Series: Wild #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 18, 2020
Format: eARC, 400 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
If you saw my review for The Simple Wild back in August 2018, you know how much I loved it. I fell hard for both Calla and Jonah during that book, but I was also happy with how it all wrapped up. Sure, I can always use more of my favorite couples, but I didn’t pine away for another book. Until that is, Kathleen announced she was writing a sequel. I guess I didn’t realize just how much I missed them. I immediately started waiting impatiently with all the grabby hands, so I’m thrilled she released it early. I’m not kidding when I say I dropped everything to start reading it. I’m so glad I did.
One of my favorite things about The Simple Wild was Calla’s personal growth. She wasn’t super likable early on in that book, but before it was all said and done I loved her. Wild at Heart brings a continuation of that growth. I have to admire someone who packs up their life to move to the middle of nowhere in Alaska because it’s what is best for their significant other. But I’d say the sacrifice is worth it. What Calla and Jonah have is special and, well, sometimes you have to work hard to keep a relationship like that. It was never going to be easy, but it was worth the effort.
Wild at Heart is a quiet romance with a couple that’s very much in love. There aren’t a lot of big, loud moments to prove that love. It’s really a look at a relationship from day to day (or month to month) and the ups and downs that come with it. It is real. It’s not all rosy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the love is there. That’s never a question. It’s just that Calla struggles to find her place and build a life not solely based around Jonah. If she’s going to be happy in Alaska and feel like she fits in there, she needed more than just Jonah. It was admirable.
My love for Jonah was also reinforced while reading Wild at Heart. I mean, how can I NOT love a grumpy Alaskan pilot who is sweet as can be underneath? *heart eyes* But mostly I realized how much I love this couple and just how perfect they are for each other, despite all their differences. Or maybe because of them, I suppose. Not only do they balance each other out well, but they have amazing chemistry. The feels I got from this book are a little different than those in The Simple Wild, which were mostly based on Calla and Wren, but they were still strong. Wild at Heart was everything I didn’t even know I needed. It was absolute perfection.
“You were made for me. I am madly in love with you, Calla Fletcher.”
It’s strange how your relationship can feel impenetrable one day and vulnerable the next—with a misunderstanding, a few words, and a mountain of repressed worries that finally swell to the surface.
He’ll always be wild at heart, and there is no way to tame or change him. Not that I would ever want to.
Did you enjoy The Simple Wild?
Do you plan to read Wild at Heart?