Too Hot: THE WILD ONES and DOWN TO YOU by M. Leighton

Posted 29 March, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 17 Comments

DOWN TO YOU by M. Leighton
Romance (New Adult)
298 pages, ebook
Available July 2, 2013 (originally self-pubbed in 2012)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

The scorching tale of one girl and two brothers in a love triangle…that’s not.

Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. Then she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. But Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. 

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.

How will she ever choose between them?

A fun read, DOWN TO YOU was my first introduction to M. Leighton’s writing. She’s got the contemporary dialogue down pat, with plenty of innuendo to boot. Olivia, Cash and Nash are all pretty young, just starting out in life and learning to make their way in the world. All of them are building their lives — Cash runs a club and Nash is doing an internship at a prestigious law firm while Olivia is bartending while she goes to school.

When Olivia meets the boys — each at a different time — she feels her hormones go into overdrive at the sight of the super-hot brothers. But she doesn’t *want* to get involved with either of them because Nash is taken and Cash is a bad boy (because tattoos and a motorcycle automatically mean bad boy, right? Doesn’t matter that he runs his own successful business… *sigh*)

Just reading this story without analyzing it too much is the best way to go because, once I started to actually pick it apart, I realized I had several issues with it. Olivia’s a bartender but she’s shy and doesn’t seem to realize how gorgeous she is. Because she’s so drop-dead gorgeous, every guy she meets flirts hard with her and dreams of getting her in their beds. Plus, she lives with her hateful cousin, who plays the role of the mean girl without much dimension. Then there’s the triangle that’s not really a triangle, though Olivia doesn’t realize it and, with her loins all a-flame, she’s not really thinking of the consequences of her actions.

This story’s best read for pure enjoyment — don’t overanalyze it! Just kick back and spend a few hours immersed in this passion-filled romance.

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THE WILD ONES by M. Leighton
Romance (New Adult)
336 pages, paperback
Available now (March 2013)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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

The darling daughter of a champion Thoroughbred breeder, Camille “Cami” Hines has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future—until she met Patrick Henley. “Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her—and he just happens to be so sexy she can’t keep her hands off him. While they both know that Trick would lose his much needed job on the ranch if anyone finds out, they can’t resist the lure of their scorchingly hot encounters. But 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, and secrets with the power to tear them apart….

Cami might have money and the “perfect” boyfriend but she’s not a happy camper. She’s not quite sure what to do about it, since Daddy is the controlling force in her life and, up until now, she’s only done what’s expected of her. But there’s that niggling in the back of her mind that turns into a full-blown epiphany when she meets Trick.

Trick is a really good guy — he’s put his dreams on hold to take care of his mom and sister and winds up working in the stables. Stables owned by Cami’s dad. Cue the bow-chicka-wow-wow music especially when she sees him hosing down a horse…with his shirt off, of course. I’m picturing a steaming horse, a dripping stable hand, rays of the setting sun highlighting his abs and flexing arm muscles as he pours water over his head…


In a rather classic boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-town meets girl-with-the-silver-spoon tale, THE WILD ONES follows Cami and Trick as they lust after one another, fight their desire and eventually cave. A lot. There are a lot of giggle-worthy moments (Trick’s lines are classics!) and some eye-rolling moments as well (come on, y’all, get on with it already!) but, all in all, this was an enjoyable read.

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17 Responses to “Too Hot: THE WILD ONES and DOWN TO YOU by M. Leighton”

  1. These books sound yummmm. I’m always on the lookout for erotica/romantica that doesn’t require me to think too much as I read them. From the way you describe them, M. Leighton’s books sound like just the thing for me. I think that the “female protagonist who doesn’t know she’s gorgeous and thus is awkward with men” trope is way overdone, but who doesn’t love that kind of protagonist and secretly wish that they could be her? 🙂

  2. I want a ‘bad boy’ just like Cash because I’m, you know, female… and sane. It’s never a good idea to overanalyze these books, but as long as you keep your brain properly restrained, they totally work.
    I take it Trick doesn’t have tattoos since he’s a good guy and all, lol. What a pity.

  3. “This story’s best read for pure enjoyment — don’t overanalyze it! Just kick back and spend a few hours immersed in this passion-filled romance.”

    I need EXACTLY that kind of book right now Mary! Bring on these bad boys! I love picking up books like this – ones I know I’m going to love but not necessarily be emotionally wowed by, and sometimes, I just want a hot romance okay? There, I said it:)

  4. Just reading and enjoying without overanalyzing is my default setting for these kinds of books, and I’m never disappointed. 🙂

    I’ve heard a few trusted reviewers have enjoyed Down to You, and I’m glad to hear The Wild Ones was fun too. I still can’t believe Olivia is torn between two brothers whose names rhyme in DtY, but hey, they’re hot, so I’ll take it!

    Totally getting these for my e-reader. Great reviews!

  5. I like that you mention pure enjoyment and not overanalyzing, because sometimes I tend to do that when I just need to relax with a book, so that’s always something good to keep in mind when reading certain books. I’ve also been really curious about M. Leighton, so yes, thanks for reviewing these two books. I need to try her at some point.

    • I’m terrible about that! It’s harder as a reviewer because we’re always analyzing when we read. Once I turned off the over-thinking, I enjoyed the stories!

  6. I was thinking these are the kind to just enjoy… don’t analyze. I have been curious about them and I do think that I really need to get these books. I wanna see that scene! There is also a joke about a horse in there somewhere… ;D

  7. I think that’s why I find it hard to review books that are anywhere close to like these ones… they’re just brain candy and a lot of the time are perfectly enjoyable enough for when you’re looking for something easy to read — but when you start analyzing them? It takes the fun out, for sure.

  8. I have The Wild Ones on my kindle but haven’t had a chance to read it. It seems like everyone is all over these ‘kinds’ of books and I really need to make some time to give them a try!