Published on November 28th, 2012 | by BookCrack0
Review: The Wild Ones by M. Leighton is a Wild, Smexy Ride!
Summary: Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. 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. Trick has family obligations a plenty and knows better than to touch let alone fall for this girl who could ruin his whole career. 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.
We have to confess we LOVE M. Leighton! There we said it. She has been a constant crowd pleaser in 2011 and 2012 and her last two releases THE WILD ONES and DOWN TO YOU…holy hotness!
In all seriousness, THE WILD ONES ‘success is definitely thanks to Leighton’s latest hottie, one Mr. Trick Henley. Before you say anything–Yes, we have several other reviews in the works. But, what can we say? Trick just shimmied his good ole’ boy self right to the top of our TBR pile.
M. Leighton would tell ya she planned it this way, we’re sure.
I can’t speak for the other gals, but for me, after finishing another What We’re Reading pick, Abbi Glines’ WHILE IT LASTS I needed just one more southern good/bad boy to close my summer out right. Sniff, sniff. Many, many twitter friends just won’t stop talking about him. Just hashtag Trick or Wild Ones and you’ll see what I mean.
Totally a case of peer pressure.
So why didn’t I devour this book and go to work like a Book Zombie like I usually do? Simple. I’m was in no rush to finish this book because that meant I’d be missing both Trick Henley and WIL’s Cage York. I didn’t want my summer and summer reads to be gone. My answer was to take it slow and easy. Instead I book hopped between this and Nicole William’s CRASH all weekend.
The twitterverse didn’t steer me wrong. No Ma’am.
‘Trick’ did the trick. Nicely.
Don’t judge. He’ll have you saying silly things like this when you read it, too. Hot southern book boys on long summer nights can do that
to you for you, you know. Or cold winter ones, too. Besides, he breaks rides racehorses and drives a mustang. *sigh* But, there’s more to this college boy than that.
Here’s the set up:
Smexy reminder! THE WILD ONES is a NC-17 New Adult read.
Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s top champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. In other words, 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. (heh, heh)
‘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. (Okay, Trick’s got family obligations. Conflict. We love that. She’s got us here.)
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. (Ohh no, she’s got us some more.)
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.
Reaching into his pocket, Hot Stranger pulls out a couple bills and slides them across the bar. “Another of whatever…” He trails off, looking at me in question, waiting for me to fill in the blank.
“Cami,” I say, trying to hold back my grin.
Smooth way of getting my name. Chalk one up for Hot Stranger.
“Another of whatever Cami is having.” He turns back to me, a wicked gleam in his smokey eyes. “Sorry about your drink. Not so much about your shirt, though,” he admits candidly.
Willing myself not to blush again, I tilt my head. “So, do clumsy strangers have names in this place? Or are you just called ‘bull in china shop’?”
The lopsided grin comes back. “Patrick, but my friends call me Trick.”
“Trick? As in trick or treat? That kind of trick?”
He laughs and my stomach flutters. It actually flutters. “Yep. That kind of trick.” He sobers and leans in close to me. “Cami, can I ask a favor?”
I’m breathless again. He’s so close I can count every hair in the stubble that dusts his tan cheeks. For just a second, his clean manly scent overrides the cigarette smoke and stale beer smell of the bar.
I lose my voice–again–so I nod.
“Pick ‘treat.’ Please, for the love of God, pick ‘treat’.”
Like an idiot, I say nothing. I do nothing. I simply stare. Like a…a…well, like an idiot.
He makes a disappointed noise with his lips then starts shaking his head. “Too bad. Woulda made my night.” He straightens, takes a step back and smiles at me again. “Nice to meet you, Cami,” he says, and then he turns and melts into the crowd. -Copyright M. Leighton
While I thought that excerpt could make some of you think Trick sounds kinda douchey, and his southern good ole boy charm can be a bit over the top, but deep down that’s not how he is at all. Is he strong and confident? Absolutely. But he’s human and it’s fun to watch him walk the line between bad boy hottie and hero. So far Cami’s not a bad POV. But, Trick’s point of view…me like-y. Me like-y a lot.
Give THE WILD ONES a try! Whether you like southern settings or not, you’ll be routing for this couple from day one and falling for Trick even faster. The supporting characters are real, enjoyable and the dialogue’s crisp and playful. My only cringe worthy moment came in the very beginning when I had a crazy- fast panic moment of GASP “Oh crap, did Leighton do the insta-attraction thing, no, no NO!” But, huge sigh of relief…4 pages later all was forgotten and Trick reeled me in.
This one is definitely a treat.