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Review: Some Like it Wild by M. Leighton

Some Like It Wild coverTitle: Some Like it Wild (The Wild Ones #2)
Author:
 M. Leighton

Genre: New Adult
Publisher: 
 Berkley (March 4, 2014)
Rating: 3 out of 5 

Synopsis:

How far will a good girl go for the bad boy she loves?

Laney Holt is a preacher’s daughter. A good girl. Her only goal was to get married, have babies, and live happily ever after, just like her parents. Only that didn’t happen. The two people closest to her betrayed her, and Laney’s dreams came crashing down. Now she’s left with an empty space she doesn’t know how to fill. Until she meets Jake Theopolis, a daredevil with a death wish who has heartbreaker written all over him.

Jake has no interest in thinking beyond the here and now. All he wants out of life is the next rush, the next “feel-good” thing to keep his mind off the pain of his past. His latest rush? Showing Laney there’s more to life than being a good girl—and that going bad can be so much fun. Her only concern now is how she can ever hope to satisfy the wild side of a boy like Jake. She’s looking forward to trying. And so is Jake.


Review:

 Some Like it Wild is book 2 in the Wild Ones series by M. Leighton.  This is not a continuation of book 1, The Wild Ones, but more of just a companion novel based in the same place and revolves around different groupings of characters which loosely connect to others.  This is a story of love blooming where once love was thought to be lost with plenty of steam weaved in and can be read as a standalone.

In this story we meet Laney Holt, the preacher’s daughter who could never do anything wrong or sinful.  She’s raised in a family with strong values and somewhat strict expectations of which she never really had any reason to test the limits of.  She’s the good girl always doing what’s right and what would make her father proud and never once questioning why; always believing everything will work out fine.  She is very sweet and demur and only wants the simple things in life; devoted love, marriage, kids, and all the white picket fence elements that come with it and is well on her way down that path towards her happiness. That is until her eyes are opened to something no girl wants to know and then, in her attempts to distance herself from the problem, she crosses paths with Jake Theopolis.

I’d thought there was no danger of me getting attached to him, but as I look at his handsome face and think of the great care and consideration he’s shown me today, I worry that Mr. Wrong might start to feel like Mr. Right.

Jake is the town bad boy.  It’s never quite revealed why he’s viewed this way by the majority of the small town residents, but nonetheless, it’s made quite clear he’s definitely not someone Mr. Holt wants near Laney.  Unlike most bad boys, Jake doesn’t come from the stereotypical broken home.  He had a loving mother and a strong and supportive father and was even blessed with a little sister, Jenna.  As a child, Jake seemed to have it all until the reality of life struck and forever changed the dynamic of his family and brutally snatched away the glue that held it all together, his mother.  Everyone deals with death differently and his father, Cris, struggled to accept the path in which death arrived.  This moment became a turning point for them and unfortunately, things didn’t turn in the right direction and no one ever really recovered from it.  Jake has felt that he is unworthy of love and therefore could never return love to anyone seeking it from him and he doesn’t intend to change that.  He’s perfectly happy living each moment as it comes, having fun, and seeking out the next adrenaline rush before he has time to stop and think.

However…his next adrenaline rush comes in the form of Laney Holt and he’s well up for the challenge.

Or so he thinks.

This story flowed decently and has the elements to be heart-wrenchingly brilliant but, for me it fell short of that.  I have read several of Mrs. Leighton’s books and by far my favorite is The Wild Ones.  Needless to say, when this book came around I just HAD to have it.  Although I enjoyed most of the journey I felt Jake and Laney’s stories, both separate and together, could have had more depth and conflict within them. Yes these characters are meant to be together, and yes Mrs. Leighton showed us this but I felt as if we just skimmed the surface and more emphasis was put in other elements of the story which, at times, were a tad over the top and somewhat unnecessary.  These two characters have scorching heat between them and at times that heat was written perfectly.  At other times I felt like the characters had shifted away from Jake and Laney and morphed into some alter-universe where Cash/Nash and Olivia (from the Bad Boys series) dropped into the scene and took over.  Now, I understand each reader takes away something different with each story they read but for me personally, I did not really enjoy the physical scenes between these two, especially the first one.  I get that Jake is a “bad boy” but with his flirtatious personality and the good guy I knew was in there, I did not expect him to behave the way he did.  On top of that (no pun intended), I also felt that Laney shifted away from her good girl persona just a tad too much and became this writhing sex goddess whenever Jake was nearby.  It just didn’t fit the story I was in and whenever the thermostat was turned up, I felt the shift away from the characters I had just invested time into getting to know.

Also, be warned, this story only occupies approximately 66% of the actual book file.  The rest is The Wild Child (book 1.5) and I was quite disappointed to see it formatted this way as I had already purchased and read that story when it was released in October 2013. I feel that a small disclaimer should have been added to the beginning so the readers will be prepared to see the end sooner than expected.  Although I didn’t enjoy some scenes in this story, it would have been nice to know the indicator at the bottom of my Kindle wasn’t fooling me.  **Note: Mrs. Leighton informed me that this formatting only happened in the Advanced Reader Copy and will not be available in the purchased digital file. The Wild Child will only be included in the print format.**

Now, my favorite and most memorable scene was the one that took place at the church and just after.  During those intense pages I found myself mentally cheering with each step Jake took and then the words that spilled from his mouth had me all verklempt.  I knew that guy was in there from page one and to see him shine through and see everyone around him see his true being as well made my heart smile.  THAT is what the Wild Ones series is all about and I just wish we had more of it!  The entire scene was executed wonderfully and the message Mrs. Leighton was trying to get across was delivered beautifully.

Taking my face in both his hands, he tilts it up to his. “Laney, i don’t deserve you. I could never deserve you. But I can promise you that there’s not another man on the planet that will love you like I do. That would lay down his life for your happiness. That would give up his whole world if it made you smile. And I’m not letting you go without a fight. I watched you walk away once and it nearly killed me. I won’t let it happen again.”

As I said before, The Wild Ones is my all-time favorite story by Mrs. Leighton and by far her best writing and if you haven’t given it a glance, I encourage you to go forth and click. It’s totally worth it and had me swoony for days!

To read my Goodreads Updates and my thoughts while reading this title CLICK HERE

**This book was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. There has been no compensation offered or given and all opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.**

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M. Leighton at deskAbout the Author:

I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it’s there. I believe that I’m shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can’t be sure because I haven’t met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.
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2 Comments on “Review: Some Like it Wild by M. Leighton”

  1. MICHELLE March 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! I appreciate it so much! I just wanted to clarify that only the digital ARCs and the print books contain Wild Child. The widely available digital copies for sale will not. That was simply the way Berkley distributed the ARCs:) Thank you for the Trick love, too! I’m very, very grateful! Have a super fantastic Tuesday! ❤

    • Elizabeth March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

      Thank you! I was a little unsure of the formatting and was a tad disappointed to see it end where it did so thanks for clearing that up. I will always be a Trick fan; that boy’s had me from the get-go! 🙂

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