Wild Card, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is available NOW!!!
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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4.5 of 5 Stars
Fans of Karina Halle will find this book to be a bit of a surprise. It has some dark bits but the dark is very much in the background. Mostly, it’s Shane and Rachel’s sweet, second-chance romance. She returns home to care for her mother and hey there, Shane…
Dual POVs keep you in tune with their feelings for each other and past/present chapters build the story. Note, Shane is very plain-speaking. I liked this a lot. Once he opens up to Rachel and shares his truth (no spoilers), the dialogue heats up. I loved Shane! A protector, unafraid to tell the girl he always loved he wants her back, that she is his forever. Serious. Sigh.
Rachel’s world is rocked when she finds truth after truth that changes how she sees the past. Her intense connection with Shane and their rush to make up for lost time (6 years) had me reading this story while I shopped, while I walked, while I worked…straight through to the finish. I understood her battle with fear vs hope.
Only one minor blip for me and it’s personal. I am simply not as forgiving as Rachel. While she worked to mend her relationship with her mother and felt guilty for her years away from home, I did not connect with this. Her mother didn’t protect her when she found out Rachel was abused by family. But, this is Rachel’s story not mine and she sought closure.
Alert! Shane has brothers – Fox and Maverick – I definitely expect to get their stories.
4.5 big WILD healing stars full of tons of chemistry and forgiveness. And that cover! He looks a bit like Matt Dillion in Outsiders.
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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