Friday, March 14, 2014

Some Like It Wild (The Wild Ones, #2) by M. Leighton ~ Review & Giveaway

Source:  Received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

First was The Wild Ones. Now, the next book in M. Leighton's Wild Ones series...

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.

My Thoughts:


5 stars - I absolutely adore Jake and Laney!

First Impressions...

All you have to say to me is M. Leighton and I'm ready to read!  I so loved The Wild Ones and was super excited to read this one. 

The Characters...

I immediately loved Jake.  He had some secrets and when I found out his secrets I loved him even more.  He's clearly the bad boy and everyone knows it.  The whole town sees him that way but there is so much more to him than his reputation.  He's sexy, patient and a great guy.  Believing it's better if he doesn't love anyone and that he's unlovable, he's about as loveable as a bad boy can be.  It's for sure I fell hard for the boy.

It took me longer with Laney.  She's uptight and worried about following all the rules at first.  Having never really given herself permission to figure out who she is, I wasn't a fan.  But once she lets loose a little spending time with Jake then she decides who she really is.  That's when I fell for her.  Love her too.

The Story...

I love it when my opinion changes about a character.  That means they did some growing in the story and that's important to me.  And this story has both of these characters growing.  Laney is figuring out who she is as an adult.  Jake is figuring out who he is a person.  Loved it.

As is normally true with M. Leighton books, there were some curve balls.  I love it when there's a surprise for me.  This author is good at that.  I can usually bet I'll like the ending but I'm never quite sure how we're going to get there.  That's something I really enjoy.  I can read without fear but still be surprised and emotional along the way.

Could I Put It Down...

Did I want to? Absolutely not.  Not short, but this story flew by.  I did read it over a couple nights.  No choice since I have to sleep or I'm a cranky teacher.

In The End...

Any fan of this author will want this book for sure.  If you haven't read M. Leighton before and you love a great romance that is steamy with some depth, then this is the author and the book for you.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more 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 wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

Shorter Bio: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton lives in the deep South with her super-hero husband and super-smart maltipoo. She has a fondness for coffee and chocolate, loves the color red, laughs at almost anything and often stares out her window, daydreaming of far-away places.!/pages/M-Leighton/189192087759491!/mleightonbooks

Beginnings: An M. Leighton Anthology
Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel
Down to You
Up to Me
Everything for Us
The Wild Ones
Wild Child
Some Like It Wild
There’s Wild, Then There’s You (June 3, 2014)
All the Pretty Lies (November 12, 2013)
Madly & the Jackal
Madly & Wolfhardt
The Reaping
The Reckoning


I have one print copy from the publisher to give away.

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  1. Yay! I'm so glad you loved Jake and Laney too! This story really pulled at my heartstrings and I just adored Jake. Great review!

  2. I love contemporary romances! This book sounds really good and I can't wait for a chance to read it :)

  3. Excellent Review Val! I fell in love with Jake to and agree he had such a huge heart! I love that both of these characters grew so much. This story did a great job of encompassing everything that makes M. Leighton such a great author! I always look forward to the plot twists that she throws in her story, and the fact that I never want to put her stories down!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. I've heard wonderful things about this book! I wanna read it so bad!

  5. Great review! I adored this book to.

  6. I love the good girl-bad boy dynamic. Plus it's written by M. Leighton. :)

  7. I definitely fell in love with The Wild Ones and M.Leighton's books in general. Plus I love reading about the good girl and the bad boy because there is so much more passion and swoon worthy moments.

  8. Nice job on the review, it definitely whetted my curiosity!

  9. I do like curve balls and surprises in books

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  10. I am a fan of M. Leighton and The Wild Ones was really good. :)

  11. I read The Wild Ones and loved it! I would LOVE to read this one too!! Thanks for the giveaway!! <3

  12. I adored this one too, especially Jake! Nice review, Pal!

  13. I would like to win because romance is my favorite genre and this sounds great. I really like good girl and bad boy story lines because it gives more depth and exciting twists. Thanks for the chance to win one of M. Leighton's books!

  14. I love this author's books, and just romance novels in general. This one sounds amazing. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  15. I love romance books especially by this author and this one looks hot! Thanks!

  16. I need to read this book!! I loved the first one, and I love her writing, so I need to get this soon.

  17. I would love to read this book because I have read good things about it.

  18. I want to read this book because first the cover is HOT but I have also hears great things about it :)

  19. Because its more Michelle and I love the series!

  20. It sounds like a really good book and I've heard great things about this book!

  21. I love this author and any of her book have to be good :-)