“I might take risks, but they’re always worth it.” – 5/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: duck wallpaper, soy milk, cheesy pasta, websites, racoons, beards, fresh brewed coffee, taxi drivers, driving lessons, Archie comics, instamodels, yetis, lost luggage and small planes.
I regularly read a lot of contemporary romance novels and I know how difficult it can be for authors to come up with an original plot that no one has seen before. At some point – after reading a good amount of romance books – you start to think that it’s very difficult to find a special and unique romance novel. This book is that special snowflake that you – my fellow romance junkie friend – are waiting for. The Simple Wild is an amazing example of an original, well executed and interesting romance!
Is it weird that two of the three books that I’ve read this year are both placed in Alaska? The setting was beautiful, and I liked that the author tried to keep things as real as possible. There were so many details that were incorporated in the story that made it realistic, like for example when Jonah told Calla she should spend water in a conscious way, or the overpriced groceries, or how everyone knew each other in their small town.
Now, the meat and potatoes of this book: the love story of a yeti and his barbie doll. The romance was EVERYTHING. I am such a sucker for a good hate-to-love trope, it’s my favorite! The chemistry between the characters was insanely good. I couldn’t get enough of that banter, I’m hoping the author kept some of that spice for the next book. With that said, if you are looking for a steamy new adult romance, I wouldn’t consider this the best choice for you. I mean, there were a couple of steamy scenes but not as much as your regular NA romance. The chemistry is definitely the base of the romance.
The characters and their relationships played a very important role on keeping me interested in reading. Calla reminded me a lot of the girl from Clueless, because even though she was a barbie doll with a good heart, she was completely – you guessed it – clueless! What was good, because yeti Jonah was more than happy to show her just how clueless she was.
I also liked that the story was complex and not based solely on a romantic relationship. There was so much going on! It is a book about family relationships, forgiveness, trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone, and living a simple life.When the sequel Wild Heart comes out in March, I’m definitely picking it up. If you like new adult romance books, you should give The Simple Wild a chance!