Wild Card by Karina Halle
Release Date: August 15th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Wild Card, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!
Wild Card is a standalone novel and the first book in the North Ridge Trilogy about rough and rugged Canadian mountain men, the Nelson brothers. Canada’s never felt so hot.
She swore she’d never go back home.
She swore she’d never see the man who broke her all those years ago.
But you don’t always get to choose your path.
And sometimes that path is as wild and rugged as the heart.
Rachel Waters thought she saw the last of the small mountain town of North Ridge, British Columbia, when she left six years ago. But while her advertising career blossomed beneath the skyscrapers of Toronto, her mother’s sudden illness has the 26-year old returning to North Ridge to care for her, putting her career on hold while dealing with family secrets, regrets and unresolved goodbyes.
Shane Nelson has always been a bit of a wild card. The youngest of three brothers, Shane’s spent most of his life being underestimated and misunderstood. With his quiet intensity, classic good looks and thoughtful demeanor, he’s an enigma on horseback, managing his father’s sprawling ranch on the slopes of North Ridge.
But while Shane remains the quintessential brooding cowboy, complete with an arsenal of inner demons, all of that changes when Rachel steps back into his life.
She was the girl he pushed away.
Now she’s the girl who wishes she could leave.
Despite the odds, Shane will do everything to convince Rachel he needs a second chance that he doesn’t deserve but when the two of them head off into the wilderness together in search of lost cattle, more than just their hearts are at stake.
Whether it’s love or lives on the line, one thing is for sure: always bet on the wild card.
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Wild Card was so much more than I expected, then again I can honestly say I didn’t know what to expect in this new North Ridge Series. Author Karina Halle took me on a tale of coming home and second chance romance that was full of grit, questions, love and healing.
Rachel Waters is a different type of character for me. She’s somewhat strong but emotionally she’s still suffering from the effects of her youth. She is vulnerable in a way that is real and yet at times she’s so wishy-washy that it drives me crazy. Then on the other hand you get peaks of the Rachel that is playful and nostalgic and so full of love for Shane, which really balances out this emotionally damaged character who is fighting to get her life back.
Shane Nelson is the epitome of selfless. He made the ultimate sacrifice to help the woman he loves all the while breaking his own heart into pieces. Shane is a very responsible character who loves his life, minus the missing piece which is Rachel. However Shane isn’t a perfect character, he more than anyone understands Rachel’s past and the hurt he caused her, but he expects her to jump in his arms like nothing ever happened and give love a second chance. He has to learn that second chance love takes time and patience.
Wild Card is a rugged tale of broken family, broken love, and a very broken girl. It wasn’t a fast paced book and there was never this huge aha moment because you were able to pick up what was going on fairly quickly. That being said this book definitely showed the hotter sides of these characters and their connection. If you want a story that is gripping and sexy at the same time then I would definitely, definitely pick this book up.
Rating: 4 stars
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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