The Simple Wild, by K. A. Tucker
Series: Wild #1
Published by Atria Books, 7th August 2018
Genres: Contemporary fiction, Romance
Source: Borrowed (library book)
Calla Fletcher was born in Alaska, but she has not been back since leaving with her mother at the age of two. Unable to handle the isolation and the extreme conditions of the Alaskan wilderness, Calla’s mother also left behind her husband, and Calla’s father, Wren; and she never looked back. Now 26 and estranged from her father, Calla only knows a comfortable Toronto lifestyle. Until an unexpected phone call and the news that Wren is seriously ill brings the past right back into her life. With time running out, Calla journeys to Alaska to rekindle a relationship with her father.
Adjusting to the living conditions in rural Alaska is hard enough, not to mention the roaming wildlife, sky-high prices and the less-than-ideal plumbing situation. But Calla’s return to Alaska is made even more arduous by Jonah, the proud, stubborn and unkempt pilot who helps keep her father’s charter business afloat. Calla is determined to prove to Jonah that she is not the spoiled city girl he thinks she is, and as their fraught relationship turns to friendship, she begins to wonder if there could be something more there. But she is only in Alaska for a short time, and Jonah will never leave. Would it be wise to venture down the same path her parents tried and failed, many years ago?
I don’t read a lot of romance novels, but sometimes you just need to pick up a light and easy read that doesn’t require too much thinking. And this book really hit the spot! I thoroughly enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers romance trope. At times it really did not seem like Calla and Jonah would ever warm to each other, let alone become romantically involved.
The writing is funny and charming, and the characters were really easy to picture in my mind’s eye. I really think this book, or indeed the series, should be made into a movie or a TV series. It would be great!
I also particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the Alaskan scenery and setting. They helped to set the scene for the action and really filled out the story. I have always wanted to travel to Alaska, for the wilderness, the wildlife and the natural beauty, and this book really took me there.
Overall, if you are in the mood for a great, easy-reading romance then this is the book for you. I am looking forward to continuing with Calla’s story in the rest of the series.
My rating: 5/5