Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review and E-Book Giveaway: Wild Child (The Wild Ones #1.5) by M. Leighton

Title: Wild Child
(The Wild Ones #1.5)
Author: M. Leighton
Published: October 21, 2013

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N


"Jenna Theopolis has always known what she wanted. Getting out of her small hometown of Greenfield was number one on her list of priorities. Until she met Rusty Catron.

Rusty’s fun-loving personality was the perfect match for Jenna’s inner wild child. But what started off as a summer fling quickly turns into something more. At least it does for Jenna.

Rusty has lived with the ghost of his father’s abandonment since he was a child, but now he’s beginning to feel the crippling effects of his scars. He wants to trust in Jenna, but deep down he doesn’t believe someone so wild and free can ever be tamed.

But tragedy strikes, pushing Jenna out of Greenfield and leaving Rusty with a choice to make—face his inner demons or lose the love of his life. Forever."


This is actually not the first time I’ve spotlighted this book on my blog.  Back in November, during my November Novellas feature, I invited my wifey Teresa from Readers Live a Thousand lives to do a guest post for Wild Child (read her fabulous review here); and I gave away a copy.  Since then, I’ve had this series on my to-be-read list, and I am so happy that it’s gone from to-read to must-read to how-did-I-survive-without-these-books-IN-MY-LIFE???

After reading The Wild Ones, I couldn’t wait to begin Rusty and Jenna’s story – I fell in love with this couple during Trick and Cami’s amazing story so I had high expectations for this novella.  My expectations were not only met, but they were exceeded.  The beginning of Wild Child was tremendous fun – it was full of teasing and tons of steamy moments that threatened to leave my poor toes permanently curled.  But I am so impressed with the depth and heart that this story possessed.  I was not expecting to have my soul shattered or to cry myself into the fetal position, but it happened. 

"...I realize that it is entirely possible to experience the most agonizing pain and the most wondrous happiness at the exact same time in life.  
And that maybe it's the presence of one that so magnifies the other."

As Trick and Cami prepare for a very special day, poor Rusty and Jenna find themselves roped into an uncomfortable predicament of... shall we say... moral support.  After a wild night of shots, mechanical bulls, and an alluring choice of clothing… they cave to their feelings, and Jenna lets it slip just how much she cares for Rusty.  That would be great since it’s obvious Rusty feels the same way, but a tumultuous past involving being abandoned by someone Rusty should have been able to depend on has made him overly cautious when it comes to letting people get close.  Especially a wild child like Jenna who has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and who isn’t cut out for life in a small, sleepy town like Greenfield.  But plans could change and futures could only get brighter if two people as stubborn and ornery as Rusty and Jenna could learn to communicate and talk about what’s really going on in those hard heads of theirs.  The real question is will they come to their senses before tragedy strikes, or will it be too late to ever find out what could have been?

"You can love somebody and still end up leaving them.  Some people are just made that way -- to always want greener pastures.  I've seen it before. 
 And I'm not getting attached to a person like that again."

This is the novella that all other novellas want to be when they grow up.  Don’t let the word novella fool you – this is a complete story full of everything a bestselling novel encompasses: a beautiful tale with many heartwarming moments, an unanticipated heart-wrenching storyline, and a stunning and amazing conclusion. An emotional read, yes, but one that will leave you with a huge satisfied smile and a heart full of contentment. I recommend this to all fans of The Wild Ones and to anyone who loves a great story that can be read in one sitting.  

"I don't know how to tell you that I'd follow you to the ends of the earth,
 just to hear you say you love me one more time."

Everybody needs to read this one and Michelle, being the sweet and generous author she is, is offering up an e-copy of this brilliant novella! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win, and check back tomorrow for my review of Some Like It Wild ;) 

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