From the internationally bestselling author of The Simple Wild comes the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life, struggling between the safe route and the one that will only lead to more heartbreak.
Veterinarian Marie Lehr knows unrequited love all too well after pining for her best friend, only to watch him marry another woman. It’s a mistake she will never make again, especially not when she can practically hear the clock ticking on her childbearing years.
The trouble is, she can’t seem to find anyone who appeals to her even a fraction as much as that burly bush pilot did. Competitive musher Tyler Brady certainly doesn’t, especially not after the heated altercation with the handsome but arrogant, spiteful man.
Or so she thinks.
While volunteering at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Marie discovers that first impressions may have been false, and her attraction to Tyler is very real. But his heart belongs to someone else, leaving him with nothing to offer but friendship. Marie’s been down this road before and knows how that ends. Yet, no matter how hard she works to keep from falling for Tyler, it seems she’s doomed to follow her own trail once again.
Running Wild is a fantastic continuation in the Wild series and focuses on veterinarian, Marie, as she navigates the wilderness of life and love in Alaska. After Marie’s introduction at the beginning of this series, I knew I wanted to know more about her and hoped she would get her own happily ever after. And does she ever! Though not without further trials and moments of self-reflection and growth.
While I looked forward to Marie’s story, I don’t think I full grasped just how much I would relate to her. There were so many moments that showed her fears, her longings, and exactly who she was as a person – and I felt it all so deeply and resonated with so much of it. There was so much more depth to her character than what is initially portrayed in the first 2.5 books in this series; understandable considering the earlier stories are told from Calla’s perspective who doesn’t really know Marie.
As for Tyler, I don’t want to say much because I definitely think he’s a character who simply needs to be revealed layer by layer to the reader. But I will say that I very much enjoyed his presence in this story and thought him a great match for Marie!
KA Tucker is a phenomenal author. Once again, she made me shed many tears, stay up way past my bedtime (and subsequently be tired as all heck at work the next day), then cry more tears – happy ones this time – when things finally get back on track for Marie. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster and I loved every moment of it.
One thing I would suggest for newbies to this series is to read the books in order. Running Wild is one hundred percent a standalone book; however, reading the series in order would give a better understanding to Calla and Jonah’s relationship and Marie’s unrequited crush on Jonah in the beginning. It all plays a part in the story’s progression and Marie’s growth.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Valentine PR and the author for an arc in exchange for an honest review.