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
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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. =)