Published by Metal Blonde Books on August 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Romance
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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.
Wild Card, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is available NOW!!!
I’m convinced Karina Halle can write a romance in any genre, and write it well. She consistently blows me away with the depth and magnitude of her imagination, characters, plots, description. I could go and on.
Not only does Wild Card delve into more of a western theme, it’s also more dark and gritty. These characters are brought together at a young age, torn apart by circumstance, and struggle to find their way back to each other. It’s not an easy story. Most stories of love aren’t. What Karina excels at is her descriptive prose. I dare anyone to read one of her books and NOT feel like they’re right there in whatever country, city, desert, etc. She provides the reader, time and time again, an escape from not only reality but from their surroundings. I always feel like I’m on an adventure with these characters. And once the story is over I feel as if I’ve been to all those locations.
The story of Shane and Raven is extremely emotional. These characters have gone through so much in their young lives and yet they fight to not only survive but find forgiveness and ultimately love. It’s always interesting to me how flawed, broken, characters can work so hard to put the pieces back together in the name of love.
I always enjoy Karina Halle books. I devour them and cling to her every word. Wild Card is no different. I’m excited to see where she takes this new series.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
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