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 thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.
But that was before she met Patrick Henley.
“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.
The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.
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, secrets that could tear them apart.
First I will start off by saying I am the world’s biggest lover of ‘wrong side of the tracks’ love stories. I love West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, Love Story amongst others. So when I began reading “The Wild Ones” by Michelle Leighton, I was ecstatic. This is a story about two young people from opposing social classes who just fits together. Ms. Leighton beautifully captures the essences of love, just like wild horses, it needs to have the room to roam free.
In “The Wild Ones” we are introduced to Patrick Henley, also know as Trick. A handsome, hardworking man who has been forced to put his personal dreams on hold in order to help take care of his mother and much younger sister. Here is the thing about Trick; he has got to be one of the most lovable and endearing men I have ever read in a novel. Aside from his extraordinary sex appeal, he is a laid back cowboy who plays guitar, sings, and is truly beautiful. He also has a sweet soul that makes you want to hold him tight and never let go.
This is more than a story about Trick’s struggles. It is about his relationship with Cami, and here is where it gets interesting. Cami is the daughter of his boss. Ms. Leighton has this unique way of taking you on these journeys where she rips your heart right out of your chest. She throws these wrenches in her stories that make you believe that things will not turn out the way you expected. Even though I knew she is very much a Happily Ever After type of writer, I just couldn’t believe that would be the outcome for these two characters that I loved so deeply.
This story isn’t your average love story of undying attraction and flirtation; yes there are plenty of that in this novel. However, Trick and Cami have many adversaries thrown at them along the way to make this read a wondrous and beautiful ride.
I must admit that Ms. Leighton’s use of the first person narration alternating between the two characters per chapter was fantastic. This allows the reader a glimpse into both Trick and Cami’s mind.
This book was full of beautiful moments between Trick and Cami. On occasion I found myself blushing, not because this book is steamy (because it’s not in comparison to other books I have read) but I found this sweet innocence of their love so beautiful and captivating. It was the simple moments, those stares, the flirtatious banter, and the inner monologues. Moments that we all remember from first love. That look, that smile, that moment where we think did they notice I did that, or “oh God did I say that”. These moments were what made this book so utterly beautiful and magical to me. Not that there isn’t steam, believe me there are some steamy scenes, but the steam comes from the reader’s mind. They are transported to those thoughts, fears, and yearning, just like Trick and Cami.
I give this book 5 stars
Here are a few moments in the novel. These are the type of passages that makes me praise Ms. Leighton so highly. This is why she writes liquid poetry.
“I feel like there’s a piece of yarn tied between us and the longer she stands there, the tighter it get.”
“I feel the need to fidget as I think about pushing her up against the wall and making both of us forget all the reasons I shouldn’t look at her the way I do”
“Cami laughs. I love the sound. It’s throaty and sultry. Makes me want to do mo things to make her laugh just so I can hear it.”
“Her eyes start at my bare feet and move slowly up my calves and thighs. My balls tighten when she gets to my crotch. Her eyes stay there for a lot longer than what they should. It makes my pulse up speed.”
Ok I am going to stop there, just a little tease. Honestly, this book is worth every second I spent reading it. Ms. Leighton is a phenomenal writer and I cannot give her enough praise.
In a recent interview with Literati Literature Lovers Ms. Leighton had said that inspiration for the novel was drives from the song “Wild Horses”, so I will leave you with a little bit of that wonderful song.
I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or off stage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind
Wild horses, couldn’t drag me away
Wild, wild horses couldn’t drag me away