Maverick by Karina Halle
Release Date: October 17th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Maverick, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times
Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!
Maverick is a complete standalone novel and the second book about the rough and rugged Nelson brothers. Get ready for one wild alpha mountain man – Canada’s never felt so hot!
Forget playing it safe.
John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.
When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.
That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.
With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.
But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.
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5 of 5 Stars
Book 2 in the North Ridge series. I loved it! Maverick and Riley were so great together. Why? Well, he comes off as the stereotypical manwhore, but he feels deep. Riley, she owned her sexuality in a big way. When she and Mav cross paths at work, the attraction and chemistry is immediate.
I found Riley’s character so refreshing. She wanted Mav, she told him. She didn’t hide it. As her boss, he fought it. When he gave in to her advances, my kindle lit on fire. This is not a fluffy book, though. Both are dealing with tragedies in their lives, losing loved ones. While both are sexually free-thinking, their emotions are in lock down, they push each other away and try to deny the pull. This adds an edge to the book.
I liked this book better than the first in the series. It still dealt with serious themes but I related to these characters more. Their responses to triggers and emotionally-charged moments were more relatable.
Dual POVs kept me in their heads, which worked perfectly. It balanced the story and deepened the emotional feel.
Read this book if for no other reason than the scene in the cabin. Holy. Crap. So original and hot. Hot.
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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