Book: The Wild Ones by M. Leighton, Berkley Trade, On Sale Now
Book Info: Contemporary Romance, Review copy courtesy of the publisher, Paperback 336 pages
The Wild Ones is the first book I’ve read by author M. Leighton. You know I’ve been on a New Adult kick lately, so that plus the horse ranch setting got my attention. There’s a forbidden romance vibe about the book and I liked that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a fun and fast paced ride with charismatic characters.
The Wild Ones centers on Trick and Cami, two people from different worlds that are drawn to each other like magnets. Cami is the wealthy daughter of a horse breeder, and Trick works in their stable to support his family. Trick has a gift with wild horses but the boss is not too impressed with him and wants him to stay away from his daughter. Can their love beat the odds?
We get to know Trick and Cami through alternating POV. Since the two haven’t known each other long it’s interesting to learn more about them through their own POV. They each have their friends, and personal and family dramas that give insight into their character. When the pair is together their scenes crackle with chemistry. I wanted to root for them, even though they have an insta-love/attraction.
There is a twist that makes the forbidden love aspect even more forbidden. I have to say I was relieved to find out what the twist was- my mind was making it darker than it was. It’s a little soap opera-y like an episode of Nashville, though the story is entertaining.
I like the unusual nickname Trick for Patrick and how the author has fun with the trick or treat name with some of the dialogue:
Pick ‘treat’. Please, for the love of God, pick ‘treat’. -Trick
The Wild Ones is a cute read, and I liked the wild horse tie-in and that it makes the most of the ranch setting. It’s heavy on the romance and written in a casual style with a strong character voice. If you like cowboy romance or New Adult type books give The Wild Ones a try. Trick and Cami’s story wraps up in The Wild Ones, but there is a sequel in the works about another couple in the story, Rusty and Jenna. Look for The Wild Child in the fall.
To learn more behind the scenes info, check out my interview with author M. Leighton.