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The Simple Wild

(Wild #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  76,622 ratings  ·  10,158 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Atria Books
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Colleen Hoover
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever read a book and absolutely love it and then reach out to the author and she's a total dick to you and then your hatred for the author seeps into how you feel about the book and then you realize you can never, ever read that book or recommend it again because the author pretended to be your friend, slept with your husband, stole your favorite shirt and had the audacity to wear the same wedding dress to her wedding where she married your husband two years after you read her book and sh ...more
chan ☆
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
cute.... but if a man told me i looked better without makeup and prevented me from having my luggage he'd get a swift kick to the 'nads ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided by Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

Is it bad etiquette to start a review with a quote by another author? Because while reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about Tarryn Fisher’s quote in one of my favorite books of all-time, Mud Vein, “What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?” “One is a choice, and one is not.” And I know I haven’t been on this Earth for that long, but that quote is the one of the truest things I’ve
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
"For the hundredth time, I wonder if I'm being the selfish one. If I should grit my teeth and bare the misery, the isolation of Alaska. After all, I made the bed I'm running from now."

My initial reaction to opening The Simple Wild when it arrived in the mail was pure excitement, yet this book turned out to be so much more than my expectations were initially prepared for. Of course its Kathleen's latest book and it's set mostly in Alaska and it's packaged with a breathtaking cover, all things tha
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars

tw: cancer; dying parent

I really wanted to enjoy this. It's a hate-to-love romance featuring a "city girl" who goes to Alaska after getting a call that her estranged father is ill, and she ends up falling for a bush pilot.

The main problem I ran into here was the hate-to-love aspect. I enjoy hate-to love-romances HOWEVER, I think contemporary fiction sometimes struggles with how to do this trope effectively without making me hate the love interest in the meantime. Jonah is an absolute
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
WOW I’M EMO THIS WAS SO GREAT I JUST 😭😭😭 I’m rating this 5/5 from a purely emotional standpoint, but it’s probs more of a 4 or 4.5 bc I was really annoyed of the love interest pulling some “🥴 girls look better without make-up 🤪” bullshit but the rest of this was perfection and I’m crying in the club
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-five-stars
5 stars!!!

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The Simple Wild is KA Tucker at her best. I've read a lot of this authors work, most of her books, actually. And this book one is tied as my favorite of hers (Ten Tiny Breaths is hard to top). It had romance, adventure, and was a story about finding yourself. A perfect combination. I loved everything about it!

Calla Fletcher was born in the Alaskan wild, but was moved to Canada with her mother when she was only 2. She hasn't been back since. She's 26 now, living in Toronto and lif
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Re-read#2 (2/14/2020) rereading this because the anticipation is killing me! I need the sequel like yesterday! I freakin love this book and I’m both nervous and excited for the rest of Jonah and Calla’s story!

5 ‘Sky cowboys’ stars

What hold does Alaksa have on them? What makes this place worth giving everything else up?

A nice heartwarming story about love and forgiveness. This was my first K.A Tucker’s book, and I loved it.

Calla Fletcher was born in Alaska but she left with her mother when she w
Just finished my reread of this book! It was just as great the second time around and I very much agree with my original review. Jonah still drove me nuts at the beginning of this book and I'm still not a fan of the 'barbie' nickname, but all the characters won me over in the end. I adore this book so much and it makes me want to visit Alaska so bad.

Holy fuck I loved this. So I went into this book with pretty low expectations. He Will be My Ruin is one of my all time favorite bo
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Substantive, Scrumptious Slow Burn!!

This was my first read by Ms. Tucker, and glory days can the woman write!

Calla’s father is dying and wants to see her, although he has been mostly absent in her life. Her mother left him when she was only two years old. He lives thousands of miles away in the western wilds of Alaska and owns a small airline company.

As a warning before she leaves to visit her father, her mother tells her not to fall for one of the pilots, or in her words “sky cowboys.” Of cou
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
its taken me awhile to figure out how to write this review because, as you can tell from the rating, i really enjoyed this! its been awhile since ive read a NA book that i liked this much. and its probably because the story reminded me a lot of colleen hoover and renee carlinos work - both are authors whom i absolute adore! but this story has a couple of big issues and im still kind of confused as to why they dont bother me.

the first problem is calla. as ive mentioned before in other reviews, th
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📚THE SIMPLE WILD:📚 Is the first full length romance book in the series 'WILD' by K.A Tucker. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

UPDATED 2022: This re-read was the perfect book to see the 'New Year' in with. I'm getting ready for the next book in the series to drop this month. And I can't tell you how excited I am for it!! Hopefully I can stay in this 'WILD' bubble for a bit longer before ARCS start dropping..
This book was everything, it was as special the second time around, I l
thank u, next.

I forced myself to finish this BECAUSE I AM A STUBBORN ASSHOLE. Prepare for my rambles and IDGAF if this spoils it for you.

I was immediately put off and on high alert as the book starts with some good ol casual racist stereotypes. "Raj and Adnan are nice enough....and can't accept a simple "Good Morning, how are you?" from me without their faces turning beet red. And then there's May, who sits one cubicle over...who eats fermented cabbage at her desk."

Why do people like this boo
Samantha Young
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My top read of 2018 so far!

This is my first K.A. Tucker book and it most certainly won't be my last. I was transported to the wilds of Alaska by Tucker's stunning writing. A poignant, authentic story about family and love. It touched me because it was so achingly real and I honestly can't remember the last book that made me cry this hard. It also made me laugh out loud a lot! The banter and chemistry between Calla and Jonah was just so on point. I was swept up in this story. It was quietly epic
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im gonna move to alaska and find me a viking sky cowboy and live my best life even tho im terrified of heights on a good day and my sanity is highly dependent on my wifi speed but, we'll make it work

K. A. Tucker how effing dare you make me feel like a book is part of my soul to just end it and not continue it forever????!!!!

anyways, you should pick up this book bc its so fricken atmospheric and well developed in writing and characters and INTERESTING AND INCREDIBLE AND FUN

Kezia Duah
Aug 28, 2022 rated it liked it
To make myself feel better about this one, I will describe it as a heartfelt daughter and father reunion that happens to include a romance.

Wren and Calla’s relationship throughout the story was really good. Very awkward at first from what you would expect from a strained relationship, but Tucker does a great job with the events that occur by the end. At first, I was mad that it felt like the pressure to work on this relationship was mainly stressed on Calla, and not the PARENT. However, as we g
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2020, adult-reads
4.5 Why, oh why did I wait so long to read this book stars!

I was hesitant and worried the hype wouldn’t be real. I had nothing to fear. I LOVED this book. And, in all honestly I was actually a bit surprised by how much. It’s a slow building romance and not very steamy. Yet, I was caught up in the lives of Calla and Jonah like I knew them. The Alaskan setting, the amazing side characters, the super sexy sky cowboy and all the snarky banter - I found all of it engrossing and completely irresistib
K.A. Tucker
Dec 09, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm having a blast writing the sequel, Wild at Heart It's coming 3.3.2020
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**** 4.5 Stars!!!! ****

I loved this book! It would have been a five stars for me but the beginning was a bit slow... Once it got started though it was a book that was full of emotion and heart! I’m not a reader that cries very often, but this story challenged my tear ducts more than a few times!

I’ve always had a soft spot for stories that take place in Alaska, and this one was no exception! Calla has grown up in the city of Toronto but she’s always felt an emptiness regarding her father whom her
Larry H
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I have a straight-up obsession with Alaska. Of course, I'm far from the roughing-it type, so my appreciation of the "Last Frontier" comes from the pictures I've seen from those on Alaskan cruises, books like The Great Alone or The Smell of Other People's Houses , and movies.

I must say, that when a character in K.A. Tucker's book The Simple Wild said she loved Alaska because of what she saw in the movie "Into the Wild," I actually laughed out loud, because I felt seen.

Berit Talks Books
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, faves, 2018
5 Simply Perfect Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

K A Tucker is one of my absolute favorite authors, and this is now my absolute favorite book by her! Sorry “Ten Tiny Breaths “you still are fabulous... but this book has edged you out of that top spot! When you pick up a k a Tucker book you know you are going to go on an emotional journey, filled with fabulously complex characters, and a plot filled with twists and secrets that will keep you on your toes.... this book did all that and so much more... truly a beautiful
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Publisher}

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.

THE SIMPLE WILD is a story filled with so much heart and emotion. It’s one of those books that will leave a lasting impression on you long after you’ve finished it. K.A Tucker’s writing is brilliant. You feel as if you are in Alaska with how the author brings it to li
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-reading this beauty for a buddy read, but decided to listen to the audiobook this time, and so far the narration is already a good one..... enjoying it a LOT! Jonah is already make me chuckle....

The audiobook was as emotional and captivating as the physical book. Love this sotyr, and can't wait to read Wild at Heart/.


4.5 stars

I knew, according to other reviews, that this book was something special. Since I never read anything by this author before, I didn't
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
2nd Read, February 2020 — 4 Stars
1st Read, August 2018 — 3 Stars

#2 Wild at Heart — 2.5 Stars
#2.5 Forever Wild — 3 Stars

This went surprisingly well the 2nd time around. I’m not sure what exactly went wrong the 1st time bcs I didn’t write a review, but I think it had smth to do with how stuck up Calla was and what a judgy mean ass jerk Jonah was in the beginning of the book. I also think it didn’t work out bcs I typically didn’t like an angsty romance with a terminally sick character.

Feb 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I actually enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I thought I would! ❤️😍 It’s rated R (so… caution for my young and/or wholesome friends). It was funny and frustrating- steamy and flirty- but it had me crying too. 💔 Just a rollercoaster of emotions over here.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update: I did shed some tears. Not as many as I would've liked though.
I was about 40% in when I felt myself starting to like the book more and more. The characters absolutely irritated me at first. But that was the point. Calla wasn't used to the lifestyle in Alaska and being a city girl, that just wasn't working out for her.
Jonah is your classic, lovable dick.

For both Calla and Jonah, there is more than what meets the eye, and I really loved seeing their character develop.
There was just a nice
Aug 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
this book was so good. Small town romance, grumpy x sunshine in ALASKA?!! 5 stars ⭐️
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#1 The Simple Wild3.75 stars
#2 Wild at Heart2.5 stars
#2.5 Forever Wild3.75 stars

I was doing some After-Christmas cleaning and found a copy of The Simple Wild on my bookshelf. I knew with Forever Wild releasing a couple of weeks ago, it was finally time to start this series and see what all the hype is about.

The Simple Wild hat so many different subplots at the same time, that I felt like TSW is more women's fiction than romance. The romance between Calla and Jonah was just another side
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
The writing was great, I was sucked from the beginning. I didn't care that there was no romance in the first half. I was invested in the relationship between Calla and her father, and eager to know the reason that would make a father abandon his kid without visits or phone calls, when he was financially capable. To discover later, how simple the answer was, Wren was a terrible, terrible father, the worst actually.

To add insult to injury, the judgemental asshole hero blamed her for not calling a
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 - 5 Stars

"What makes this place worth giving everything else up?”


K.A. Tucker delivers a story of forgiveness and love with the vividly written Alaskan wild as its back drop. It’s about a daughter whose parents love story is a very sad one. Calla hasn’t had any relationship with her father since their split twenty some odd years ago. When she’s called by an employee of his to visit with her ill father she decides to head to Alaska and see what her mother left behind and perhaps get so
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