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Wild Child (A Wild Ones Novella)

Wild Child (A Wild Ones Novella)

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by M. Leighton, Nick Podehl (Read by), Amy McFadden (Read by)

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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


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. But she’ll give it everything she’s got. And so will Jake.

“A phenomenal writer.” —Bookish Temptations

Some Like It Wild left me feeling breathlessly happy…the perfect sexy love story!” —New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole

“[She] knows how to make sexy bad boys that can steal your breath with a single look.” —Nette’s Bookshelf

Includes Wild Child, a Wild Ones novella

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Wild Ones Novel Series
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5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author M. Leighton is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: writing fiction. Author of over a dozen novels, these days Michelle's mind is turned toward romance and the sexy Southern guys you'll find in her latest book, The Wild Ones. She enjoys riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a horse farm, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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Wild Child 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
5 stars - Sexy with heart, this one packs an emotional story! So I spent the first third of this book completely in need of my man and the last third with tears falling down my face. This is a sexy book that packs a emotional story between the kisses. I've read way too many sexy books lately that are only sexy and no story. I'm even a little tired of the sexy, to tell the truth. So when I started this one, I was nervous. Not sure why I needed to be. With M. Leighton writing it, there was sure to be more than kisses happening on these pages. I completely loved Rusty and Jenna's story. Rusty is such a great guy. He's really a guy too. The L word just doesn't come out of his mouth easily but he so loves Jenna. Trying to protect his heart, he doesn't realize that his heart is already involved. He's not going to be able to walk away and forget this good time. But the pain that he faces, both mentally and physically, before he gets it, is tough to watch. I wanted to slap him and hug him in equal measures. Total guy. Jenna is so happy for her besty who's getting married to the guy of her dreams. She's not even jealous that Cami is getting everything she, herself, wants. She just wants Rusty to figure things out. She might could help him if her fears would step aside. She loves the man and she wants him forever. Watching her go through some pretty intense pain was hard. I could just see it through her eyes - the time slowing down and speeding up, the joy and misery at the same time - it's a vivid picture in my mind. I ached for her. Love it so much when a character makes me feel like they do. This story just slips by. I went from the sexy third to that crying third in nothing flat and was totally satisfied. If you've read The Wild Ones, then you NEED this book ASAP. If you haven't had the pleasure, then make sure and pick up The Wild Ones and get it read in time for this one to come out 10/22. Love me some Trick! It's great adult romance.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
I do believe that THE WILD ONES was my first book by Leighton to read and I have been loving her books ever since. So I was excited to hear that Leighton was going to write WILD CHILD and make it a series. I have missed Trick and Cami. But now, with Jenna and Rusty's story being told, well, I am that much happier. She did an amazing job at writing it and I couldn't have been happier with the way it all evolved. WILD CHILD was an extremely quick read that had me smiling, hurting, and panting. There is no way you can read a book by Leighton and not do a little panting...am I right? Her books are hot, hot, hot!! But there was also a huge scene that was so very hard for me to read. I went through something very similar almost 2 years ago with my dad and then a year ago with my father in law. To say I was hurting right along with Jenna is an understatement. I loved this girl so much and I truly wanted to see her happy and whole. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5 Leighton used a bit of scripture at the beginning of the book and it couldn't have fit more perfectly with everything that went on. And I just loved how after all is said and done, there was joy and hope and love. What a perfect way to start the book and a heck of an ending after all that happened. And then to see that there will be yet another book? Holy cow! I am so itching to get a piece of that. I am excited that Jake will get his story told. Most definitely read this book!! You won't regret losing yourself for a couple hours to the story that Leighton has to tell.
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 stars We learned a lot about Rusty and Jenna in The Wild Ones. I missed tham and was thrilled that they were going to get their own story - there just wasn't enough in it for what I was hoping. Don't get me wrong, Michelle has done a fabulous job in maintaining the characters and their growth. The mechanical bull scene is one that will stay with me for a VERY long time. The short-sighted thinking and the abrupt tidy wrap up left me a bit empty and longing for more. I was sure that the wild, charismatic, passionate characters would have had more story to tell. We got to see more of Trick and Cami, but they seemed to have equal time to Rusty and Jenna. All in all it was a great follow up to The Wild Ones and I would recommend it.
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ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
A nice short, sexy read… This is a novella in The Wild Ones series which can be read as a stand-alone. This is a short sexy read with emotional depth. Jenna Theopolis really is a wild child and to some degree so is Rusty (Jeffrey) Catron yet he is much more tempered than she is. Jenna has plans for her future and they don’t include staying in her hometown. She has always wanted to leave and spread her wings. At least that was the case until she spends an amazing summer with Rusty and finds that she has fallen deeply in love with him. Jenna has graduated from college and wants to start on her career path but she is torn because of her feelings for Rusty. Rusty’s father walked out on him and his mother when he was a child and that left him with abandonment issues. He loves Jenna but he believes things are temporary, that her inner spirit will eventually take her from him. He doesn’t trust that she would stay so he doesn’t tell her his feelings and when the ground falls out from under him he tells her to go which hurts her.  But when the ground falls out from under Jenna he allows nothing to stop him from running to be with her, seeking to help her through a dark time. When the dust settles he finally voices his feelings and desires. In all relationships communication is vital, without it there are so many misunderstandings that could have been avoided. This is one of the lessons of this novella. The H and h are two very likable characters and the antics they get into are not only amusing but steamy. This is a tale of two young adults facing what life throws at them and growing up some in the process.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the storyline, loved the characters. Romantic and sexy, made me both laugh and cry. Made me want to check out others in this series.
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Zack and he's a boy.
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Looks for her
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TinaBina4506 More than 1 year ago
Wow! I seriously cannot get enough of M. Leighton's books. I absolutely loved Rusty and Jenna's story. It had me in tears more than once... >>Thanks alot!! I was on the bus lol<< Rusty is just too funny... I totally cannot wait to see where this series goes..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Just ok for me. Follow up to "The Wild Ones" which I adored. However I found this book lacking. There was no depth to Rusty and Jenna's relationship. We don't get to know them outside the bedroom. Seemed like one big lust fest. The sex scenes are hot but too frequent for only 120 pages. And most of the wedding details (cam & trick) were boring. Ok but not great.
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The first time I read a Michelle Leighton book I fell in love. I fell in love with her talent, her gift to tell a story, her ability to drag the reader into her mind, and take you for the ride of your life. Any genre this author writes is nothing short of extraordinaire, and as it was expected, this was the case with WILD CHILD. WILD CHILD is a Novella, which only means that it gets hot and heavy right from the start. Rusty and Jenna can’t seem to get their hands off of each other… and honestly who wants them to. In this book we get a better understanding of how fine Rusty is and how much of an Achilles heel he is to Jenna. But beyond the amazing sex and provocative antics these too characters’ depths and internal turmoil are beautifully portrayed by the author. M Leighton this is another one for the books, but I got to say you are making it difficult on yourself because I can’t really imagine how you going to top off the bull are riding passage. Nonetheless I am looking forward to you outdoing yourself in Some Like it Wild and There’s You… may be you can throw in some bungee jumping sex…just a though! Happy reading! Wines and Labels
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
Jenna & Rusty are great!  I loved it even when they weren't together because you just knew they would figure it out.  I'm not going to put a spoiler but OMG I went through a box of tissues!!!!  This is a great follow up for Rusty & Jenna and I'm glad it was shorter since we got  so much of them getting together in the first book, it felt right to kind of wrap it up in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all the books before this one, it was a page turner! I am addicted to all things M. Leighton! I love that this book is about Rusty and Jenny, yet Trick & Cami's story continues. I can't wait to see what's next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was great. I cried, i laughed, ireally enjoyed rusty and jennas story. I hope it will continue in the next book!!!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
M. Leighton delivers big time in this novella  I totally fell in Love with Trick in The Wild Ones and I could not wait to read Wild Child, which is Rusty and Jenna's story.  Rusty is Trick's best friend and Jenna is Cami's best friend, both of whom we met in The Wild Ones, and who I have totally fallen in love with in Wild Child.  Jenna Theopolis is crazy about Rusty Catron.  She has graduated from college and is ready to move forward, but she isn't quite sure where things stand with Rusty.  She knows how she feels about him, but she doesn't know if he feels the same.  Rusty has a lot of issues from his past regarding his father, which have affected his ability to trust, love, and commit.  He's crazy about Jenna to, but he also knows she has big dreams, dreams that take her away from Greenfield and from him, or so he thinks.  When his "Wild Child" finally confesses her feelings, it throws him for a loop, especially when he finds out something she has kept from him.  Confused and torn, Rusty isn't sure what to do, but before he can sort through it all a tragedy strikes which changes everything. In the aftermath of it all, will these two find their happily ever after, or will the mistakes of the past haunt them forever and ruin any chance they have for a future together? I loved this story so hard.  Even though it is a novella, a whole lot takes place in its pages.  I completely and totally fell in love with Rusty.  If you thought he was hot in Wild Ones, wait until you read Wild Child....swoon......smolder.......melt.  Jenna is a hoot and fits her description of "Wild Child," perfectly, but she also loves Rusty fiercely.  The chemistry between these two is combustible and will leaving you feeling like you're about to do just that on more than one occasion.  The story itself is fun, hot, romantic, tragic, and beautiful.  It made me swoon, sigh, fan my face, laugh, cry, and then do it all again.  M. Leighton delivers a powerful punch in a small package with Wild Child.  It is like opening up a dime-sized vacuum-packed sponge, and as you read it, it grows into the size of beach ball leaving you wondering how in the world she managed to do that.  I loved Wild Child and if you are a M. Leighton fan, I know you are going to love it to, so hurry up and grab a copy.  You won't be sorry.  
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
The Wild Ones was one of my favorite books of last year. Of course, I loved Cami and Trick, but the girl that stole my heart, was Jenna. I remember telling the author right after I finished the book that Jenna and Rusty needed a book too. And apparently, others agreed with me. This little novella packed some heat and made me fall in love with Jenna and Rusty even more.  I've felt a strong connection to Jenna since I first met her. There is so much about her life and her personality that reminds me of my own. In this novella, we get to see Jenna go through some serious stuff.  Jenna has goals and dreams that don't include staying in Greenfield. But, there's a little something that is enticing her to stay. Rusty Catron. She needs Rusty to take a chance on her. She needs him to be her rock. Especially after her family tragedy.  Rusty is a hometown boy. He has a life in Greenfield, his mom is there, and his friends are there. When his feelings for Jenna become stronger, Rusty's past comes back to haunt him. To me, Rusty was the fun loving flirt and now I  that I know more about him, there is still truth to that, but there is also a sad side to Rusty too. Rusty made my heart hurt. I wanted him to trust in Jenna and their relationship. In the end, love does prevail, but it's not an easy road getting there.  Overall, I loved WILD CHILD. Rusty and Jenna got my temperature up, my heart aching, and there were still moments that made me laugh. The only thing that could have made this one better for me, would have been a longer version of Jenna and Rusty's story. I just love them as a couple. They will be in my heart always.  I highly recommend reading this one if you're following The Wild Ones Series. Not only is it a great read, but it provides a great lead into Jenna's brother, Jake's story, Some Like It Wild. Definitely pick this one up! Quotes: ~"Jenna, I can exist without you," he begins, the words slicing through me like a knife through butter. "But it wouldn't be any kind of existence that I'd want. You are what makes my life worth living. You're the sunshine in it, you're the laughter and the smiles. You're the warm nights and the cool breezes. You're like every good memory and moment and dream I've ever had all wrapped into one. And if you go, you take the only living part of me with you. Without you, I might as well be dead. So, yes, I can exist without you. But that's all I'd be doing."-Loc 1470 ~"I've loved you from the moment I met you, Jenna. And I'll love you long after I'm gone from this world." I reach up and wind my arms around his neck, giving him a mischievous wink. "What took you so long?" He grins down at me. "Traffic was hell."-Loc 1490