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Book Review-The Simple Wild by KA Tucker

by | May 4, 2022 | Book Reviews | 11 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago.

It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

They can’t sense my loneliness, or the knot in my stomach. That’s the magic of social media, I guess. But there’s also an odd comfort to hiding behind the illusion.

My Review

First Impressions

The Simple Wild has been a book and is part of a series that has been all over the book community and for years I have been wanting to pick this one here but just never got around to it. I will be honest I was kinda nervous about it, however, so many have recommended this one personally to me. And finally after talking with a new bookstagrammer friend, (I blame her lol) I decided I needed to really read this and what do ya know.,…I ABSOLUTELY ADORED IT. Like honestly, I have this urge to bang my head against the wall because I feel like an idiot for not reading this book sooner. I never thought that I would love it so much, but this book was everything I was looking for and more and you can bet I will be reading the rest of the books that involve this couple this week because it was so DELICIOUS. Its definitely a book that is well worth the hype.


Calla Fletcher, was raised mostly in Toronto but her parents split up when she was just a little girl. Her mother struggled to live in Alaska and her father couldn’t leave it. So they ended up separated and Calla hasn’t seen her father since then. When she receives a call from his secretary that he has cancer, she immediately makes plans for a week-long visit and to reconcile with him. When she arrives to Alaska, she meets the big and burly bush pilot that works with her father, Jonah who is a grump and doesn’t like her much. Calla isn’t a huge fan of the prickly Yeti pilot who doesn’t own a shaver. Both Jonah and Calla don’t get off to the best start, but Calla is determined to see this through for her father’s sake. Calla is determined to rekindle her bond with her father but there are sparks that fly between Jonah and Calla. Calla knows that there is no future for them, but wants to embrace what they have. But will Calla decide where her future lies at home with her mom in Toronto or in Alaska where her heart lies?

“You have been driving me fucking insane for days and I couldn’t hold myself back for one more second.”

What I Loved

There was so much joy I found in this book and I can’t believe that I just discovered it and the well-talented author. You can be assured that this won’t be my last K.A. Tucker. I was really blown away by this book and what was delivered here. I didn’t really know much about this book to be honest, and I was so nervous in reading this one, but it ended up being such a superb read that worked out so well for me. I was so drawn into the picturesque setting that is delivered and I just wanted to see where the author would take me on this one. It was such a treat to have the world-building done so well, and honestly, I am so tempted to move to Alaska because darn it!! LOL. I was also intrigued by the way that this author focused on the father/daughter relationship. I was so unsure about it, and I did feel like it crossed off all the boxes for me as I adore family relationships especially when there is healing involved. Then we have the romance that builds between Jonah and Calla which was so well done and I was impressed by its delivery. These two had me laughing all over the place while also focusing on the heart of it. I was really impressed with how balanced their romance was capitalized on and you really could feel the intensity of emotion between them. As characters both Jonah and Calla were like a breath of fresh air. They have such passion in everything that they do and believe in and its emphasized in the writing. There is such a vivid connection you bond with these characters and you just want them to reach their HEA.

They don’t sell alcohol in Bangor.” “What?” I feel my face twist with shock. “You’re lying.” His eyebrows arch. “You’re arguing with me about this?” “What the hell is this, the 1920s prohibition?”

What I Struggled With

Nothing!!! This book was perfect and is my favorite of the year so far!

Overall View

I found The Simple Wild to be a majestic romance that lifted my heart and stirred up my emotions. Its a story that will evoke beautiful responses within the read that captivates and stimulates joyous satisfaction. A KEEPER for any reader on their bookshelf!

He’s not like any other guy I’ve dated or crushed on. And while he’s capable of making my blood boil like no one else, I feel a magnetic pull toward him that I can’t explain.

Title: The Simple Wild

Author: K.A. Tucker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Library

Length: 400 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 5

Story Itself: 5

Character Development: 5

Writing Style: 5

World Building 5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.25

Pacing 5

Plot 5

Cover Art 5

Ending 4

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order


The Simple Wild-Pub 2018 #1 in the Series

The Wild Heart-Pub 2020 #2 in the Series

Forever Wild-Pub 2020 #2.5 in the Series

Running Wild-Pub 2021 #3 in the Series

About The Author

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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  1. Ann

    I’m so glad you ended up enjoying it. It’s sometime hard when so many say they like it not to worry about you being that one person who doesn’t.

  2. nbiblioholic

    Whoa! That’s some big praise 🙂
    I haven’t had the greatest luck with this author, but I just might have to give this one a chance. Great review!

  3. anovelglimpse

    This book really was perfect and I’m glad it lived up to the hype for you. Each book just adds so much. You’re going to love the journey.

  4. Sophia Rose

    I haven’t gotten to this one yet even though I’m pretty sure I’ll love it. Seeing your review makes me more sure than ever.

  5. Jen

    WOW! What a great review. I love stories set in Alaska. I’m not familiar with the author, but I’ll keep her in mind for future titles. Thanks.

  6. Book Sniffers Anonymous

    Oh man. I’m gonna have to see if my library has this book in. I will admit that by the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if this book would be for me. However, your review has convinced me that it’s well worth the read. <3

  7. Carole

    Everyone seems to love this book. I really do need to give it a try sometime soon.

  8. Samantha @WLABB

    I had the same reaction as you to this book – really surprised and filled with so much joy at the end. So happy you enjoyed it!

  9. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I’m so glad to see you loved this one! It holds a really special place for me. I read it a few weeks after my own father passed away (not realizing what would be in the book) and it made a big impact on me. Any time I think of The Simple Wild, it makes me think of my dad and that time of my life. Amazing how books can do that for you.


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