Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker _ Blog Tour & Review

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Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

Release Date: February 18, 2020

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Wild at Heart, book two in the Simple Wild series by USA Today bestselling author, K.A. Tucker.

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.

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“So … I guess I’ll see you when I see you.”

I can’t manage words around the flaring lump in my throat, and so I simply nod. The past four days with Jonah in Toronto have been a blur. A bliss-filled blur that I’m not ready to let go of yet. The Uber driver shuttling me home after this parting will have the privilege of a sobbing mess in their backseat.

An unreadable look flashes across Jonah’s icy blue eyes. I still haven’t grown accustomed to seeing him without a beard, though I’ll admit I’ve enjoyed admiring that chiseled jawline and those dimples. He takes a deep breath and turns away, his carry-on slung over one broad shoulder, his boarding pass and passport dangling from between two pinched fingers.

I watch him hand his documents to the agent at the US-bound entry gate, who spends all of one second reviewing them before waving him toward the glass security doors. On the other side is his fourteen-hour flight home. In seconds, Jonah is going to be out of sight, gone.

Who knows when I’ll see him again? He flew here to tell me in person that he’s been miserable these past two months since I left Alaska, that he doesn’t want to be a carbon copy of my father—spending his life pining over my mother—that he wants to find an “us” that will work. That he wants me beside him.

I haven’t given him an answer yet, too afraid to leap.

Until now.

I feel the word rising inside me—an emotion about to erupt. “Yes!” My pulse pounds in my ears.

Jonah turns to regard me with a raised eyebrow.

Am I crazy? Maybe.

But I’m fully committing to it.

I take a step forward and swallow my nerves. “I’ll come back to Alaska.” Because being with Jonah again—laughing and reminiscing, having him in my space, waking in his arms—has only confirmed what I’ve suspected for months: I’m deeply in love with him, and living in Toronto when he’s not here doesn’t make sense to me anymore.

I’m done saying goodbye to this man.

Jonah leaves the line and retraces his steps to close the distance, dropping his bag by his feet. It’s five a.m. and we’re creating an obstacle, forcing travelers to weave around us on either side to get to their flights. Their grumbles touch my ears, but in this moment, I don’t care.

The severe frown cutting across Jonah’s handsome forehead as he stares down at me says he doesn’t, either. “Are you serious?”

I nod. “Yeah. I mean, if you’re serious about moving to Anchorage—”

“When?” he demands to know, his voice suddenly gruff.

“I don’t know. As soon as I can?” How long does it take to pack up your life and move to a different country? Granted, a country I was born in and still have citizenship with but haven’t lived in for more than two decades.

His eyes spark with determination. “Come for Christmas.”

I laugh. “That’s like a month away!”

“So? What else you got goin’ on?” It’s a challenge, delivered in Jonah’s typical blunt style. “I’m not going to see my mom in Oslo anymore. And Aggie and Mabel would love having you there. Especially since it’s the first one without Wren. You should come.” His Adam’s apple bobs with his hard swallow. “Come.”

Somewhere in between his words and his tone and the way he’s looking at me, I hear the silent plea. In truth, the idea of being near the people closest to my late father for the holidays sounds more appealing—and more feasible—by the second.

“Okay?” I say on an exhale, my voice shaky.

About K.A. Tucker:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, First for Women, and Publisher’s Weekly. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family.

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[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

“I can’t remember what it feels like not to be in love with you, Calla”

Wild at Heart is the follow up to K.A.Tucker’s The Simple Wild novel. You need to read the first book to read this and I 100% recommend doing that because The Simple Wild was one of my top reads of 2019!

Wild at Heart picks up where the first book ended. Calla and Jonah have decided to meet in the middle and try to make it work between them. That means both of them leaving the places the call home to start new. For Calla this is more of an adjustment than it is for Jonah. Calla immensely struggles to find her place in their new home and begins to question both herself and her relationship with Jonah. It puts to question, is loving someone enough?

I fell in love with Calla and Jonah in The Simple Wild, it was a beautiful and heartbreaking. This book lost my connection with these characters a little bit. Wild at Heart read like a “day in the life” of Calla and Jonah. Jonah, when on page and not off flying solo, made swoon worthy declarations of love and sadly had a moment or two that made me sigh and think “really Jonah” . Some of the newness of their relationship wore off and the blindingly obvious moments of them truly not knowing each other show through. He redeemed himself time and time again in the book but it hurt that he had to keep doing that.

Pacing was a major problem in this book. The first half of the book dragged along with mundane day to day problems. When big moments happened you were like YES and then they would be solved instantly which was unappealing and left you feeling unfulfilled. You want to see Calla and Jonah’s relationship succeed but the struggle to get there was painful (and not in that great story heart crushing way) but in a come on now way.

Overall, unfortunately this was a bit of a let down from how powerful and impressive The Simple Wild was. Wild at Heart introduced some great characters and you got to see Calla grow as a person but it floundered in many other ways. What I really wanted was an epilogue. A 10 years later and this is our couples happily ever after. I was given a couple with a bright future ahead of them but I guess I’m greedy and it didn’t completely satisfy me.


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