Review: Maverick by Karina Halle

Received from Social Butterfly PR

Title: Maverick
Series: North Ridge #2
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 Oct 2017
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


Maverick was a little surprising in it’s relative lack of drama in comparison to Wild Card. The refreshing smooth sailing of the relationship between Mav and Riley was only marred by the non-fraternisation policy in place with their rescue team.

Mav and Riley are both confident in their sexuality and it practically oozes out of them into the surrounding area especially when they are together. Unfortunately, neither has been secure enough in their emotions to embark on anything more than casual hook-ups. Although they instinctively know they want more from each other – all of their pieces simply click.

It is understandable to have a non-fraternisation policy in Mav and Riley’s line of work where they would be placing their lives on the line for other people, emotion could easily cloud their judgement where each other were concerned. Although they both take their jobs very seriously, Riley has some issues to deal with due to an incident in her past, the events having shaped who she is and exposing her tendency to run away when things get difficult.

Mav and Riley have to confront their own personal insecurities in order to move forward independently and as a couple. Making them stronger as a whole.

Maverick really highlights the danger and trauma search and rescue crews deal with on a daily basis. it takes a strong personality to be able to cope with the emotional backlash this type of career can cause.

The other characters that make up the Nelson clan, both family and friends, make a welcome appearance within the narrative, progressing existing plot-lines from Wild Card and laying the foundation for others in Hot Shot.  I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for the Nelson clan.

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