Running Wild By K.A. Tucker
Book/Novel Author: K.A. Tucker
Book/Novel Title: Running Wild
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.
Like most of us, I was unsure how Marie was going to come across in this book. It didn’t take long and you just felt for her so much and how deeply she feels about everything. This book was very relatable because of the somewhat low key family drama and very real worries about parents growing older and life moving on. I loved Marie and Tyler’s first meeting and I loved that despite that, he knew she was the best and that’s all he wanted for his dogs. This was a slow burn with a lot of chemistry and you wanted so badly for both of them to get their happy ending but you were rooting for Marie to not get her feelings yanked around. Personally, I felt there could have been a bit more groveling at the end of the book and I wanted the end to not wrap up so quick. I couldn’t put it down though and I finished it in a day! I loved being back in Alaska and I’ll happily live in this world as long as we can!
I really liked reading this book. I’m obsessed with Calla and Jonah’s story and was so glad they came back along with so many of my other favorite characters. Marie. I didn’t know about her from the previous books but this gave an great look into her journey. I would have given this a 5th star IF I wasn’t turning 38 and this didn’t say it like it was the end of the world over and over and over. The clock is ticking this is annoying to me. I get it’s why she makes certain choices but I think a couple times would have been plenty. I enjoyed reading about the mushing and the small little vet clinic.
I’m so glad KA Tucker wrote Marie’s story! It was nice to get to know her and see all the other characters again. It was a nice, quick read!
I love KA Tucker’s writing, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Running Wild. Why? Because I really disliked Marie in the previous book. Could a character who run interference in his best friend’s relationship because she was in love with him be redeemed? Yet, KA Tucker created a well-rounded and compelling story, filled with emotion, second chances, and complex families. I saw Marie’s struggles and vulnerabilities, and finally understood where she was coming from. She always wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps and work in his veterinary practice. While she might not be business savvy, she gives all her time and effort to help the animals. She does have a huge heart. One that with collide with Tyler, a musher who recently moved to Alaska and whom she will have to face at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Their relationship starts on the wrong foot, and the build-up is slow. Yet, Tyler’s story is heart-wrenching and captivating. Running Wild is definitely worth reading, plus it has news on the Calla-Jonha’s front…
The characters in this series become a part of you. I loved checking in with the original Wild crew, while hearing Marie’s perspective. Marie was a slightly antagonistic character in the earlier Wild books; with her connection to and love for Jonah, she seemed, at times, to stand in the way of Jonah and Calla’s love. This book helps untangle her perspective and make it really relatable. I think that’s one of Tucker’s biggest strengths – she writes relatable characters with realistic lives that aren’t always full of sunshine and daisies. Sometimes, life is full of heartbreak, tragedy, and uncertainty. In Tucker’s Acknowledgements at the end of this book, I think she summed up Running Wild perfectly: “This book is much subtler and softer than Calla and Jonah’s story of plane crashes and tragic death, but I felt that subtle and soft is how Marie’s tale should unfold—with competitive siblings and aging parents and real-life worries.” Tyler, and the whole slew of other characters that were exceptionally woven into the Wild storyline, were wonderful additions. This book (and this series, really) will stick with me; it’s one of my most favorite book series ever. The conclusion of Running Wild makes it seem like this may be the end of the Wild series, which gives me serious feels (I’ll be feeling this book hangover for a long time). When an author makes me feel SO MUCH when reading their work(s), all I can be is thankful for the words they’ve given. But, K.A. – I’d truly appreciate a few dozen more Wild books!
Running Wild, book 3 in the Wild series by K.A. Tucker was everything I had hoped for and MORE! I adored Marie’s story! K.A. Tucker writes exceptionally, with amazing character building, story development, and expert prose! Running Wild was completely unputdownable and the perfect escape. A great addition to the series, and a MUST READ!