Some Like it Wild
By M Leighton
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Source: Blog TourFirst 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.
Review: When I saw the cover for Some Like It Wild, I was so excited to see what wild story it held inside. While I didn't read the first book in this series, that didn't hinder my experience of the steamy and dangerously addicting relationship Laney and Jake find themselves in.
As the preacher's daughter, Laney Holt has been used to living her safe, straight-laced life. But one kiss with Jake Theopolis at the fair's kissing booth, and that sense of danger Jake hints at Can't seem to leave her mind, or her lips. Four years later, Laney finds herself back at home working on Jake's estate, which means spending a lot of quality time with the bad boy who hasn't changed at all over the years. Jake finds Laney intriguing and can't help but play with her and see just how bad he can make this notoriously good girl.
Going into this book, I wasn't all that impressed with the story or the characters. Laney and Jake seemed to have an instant attraction and relationship that really didn't develop from acquaintances to lovers. Jake decided he'd hit on Laney and seduce her pretty openly, and Laney didn't seem to have a problem with that. I feel like the sexual banter came on too strong, too fast, even for a notorious bad-boy like Jake. Once we got past the too-quick introductions, though, I loved Jake and Laney's relationship, and how Laney changes so much throughout the novel.
I definitely got a small Footloose vibe with Laney; she's the preacher's daughter who disappoints her father, but no matter how guilty she feels about that she's happy to be dangerous and carefree for once. I loved Laney's innocence and genuine personality in the beginning. She's a girl you can't help but like, and her change towards being more daring isn't too drastic, so she's not all of the sudden annoyingly crazy or anything like that. And Jake! You know he puts a wall around his heart for some reason, but you really don't know until almost the very end. And when everything is revealed, the emotions are just so hearth wrenching. Oh my gosh. As a guy who claims he can't be loved by anyone, I sure fell in love with him!
New Adult has become my favorite genre, and it's books like Some Like It Wild that remind me why. While the beginning of the relationship wasn't my favorite, I loved how Laney and Jake let each other dig deep into their own insecurities and show each other what life should really be like. With a delicious romance and deep emotions, Some Like It Wild delivers a love story you won't want to put down.