Monday, 14 August 2017

REVIEW ARC WILDCARD BY KARINA WILD
TITLE: WILDCARD
SERIES: (North Ridge #1)
AUTHOR: Karina Halle
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: August 15th, 2017
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 his 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: is a standalone novel and the first book within the North Ridge Trilogy by Karina Halle, spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives,’ A second chance Romance with an HEA. Which flits from ‘Past to Present’ effortlessly. This book is Shane and Rachel’s story. 

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The last place twenty-six year old Rachel Waters ever expected to see herself was back at North Ridge with her estranged mother and her childhood ex boyfriend Shane Nelson. The boy that stole her heart the first time she saw him in class aged nine, to the teenager who professed he loved her, to the one that broke her heart years later.

It had been six years since she’s fled North Ridge never expecting to ever return, until she got the one phone call she never wanted to get, her mother Vernalee, needed her, she’d been diagnosed with stage 1A lung cancer. 

Shane was the first boy she’d kissed, the boy who she gave herself to, the boy who stole her heart and stamped on it, the boy who kept her secrets. The boy she never forgot. But he had his work cut out for him if he ever wanted to get her back. 

"I loved you then, I love you now, and I loved you in all the light and darkness in-between. I love you with all the wilderness I can't tame." 

Wild Card had the perfect blend of romance, heart break and forgiveness and was a great first book in the North Ridge series, and I can’t wait to read about the other two brothers. 

"Love isn't a chain, Rachel. It's not a shackle. Love is what sets you free, love doesn't confine. What I feel for you...it's wild and it's raw and it's as real as that sun above us." 

An unexpected slow moving second chance romance story with a blissful HEA. It wasn't all just focused on the romance aspect of the story but healing, a place to finally call home, family, love and mending broken bridges. This author won my heart when it came to her high octane full of nail biting suspense with 'Sins of needles trilogy' so to see her softer side shine through with this book had me lapping up all the cowboys she could throw at me. The chemistry and deep profound love these two shared was off the charts, I loved these two characters with a passion. The intensity of mending their mistakes, the craving of wanting to make up for lost time, this was a great way to spend curled up on the couch with a cup of hot milo whilst it stormed outside. 

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