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Author: M. Leighton
Format acquired: ePub (eARC)
Publication date: October 22nd 2013
Source: Received from publicist (Thanks, InkSlinger PR, Kelly and Michelle!)
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.
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I really enjoyed The Wild Ones (I'll have to review that one day) and I was so ecstatic to have been picked to be a part of this tour. As soon as I got the e-mail for Wild Child, I devoured all a hundred plus pages of it. And I loved every word of the book.
Jenna was already pretty much my best friend ever since the first book (sorry, Ge!) and definitely wanted to go steady with her in this one even more. Jenna is such a loyal, hilarious and sweet friend. You just get good vibes from her throughout the whole first book but I'm glad that she finally got a chance at the limelight. In Wild Child, Jenna is all grown up, fresh out of college and willing to take all of her responsibilities... Oh and did I mention that she's totally with Rusty in this book? But more on that later. And good news, (spoiler for those who haven't read The Wild Ones) Cami and Trick are getting prepared for their upcoming wedding (yes, I mean bachelor and bachelorette party sexiness.) Like I said, I really liked Jenna even more in this book mostly because she was willing to risk it, you know? She's already in love with Rusty and even though he hasn't said it back, she still held on anyway. She's such a great person like that.
I honestly wanted to smack Rusty upside the head throughout the whole book. And while I do love auburn haired guys (I blame Twliight), I wanted to beat this one. It's not that Rusty is afraid of commitment but it's because he's harboring some major daddy-abandonment issues. He expects Jenna to just up and leave him for a "better life". The problem is that he doesn't have faith in her to stay for him. And in the end, he just succeeded in pushing her away from himself.
There was a part in the book where I was literally just left like this: O.O "What the fuuuuuuuuuuuuu--! WHYYYYYY. WHYYYYY." That is all. It was a huge twist to the story that I'm sure no one would expect. Well played, Michelle, well played.
I will admit that there were moments that I almost cried (I couldn't because I stayed up late trying to finish the book) but they were definitely tear-worthy. Wild Child definitely lived up to its name but was also surprisingly beautiful and filled with sharp twists and turn, M. Leighton always knows what to give to her readers and more. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. *winks at Jake* M. Leighton has done it again!
About the author:
M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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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