*I received a free copy of Running Wild from Selfpublished via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Running Wild by K. A. Tucker
Series: Wild #3
Published by Selfpublished on 25 January 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 Marie’s story, she is a character we met in the prior Wild stories, and she was not my favorite character in those…
I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy Marie’s story, because, as I sad, I didn’t really like her in the prior books in this series. Partly, that’s because she was kind of an interloper in Calla and Jonah’s story. As Jonah’s best friend – who also had a crush on him. This is something Marie deals with in her own novel. While she is happy for Calla and Jonah, she also wants that kind of relationship for herself.
The family relationships in Running Wild are a bit complicated. Marie is the oldest of three sisters, and she lives and works on her parents’ property. Both of her sisters either have children, or soon will become parents, and Marie can hear her biological clock tick-tocking away. But she doesn’t want to settle. Which is something I can understand so very well. She definitely deserves someone who loves her, someone who is her friend, who she is passionate about, and who looks at her as if she’s the only woman in the world.
Enter Tyler. He’s grouchy, secretive, handsome, and at first, Marie despises him. That is, until she gets to know him. Then she likes him more and more. Only, he isn’t sure what he wants. He has a complicated past, and he’s not sure he wants the ‘complications’ of a relationship. But he also develops very strong feelings for Marie.
Running Wild has some drama, both of the family type, and other types. This brings some more bones to the story, but I didn’t feel like everything was resolved by the end of the novel. As always, KA Tucker’s writing was spot on, and the story definitely hit me in the feels!
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