Original title: Maverick
Year published: 2017
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Number of pages: –
First sentence: “Fuck.”
Plot: 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.
My thoughts: I don’t even know where to begin. It’s hard to put the feelings I felt when reading this book in to actual words. Karina described as not as angsty as some of her other books. This was supposed to be lighter, easier, not as much heartbreak and suffering. That was a fucking lie. This book starts out with a fucking heartbreak. Then it does gets easier and you get to enjoy all the superhot sex scenes and all that jazz. Until there’s fucking heartbreak again. Like, I wanted to die, that kind of heartbreak. I was not okay because nothing about that scene was okay, neither were the ones after. I just need you to prepare to get your heart broken because I wasn’t prepared and now I’m sat here writing this like a mess.
I loved the characters in this book and it makes me sad that I haven’t read the previous book in the series, Wild Card, because even though these can totally be red as standalones you kind of miss some stuff because the characters in the books are all connected. Maybe I’ll read it later, who knows. The most important characters are of course Maverick and Riley and I’m not sure what to say about these characters, you kind of have to get to know them yourself, they’re kind of complex. Both of them have a sad/messy past and it just adds so much to who they are. I’ll just say that they are made for each other, like for real.
The book is out now, where you usually buy books and you should really buy this one, and drown in it, like I did. The next book, Hot Shot, is about Maverick’s brother Fox and it will be out in January!
FIVE FUCKING STARS!