Wild Card, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is available NOW!!!
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.
As an avid reader, I have 2 types of favorite authors that I usually follow. One which delivers the same plot formula and that’s exactly what I crave when I’m feeling in a certain mood. The second type is the one that always experiments and delivers something new with each book published. Karina Halle falls into the second type of author for me. I have enjoyed her light romances, scary ‘romances’, and ‘take a chance on me’ romances.
Constantly stalking Karina on her IG as she posts all the beauty that is her native Canada so it made total sense for her to write a book about it. When I wasn’t lost in the heartbreaking second chance romance of Shane and Rachel, I was imagining all the beauty that Canada has to offer in a small town surrounded by woods and scary bears. Bears aside, I would in a heartbeat drop everything and move in with Shane and help him keep his family’s ranch going.
That may not be how Rachel feels when she is forced to return to her home town where she lost her heart… or got it smashed to bits… whichever, both apply! Where Shane can do no wrong in my eyes (as it is told in POV, so I know he is a good guy at heart), that is completely the opposite for Rachel. There is too much hurt chased by nightmares of growing up in her household. So I totally understood her reluctance to give it another go or even let go of the hurt. However, such is life where not everything as it appears to be. Especially where there are dark secrets that are just waiting to resurface.
It’s a bookmark sliding in the middle of a novel where the hero’s world is blown apart.
Everything that happens before that page is the before.
Everything that happens after is the rest of the hero’s life.
This moment is the dividing moment, where a world is halved in two and there’s no turning the pages back.
I loved the secondary characters A LOT! I’m not sure how Shane’s brothers will beat his sweetness and hotness but I think they can totally do it. After all, he is the baby of the household, he has to have learned it somewhere, right? I can not wait to see what Karina has in store for all of us next.
“What feeds your soul?”
“What feeds my soul?”
“You heard me. What feeds it? What gets you up in the mornings? What makes you want to be a better version of yourself, to keep on growing? What makes you feel alive? More than that, what makes you want to be alive forever, finding the lust and the joy for it day by day?” She pauses. “Now change that around. Not what, but who? Who feeds your soul?”
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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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