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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Wild Card by Karina Halle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 out of 5 ‘Let’s try this again’ Stars
I love reading books by Karina Halle because they are so completely written– great descriptions, well rounded story line and great complete characters. Yeah yeah, I sound like an old lady right now but deep down, this kinda stuff matters (to me at least).
Rachel and Shane had a love unlike any other. They fell in love in their preteens and their love got stronger and stronger over the years. I envy love that is that strong. It seems so…..fairy tale. Anyway of course nothing ever plays out like it supposed to and Shane ends up pushing away Rachel. Pushing her away from him and the town they grew up in; but with good reason. Rachel ends up leaving Shane and the small mountain town where her heart remained long after she even left.
Rachel is brought back to the little mountain town six years later due to her mother’s ailing health. Rachel has built a new life for her self with a promising career and a great boyfriend. Now she’s back in memoriesville and having a difficult time remembering if she is in the present or past. Memories of her and Shane swirl in front of her face making her unsure of her feelings; past and present.
I loved Shane’s unabashed feelings and blatant pursuit of Rachel. He’s loved her since he first laid eyes on her when he was just 9 years old and hos feelings never faltered; not once. Love that strong is the thing that some myths are made of. In this day and age it seems like a unicorn. Unheard of. And when he sees his second chance open up with Rachel’s return, he takes it for all that it’s worth. He will take her any way he can get her for any amount of time he can. Even knowing that she might be leaving after she gets her mother’s health back on track, he takes the risks he needs to in order to save the love thy still have for one another.
Rachel wrestles with a lot of demons throughout the story. I can say that there are some people that would not have handled a lot of what happened to her over the course of her life as well as she did. She seriously could’ve been a lot more messed up than she was (and she really wasn’t that messed up). I can appreciate her fight with herself over whether or not to give up her new life or to take a chance with Shane again. It’s not easy to start over and to give up on all that hard work is tough to walk away from- especially if you’ve done all that hard work alone. And then on top of making decisions about Shane, she has to deal with her mother’s failing health and mending the broken relationship she has with her. I enjoyed being a voyeur into the lives of these two beautiful broken people. They work. It worked. Read it.
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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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