September 13, 2012

Title: The Wild Ones
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: Self published by M. Leighton Books
Published: August 1st, 2012
Pages: 330

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.

Amy loved this book and places it on her second shelf!

Patrick’s (aka “Trick”) family needs him and he’s willing to put his future on hold to help pull them through a financially difficult time in their lives. Camille (aka “Cami”) is the daughter of a wealthy thoroughbred breeder trying to learn the ropes of her family’s business… Fate intervenes, paths cross and sizzling chemistry explodes between these two very relateable characters…

♥ What I Loved: The believability of the storyline was one of the main reasons I was hooked on this book. Also, the chapters alternated points of view, and I absolutely love that. It gives us as readers insight into both of the main characters thoughts and in my personal opinion, adds more depth and captivation to the storyline.

And let’s not forget to mention all the hotness that is Trick as well.. Whoa! And it’s not just physical attractiveness either. He’s a genuine gentlemen with an edge, a strong role model for his younger sibling and responsible son that would do anything for his mom and sister. (He’s smokin’ hot too.. crazy hair, memorizing eyes, ripped bod and a true cowboy to boot.. Jeez, never thought I’d admit to loving a badass cowboy, but YEE-HAW!) Like I said above, the chemistry Trick and Cami share is explosive! (This particular book of Leighton’s is geared towards a more mature audience if ya know what I mean.. *cheeseywink*)

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.

♥ My Critiques: My only complaint is that the beginning of the story was a bit slow… but perhaps it was just me being extremely impatient. And please don’t misunderstand, this book was not lacking or boring by any means! After finishing, I now see and appreciate why the storyline had to develop the way it did, but at the time I was reading, this is how you would have found me: *whining out loud to my Kindle* “OMG… WHY AREN’T THEY TOGETHER YET?!”

♥ Final Thoughts: The Wild Ones is an well written, enduring love story with a great balance of romance, drama and cast of well developed characters. The unexpected plot twist will unnerve you a bit and break your heart but Trick and Cami must learn to understand and accept difficult mistakes of the past in order to spend their lives together.. If you’re looking a great romance read, filled a roller coaster ride of emotions, some crazy intense sexual tension and a hot cowboy, this is your book!

I have been a HUGE fan of Michelle’s writing since I read her Blood Like Poison series early last year.. Not only is she a phenomenal author with incredible talent, but she’s a fantastic and lovely person as well. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend you check them out!

Happy Reading!


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