Book-Review-Forever-Wild

Forever Wild

(The Simple Wild, #2.5)

by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s Forever Wild is a sequel to Wild at Heart and features Calla’s and Jonah’s adventures/romance in Alaska.

Both sets of parents are soon to arrive for Calla’s first Alaskan Christmas with Jonah at Trapper’s Crossing.

Tension mounts as in-laws arrive bringing with them their own ideas of right and wrong and causing clashes with Jonah mostly, while Calla simply changes the subject to diffuse arguments.

 Jonah and Calla are more settled than the last time we paid them a visit.  Their life is good except for one minor detail…a wedding date is still not fixed.

I thoroughly enjoyed Forever Wild and felt that some of the spark of the original Calla and Jonah (The Simple Wild) was back with us. Their personalities seem to have matured.

There is just one complaint about the Forever Wild novella, and that is simply that it is only a novella.

 On the plus side it is probably the best novella I have read.  Other novellas have left me wanting more.  Forever Wild wrapped up all loose ends and even provides a nice ending which bodes well for another Wild book.  For these reasons I am breaking my three stars only for novellas rule and have awarded Forever Wild four stars.

 

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Forever Wild

an average of 4.43 stars

from 4,880 ratings

and 823 reviews.

I rated

The Simple Wild

as an enjoyable

five star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Forever Wild

an average of 4.43 stars

from 4,841 ratings

and 820 reviews.

***

Forever  Wild

can be purchased online at

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 ***

Book Review-Dirty-Empire

Dirty Empire

Dirty Empire Book #3

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

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Dirty Empire, book three of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues with the Mercy and Gabriel relationship within Easton crime family.  Being book three of a series and it would be better if books one and two were read first.  I make this suggestion because all three books have had surprise cliffhanger endings the aftermath of which is the beginning of the next book. However, both Gabriel Fallen and Dirty Empire could be read as standalone short novels as long as you don’t mind not knowing all the details of the previous book.  

      

Dirty Empire is the first of the Trilogy where bedroom antics do not overshadow the story line.  Where Mercy is concerned, a softer, more human side of Gabriel emerges.  However, regarding ‘business’, the brothers Easton show their harder side in Book Three. 

 

Whether readers like, or dislike, detailed descriptions of his love life (Books 1&2), I think many readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  All three books have moved along at a cracking pace and all three have had totally unexpected cliffhanger endings. 

 

The fourth book of the Dirty Empire Trilogy (this is not a typo-see Goodreads Sweet Mercy blurb) is to be published in September 2021.

At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.

 

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At time of completing my review

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have rated

Dirty Empire (Dirty Empire, #3)

Dirty Empire

an average of 4.02 stars

from 403 ratings

and 81 reviews.

*****

I think

Dirty Empire

is a


read.

*****

Dirty Empire

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Book Review-Gabriel-Fallen

Gabriel Fallen

Dirty Empire Book #2

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

 

Gabriel Fallen book two of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues on with Mercy and Gabriel’s steamy relationship intensifying.

      

When reviewing Sweet Mercy I commented that Sweet Mercy reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie and Fifty Shades of Grey book.  Gabriel Fallen is all Fifty Shades.  The other thing which I find interesting is the number of times we read about Gabriel’s calloused hands and how he is using them.  I confess to not knowingly reading a passage where Gabriel is working with his hands, so, where do his callouses come from?  Certainly not from any of the activities so widely written about in the Dirty Empire series.

 

The graphic descriptions of Gabriel’s sexual antics continue unabated in Gabriel Fallen, to the extent that it seemed there was very little other plot.   Mercy accepts that Gabriel is not an angel and manages to convince herself that what she is doing has an upside.

 

I think most readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  Both completed books have moved along at a cracking pace and both have had cliffhanger endings.

 

I have again rated Gabriel Fallen a three star read.  At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.

******

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have rated

Gabriel Fallen (Dirty Empire Book 2) by [K.A.  Tucker, Nina West]

Gabriel Fallen

an average of 4.19 stars

from 816 ratings

and 121 reviews.

***

I think

Gabriel Fallen

is a


read.

Gabriel Fallen

can be purchased on-line at

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Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book Review-Sweet Mercy

Sweet Mercy

Dirty Empire Trilogy Book #1

by

K. A. Tucker / Nina West

 

I only borrowed Sweet Mercy because I thought K. A. Tucker had co-authored with Nina West. Not finding any mention of K. A. Tucker in the book I turned to Google only to discover that Tucker also writes under the pseudonym, ‘Nina West’

 

I think it maybe best that Nina West accepts the credit for Sweet Mercy because it is nothing like the Burying Water or Simply Wild series.  In fact, had I read this book first and known it was a K. A. Tucker book I probably would not have read the Water and Wild books, or anything else bearing Tucker’s name.

 

Sweet Mercy commences with Mercy visiting her father in prison.  During the visit she notices Gabriel a good looking bloke visiting a hardened underworld criminal.  Gabriel also notices Mercy.  One thing leads to another and she ends up living with and falling for Gabriel. 

 

To say the living arrangements are raunchy would be an understatement.  Likewise, some may not approve of the graphic descriptions of sex scenes.  However, most of my life has be spent working in ‘rough’ workplaces and while parts of Sweet Mercy were out there with the roughest workmate I can think of, the language and descriptive passages did not offend me.  That is not to say that I enjoyed it, either.

 

While the Sweet Mercy plot reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie, the narrative was definitely Fifty Shades of Grey.

******

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Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire Book 1) by [K.A.  Tucker, Nina West]

Sweet Mercy

an average of 4.04 stars

from 1,201 ratings

and 194 reviews.

***

I think

Sweet Mercy

is a


read.

Sweet Mercy

can be purchased on-line at

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Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book Review-Surviving-Ice

Surviving Ice

(Burying Water #4)

by

K. A. Tucker

 

Surviving Ice is the fourth and last of the Burying Water series by K. A. Tucker. 

Surviving Ice is set in San Francisco and features Ivy the prickly tattoo artist from early offerings in the series. 

Yet again Kathleen Tucker writes her novel so that it could be read as a standalone or part of a series.  There is just enough background to tie characters together without overwhelming (series) readers with too much already known information from previous books.

 

In a nutshell, Ivy narrowly misses out on coming to a tragic end and then slowly falls in love with the mercenary who was sent to end her short life.  If required.

 

Surviving Ice also does away with foreign villains and uses home-grown American citizens as villains of the day.

 

.Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)

 

Other Goodreads readers have rated

Surviving Ice

an average of 4.10 stars

from 3,671 ratings and

453 reviews.

***

I think

Surviving Ice

is a solid

read.

Surviving Ice

can be purchased on-line at

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Book-Review-Until-It-Fades

 

Until-It-Fades

by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

Until It Fades, is another of K. A. Tucker’s standalone novels in which a twenty-four year old waitress with her five year old daughter take the leading roles.

To say Catherine Wright has a strained relationship with her mother would be an understatement.  After leaving home Catherine decides she will not return to her family home no matter hard difficult her life is.  She finds herself working as a waitress in a truck stop.  Her boss sets her up on a blind date and it is while she is returning from this date that she happens across a car which has hit an oak tree.  She manages to free the passenger just before the car explodes.

Naturally, this is the beginning of a romance, which Catherine doesn’t think will last, with Brett, the well known captain of a Canadian hockey team.  For me, the star of this book was Brenna, Catherine’s five year old daughter.  Until It Fades is a light, easy and enjoyable read.

I rated

Until It Fades

as an enjoyable

four star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Until It Fades

an average of 3.98 stars

from 12,837 ratings

and 1,495 reviews.

***

:Until It Fades

Until It Fades

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Book-Review-Wild-at-Heart

 

Wild-at-Heart

by

K. A. Tucker

***

Wild-at-Heart, by K. A. Tucker is a sequel to The Simple Wild.  After the death of her father, Wren, Calla returns to Toronto where she tries to recommence her ‘normal’ life.

However her father’s death and no Jonah has left a huge gap in her life.  Finally Jonah turns up, in Toronto, unannounced and asks Calla to move to Alaska.

A log cabin out in the bush is not quite what Calla was expecting and she does have trouble finding her way especially when Jonah is not around.

 

While I enjoyed Wild at Heart as a story the tension between Calla and Jonah did not permit any of the repartee sprinkled throughout The Simple Wild.  I just loved The Simply Wild banter.  In fact it was not until about half way through Wild at Heart that Calla struck up friendships which permitted her to show the cheeky side of her personality.

I rated

Wild at Heart

as an enjoyable

four star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Wild at Heart

an average of 4.39 stars

from 4,098 ratings

and 865 reviews.

***

Wild at Heart: A Novel (The Simple Wild Book 2) by [K.A. Tucker]:

Wild at Heart

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 ***

Book-Review-The-Simple-Wild

 

The Simple Wild

by

K. A. Tucker

***

The Simple Wild, by K. A. Tucker is a story of reconciliation between father and daughter in the small fictional town of Bangor in Western Alaska.   Calla hasn’t seen her father (Wren) since she was two.  Twenty-four years after her mother left Alaska, Calla receives a message from a total stranger telling her that her father (Wren) is very ill.  That in a nutshell is the beginning of The Simple Wild, a Western Alaska romance.

Upon arriving in Alaska, Calla finds that her Toronto finest is not suitable for the wet muddy conditions Alaska presents.  Calla’s initial meeting with her pilot (Jonah -AKA, The Yeti) is strained, to say the least, and it takes a while before she sees, and understands, Jonah’s true personality.  A similar first encounter with her father ensues.  It is only after this very tentative beginning to Alaskan life that Calla grows to love her father, his friends and in particular the Yeti.

I enjoyed the humour sprinkled throughout The Simple Wild and constantly found myself chuckling at the repartee between Calla and Jonah.

I rated

The Simple Wild

as an enjoyable

five star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

The Simple Wild

an average of 4.44 stars

from 19,662 ratings

and 3,502 reviews.

***

The Simple Wild

can be purchased online at

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 ***

Book Review-Chasing-River

Chasing River

(Burying Water #3)

by

K. A. Tucker

 

 

Chasing River is the third of the Burying Water series.  Set in Dublin we follow the adventures of Amber Welles and Ivy.  Ivy could not be more different in attitude and demeanour to Amber.

Having just commenced her European holiday Amber finds herself in some interesting situations in Dublin where schoolmate Ivy is working as a tattoo artist.

In writing Chasing River again Tucker focuses on one character from Burying Water.  This time it is conscientious Amber Welles, the Sheriff’s daughter.  Again there is romance, and villains all mixed together, however, the villains of Chasing River are not Russian but Irish.

 

The one thing I do like about KA Tuckers books is that she introduced all characters in book one and each book thereafter has been about a different character from book one, with just enough ties to the main Burying Water characters to keep the series alive.

As with all Tucker books so far Chasing River was, overall, well-paced and left us want to know more.

The only negative I can think of was what I will term a slow patch where I thought the author was going to relive every single part of earlier Burying Water books.  The background story would be helpful for those readers picking up Chasing River as a standalone novel.

 

I think

Chasing River

Chasing River (Burying Water, #3)

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Chasing River

 an average of 4.17 stars

from 4,958 ratings

and 643 reviews

 

Chasing River

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Book Review-Becoming-Rain

Becoming Rain

by

K. A. Tucker

 

Becoming Rain is the second (of four) in the Burying Water Series and my fourth novel by K. A. Tucker.  Unlike some other authors Tucker has let a respectable amount of time pass between Burying Water and Becoming Rain while still retaining most of original characters at least in the periphery of the plot.

I really enjoyed two things about Becoming Rain.  First, it did not rely on all the same characters and second, it could be read as a standalone novel. While there are references to the main characters from Burying Water they only have cameo appearances in Becoming Rain.  Russian organised crime which, from memory, was alluded to in Burying Water, also plays a major part in Becoming Rain

Becoming Rain features a new heroine and expands the role of one the younger males in Burying Water.   Becoming Rain is again well paced with no obvious lulls in the action.  Was it plausible?  Possibly, possibly not!  However, it was an entertaining read and that is what I look for.  Enjoyment while reading!

I rated Becoming Rain as solid four star read.

I think

Becoming Rain

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Becoming Rain

 an average of 4.18 stars

from 5,560 ratings

and 643 reviews

Becoming Rain

can be purchased on-line at

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