Series: The Wild Ones,
Also in this series: Some Like it Wild
Published by Berkley Books on 21 October 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, New Adult, Short Story / Novella
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Also by this author: Down to You, Up to Me, Everything For Us, Some Like it Wild
Place(s) Traveled To: Greenfield, South Carolina
First Line(s): “No sex before the wedding. For me and Trick. Or for you and Rusty,” Cami says.
I really liked Jenna and Rusty when we met them in The Wild Ones so was really looking forward to Wild Child by M. Leighton. At first I was sad that this was just a novella and not a full story but as these two got together as a couple in The Wild Ones I thought that maybe a novella was fitting. I was a little disappointed in Wild Child as it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. I thought that this would be told in parallel to The Wild Ones and maybe go a little further but instead it picks up a few months later and Rusty and Jenna have barely spoken since Jenna went back to school.
This does not bode well for their future as a couple especially since both assume that the other doesn’t see the relationship going anywhere so they do all sorts of little things to sabotage things. There is so much inner angst that goes on in the heads of these main characters and I can’t even begin to tell you how often I yelled at the book that they needed to just talk to each other. If they had a legit conversation then this novella would have been about half the size. So instead they read into things what they want to see, react to that fiction they create, and cause all sorts of unnecessary drama.
How Jenna and Rusty manage to work through it all is a total mystery because somehow despite all the bullshit they do manage to have a fairly stable relationship. I liked how they were together and thought that they had real chemistry. I also liked how we got in some decent cameos from Cami and Trick as well as a glimpse at their wedding. Just the wedding alone would have been a fine background for this story but to keep it simple really isn’t in M. Leighton’s make-up (just look at the crazy that was her Bad Boys Series) so on top of the wedding there is a car accident, a big family death, and a property fight.
So much stuffs going on is such a time volume that it all seems overly full. Which is why not all of it gets resolved in this story and threads will leak into other books in this series. Though as an introduction to Some Like it Wild this one doesn’t do the best of jobs as the main characters of that book are barely in this one. While I’m not entirely sure on my enjoyment on future books in this series I will still continue to read them. This series is far more realistic and less crazy than that other Leighton series I read so I have hopes that I will like future books.