Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: The Wild Ones (The Wild Ones #1) by M. Leighton

Title: The Wild Ones
(The Wild Ones #1)
Author: M. Leighton
Published: August 1, 2012

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

From the author of the Bad Boy Novels Down to You and Up to Me.

Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.

The darling daughter of a champion Thoroughbred breeder, Camille Cami” Hines has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future—until she met Patrick Henley.   

Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her—and he just happens to be so sexy she can’t keep her hands off him. While they both know that Trick would lose his much needed job on the ranch if anyone finds out, they can’t resist the lure of their scorchingly hot encounters.   But when Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, and secrets with the power to tear them apart….


“Maybe he thinks you're worth the risk.
 If he doesn't, then he's not worth the risk.”

It's been nearly a month since I read this book and wrote this review, and I still cannot stop thinking about this story and these characters.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked Mckenzie to make a lyric video (see below) for the book and for what I think is Trick's song.  Guys... I have total book and fictional boy hangover... and I don't want a cure.  Sweetest story ever.  That’s how I would sum up M. Leighton’s The Wild Ones.  In a sea of NA that features broken characters and pierced bad boys, it was refreshing to read about two characters who were surprisingly wholesome and immediately endearing.  That’s not to say there wasn’t any heartache or incredibly steamy moments – because there were, believe me – but this story was original at the same time that it encompassed all of my favorite things from my best-loved romances of past years. 

“His lips take mine in a kiss I feel like I’ve been waiting for all my life.  
They’re wild and passionate, everything I remembered, 
everything I’d imagined, and more.”

Trick is an amazing male lead.  Ms. Leighton didn’t tell us that Trick was a beautiful man… she showed us.  From the first moment he saunters onto the page, he is captivating.  Aside from those mesmerizing greenish-gray eyes, his crooked sexy smile, and the flirtatious come-ons… you realize quickly he’s not only sex on legs – he has much more to offer than just charisma. He puts his family first, and his hard work along with the extraordinary sacrifices he makes for them makes him very easy to love.  But before you think, “Well, I don’t like ‘good boys,’” let me just mention the fast cars, fast horses, fast hands – and oh, yeah… he sings and plays the guitar and drums.  Trick reminds me of an old country song – he may be a real bad boy… but, baby… he’s a real good man.

Cami is an endearing MC.  She’s smart and witty, and I love that she knows what she wants in life regardless of whether or not her plan matches her headstrong father’s. She knows horses, she knows cars, and she wants to know Trick in more ways than one.  She gives snark as good as she gets, but when she bowed her head and said grace over her meal… I was smitten.  This is a girl I can relate to!

“She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.” 

In addition to the great leads, the secondary characters are enormously fun to read about  – especially Jenna and Rusty.  I can hardly wait to see where their own story leads in Wild Child.

I love the “Southfork” feel of this novel. I’ve been on one horse in my entire life and was in awe of the massive beast, but it turned out to be a bit of a frightening experience. After reading about the amazing horses, a certain gorgeous black stallion, and the inner workings of the stable – and okay, a shirtless Trick rubbing the horses down after a long run –  I’m rethinking my fear and envisioning horse-riding lessons… or at the very least, visiting the local riding club and checking out the scenery.

While the story moves at a perfect pace, full of all the things to make those butterflies set up permanent camp in your stomach… the moment Cami’s mother lays eyes on Trick and has what I could only describe as a mini-panic attack, you know something is amiss.  When Trick introduces Cami to his mother, she looks as though she’s seen a ghost. Secrets come uncovered, the past rears its ugly head… and when all hell breaks loose, there’s not a heart around for miles that won’t feel the break.

“I hear sometimes the wild ones are the best.”

A delightful read by my newest favorite author, The Wild Ones is a great addition to any shelf.

My Rating: 

"I might have a reckless streak
At least a country-mile wide.
 If you're gonna run with me,
 It's gonna be a wild ride.
 When it comes to loving you,
 I've got velvet hands.
 I'll show you how a real bad boy
 Can be a real good man.”
                     -    Tim McGraw, “Real Good Man”

A huge thank-you to Michelle Leighton for the beautiful copy of this book and the amazing gift package I won from Teresa at Readers Live A Thousand Lives.  Thank you, Teresa, my blog wifey, for the incredible giveaway and for introducing me to this amazing author!  Hugs and thank-yous to Mckenzie for the awesome video xo 



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