Maverick by Karina Halle Review

Title: Maverick

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher:  Metal Blonde

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Source: Author

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.

*This book is a standalone novel*
Maverick is a novel that returns to what I love about Karina Halle’s writing. It is sweet, meaningful, and has chemistry that is off the charts. I loved Maverick and Riley’s attraction, and the fact that even though it was steamy it was also slow and incredibly meaningful. I loved the way that they interacted with each other, and how we got to see how they viewed themselves and each other.

For all that it was supposed to be a light, fluffy read it tugged at my heartstrings several times. Riley is a character that feels things deeply, although I did love her forward attitude. She wasn’t afraid to be herself and go after what she wanted, even if it was something that was supposed to be taboo. I also really enjoyed Maverick, and how he wanted to be a better version of himself. It’s not that Maverick was a bad person, but he wasn’t the responsible person he wanted to be.

Towards the end, things got very real for these two characters, but they managed to persevere through and find their happy ending. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars, and I absolutely can’t wait to see what we have in store with Fox!

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“You’re a lady’s man, apparently.”
“Not when it comes to the people I work with,” I point out.
Riley’s mouth curves into a wicked smile before she covers it with her beer. “But you’ve never worked with me before.”