Wild Card, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is available NOW!!!
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.
Karina Halle has done it again. She wrote another amazing book and completely wrecked me with her talent.
It’s been a while since I read a book so incredible that it left me with a massive book hangover. So long I almost forgot how much I love/hate them. I have no idea how in the world I’m supposed to move on with my life after reading this beautiful book.
Second chance romance books are fantastic. They’re up there on my list of “favorite type of stories”. But a second chance romance book written by Karina Halle is something out of this world. Everything inside this book is amazing.
The story is so well thought out. It has a little bit of everything; sadness, happiness, adventure, passion, horses, cows, a dog and even a bear. Everything I love in a story.
From beginning to end, Wild Card is IMPOSSIBLE to put down. I’m used to taking breaks every few chapters—don’t ask me why I need those breaks, I don’t have the answer—and today I read Wild Card in one sitting. For four-five hours I had my nose stuck inside this book. I had the best time.
Usually I when I’m reading I constantly check how many pages I have left in a book because I’m always in a hurry but this time I swear I didn’t even glance at the number of pages, not once. I was so into Shane and Rachel’s story that everything around me faded away and I lived inside Karina Halle’s words. I honestly think a part of me is still trapped somewhere in the book and I’ll never be able to find it.
When you start reading Wild Card you have no idea why Rachel left town and why she now hates Shane. Throughout the story you can read glimpses of Shane and Rachel’s past; when they met, when they had their first kiss, you know how it goes, but it’s a bit past the middle of the book when the reason is finally revealed. I have to say I didn’t expect the reason to be the reason, I thought it was going to be something completely different and for once it felt nice being wrong. It made everything more intriguing.
I know I’ve said this a million and one times but this time I hope you believe me when I tell you, you need to check out this book. It is beyond beautiful. Shane will become your new book boyfriend and you will never ever want to let go of him. Your heart will never be the same after reading Wild Card. If you’re lucky enough, you might come out with a massive book hangover like me!
And if you’re not a huge fan of romances, I say give it a try. Who knows, maybe this will be the book to make you fall in love with romance books.
Also wanted to give a quick apology for writing a tiny review. When I love the heck out of a book I find it hard to write long reviews because all I want to say is “I’M GOING TO MARRY THIS BOOK AND YOU SHOULD READ IT. THE END.” Hopefully I’m not the only one who struggles with this.
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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