Maverick by Karina Halle ~ Live & Review!

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Maverick by Karina Halle ~ Live & Review!Also by this author: Smut
Maverick (North Ridge, #2) by Karina Halle
Published by Indie on October 17, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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


Oh, Maverick. Just like a lot of people, I’ve been waiting for his story since we first met him and let’s just say, he didn’t disappoint.

Maverick is a quick read that can be easily devoured in one sitting. Be prepared for the steamy hot scenes to know you out. I was actually reading this book when traveling and sitting on the plane. Here I was just reading along, feeling like it’s been pretty safe and then BAM, I get hit with THAT ONE SCENE. You’ll know it when you get to it. Let me tell you, reading that while sitting next to a stranger on a plane is slightly uncomfortable. Haha.

I have really enjoyed how descriptive Karina has been in this series with nature and the mountains. Even more so with Maverick since there is so much dealing with the dangers of snow, avalanches, ect., that Maverick and Riley deal with daily. I don’t like the cold and I’m not that adventurous but her descriptions made me want to jump out there with the rescue team.

I just adore Riley. She certainly doesn’t hold back and I love the fact that she went after Maverick and didn’t give up. Her flirting is like the feisty pittbull that Chewie isn’t. 🙂 She’s confident in herself and she stands up for herself. But in her vulnerable moments, the real Riley shows through. It’s raw and beautiful and no one would be able to resist that. She made me fall in love with her and want to be her friend.

And then there’s Maverick. I said he was going to fall hard. The playboys always do, don’t they? From the moment he meets Riley, he has this sense of protectiveness over her that he honestly can’t explain. She’s coming on hard to him and he’s trying his hardest to resist her. It was so fun watching him crumble. When his feelings start to grow, we get to see his vulnerable side. What he is wishing for but what his fears are. All I wanted for him from the start is to figure everything out and just be happy with Riley. Go for it. Live large and live hard. Oh, and let’s not forget his dirty alpha mouth. I was not expecting him to be that alpha and I certainly didn’t expect his dirty mouth. Whew, freaking hot.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you are look a light(ish) read with a protective emergency responder who can get all alpha and dirty in the bedroom and a feisty and confident woman who settles the playboy, then this is the book for you!



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About Karina Halle

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, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 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 Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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