Thursday, June 5, 2014

There's Wild, Then There's You (Wild Ones #3) by M. Leighton

Morning yall! I've got a double for ya. A review of There's Wild, Then There's You plus an exclusive excerpt! Check em out and let me know what you think! ~Anna
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, never wanted 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?

Type: New Adult
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though very limited)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Imma just take a second to pant over this cover. Hot damn that's a sexy work of art. Yums! Alright. To the review! Leighton has definitely caught my attention with the Wild Ones series and makes it near impossible to put a book down once you've picked it up...even if some of the things the characters do are a touch questionable. Seriously, I was hella entertained as Jet and Violet get pulled into a whirlwind of addiction that collides with unstoppable lust, secrets and a chance for a future they never could have imagined.

Okay so the quick of it is that Jet and Violet meet one night in the most unconventional sort of a sex addicts anonymous meeting. O.o Now gonna be interesting, right? ::snort:: And as they're drawn towards one another and start getting involved with each other the secrets they're both harboring start to cause a little trouble and it...gets a little messy.

So. Have you ever finish a book and you just sit there for a second kinda wondering...did I like these two? Or rather, should I be liking these I do? lol That's kinda how I landed with Violet and Jet. These two were pretty perfect for each other. They both manage to play fast and loose with the truth now and again and in the same general way though for different reasons. They're a bit damaged and struggling with who they are and their actions. She's a little bit of an over-reactor but she really does try to do what she think's is right and help those around her. And Jet. He's a little wild in his rocker ways. He's definitely not perfect but a bit flirty and definitely a bit smooth when he wants. And despite their individual flaws they're good for each other and really bring out the best in one another.
"That should be singular."

"What should be?"

"Partner. Only one."

"You've only been with one other man?"

I nod, feeling worse about this entire trip by the second."

"God, what a stupid asshole he must've been to give you up."

"I doubt he'd agree."

"That's why he's stupid."
The sex was hot but it was very limited. The title was pretty accurate. There's Wild, Then There's You. There really wasn't too much Wild happening in this one. Lots of tension and some nice lead up but only one real scene. It's a scorcher of a scene though.

Note the nipple rings. *nods* Yep he was totally sporting some.
There's a good bit of drama and angsty-ness happening. Everyone in this one is kinda screwed up. Violets utter fear of becoming addicted to anything and her desire to fix everyone, all of those in her life--father, best friend, cousins, aunts--that whatever the hell they want consequences be damned and expect her to pick up the pieces. Jet and his band and their less than savory ways. I really didn't want to like...any of them. But in the end most ended up winning me over. Jet and Violet both managed to grow and change into better people because of knowing each other. Gotta love that.

Overall, while I wasn't quite as enamored with There's Wild, Then There's You as I was with the previous book I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Writing, pacing and emotional pull were all excellent. I was definitely in to this one and had a hard time putting it down despite my quibbles with the actual characters on a few points--like the secret they were each hiding. Just wasn't something I think should be messed with but that may just be me. If you like a bit of angsty romance mixed with humor and real life happenings definitely one to check out.

Excerpt Three

After he gets situated, a spotlight clicks on and focuses its radiance on Jet. With his head bent as he adjusts the strings on his guitar, his hair looks like an ink spill in the light. Everyone around me is quiet as we wait, mesmerized by nothing more than his presence.

He closes his eyes with the first strum of his guitar. The simple sound vibrates through me, pulling me into its rhythm, into the song. Into Jet.

He tips his head back, turning his face into the light as he picks out notes. When he opens his eyes, staring out into the brightness, they glisten like pale blue diamonds. He turns them onto the crowd for a few seconds, until he begins to sing.

That’s when they find me. And I forget that we’re in a room full of people and that I shouldn’t be feeling this way about him. I’m simply lost. Lost to the moment, lost to the feeling. Lost to Jet.

Smoothly, he begins to sing the words to “Through Glass.” The lyrics float around me. His voice slides through me. But it’s Jet . . . It’s whatever makes Jet Jet that weaves a spell around me, a spell like silk ribbon that holds me right here. Right now. Right where he wants me, and right where I want to be.

His eyes never leave mine as he sings. Not once. He doesn’t glance down or around, doesn’t look at anyone else. Not for a single second. And no one steps between us. It’s like the ocean of people parted in reverence of what’s happening, and that no one would dare to interrupt it.

When he strums the last chord, no one moves. Not Jet, not me, not the people in the crowd. We all stay perfectly still, watching him watch me.

Jet doesn’t smile or wink or make this moment cute or contrived. He just stares at me like he’s seeing me for the first time. Or maybe that he’s feeling me for the first time. Like I’m feeling him.

It’s the tap of the drums that bring an end to my thrall. The spotlight shuts off and the dim house lights come back on. Another song is beginning around us, but none will ever compare to the beauty of this one. Of this one song. And how Jet sang it to me.

Have you read M. Leighton? What did you think?
Have you read a romance where one of the characters was an addict?

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