Series: The Wild Ones #1.5
Published by: Self-Published on October 21, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Author
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: There's Wild, Then There's You
Also by this author: There's Wild, Then There's You
Wild Child was a fun and entertaining story. Not only do you get engaging characters like Jenna and Rusty, you also get a bit of Trick and Cami (the main characters from The Wild Ones) in this novella. I was surprised I saw them so much, but I really loved it. This series is definitely on the tamer side of Leighton and I have to say, I think I enjoy that side of her writing the most. Not to say I don’t love a good, steamy, and intense story, but there’s just something about a good romance with just a hint of sexy times that really hits the spot. And Leighton does a great job of that with this series so far.
I really liked that we go into this story with Jenna and Rusty in a quasi-relationship, simply coming to terms with what they want in life and what they’re willing to do, like set aside their fears, for love. These two are so great together. I loved their passion and their banter. Sure things are a bit rushed and simple, this is a novella after all, but it fit for their story, which was already semi-developed in the first book. I think Leighton had the right amount of ups and downs to keep us entertained and enough drama that these characters had to overcome without it being too much or unrealistic.
My favorite aspect of the story would have to be the beginning, without giving anything away, where these two are just at odds with each other in the best way possible. It was hilarious and I loved every minute of it. It’s been so long since I read The Wild Ones that it was a great feeling to dive back into this world, even just for a short time, and remember why I loved these characters and Leighton’s writing in general.