Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review: There's Wild, Then There's You by M. Leighton

Title: There's Wild, Then There's You (The Wild Ones #3)
Author: M. Leighton
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 336
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I received this book as part of a giveaway!

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?

Now THIS is how you write a romance novel!

After the last few YA romances I've read I'd almost lost all faith in the romance genre. I'd forgotten what it was like to read a romance written for my age group! Okay, so I'm not in my early 20s anymore... Whatever. This is one of the best books from the New Adult genre that I've had the pleasure of reading so far.

M. Leighton did a wonderful job with There's Wild, Then There's You, the third in The Wild Ones series (though I didn't read the first two). The writing is flawless and the characters actually had depth! Imagine that, right?

Violet is a self-sufficient, strong, independent woman - something I feel like we don't get enough of in literature. Not only that, but she was a character that I actually loved. I couldn't find anything I didn't love about her, in fact! She wasn't whiney or needy or pathetic. Jet was equally lovable. He obviously had his issues, but he wasn't a jerk like so many male protagonists are. The romance itself was completely believable. It didn't happen in 2.5 seconds flat. Rather, it progressed like a normal human relationship. It wasn't super, unbelievably skanky either. Everything about the relationship between Violet and Jet made sense to me.

The only question I'd have for these characters is -why- did you feel the need to keep your secrets? I just couldn't wrap my head around the thought processes behind their decisions!

If I could find a complaint for this book it would have to be that the chapters were so short. You see, this caused me much exhaustion from staying up so late. You know how it goes - "Oh, this chapter's short! Just one more!" And then it becomes a vicious cycle. So, as you can see, my biggest issue was that I loved this book and couldn't put it down! Seriously, to any fan of romance: read this.