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Series: The Wild Ones

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review + Contest: Some Like it Wild by M. Leighton

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Contest, New Adult, Review2 Comments

Review + Contest: Some Like it Wild by M. LeightonSome Like it Wild by M. Leighton
Series: The Wild Ones, Book 2
Also in this series: Wild Child
Published by Berkley Books on 04 March 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Girls & Women, New Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Down to You, Up to Me, Everything For Us, Wild Child

Place(s) Traveled To: Greenfield, South Carolina

First Line(s): “Come on, Laney. You gotta live a little. You’ll be eighteen in a few weeks and then you’ll be leaving for college. This is the last fair you’ll ever attend as an adolescent. Don’t you want this summer to be memorable?”

Some Like it Wild by M. Leighton is the second book in her Wild Ones series. This story focuses on Jake and Laney who are both stereotypical characters. Jake is the ultimate broken bad boy who thinks he is unlovable and Laney is to uber good girl who is tempted by the forbidden guy. Laney is coming off of a break up and thinks that Jake might be just the thing to distract her from her ex-fiance as she does her job cataloging the items at his family’s peach farm as part of a potential lawsuit. Laney has lead a sheltered life which is kind of expected since she’s the daughter of her small towns preacher. She has always wanted to grow up, get married, and have kids and it was all so very 1950s. Which is the opposite of everything Jake thinks he wants and for a time Laney is willing to spread her wings and see how the other side lives.

To top things off there is Laney’s opposite personality best friend and overbearing parents. Laney’s BFF is the sort who will sleep with your fiance to help show you what a cad he is and then doesn’t understand why your BFF doesn’t want to speak to you. I found Tori to be crass and I could not believe that Laney ever gave her the time of day. But I guess that Laney’s right and good christian value upbringing helped her be a better person that I am. For me though, Tori was a turn off to this story as was Laney’s parents and her ex-fiance. Neither of whom ever seemed to listen to Laney and only wanted to steam roll her into the choices that they thought were best for Laney. I seriously wanted to punch all three of them in the face many times over and they really took me out of the story. I think I would have liked the story of Jake and Laney far better with out these horrible people to distract me. Even with all the tropes and cliches that were included in their story.

Any long time reader of contemporary romance will find nothing new in Some Like it Wild but there is something about Leighton’s writing that will keep a reader guessing. Laney and Jake face some real obstacles, imagined ones, and stumbling blocks tossed in their way so all in all your typical read.I do wish that Laney and Jake weren’t so deep into the roles they were cast in as I think it would have made them both a little more real. But in the end they were a sweet couple that any reader can get behind them. Some Like it Wild is a quick read and it also includes a bonus novella, Wild Child at the end. So keep that in mind before you buy the novella separately as that’s 99 cents you can spend on another book. =)


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Wild Child by M. Leighton

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Wild Child by M. LeightonWild Child by M. Leighton
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
Pages: 126
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.