wants). And I thought the steamy scenes were meh.
There just wasn’t enough happening in this book. For the entire first half, the biggest conflict was about buying furniture to decorate their new home. The ending was very emotional, but I thought it was lackluster in comparison to the ending of The Simple Wild.