Book: “The Simple Wild” by K.A. Tucker
Rating: 3/5 Stars
“The Simple Wild” features Calla Fletcher, a 26 year old woman who is unceremoniously fired from her job and unsure of her purpose in life. She is confused and not sure which direction her future is headed. Fate calls when someone from Alaska contacts her to inform her that her estranged Father has fallen terminally ill. This leads Calla on a journey up to rural Alaska to reconnect with her Dad and discover the isolated wilderness that he calls home. She experiences culture shock when she arrives, which is only enhanced by the appearance of Jonah, one of the pilots that works with her father. Jonah is burly, harsh and unforgiving… but will he end up being exactly what pampered city girl Calla needs in her life?
K.A. Tucker hits all of the traditional romance genre requirements when it comes to this novel. The main character is a typical “girl in distress.” She does not know what she wants to do in life and she needs a strong male figure to help her figure that out. Although I found this premise to be a little disappointing, I did enjoy the book overall.
The biggest draw for me was the wonderful Alaskan setting. Wild and unforgiving, the frozen tundra provides an outdoorsy twist to this more standard romance “enemies to lovers” trope. I enjoyed Jonah’s outdoorsman attitude and absolutely loved that he pokes fun at Calla over things like clothes and unnecessary makeup.
Recommendations: If you’re a romance reader, this one is a good one… but don’t expect a feminist approach to the protagonist. If you enjoy this book, it is the first installation in a series.