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The Wild Ones (The Wild Ones #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,256 Ratings  ·  815 Reviews
**MATURE CONTENT ADVISORY: May not be suitable for younger readers**

Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.

Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thou
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by M. Leighton Books (first published July 30th 2012)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)

Present Day

Me : "Looks like the machine is ready. Gonna have to go back in time and kick my own ass."

*climbs into machine*

The Year 2010

2010 Me : "Love, love, love, love! I'm in love with love! WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!" *stops mid-twirl and notices the doppleganger standing in front of her with arms crossed and a gleam in her eye*

2012 Me : "Listen up, former me. You're going to be reading a lot of books over the next couple of years. It's time you start learning how to look past the heart-flutt
Aug 01, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I would like to say that I can be calm and rational about The Wild Ones. But I know better. You know better. That's just not going to happen with this review. Because...


Seems like I'm being a bit dramatical, yeah? I know, I know. But I'm not. That cap-smashed-filled, exclamation-riddled sentence is the honest truth. When I sat down to read The Wild Ones, I had reasonably high expectations. I had been reading the teasers, and yes
Joy (joyous reads)
I honestly don’t know where to start with this book. I’ve always been a fan of stories that portray a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with the rich girl but this one just felt a little too…cheesy. More often, Cami (gah, that name!) sounds like an incredibly sexed-up teenager and Trick (again, that name!) about the same. Just how old are these people, anyway? The only time I saw a semblance of maturity between these two characters was when they are not together. And even t ...more
Natasha is a Book Junkie
I’m so perplexed about this book. I just loved the premise of it - a Romeo and Juliet type of romance with cowboy boots and horses - but it left me so unfulfilled and a little bit annoyed.

As fun as the story appeared to be, it was predictable from the very beginning. Girl from a wealthy family - daddy’s little girl - with matching boyfriend and bright future ahead. Boy from poor family forced to put his future on hold to support mother and sister. Girl meets boy, sparks fly and it doesn’t take m
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance

'Walking to the front of the stage, Trick strums the notes effortlessly. When his solo riff is over the rest of the band chimes in, begining with the heavy beat of the drum. Girls start screaming, guys start hollering and I can't help but smile. I'm really begining to enjoy myself when, all they way across the throng of partiers,Trick looks up and his eyes meet mine. I am a deer caught in the headlights. I am a girl charmed by the
Shelly Crane
Jul 24, 2012 Shelly Crane rated it it was amazing
This ARC that Michelle sent me, that I stayed up late to finish while my family slept, had me bawling the whole last quarter of it! A mix of sad and happy.

It was so perfectly proportioned with the angst and romance and background characters and details. I was enthralled and literally cursing myself for not being a faster reader at some spots!

It's perfect for the New Adult genre. I think the reviews will be rave and go on and on about how hot Trick was. Because HE WAS!! Poor guy had to change his
Oct 06, 2012 Marie rated it it was ok
OK. ummmmmmmmmm where DO I start?'

I recently read 'Down To You' by the same author and to say I loved it would be an understatement. So I decided to check out her other work this is what I stumbled across.

Now after one look at that cover I was like 'oh daymn, I'm reading this,'

I wish I could say I loved it, that you get exactly what you think when you take one look at that guys hot body and that it's got one wild story hidden in those pages.

But I can't. Normally I would have loved this ty
Pick 'treat'. Please for the love of God pick 'treat'.

I have to say I loved this one! Couldn't put it down! Trick was just an amazing character with some great lines, you couldn't not love him! Cami was great too and their friends Jenna and Rusty, they were funny and brought a lot to the story! Sort of had a modern day Romeo and Juliet vibe to it.

I will definitely be reading this one again! So good!
Oct 23, 2012 Purist rated it did not like it
I'm so tired of the themes that go like this

Ooh, hot guy!!!

Ooh, hot girl!!!


And she blushes while she is having wicked thoughts. And he spouts corny shitty dialogues.


And so I close the book and delete it permanently.
Aug 19, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
GRs Rating: Between 3 and 4 Stars


"He drops his head, his cheek pressed to mine, and he whispers in my ear. "If we go, we can't come back. Not ever. Things will never be the same."

I lean into him, needing to feel every inch of him, wishing he could absorb me and put me out of my misery.

"I'm not perfect Cami. I'm not a thoroughbred like he is. I never will be."

I'm under his spell, but I hear what he's saying. And I don't care. I don't care about anything but having Trick, having him in my li
Oct 01, 2012 Glass rated it it was amazing
Clothes off. Now!!!
Review as soon as I start to breath again.
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I was a little up, down, and all over the place with this one! When Trick was "up", I was most definitely up too! I was totally vibing the modern day Romeo & Juliet feel it had. GIVE ME MY SIN AGAIN! ;-)

It had some definite four and five-star moments, but it didn't keep me at that level the whole time. But before I go on, I need to jump up on my soap-box and say that three-stars still means it's a good book. I hate how readers are so quick to th
Mar 26, 2013 Katina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely shocked by this book. It was incredibly hot and sweet and completely delicious! Trick was such the bad boy but he was also sweet to his family and had to take on so much for his family. Cami was a great character, too. She was strong and funny and a complete match for Trick. I did not expect this book to be as dramatic as it was. In fact, I thought it would be more fluff. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the book was a good mix of love and drama. I'm looking forward to mor ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
2.75 Stars

HUGE SIGH…. How do I describe The Wild Ones…. It just did not work out for me

Cami is the daughter of a successful business man, who breeds championship horses. Trick had to leave college to take care of his mother and sister. He takes a job at the stables because he loves horses and his family needs the money. Both are from two different worlds, but can’t seem to stay away from each other.

I’m very disappointed. Basically this is my feelings..


Okay, the first bit wa
Autumn Review
Jul 30, 2012 Autumn Review rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review, favorites
Occasionally, a book will come along and blow me away. Well, this was one of those books. I can honestly tell you that this is one of my top books of the year and easily one of my new all-time favorites. I couldn't put the book down. The best word to describe this book is...GORGEOUS! I already want to read it again.

I really, truly loved Cami. I love how true to herself she is. She absolutely can't fight her attraction to Trick and she takes a chance on him. She believes in him, trusts him, and
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 04, 2012 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I have to say I loved this book. It was something different that came along, perhaps at the right time, and just sucked me into a story of pure indulgence. The name of this indulgence well that would be the charmingly cocky, quick witted, honourable and sexy man that is Trick. He was the ultimate highlight of the story for me, I do love those Southern boys:

"Pick 'treat'. Please, for the love of God, pick 'treat' – Trick – EPIC

I thought the premise of the book was beautiful. I was drawn into it
Wow....what can I say. I LOVED this book. Michelle did a wonderful job with this story. It kept me interested from the first page to the last. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, and I felt the love. Trick and Cami were wonderful characters and I felt their love throughout the story. I also have to say that Rusty and Jenna were awesome characters too, they added a lot to the story. I was also glad to see them get together. Both of them made me laugh, but the loyalty to their friends was wonderful. ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Ailyne rated it did not like it
I'm sorry to say that this book bored me to death...well obviously not death cause I am writing this review but least into a temporary comatose state.

Don't get me wrong fellow GoodReaders, Trick was one sexy fella. I wouldn't mind finding me one so I could dip him in chocolate and lick him all over; however, this book was the most predictable, redundant, and repetitive book I have read in a while. I see that a lot of you guys liked it, so I guess this one is just a matter of taste.

Anne OK
Aug 10, 2012 Anne OK rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anne OK by:
Shelves: 2012-reads
3.5 to 4 Stars

When the sins of the fathers and mothers follow their children into the future . . . and those secrets surface . . . will two young lovers overcome the past and find their own path to healing?

New-to-me author M. Leighton has created a highly appealing Young Adult contemporary romance with a sensitive twist that keeps the story moving along at a nice clip. It is written from both the female and male lead character’s POVs which is always a plus for me.

Patrick “Trick” Henley and Cami
Tanya Nekrasova
Oct 17, 2014 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing
Послушала via аудио-книга в исполнение Amy McFadden и Nick Podehl. Женщина читала не очень, очень уж она с акцентом переигрывала, а вот парень просто потрясающе озвучивал героя, с эмоциями, с интонацией. Одно удовольствие слушать.

Нравятся мне романы Лейтон, мило, романтично, эротично. Истории не слишком замороченные, но в тот же момент мне этого достаточно, чтобы понять, полюбить героев и начать им сопереживать. Очень приятные герои, особенно люблю я ее мужских персонажей. Всегда такие мужики,
Aug 16, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of intense love stories!
I was a fan of Leighton's Blood Like Poison series, and I was left salivating after some of the scenes she wrote in To Kill an Angel. When I found out she had written a romance novel, I was so excited to see what she could do when she wasn't so restricted by the invisible boundaries that often come with a YA fantasy series. She definitely did NOT disappoint with The Wild Ones!! I give this one 4.5 stars and a definite recommend!!

This is the story of the sweet southern belle who is swept away by
M. Leighton
Jul 20, 2012 M. Leighton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Oct 19, 2012 Katy Loves Romance ❤️ rated it it was amazing
Freaking fantastic book!!!

A slow graduate build up but an sweet lovely HEA ending!!

So Cami the daughter of pedigree owner Jack Hines, brought up with money and is secure in everything she knows!! She's no snob though!! She's sweet and thoughfull and beautiful in every way possible!!
She comes back from her summer holidays at college to learn about the famiy business and to ride her horses which is her passion. She has her boyfriend Brent who Jack loves and is the perfect man for Cami according to
4 “Pick ‘treat.’” “Lucky Star” Kisses

I first read The Wild Ones last November and it was my first cowboy book. It was also my first M. Leighton book! She has a very unique style of writing…it’s playful, it makes me smile, it’s very genuine and it’s sexy as hell! Now…take that and combine it with a vivacious redhead and a super hunky hot cowboy with dreamy eyes that I could stare into all day long and there is a recipe for a good time IMO.

Camille Elizabeth Hines...she's beautiful...she's smart.
Mar 01, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: cheating
3.5 Stars

Very light, fast read. I liked it, and its a good what I consider "in-betweener" type book. Trick is a hottie that takes care of horses for Cami, our heroine, and works for her dad. It was definitely insta-lust type of deal. I liked the side characters too. They try to stay away from each other but yeah, you know that's not going to happen. Not really a lot of angst but we do get an interesting twist 3/4 in that I really didn't see coming.

Overall, a good read for the beach, plane, just
Alessandra  Nicolini
Recensito per il blog di LEGGEREROMANTICAMENTE:


Forse dalla Leighton mi aspettavo troppo, dopo aver apprezzato moltissimo la Bad Boys trilogy.
O forse, anche per una brava scrittrice, non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco.
Perché stavolta HA TOPPATO alla grande.
Pur conservando il suo stile semplice e molto scorrevole, è partita sotto tono e con un inizio noioso, forse per colpa di quell’elemento che non riesco più a sopportare in una storia d’a
Lenas Welt der Bücher
Meine Meinung:
Da ich schon sehr von der ersten Reihe der Autorin "Addicted to you" begeistert war, musste ich natürlich auch ihre neue Reihe lesen.
Das Buch ist abwechselnd aus der Sicht von Cami und Trick geschrieben. Der Schreibstil ist locker, sodass man das Buch so weg lesen kann.
An einigen Stellen hatte ich allerdings das Gefühl, dass die Geschichte auf der Stelle stehen bleibt. Es passiert nicht mehr wirklich was, aber zum Glück war das die Minderheit. An den meisten Stellen war die Geschi
Jul 31, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Speechless. This book blew me away. I'm not really one for "horses", "cowboys", "horse racing" types of books, but I'll read anything ms. Leighton writes. This book was incredible. I'm stunned. I can't even describe how I feel right now. GO READ IT!!!!
Sep 04, 2012 Jenn rated it did not like it

I could not even finish this book and I really tried to make myself finish. I rather go clean my bathroom than finish this book:(
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
Stop what you're doing and read this immediately!!!!!

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New York Times and USA Today 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: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels ...more
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“Pick 'treat'. Please, for the love of God, pick 'treat'." -Trick” 81 likes
“Trick looks up and his eyes meet mine. I am a deer caught in the headlights. I am a girl charmed by the cobra. I am breathless and mesmerized. And then he grins. Just like that, I'm his. Whether he knows it or not.” 34 likes
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