Title: Wild Child (The Wild Ones #1.5)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: Berkley, (October 21st, 2013)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Jenna Theopolis has always known what she wanted. Getting out of her small hometown of Greenfield was number one on her list of priorities. Until she met Rusty Catron.
Rusty’s fun-loving personality was the perfect match for Jenna’s inner wild child. But what started off as a summer fling quickly turns into something more. At least it does for Jenna.
Rusty has lived with the ghost of his father’s abandonment since he was a child, but now he’s beginning to feel the crippling effects of his scars. He wants to trust in Jenna, but deep down he doesn’t believe someone so wild and free can ever be tamed.
But tragedy strikes, pushing Jenna out of Greenfield and leaving Rusty with a choice to make—face his inner demons or lose the love of his life. Forever.
Jenna and Rusty are one heck of a couple! I loved seeing them on the side lines in Trick and Cami’s book but couldn’t wait to get my hands on their story. I knew it would be the perfect combo of an equal parts bumpy and steamy ride. And yes, if you’ve read the book the steamy ride is a totally intended pun! If you haven’t read the book and aren’t sure what I’m talking about… well, you have no idea what your missing! I’ll just say this… bull ride.
The story as a whole was above and beyond what I was expecting. There was a point in the story that I had no idea what was about to happen next. There were shocks and twists that gave what was supposed to be a Novella a full novel feel. There was never a time while reading that this felt like a novella. Sometimes while reading a novella I feel like there’s something missing or that it was more of a teaser, but Michelle sure took this story and created something so much more! It’s so complete that feels like you’re reading a full length novel!
Rusty as a character had moments where I wanted to knock him upside the head for the choices he was making. And Jenna was strong and yet so heartbreaking. The two are perfect together but have some major obstacles they have to get through. I had been holding my breath a few times while I was reading and I cringed a few times too.
Michelle does pack a lot into a small package. She has taken this novella and ramped it up a few notches with her characters, the feelings that this reader felt throughout the story and the heat these two bring to their relationship. I have to applaud Michelle for her writing, keeping her characters voices on track from the first book and giving this reader more than she could have ever expected! I loved it, love the characters and their journey! I can’t wait for more from this series, which I highly recommend to contemporary loves and fans of “New Adult”. Go read! Rusty and Jenna are waiting for you to meet them!
About M. Leighton:
M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies. She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.
For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.
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