by M. Leighton
Series: The Wild Ones #1
on August 1, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame. Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future. But that was before she met Patrick Henley. “Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him. The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of. 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, secrets that could tear them apart
I have had Wild Ones by M. Leighton on my nook since, well forever. I watched it go to the top of the charts, saw Penguin pick it up, republish it and then I got an ARC of book two, and it was just the kick I needed to read it. Dang..why did I wait so long. *sigh* I have read previous books by Leighton and adored them. Isn’t it weird how some books just sit in our pile, even though we know they will be good?
You’ve seen a million reviews for this so I decided to take Wild Ones on a date:
First Date: Picture it if you will, a southern bar, cowboy boots, cover band playing in the background. Nice right?
I’m sitting at the bar Cami is sitting at the bar, when a tall dark and oh so handsome man bumps into her sloshing beer down the front of her t-shirt. Trick introduces himself and Cami stammers and blushes. Hell I stammer and blush the man is lovely to look at with his wide sexy smile and mischievous eyes..he oozes sexy and I wanna where it like cologne. The banter is humorous and can you say sexual tension? *fans-self* My heart is racing, and I think I am in love. But wait, Cami has a boyfriend or does she? I easily slipped into the tale and was curious about the characters. Already I am excited about the ride ahead.
“Pick “treat”. Please, for the love of God, pick “treat”
Second date: Cami is a daughter of privilege; her Daddy owns a horse ranch and rules with an iron fist. She is a pleaser, right down to the Daddy approved boyfriend, but she cannot stop thinking about Trick. Turns out Trick is still thinking about her. Heck, I am still thinking about Trick. But wait, whose the new horse handler Daddy hired while she was away a school? Yep, Mr. Hottie-pants himself. The man is more than sex on a stick folks. He is sweet, smart and cares for his family. He also has that messed up hair you want to run your fingers through. *swoons* He is a boy from the wrong side of tracks, with a heart of gold and gads can I keep him? He wants Cami only the boss has said, “hands off” The tension is hot, the chemistry heated and I am melting. There are shared moments, conversation and delicious banter that melt me. At this point I am in fear of being struck by lightning from all the sparks flying around in that barn. Cami has moments where she is really strong and independent, but she needs to break free of Daddy and that pesky boyfriend. I love the thread on the horses, races and breeding.
“Trick looks up, and his eyes meet mine. I am a deer caught in the headlights. I am a girl charmed by the cobra. I am breathless and mesmerized. And then he grins. Just like that, I’m his. Whether he knows it or not.”
Third date: Fireworks!! Then secrets from the past cause heartache and misunderstandings. Both Cami and Trick are strong, intelligent and dumb. They have to overcome obstacles and worse family interference, but I
want need my happily-ever-after. I am wounded; they are wounded. I feel pain, and are those tears? At this point I am all in. Don’t talk to me. Don’t look at me. I am reading! I am not going home till you buy me a cup a coffee and a slice of cheesecake..this date has left me spent…I need nourishment. I arrive home saddle sore but so glad I went on this date.
“Stuff like looking me over as if you wanna lick every square inch of me and then blushing about it. It’s taking every bit of willpower I have and then some not to come over there and kiss you.”
While Wild Ones has a lot of familiar tropes but Leighton made them her own and I was completely swept up in the romance. While we get some heated scenes, it was fairly tame. I actually swooned more over the tension and sweeter drawn out moments in this tale.
Leighton’s Wild Ones was predictable, but the ride was filled with wonderful moments, angst and well, Mr. Hottie. *Treat please.* The next book Wild Child (#1.5) features Randy, Trick’s best friend and Some Like it Wild which released March 4, 2014 shares the story of Laney Holt a preacher’s daughter.
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
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