Release Blast: There's Wild, Then There's You: M.Leighton

There's Wild, Then There's You 
The Wild Ones #3
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Expected June 3, 2014

He’s someone she can’t trust…

She’s someone he thinks he knows…

Violet Wilson is a wallflower. Shy, serious, and accident-prone, she’s got a bad habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The night she’s forced to pose with her friend might just be the worst time of all—that’s when she meets Jet Blevins. She knows better than to get involved with someone like him, but he touches her in ways she never expected, neverwanted before.

On the outside, Jet is a typical rocker, an arrogant lead guitarist who unapologetically lives a wild lifestyle. But on the inside, he’s battling demons and using the stage to escape the troubles of his past and the addictions of his present. Until the night he sees Violet standing at the back of the room. She brings his life into focus. She knows his secrets. She’s the girl he can’t forget, and the one thing he craves more than his addiction.

But can they ever hope to have a future when their very foundation is nothing but lies?

I lick my lips before I raise my eyes to his. Part of me knows I should turn and run, foregoing common courtesies and niceties. Something in me, some deep and rarely used instinct that lives within, knows that once I meet those eyes, I’ll be forever lost. It makes no sense, but I know it like I know my name and my eye color and the way my hair flips out on the ends when it’s rainy outside.
Despite my better judgment, I do it. I look up and up and up until I reach a blue so fathomless I feel like I could dive into and never reach the bottom. Like I could drown and never even know it.
But I can’t do that. I can’t dive in. Not with a guy like this. I’ve seen what someone like this can do to a person—turn that which was once whole and capable into nothing more than scattered pieces of wreckage and ruin.
“I’m Jet,” he offers softly, his eyes never leaving mine.
Jet. Even his name is sexy, which makes me more uncomfortable.
Ridiculous! my rational, level-headed, slightly bitter side scoffs. It pipes up with its less bedazzled perspective, reminding me that guys like this are nothing more than predators. The love ’em and leave ’em type. And he’s obviously worse than most, as evidenced by his attendance here. Apparently, he’s got a real problem.
I give him a tight smile as I straighten away from him. “Violet. Nice to meet you,” I say, hurrying to continue. “Excuse me please.”
I slip on my familiar, no-nonsense persona like a protective shield, like the armor that has kept me from harm all these years. It has never failed me before; I don’t expect it to now.
My head is high, my spine is rigid, and my imperviousness is firmly in place as I move past the dark and damaged stranger. With every step I take, I determine to put him out of my mind and never think of him again.
Until he speaks once more. His words make dents in my breastplate like armor-piercing rounds.
“It’s short,” he calls from a few steps behind me.
Confused, I turn.
Knowing I shouldn’t, still I turn.
“My name. It’s short.”
“Short for what?”
I watch as he moves toward me, narrowing the space I only just created. He stops within inches and bends slightly forward, one side of his mouth pulling up into a self-deprecating grin. “Jethro.”
And, just like that, he’s human. And vulnerable. And slightly imperfect. And even more dangerous to me than he was before.

"There's something wild about those eyes, something that says she's hiding a little devil inside that hot-yet-innocent librarian exterior, and it's just dying to make its way out."

Violet will do anything for her friends including getting into a situation that is out of her element. And she never expected to meet a man there or where that would lead. And soon everything just snow balled.

She's the good girl, the level headed one, structured, stable, shy, and  a bit insecure. She takes care of everyone else in her life, but not her own needs. She's a fixer, but she is afraid to risk getting hurt or getting too close to anyone.

Jet is a musician used to the fast lifestyle, excess, and getting what he wants. And now he wants Violet although he is not supposed to want to. He has pain in this past and he fills the void in unhealthy ways. He is kind of lost and at a cross roads. He is not proud of his past and things he has done, but is not sure where he is heading either.

They both have hidden secrets and are only partially honest. So they know they should not get involved. But when things progress and get more intense, the secrets are there lurking right under the surface threatening to ruin any chance of happiness they might find.

Because I still want her. I want her more than I want to tell her the truth.

In a world full of addiction, mistrust, and hidden agendas can these two opposites open up enough to have a chance at something real? And when the truth comes out can they show forgiveness or will it just cause more damage to them both?

Jet even sings it in a song..."Will she hate me when she knows? Will she take her love and go?"

I liked Jet even when I knew he was hiding something. He was honest with himself and knew he had been a selfish a**hole and felt guilty for it (even if we did not know why).  But he was also afraid of losing Violet from his life. He had a vulnerability about him and began to show change. Violet had walls up and had trust issues since everyone in her life always relied on her to fix their problems. But no one was really there for her. But she also needed to learn to stand up for herself. They had chemistry and a magnetic pull, but they definitely had issues to overcome if they were going to have any chance.

We saw a little of Jake and Laney from Some Like it Wild since Jet is Jake's friend. It was told in both points of view but we were not privy to all of the details of the secrets until they all came out so it kept me intrigued. This was a fast, fun, sweet, swoony story with some mysteries, twists, and drama to keep it interesting. It was a story about finding what you need when you least expect it and did not even know you were looking for it.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

There’s Wild, Then There’s You is a part of the Wild Ones series, but even though we have met Jet in previous books, this felt like a complete stand-alone.

Jet is the lead singer in a local band and is known for living up to the bad-boy rocker stereotype. But when he meets Violet, he starts to take a hard look at the way he’s been living and wants to make changes.

Violet is a social worker with a huge Good Samaritan complex. She is constantly rescuing her family and friends from their poor decisions, which is how she ends up in a sex addicts meeting one evening, alone after having been stood up by the friend who was supposed to meet her.

Early on, I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to like any of the people around Violet. They all seemed like leeches taking advantage of Violet’s kindness, and she was too kind. The things she put up with and cleaned up after qualify her for sainthood. Her best friend, her father, her cousin: none of them noticed the pressure they were putting on Violet with their actions.
This book was a completely different take on addiction. As the thing that brought Violet to the meeting, the initial connection between them, and the feelings that developed between them, addiction was something that was referred to often, just not in traditional ways.

I loved the sweetness that developed between the rocker and the social worker. Jet especially, almost turned into a better version of himself when Violet entered his life. It was as if he was trying to make up for some secret guilt in his past. Readers knew Violet was hiding a secret from Jet, as it played out in the first chapter, even if he didn’t know. I spent countless pages wondering when the floor was going to drop out from under them both because of their secrets (and what exactly Jet was hiding). And when he realized everything she did to help those around her, I loved how he tried to step in and help where he could.

While Jake and Laney from Some Like It Wild make a brief appearance, the characters from the rest of the series do not play a role in Jet and Violet’s story. Readers get more of an introduction to the members of the band, but this is closer to being a standalone than any of the previous books in the series.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Wild Ones (The Wild Ones #1)
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Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.

The darling daughter of a champion Thoroughbred breeder, Camille "Cami” Hines has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future—until she met Patrick Henley.   "Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her—and he just happens to be so sexy she can’t keep her hands off him. While they both know that Trick would lose his much needed job on the ranch if anyone finds out, they can’t resist the lure of their scorchingly hot encounters.   But 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, and secrets with the power to tear them apart…  

Wild Child (The Wild Ones # 1.5)
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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.

Some Like It Wild (The Wild Ones #2)
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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.

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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. 
Published by Berkley an imprint of Penguin Group.
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  1. I haven't read any of her work yet so she's new for me but her books look like my kind of read so I'm excited to start!

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  2. I haven't read any of these yet, but they are all high up on my TBR! :-)


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