Maverick by Karina Halle
Release Date: October 17th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Maverick, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!
Maverick is a complete standalone novel and the second book about the rough and rugged Nelson brothers. Get ready for one wild alpha mountain man – Canada’s never felt so hot!
Forget playing it safe.
John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.
When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.
That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.
With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.
But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.
5 out of 5 ‘Let the fear find you’ Stars
Man oh man!! I had no idea that I would love Maverick’s story waaaaay more than I enjoyed Shane’s. I did. A lot. And even though Maverick made his cameo in Wild Card (North Ridge #1) as the easy-going, fun-loving older brother, I honestly was not prepared for the Maverick that I met in this story. I loved that part–finding something unexpectedly awesome. I knew this was going to be good but I didn’t foresee that it would be ah-MAY-zing!!!
Maverick has a tremendously high risk profession as a search and rescue in British Columbia, Canada (or near there). This is a profession in which you put your own life on the line to save others….strangers. The job is intense and most, if not all, situations surrounding it are just as intense. Could I do this? No, but I do currently have an intense job and know the havoc in wreaks on your life. That being said, I can’t imagine putting your life on the line for total strangers in the most fierce weather conditions.
Riley has been through some pretty tragic shit. She’s been doing search and rescue (or components of it) since the end of high school. Following her friend, Levi, around from job to job. After a few years on the search and rescue in Aspen, Colorado, Riley can’t seem to move on from the catastrophe that happened to her friend (and first love), Levi. It takes her two years before she is applying for another search and rescue job. Of course the government run search and rescue in North Ridge, Canada needs to fulfill their quota and offer Riley the job to join their team. (Rude.)
I was a little taken aback by how brazen Riley was. She was very in your face and flirty when it came to her new boss, Maverick. Now don’t get me wrong, I can see why she was all over that fine specimen of man buuuuuut I think it’s pretty ballsy to openly throw yourself at your new boss. I think that Maverick handled it better than most men would’ve. His will-power and commitment to keeping a clean code of ethics where his job was involved was pretty damn impressive. But of course…..a man can only take so much and Riley is somewhat similar to those snow storms that blow into North Ridge in the winter season- fierce and reckless.
When Maverick and Riley finally get together??? Oooohhhhhhh….the first time? That was by far my most favorite scene in the entire book. Being tied down to the table in the office!?!?! Whaaaaat?!
Squeee!!! You really cannot get better than that scene. It was…*shivers slightly*….ah-may-zing!!! There was a moment towards the end of the story when Maverick was trying to pull his head out of his ass – now granted there was a lot of trauma going on and it’s very difficult to process everything all at once- that I was almost hoping that Riley would tell Maverick to shove it and leave his ass in North Ridge. I’m just saying….he said some pretty mean shit. That stuff just doesn’t sit well with me. But it all worked out for the best in the end. Perfect.
Even though this is the second in the North Ridge series it can be read as a standalone. The couple from the first story are there but I think you are well informed about everyone from just this book. Reading the first story just gives you deeper insight is all.
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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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