The Simple Wild is one of my favorite contemporary romance series, and if there was one side character I wanted to have a book, it was Marie.
She’s been in love with Jonah for years and when Calla shows up on the scene, Marie became a character you could easily dislike—but you also know how much it hurts to see your unrequited crush fall in love with someone else, so I felt her behavior was understandable.
I love how Tucker gives us veterinarian Marie’s heartwarming point of view and helps us realize that she was never truly the villain in Calla and Jonah’s love story. She and Jonah are still best friends, even though he’s in a different stage of life than Marie.
After her dreams of marrying Jonah go up in flames, Marie’s guarding her heart and not planning to date, even though her well-intentioned family keeps trying to set her up. When she meets Tyler, a misunderstanding and Marie’s protective and sensitive nature of animals helps them to start off on the wrong foot.
Tyler is a professional sled dog racer who moves to Alaska with plans to run the Iditarod. He is healing from significant and heartbreaking loss, but training and racing is a form of therapy for him. He has chemistry with Marie that makes him want more with her, but he’s still too broken to give it his all.
Marie and Tyler’s road to a happily ever after is not an easy one, but worth the read for fans of the series. The slow burn in this is on par with the one in The Simple Wild.
Even if you were anti-Marie in the previous books, I promise you will love her by the end of Running Wild. Her determination and compassion shine in this one and I’m pretty sure you’ll have a smile on your face by the end of the story.
The gorgeous and grueling scenery, the menagerie of animals, and the beloved side characters round out the storyline and have a personality all their own. I loved getting a chance to head back to Alaska to see some of my favorite characters again!
Thank you for the advanced copy of RUNNING WILD by KA Tucker. All opinions are my own.
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date published : January 25, 2022
pages : 383
Veterinarian Marie Lehr knows unrequited love all too well after pining for her best friend, only to watch him marry another woman. It’s a mistake she will never make again, especially not when she can practically hear the clock ticking on her childbearing years.
The trouble is, she can’t seem to find anyone who appeals to her even a fraction as much as that burly bush pilot did. Competitive musher Tyler Brady certainly doesn’t, especially not after the heated altercation with the handsome but arrogant, spiteful man.
Or so she thinks.
While volunteering at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Marie discovers that first impressions may have been false, and her attraction to Tyler is very real. But his heart belongs to someone else, leaving him with nothing to offer but friendship. Marie’s been down this road before and knows how that ends. Yet, no matter how hard she works to keep from falling for Tyler, it seems she’s doomed to follow her own trail once again.
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