Friday, August 10, 2012

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

Release Date: August 1, 2012
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Source: Tammy from Love YA Books Forever was nice enough to loan me a copy of this book.
"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."

My Thoughts:

The Wild Ones is the kind of book that makes me want to pack my bags, get in my car, and move myself down South. Why stay in NYC when there are guys like Trick in the South? Never knew what I was missing living in the city. So anyway, moving on, The Wild Ones was a truly great read and I do not know why this is my first M. Leighton book, clearly I have been missing out.

The Wild Ones is everything I want in a contemporary romance. It has realistic characters, heartbreaking circumstances, and of course a steamy romance. It was extremely easy to become invested in both Trick and Cami’s story. From page one I was rooting for them and I did not stop throughout the course of the book. The book also managed to surprise me, which I have been finding harder and harder as of late. I initially thought that Brent, Cami’s boyfriend, was going to be the main obstacle in their relationship. However, Miss Leighton really dropped a bomb on me right when things were looking up. I always give props to a book that surprises me.

Both Trick and Cami are realistic and I loved them for it. Well Trick has abs that no man has any right to have, but his personality is believable and he is very lickable - I mean likable. As for Cami, do not even get me started on her. I absolutely loved her, I loved the way she thinks and the way she speaks. Sometimes I wondered if the author had taken a trip inside my head because Cami said things that were eerily similar to things I say. I first started to love Cami when she thought “God, his eyes! I’ve never seen eyes that make me want to gasp and giggle and do a strip tease all at once. But these do.” in the very first chapter then she came out with “If I’m being honest, I really just want to walk right over to him and touch them. With my tongue.” in reference to Trick's abs and then she sealed the deal with “Yeah, date-ish. I have a fondness for non-words.” I think I share a brain with Cami, because I make up words all the time and well I have a tendency to say slightly inappropriate things as well.  I love when I can relate to a character, and I really related to Cami.

While I really loved reading from Cami’s perspective, I also really liked getting inside Trick’s head. I have said it before, but I will say it again: I love books that switch perspectives. I love knowing what BOTH Trick and Cami are thinking, even if I get frustrated at their stubbornness and blindness (is that a word?) at times.

Now I need to get this out. Be warned it is a tab bit spoilery. I could not stand Trick’s mother. She came off as very selfish to me. Trick gave up a lot to come home and help her when she needed it, but when he is happy she once again asks him to put HER needs first. I’m sorry, but what was so wrong with him being happy, even if you did not like what or who was making him happy. I understood her reasons, but I thought it was selfish of her to ask of Trick what she did. Same goes for Cami’s Dad. He focused too much on what he wanted for Cami instead of what actually made Cami happy. I hope that made sense, I was trying to keep from ruining the book for others.

Overall, The Wild Ones is a fabulous read and one that I would love to read again. The story moved along at a good pace, and it knew just how to suck you in. It broke my heart and made me cry, but I loved it all the more for that. So please stop what you are reading right now and pick this one up.


  1. Great review! This makes me really happy now because I bought this book yesterday. It sounded really good and now it definitely sounds like a book I will love.

    1. It is just one of those crazy addictive reads! Hope you love it!

  2. I'm so happy you loved The Wild Ones!!! I loved every single word of the story. And I am always happy to find a book w/alternating pov.

    I love what you said about moving down South. We have a lot of good boys down here!

    Great review!

    1. If there are guys like Trick, I may have to seriously consider it haha

  3. Amazing review! :) It makes me leave everything and start reading this book!! :) Hopefully I'll soon! :)

  4. This review ROCKS! It is so well-written and your thoughts so clearly expressed, I LOVED every word of it! And I am thrilled beyond expression that you loved the book! That, of course, makes me want to run around screaming like a crazy person. Not that I would ever do that... *snickers* THANK YOU! Thank you so, so much!!! <3

  5. Awesomesauce review!! I am sooo glad you enjoyed it!! I can't wait to read this, now! YAY! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  6. That good?! WoW! I need to pick this one up.


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