WILD CARD, an all-new sexy, standalone second chance contemporary romance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Karina Halle’s new North Ridge series, is AVAILABLE NOW on ALL platforms!
Cover Designer: By Hang Le
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Second Chance Romance
Title: Wild Card
Series: North Ridge #1
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: August 15, 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 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.
Wild Card was amazing and I absolutely loved Shane and Rachel’s story! Karina Halle is so freaking talented and I loved her writing style. Everything she writes is pure gold and Wild Card was no different. I haven’t read many second chance romance novels, but I loved this one. It had everything I could have hoped for and more, and even though it was tragic and heartbreaking at times, I loved reading every single page. There was one aspect of the story that I didn’t care for and certainly wasn’t expecting, but I think you’ll know what part I’m talking about when you read it. Other than that, I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the rest of the North Ridge trilogy.
Shane and Rachel were amazing, plain and simple, and I immediately fell in love with them and their story. I loved their personalities and chemistry together, and I loved the progression of their story and relationship from beginning to end. I loved most of their interactions and banter with each other, and I loved reading Wild Card from both Shane and Rachel’s POV. There were plenty of up and down moments between them, but all of it was definitely worth it in the end. The conclusion to Shane and Rachel’s story was absolutely wonderful, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect. It made me very happy and I couldn’t keep the smile off my face.
Wild Card was another phenomenal romance by the extremely talented Karina Halle, and I truly loved reading every minute of it. The community and characters Ms. Halle created in North Ridge, British Columbia, Canada completely stole my heart, and I can’t wait to read more about everyone, especially Shane’s older brothers, Maverick and Fox, in the next two books to come!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
FIVE “Shane & Rachel” STARS!
About the Author
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, Smut, The Artists Trilogy, Heat Wave and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her rescue pup and her husband Scott Mackenzie, who co-wrote Rocked Up with her. That’s right. It’s like the book SMUT come to life! This is their first venture as a writing team. A lot of music was played. A lot of laughs were had. A lot of sex was…put in the book!