- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1978374143
- ISBN-13: 978-1978374140
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author said that Maverick would be a fun, smexy, low on angst read and it was all that and more. From the first page I was hooked, my heart instantly invested in the story, and with each turn of the page that feeling became more and more intense. I enjoyed spending time with Mav and Riley and loved watching as they danced around each other until they decided to dance together and was quite disappointed when there were no more words to read.
Considering that I have not yet read all of Karina Halle’s books and that there are thankfully more coming in the future, this statement may be a tad bit premature (so give me a little wiggle room in the future *grins & winks) but...Mav and Riley are my FAVORITE of her couples. Right from the start I adored both of them. Maverick, aka John, is known as the town manwhore, something he isn’t all too bothered by, but there is so much more going on beneath that smexy as sin alpha male exterior. He is all kinds of alpha, but he sees more than people know and has a compassionate, tender and honorable heart that shines through. From the first meeting with Riley, I adored her. She is open, honest and has a way of babbling that is more endearing and amusing than irritating. I loved how comfortable she was in her own skin and with her sexuality. She hasn’t had an easy life, but she’s worked hard to come to terms with her demons and grab hold of her future.
From the moment Mav and Riley collided the air around them crackled with electricity and smexyness and the more time they spent together it became so obvious that they just fit. Their flirting was fun and sexy and their smexy times should’ve come with a warning sign stating that panties should be discarded and have either your man or B.O.B (or both) nearby. But what got me the most was how similar they viewed life and the world and there was no question they were perfect for each other. While the angsty was low, there were a few issues that threw curveballs at them, but I liked the way they worked through it all and where they were at in the end.
Maverick definitely has a different tone in comparison to Wild Card, but it has no less heart. I loved hanging out with the Nelson family and those they call their own, and though grandpa is still my favorite he may have a little competition in Chewie. And now we wait (some what) patiently for Hot Shot and what it will take for Fox and Delilah to have the blinders finally ripped off.
~ Copy provided via Social Butterfly PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
Maverick is such a refreshing read. It's fast-paced and an exciting story of Mav and Riley. Not to say that there aren't rough patches in their story (they are SAR after all) but their crazy chemistry is off-the-charts HAWT! They are smoking hawt together. So hawt. Did I mention how hawt they are?
Riley is such a great character. Loved how she took what she wanted, never played any games and was REAL. She is so real that even Mav kept telling her how unreal she was, but cause she is just that kickass. When I grow up, I would love to be a quarter of a badass like Riley.
And of course there's Mav. I don't know if there are any leading men in Karina's arsenal that don't make us have to change our panties after reading her books. He tried as much as he could to stay away from Riley, but they are inevitable and also insatiable.
Loved every page of this book. I cannot wait to read about Fox and Del next.
*an arc was provided in exchange for an honest review*
I enjoyed every delicious second of Maverick. I don't know what I was expecting in John "Maverick" Nelson's story after having loved Shane's book so much, but it wasn't this. I wasn't expecting to feel so much, to feel just as consumed by the forces of nature in this book as I was by the forces of attraction. But isn't that just how Karina Halle operates, pulling her reader in with a lush romance full of steam and heat and fierce attraction but doing it in a way that's unlike anything she's written before? It is indeed. And that's Maverick... fresh, HOT, sweet and addictive and completely unlike anything that came before it.
Riley is a heroine unlike most. She's the aggressor in this dynamic, the fiercely independent beauty who's unafraid to go after what she wants even when it's completely off limits. She's strong and so unlike most fictional heroines. While she shows brief glimpses of vulnerability and insecurity at times, she rebels against them instead of wallowing in them. She's the kind of woman we all wish we were, if we could just allow ourselves not to be so critical of our own flaws, if we were brave enough to just take what we want. She's tough and fun and sexy and fearless but she's also very relatable. I just adored her. It was easy to see why she makes Mav want to break all the rules. I'm a sucker for a good romance where the hero feels unattainable to the heroine, a heroine who secretly wants to crumble his emotional walls. In Maverick, it's Riley who's a bit closed off and it's Mav who longs to see her rough edges soften even though he'll never admit it. It's addictive and refreshing, what Halle does here with Maverick and Riley and this role reversal of sorts, and there's no words for how much I loved it.
Maverick is the full package. This book is full of adventure and steamy sex, loaded with romance and sexual tension, sharp witty banter and well timed humor, and it's rounded out with a good dose of emotion and angst that hit me right in the feels when I was least expecting it. I loved the pacing in this book. The push and pull, the slow burn, the building sexual tension, it evolves so exquisitely that you'll swear you're going to die just waiting for everything to finally explode. The chemistry between Riley and Maverick is FIERY and you'll burn and melt right along with them. I found myself giggling at times, swooning often, and despite the levity and decadent sensuality in much of this story, the heartache and heaviness really balanced it all out. It was just perfect! Fox was already going to have big shoes to fill after how much I loved Shane in Wild Card. But after how much I thoroughly enjoyed Maverick, I'm now more excited than ever to see what's in store for the oldest Nelson brother!