Friday, February 28, 2014

SOME LIKE IT WILD by M. Leighton ~ Pre-Release Review & Giveaway

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Title: Some Like It Wild (The Wild Ones, #2)

Author: M Leighton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley (Penguin)

Release Date: March 4 2014

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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.

If you love The Wild Ones, you'll be just as wild for M. Leighton's Bad Boys series which includes Down to You, Up to Me, and Everything for Us.



Lisa’s Review

3.5 “Good Girl Meets Bad Boy” Stars


“Some like it wild, but not me. At least not forever.” ~Laney


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Some Like It Wild by M. Leighton is book two in her The Wild Ones series. This was a quick and cute read. The quintessential good girl gets involved with the town bad boy. Can the sweet natured preacher’s daughter help our sexy bad boy realize just how much he is missing out on when you close your heart off to love? How far will she go to prove he is worthy of her love?


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Laney Holt is the town preacher’s daughter and not one to take risks and live recklessly. Laney is a rule follower. She is sweet and embodies all that is considered to be a good girl. Laney wants nothing more than to find Mr. Perfect, fall in love and start a family. That is her version of a happy forever. Simple yet perfect for her. When things come crashing down between her and her longtime boyfriend ripping her safely defined life apart, Laney decides to go back to her small town. She takes on a job sending her back home and right into the path of the resident bad boy, someone she shared a kiss with four years earlier.


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Jake Theopolis does not exactly have a stellar reputation with the town folk, some of it he earned. He lives life in the moment, looking for the next rush and never really forming any real connections with anyone. His sister, Jenna, is as close as he’ll come to actually loving someone. Jake is back in Greenfield to deal with his family’s estate and the peach orchard his parents owned. When the law firm dealing with the estate sends a paralegal to take inventory, Jake is pleasantly surprised when it turns out to be a prim and proper girl he remembers. Suddenly being back home does not seem so bad and Jake makes it his mission to ruffle the feathers of the reserved preacher’s daughter. He plans to teach her to let loose and walk on the wild side…and hopefully get some sex out of the deal.

“Because I’ve got a thing for forbidden fruit, Laney Holt. Consider yourself warned.” ~Jake

Jake has no interest in long-term relationships. Laney has been burned by love and is not looking to jump into anything too soon. Jake is everything that Laney has been taught to stay away from but she wants to break free from her mediocre and safe life. As the pair get to know one another and the flirty banter begins to escalate, Laney discovers that Jake may not be able to form any attachments but he is definitely the man to show her a little fun and spontaneity. However, as Laney gets to know the man behind the merciless flirt fa├žade, she begins to realize that Jake may just be all that she is looking for. But Jake has demons from his past. Will he finally take a chance on love or will his fear and insecurities stand in the way of a possible chance at love?

I really loved Jake and Laney. Jake was a sexy dirty-talker that I could not help but fall for. Laney was definitely a good girl but not in an annoying way. She had a great head on her shoulders and was really just a sweet girl hoping to find someone to share her life with. As the story progresses you see Laney slowly chipping away at the walls around Jake’s heart. Laney also begins to slowly discover herself. Jake brought out the best in her and she drew from that strength. Their road to a happy forever was sweet with a whole lot of sexy thrown in.

While I did enjoy this book, I found that I wanted more of Laney and Jake being together to fully cement their relationship in my mind. Their path to a relationship was by no means insta-love. Their feelings slowly progress into something more as they spend more time with each other. However, when they finally decide to give things a chance the book ended. The fact that Jake spends the majority of the book always emphasizing how he could not love or be loved and often thinking that he was unworthy did get a tad tedious. I would have loved to get an epilogue of some sort, or anything further down the line. That little bit more would have made this story a little more satisfying on my end.

All in all, Some Like It Wild was a fun book. It ended roughly around the 62% mark after which point the author gives us Wild Child (book #1.5 in this story), which is Jenna’s (Jake’s sister) story. The next book will be about one of Jake’s friends, Jet, and will be called There’s Wild, Then There’s You.


Series Reading Order

  1. The Wild Ones
  2. Wild Child
  3. Some Like It Wild
  4. There’s Wild, Then There’s You – due for release June 3rd 2014




We have one print copy of Some Like It Wild to giveaway (US only please).  For your chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!!

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About The Author

M. Leighton at deskM. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to 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 horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office. 

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  1. I have only read The Wild Ones way back when it was first released and would love to read more of this series!

    Thanks so much for the chance!

  2. Thanks for the post and the giveaway. Unfortunately I don't own a MP3 player :( I do listen to Pandora tho and when I hit shuffle the first song that came up was Float On by Modest Mouse

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  4. Some like it wild but Michelle you make it HOT!! Love your books. Opps forgot about the song...I also only use Pandora and White Lies by Miranda Lambert came up.

  5. Fantasy by Aldo Nova (awesome song from the 80's)

  6. The ChI-Lites Have you Seen Her

  7. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

  8. Live and Die by the Avett Brothers. Thanks for the giveaway!!! LOVE this series and cannot wait to read this book!

  9. I don't have any sort of ipod, mp3 etc. On my cd player in the car I have a Clive Cussler audiobook.


  10. Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch :)

  11. Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured by Arctic Monkeys :)

  12. The song that comes up is Wannabe by The Spice Girls.

  13. Jason Derulo - Marry Me

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  14. Here's To Us by Halestorm

  15. That's My Kind of Night by Luke Bryan! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Calvin Harris, Thinking About You



  18. I don't have an mp3 player...I know - I need to get with the times. I love Michelle Leighton though, and have purchased nearly all of her books in paper.

  19. Bombastic Love by Britney Spears. Haha

  20. Just give me a Reason or F------ Perfect by Pink. Thanks for the giveaway. Love your books and know this one will be a hit too.

  21. Bonnie & Clyde Beyonce and Jay-Z.