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Wild Card (North Ridge, #1) by Karina Halle
on August 15, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, 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.
“He make me want to grow wild, to run rampant, to unapologetically thrive.”
First of all, Karina Halle is one of my go to authors. I will read anything that she ever writes. While it is no secret that I love her darker romances, I’ve always enjoyed everything that she puts out and Wild Card is no exception. When I read the blurb I knew I needed to get my hands on it.
Shane Nelson had to turn away the girl he’s loved since he was a little boy. Six years ago he broke his own heart when he broke hers. When she comes back to town to tend to her mother, Shane is instantly hit with how much he still loves her and will do anything to keep her. But she still has a lot of anger towards him so he has his work cut out for him.
Wild Card is a very sweet second chance story. In fact, Shane might be the sweetest hero that I can remember from any of Karina’s past work. He has that sexy cowboy swagger and he is loyal and brave. He’s just the total package. His love for Rachel never died and he isn’t afraid to let her know it now that she came back because he can’t let her go again.
I will admit that I was looking for a bit of angst and we do get some but it is very close to the end of the book. So the first half of the book did read a bit slow to me. However, I loved how descriptive Karina was with describing the nature surrounding the ranch and mountains. It really draws you into imagining what it looks like and showcases the beauty of it all.
I also like that each character in Wild Card has their own place and their own story. I’m absolutely in love with Shane’s grandfather and hope that we get more of him in the upcoming books. The ending sets us up perfectly for Maverick’s story and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The playboy is going to fall hard!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a super sweet cowboy with a bit if a dirty mouth and the biggest heart ever, then this is the book for you!
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