Synopsis: Halder just got out of jail after spending 5 years in it for a crime he didn’t commit. Blakely is a social worker that happens to work at the same prison. Even though they’ve never officially met inside the prison they get close and personal with each other when they’re both abducted and transported to the northern Canadian wilderness. They must work together if they’re ever to make it out of the woods alive.
Left For Wild: 3.5/5
Before I get into my likes and dislikes of Left For Wild, let me just say that I really did enjoy this book. Overall it was great with pacing and balance of narration. Hadler and Blakely are two great narrators with different view points and overall they added to the novel. You have to suspend your belief a couple of times, but it’s worth it! Plus the plot was so unique that it automatically goes in my recommend pile!
- Setting & Plot: both are refreshingly different than any other book I’ve read this year–especially in romance! The fact that these two pieces helped move along the relationship between Blakely and Halder make these elements my favorite part of the book. The Canadian wilderness and constant loom of death really put whole learning-to-trust thing in hyper drive, which I love because it feels like that can get overlooked sometimes in other novels where the stakes aren’t higher. I loved, loved, loved these two pieces of the novel for their uniqueness and that they helped the relationship part of the novel along so beautifully!
- Halder: This man is delightful. I don’t mean this of his personality but in his general essence. He is a man wronged by the justice system, his family, and in a sense the world. But he honestly doesn’t come off as completely bitter. His character and motivation are authentic and believable–a huge thing for me with characters! I liked how open he was with himself and with Blakely throughout the whole experience. I found some of his abilities too convenient at times, but it definitely helped move the book along! Halder did get a little annoying with his caveman-like thoughts and actions, but overall he was an excellent character.
- Writing: Rae does an excellent job at interweaving description and plot together, which is rather hard to do! I felt like there was enough personality with the two characters as well. The style was just one of those that you can lose yourself in the story without being jarred between syntax, word choice, or plot. All in all it was an easy, enjoyable read.
- Insta-Love: I hope I’m not spoiling anything, but the way that Halder and Blakely were instantly into each other was a little hard to swallow. Plus they were constantly “spilling” lusty thoughts to each other, which was really strange to me. Like they barely know each other and they’re wanting to abandon everything to shack up. I get that traumatic experiences bring people together quickly, but this was just a little too quick and a little too heavy for me.
- Depth: I like backstory and I like side characters to have life, and unfortunately this book didn’t really have that. The main characters had theirs (even if their backstories and family life didn’t). It wasn’t a huge dealbreaker for me, I just would have liked a bit more explanation and depth.
- Wrapping Things Up: I didn’t know how exactly to write this, but the ending? The novel takes a couple of turns at the end that I was both surprised and unsurprised about based on hints given by the author. It’s not that the ending is bad–it’s not (it’s a HEA of course!), it’s just different than the rest of the book. I don’t know if I should put this in my dislikes category, but it’s in my “IDK How I Feel About This” category.
Long Story Short
Overall I enjoyed Left For Wild and will definitely have Harloe Rae on my radar of authors! I would definitely recommend this book to those who like romance novels, especially adventure romances with twists. It’s great for a winter day when you can really appreciate the descriptions!
I borrowed my copy from the KindleUnlimited Library.
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