Title: The Wild Ones
Author: M. Leighton
Series: The Wild Ones
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars
Source: self purchase
Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.
Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.
But that was before she met Patrick Henley.
“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.
The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.
When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.
I wanted to love this story as hard as I loved Down To You but sadly, I couldn’t. You know I try not to compare books when I read them…new book, new outlook on life but I read this one right after Cash’s story and it just didn’t heat me up like his did. Don’t get me wrong, Trick is so fucking scandalicious it’s insane. And Cami, she’s got some spunk, especially when dealing with her dad. I lived in Kentucky horse country for a while, I could totally picture Cami’s dad, and her mom.
Speaking of Cami’s mom, I’ll just get it the parts that confounded me out of the way, then we can get back to talking about how sexy Trick is and other things I love. Let’s start with Cami’s mom. I thought she was dead, or left or was out of the picture for the first half of the book and then BA-Bam! there she is lurking by the barn spying on young love. Not gonna lie, I had to go back and skim a bit to make sure I didn’t miss some other mention of her. Another thing that bothered me was how long the misunderstanding/break up went on. It went on for a VERY long time and then, BA-Bam! it was resolved…just like that. It felt rushed to me, I would’ve preferred more detail and a shorter timespan maybe? Did it read that way for you or am I just being a finicky bitch? Also, I was worried Trick was developing some sort of drinking problem, and my immediate thought was it was a genetic thing thus linking his dad’s death to the bottle. Did anyone else feel that implication? Anyone? Bueller?
Something I did love, other than the visual of a wet Trick washing down a horse, or a greasy Trick working on his car, or a Trick going commando under his jeans is the books POV shifts. I really enjoy the chapter changes, it feels like I’m getting in the characters head a little more, learning how they think. I dig that shit. It’s fun. The Wild Ones isn’t exactly a Romeo and Juliet scenario, Romeo and Juliet came from the same “class” or caste if you will. Trick and Cami are more of a rich girl falling for the help sort of thing, with a twist. I big fucking twist. I love a big fucking twist. And since I thought Cami’s mom was dead or whatever, that twist totally caught me off guard. Did not see that shit coming. I love when a book surprises me like that. Well done Ms. Leighton you clever little writer woman.
So basically, Trick is sex on legs. I’m surprised Cami could keep her wits about herself as long as she did. I would’ve been helpless to his smirky half smile thing long before she gave up the goods. Good Goddess that Trick is happy trouble on the girlie bits. AmIRight?!!? I’m assuming Trick is 22-ish…so, if you use the Cougar theory of half your age plus seven then sadly, I’m well into Demi Moore territory and I should hang my head in shame. Sorry to be a quiver killer bitch like that, but hey, at least I wouldn’t go to jail, right?!!? Always a silver lining…if it’s out there I’ll find it. If you’ve read The Wild Ones, tell me what you think…if you’ve not read it yet, give it a shot, and “pick Treat.”
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