3.5 to 4 stars!
Wild Heat is the first book in the Northern Fire series by Lucy Monroe. This is a new to me author, so I must admit that it was the gorgeous cover that immediately got my attention! I’m also a huge fan of second chance romances, so with that combination, I was sold. With the hot cover and the blurb, I thought I was in for a sweet, sexy romance with a little bit of angst thrown in, but ended up getting so much more than that.
I really wasn’t expecting the depth that Wild Heat contained. The author was brave to include some very serious issues: domestic abuse and eating disorders, along with low self esteem and self image. These issues weren’t just lightly touched upon either, they really were the basis for the story and touched the MC’s lives in so many ways.
We first meet Kitty when she is on a plane, escaping her horrific life with her ex-husband, and returning home to her small town in Alaska. For the last 8 years, and due to the abuse she endured, Kitty had essentially turned her back on the town, including her former best friend, Tack. Tack had moved to the lower 49 to go to college with Kitty, but was shoved out of her life for good when she married her ex-husband, Nevin.
Kitty and Tack’s first meeting after so much time apart broke my heart. The girl with the wild spirit and carefree attitude was gone, and in her place was a shell of the woman Tack once knew.
Due to Kitty’s traumatic marriage, the eating disorder she continued to suffer with, and also Tack’s reluctance to give in to his feelings for Kitty, the road to a happily ever after was definitely not an easy one. These two really had some serious issues to work through to even begin to get to a place where they could be together. I really appreciated that this wasn’t a return to insta-love. These two really had to fight for what they wanted, and even make new mistakes to get there as well.
I enjoyed Wild Heat, and look forward to the next book in the series!
*ARC generously provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*