Some LIke it Wild WILD CHILD
The Wild Ones
M. Leighton
March 4, 2014
ebook formats and trade paperback 384 pages

Disclosure: E-Book provided by publisher via NetGalley for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented her are my own except as noted.


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. Penguin

This book includes a novella that occurs prior to the novel itself.


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.
Marie Leighton 



My Take!I was irked when the novel I was reading, SOME LIKE IT WILD,  ended at 68% through the e-book, and then there was a novella, WILD CHILD tacked on to it.  Irked, because I hadn’t really enjoyed SOME LIKE IT WILD all that much.  I found it pretty predictable, and I thought the characters were pretty two dimensional. It didn’t have any BDSM in it — so I can’t say it is like everything else I have read in the past few years. Also, WILD CHILD occurs before SOME LIKE IT WILD in a timeline oriented series and has a sister and a brother as major characters so it felt backward.

But, other than one serious incident, I didn’t feel terribly surprised by anything that happened. The hook ups were vanilla, and they are vital to the story but don’t begin until a third of the way in at the earliest. I guess it mostly happened at a peach orchard and that was different.  But I’ve read several of the elements in other books fairly recently and so  I wasn’t too excited by this. The only thing that spoke to me was having religious parents and not sharing the same beliefs.

I’m glad I made myself read WILD CHILD because I actually enjoyed it a lot more. It starts off with unrequited steaminess that feels a tiny bit sleazy, but then it gets pretty hot and interesting (mechanical bulls). Fairly soon after that the story goes from steamy to emotional and here the writing actually gets stellar.  She had me crying on my elliptical trainer.

I thought WILD CHILD was less predictable and had an interesting paradox the couple had to overcome. I really enjoyed it.

I’m not sure where “Wild” comes into it, except there’s a little sex in the woods.  But, In the first book In SOME LIKE IT WILD Layne is prim and Jake is wild.  Bringing out her inner bad girl becomes his calling.  In WILD CHILD I think the couple is pretty evenly matched for their horniness and wilder tendencies. So, Were you the wild one or the good one in your group/family/relationship?

While SOME LIKE IT WILD didn’t work for me, WILD CHILD was worth my time!’

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