Karina Halle’s all-new contemporary romance, MAVERICK, is LIVE!
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.
3.5 Stars: Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
I have been a reader of Karina Halle’s books for quite some time. Whilst I prefer her forays into the darker genres, now and again I do pick up her contemporary reads and enjoy them. Maverick is exactly that – enjoyable. Nothing more and nothing less for me. I didn’t get wholly swept up in the story or the characters. I found it an easy read and a wonderful way to while away the hours without having to think too much on the plot or figure out any twists or turns. Like I said – easy read.
Maverick covers some fairly decent plot/subject themes but I felt a little cheated, that perhaps they weren’t explored as thoroughly as they could have been. Karina’s usual steamy scenes abound in here – proportional to plot? Yes, except those scenes seemed to be together in the last third of the book, so I felt like I was getting a chunk of saucy and very little story at that point.
Some great flirty banter in Maverick too, both the characters bounced off one another and you could feel the chemistry zinging between Mav and Riley. I wasn’t an absolute fan of either character, I often felt at times they were a little shallow until the point they got their act together with one another. Their relationship was a little angsty in places but not overpoweringly so.
What I did love about this book was the setting and scenery. I don’t read these books very often and I tend to forget that snowy, mountainous imagery appeals to me. I do love stories set in this world. Through a few tense scenes, Karina managed to pull me right in with her descriptive words and imagery. I liked it a lot and for me was the best part of the book. I’d recommend Maverick if you want something easy that will warm your heart by the end.
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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