Book: The Simple Wild
Author: K. A. Tucker
Who should read this: people that like light romance with a good plot
Trigger warning: sick/dying parent
The Simple Wild is about a 26-year-old Toronto women named Calla. She’s worked at a bank as a risk analyst since finishing school. She lives in a nice house in TO with her parents, which if you’re from Ontario you know means you’re rich. She has a weekly nail and hair appointment and she spends most weekends out at high end clubs wearing a short skirt and high heels. She also runs an Instagram/blog with her friend all about makeup and fashion. Summary, she’s prissy. She finds out her father, the one she hasn’t seen in 24 years, or talked to in 12 years, is sick. He’s been diagnosed with lung cancer. Calla makes the decision to go to Alaska and see him for a week. Her hope is to mend their relationship and she wants to help him with doctor appointments etc. What she doesn’t count on is meeting the burly blonde viking lookalike Jonah. Jonah is a small aircraft pilot that works for her dads company and he’s the one that picks her up from the airport in the smallest plane she’s ever seen. They instantly hate each other. But as the days turn into weeks and they get to know each other better, things turn around. Their romance story line is great, it’s funny and eventually gets steamy. Jonah is a big bear that I would totally love IRL. Another thing for the Canadians, if you’ve ever been in Toronto, there a bunch of little things in the story that are real Toronto things which I really enjoyed catching!
Writing 2/2 points: I really like Tucker’s style. The dialogue in this book was amazing. Very witty and emotional. The characters were deep and well developed and the plot flowed smoothly throughout. I never felt like it was too slow and I never got bored. I actually read the whole book in one weekend.
Hook 2/2 points: Without sounding mean, Tucker describes her main character in the beginning to give you the distinct impression that she is high class and has never gotten her hands dirty. But you still like her. Calla is smart and funny and observant and she cares about the people around her. But all that nice stuff inside is covered with a fake plastic hard shell that Jonah breaks open. He lets out the free spirited, independent young woman and it makes you love him even more. So the hook being the priss going to see her sick father and having to fly in this ridiculous plane where she almost vomits was amazing. I was instantly in, how is this girl going to survive in the Alaskan small town. She doesn’t even have a driver’s license.
Plot 1/2 points: The story was beautiful, it was happy, sad, romantic but it was also a little predictable. I saw the ending coming a mile away and I was happy about it but it was obvious. However, I loved the transformation story and I would still highly recommend this book.
Twist 1/2 points: Again, the twist was great but predictable. I wasn’t surprised at all. But I still liked it!
Feel 2/2 points: This is a tough one. I felt great reading it but the added element of her sick father, distracts you from the romance a little. But it’s a slow burn that suddenly heats right up and makes you so happy. When I was sad, Jonah would come in and cheer me up! And by me I mean Calla obviously. All the characters were great but Calla and Jonah had so much chemistry and watching them fall in love was wonderful.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I’m already on the hunt for more of KA Tucker’s work.