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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker: FAQs + Books Like It

You know those books that you pick up and start reading, only to realize you won't be getting up again until either you're done or you have to pee? Yeah, well, that's exactly what happened when I cuddled in one night with The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. (Kindle | Paperback)


I was *immediately* drawn in. Even when I had to use the loo or grab a snack, I took my Kindle with me. It was six straight hours of uninterrupted reading. Total perfection.


Now, if you're here, you're either looking for answers to the questions you have about this book or are looking for what to read next. In either case, I have you covered. Just keep scrolling. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

What Is The Simple Wild About?

K.A. Tucker's small-town romance, The Simple Wild, is about the relationship between a city girl from Toronto, Calla, and a bush pilot from rural Alaska, Jonah, and how they go from bickering enemies to steadfast lovers. There's a lot more to this book than just romance though. A large part is also spent on the estranged relationship between Calla and her terminally ill father, as well as the concept of home/found family. Fair warning, this book may very well make you ugly cry. If you're willing to risk it, then take a look at the official description:


"Calla Fletcher was two when her mother fled the Alaskan wild and left behind Calla’s father. Calla never looked back, and at 26 a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows this might be her last chance to connect with him.


While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah - the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational - can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.


Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by something deeper. But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all."


How Long Does It Take to Read The Simple Wild?

It will take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 25 minutes to read The Simple Wild, according to How Long to Read.


Is The Simple Wild Spicy?

Technically, yes - The Simple Wild is spicy. However, there's only one spicy chapter (chapter 21) and it's fairly tame compared to a lot of popular spicy contemporary romances, such as the Twisted series by Ana Huang.


Is The Simple Wild a Standalone?

While you can definitely read The Simple Wild as a standalone, it's actually part of a four-book series. Here is the official order of the Wild series for those thinking of reading it:

K.A. Tucker Wild Series in Order
  1. The Simple Wild - Calla and Jonah

  2. Wild at Heart - Calla and Jonah

  3. Forever Wild - Calla and Jonah

  4. Running Wild - Marie and Tyler


How Old Are Calla and Jonah? What Is the Age Difference?

In The Simple Wild, Calla is 26 years old and Jonas is 31 years old. This means there is a five-year age gap between the two.


Does The Simple Wild Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Simple Wild has a happy ending; although I think bittersweet is a better word for it. After her dad tells her he has chosen to forgo treatment for his cancer and that it means he only has a few weeks to live, Calla finally cancels her ticket back to Toronto. She eventually even calls her mother and has her come to Alaska to say one final goodbye. After Calla's dad, Wren, passes and she has tied up the loose ends, she rebooks her ticket home. She and Jonah share a tearful goodbye at the airport and part ways. Several months later, after not having spoken, Calla finds Jonah on her mom's porch in Toronto. He asks her to come back to Alaska so they can start a new charter company with the planes that Wren left him, to which Calla says yes.


5 Books Like The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker

If you haven't had enough of Calla and Jonah yet, the best thing to read after The Simple Wild is the rest of the Wild series. Once you have, here are an additional five books like The Simple Wild to consider adding to your TBR list.


The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

1. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Easily the most similar to The Simple Wild is The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Not only is it about two star-crossed lovers, but it's also about the relationship between a daughter and her estranged, terminally ill father. If you haven't heard of it or watched the movie before, here's a description: "Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides Ronnie should spend the summer with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts...and heal them."


Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

2. Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

While this might not be as exact of a dupe as the last book was, there's something about Things We Never Got Over and The Simple Wild that are still so similar. I believe this mainly has to do with the enemies-to-lovers, neighbors-to-lovers relationship between the sweet out-of-towner, Naomi, and the gruff but kind local, Knox. Here's what it's about exactly: "Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her sister in Knockemout, a rough-around-the-edges town in Virginia. Too bad for Naomi her sister hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of. Until Knox enters the picture and changes all of that."


Finding Paradise by Barbara Dunlop

3. Finding Paradise by Barbara Dunlop

How do you feel about reading another romance that takes place in Alaska between a city girl and an elusive, but attractive, man? If you didn't get your fill of it in The Simple Wild, then check out Finding Paradise by Barbara Dunlop. As you'll see from the description, these books are similar in some ways and very different in others, so you won't be bored: "Accomplished Los Angeles lawyer Marnie Anton has always been sensible, but when her friend Mia asks for help with a ridiculous matchmaking project, she can't say no. The idea of transporting city girls into the small town of Paradise, Alaska, is so crazy it just might...work? Having grown up in a family of intimidating men, Marnie developed a preference for the urbane lawyers and clients in her life in LA. But when she meets a mountain of a buff Alaskan man with an intriguing snake tattoo, intimidated is definitely not the first thing she feels. Conrad "Cobra" Stanford was skeptical of the matchmaking event from the start. Big-city women weren't adventurous, they were judgmental. While his plan was to give the women a wide berth, one of them won't be ignored."


Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Like The Simple Wild, Morgan Matson's book, Second Chance Summer, is about love and not just the romantic kind. From the description, you'll be able to see just how much the two books have in common, even if the settings they take place in are vastly different: "Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer at their old lake house. When she arrives, Taylor is confronted with people she thought she had left behind, like her former best friend Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who's all grown up...and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she'd rather leave in the past. As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance—with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose."


All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

5. All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

Small-town romance? Check. Slow burn? Check. Grumpy-sunshine? Check. While all of these tropes can be found in The Simple Wild, you'll also find them in the queen of slow-burns, Mariana Zapata's book, All Rhodes Lead Here. Here's what it's about, according to the reviewer, Mel, on GoodReads: "This book is about Aurora De La Torre, who just got dumped recently by her famous dickhead boyfriend. A year later, she decides to move back to her childhood home and do many of the things her mother used to do. Lo and behold, her landlord, Tobias Rhodes, at the new place she was staying at? Yeah, he didn't want her there because his son, Amos secretly allowed her to rent their garage apartment. But as y'all know, sunshine characters always win over the grumpy assholes over time."

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