Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Wild Ones by M. Leighton Excerpt and Giveaway

Hello lovelies!! Boy do I have something special for you today. Like super fabulous, awesomeness!! Yup, that good. I'm sure you have been seeing The Wild Ones by M. Leighton all over the blogosphere and twitter. Today as part of a great promotion from AToMR Book Tours, I have an excerpt from the book and a giveaway for an ebook copy of it!!! I personally have not read it yet, but am dying to and need to get it soon. I trust some of my favorite blogger girls when they tell me that I need this book. So you need it too right? Enough chit chat. I will get to the good stuff.

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  • Publisher: M. Leighton
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Format: eBook 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Overview

The Wild Ones

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.


Now for an excerpt from the book:

EXCERPT #1

Sipping my beer, I look around at the familiar scene.  If the honky tonk music blaring from the speakers in the ceiling hadn’t been enough to scream COUNTRY BAR, the sea of cowboy hats would have been.  I smile as I adjust the black one that sits atop my own head.  I love being incognito.  Even if, by chance, someone I know stumbles into the smoke-filled dive, they’d never believe it was me looking out from beneath the brim. 
Something hits the back of my barstool —hard—just as I put the glass to my lips.  Ice cold beer pours down my chin and straight into my cleavage.  I suck in a breath.
“’Scuse me,” a deep voice rumbles in my ear.  Two hands grip my upper arms and pull me back, keeping me from tipping right out of my seat.  I’m looking down at my soggy jeans and t-shirt when I feel the hands disappear.  Half a second later, a face appears in my line of sight.  “I’m so sorry.  Are you okay?”
My fingers stop plucking wet cotton away from my chest and I stare.  Quite rudely, I might add.  I’m speechless. Literally.  And that, like, never happens to me.  
The most amazing eyes I’ve ever seen are staring back at me.  They are pale greenish-gray, rimmed in sooty lashes and filled with concern.
A sharp jab to my shin makes me let out the breath I hadn’t been aware of holding.  I see my best friend Jenna’s head poke out from behind the mystery face.  I know she kicked me and I know she’s trying to get my attention, but I can’t look away from these eyes long enough to glare at her.
God, his eyes!  I’ve never seen eyes that make me want to gasp and giggle and do a strip tease all at once.  But these do.
They flicker down, letting me go just long enough to collect my wits.  I find very few of them.  They are well and truly scattered.  When he looks back up at me, his eyes are wrinkled at the corners.  He’s smiling.  And holy hell, what a smile it is!
“Does it make me a bad person for liking your shirt better this way?”
I glance down at myself.  My dark pink bra is plainly visible through the now-wet paper thin material of my pale pink shirt.  So are my very erect nipples.  I blush, mortified.
Why, oh why did I wear a light pink t-shirt with a dark pink bra? 
Because you can’t see your bra through it when it’s dry, dumb ass.
A thumb brushes my right cheek.  “God, that’s sexy,” he whispers.  Against my will, my eyes fly to his face.  His smile has died to a lopsided grin that is devastation in its purest form.  “I’ve never made a girl blush before.”
I laugh nervously, struggling to find my voice, to find my dignity.  “Somehow I doubt that,” I say softly.
“Wow! The hair of a devil, the face of an angel and the voice of a phone sex operator.  You really are the perfect woman.”
To my utter humiliation, my cheeks burn even hotter.  Curse my fair skin!
Reaching into his pocket, Hot Stranger pulls out a couple bills and slides them across the bar.  “Another of whatever…” He trails off, looking at me in question, waiting for me to fill in the blank.
“Cami,” I say, trying to hold back my grin. 
Smooth way of getting my name.  Chalk one up for Hot Stranger.
“Another of whatever Cami is having.”  He turns back to me, a wicked gleam in his smoky eyes.  “Sorry about your drink.  Not so much about your shirt, though,” he admits candidly.
Willing myself not to blush again, I tilt my head.  “So, do clumsy strangers have names in this place?  Or are you just called ‘bull in china shop’?”
The lopsided grin comes back.  “Patrick, but my friends call me Trick.”
“Trick?  As in trick or treat?  That kind of trick?”
He laughs and my stomach flutters.  It actually flutters.  “Yep.  That kind of trick.”  He sobers and leans in close to me.  “Cami, can I ask a favor?”
I’m breathless again.  He’s so close I can count every hair in the stubble that dusts his tan cheeks.  For just a second, his clean manly scent overrides the cigarette smoke and stale beer smell of the bar. 
I lose my voice—again—so I nod.
“Pick ‘treat.’  Please, for the love of God, pick ‘treat’.”
Like an idiot, I say nothing. I do nothing.  I simply stare.  Like a…a…well, like an idiot.
He makes a disappointed noise with his lips then starts shaking his head.  “Too bad.  Woulda made my night.”
He straightens, takes a step back and smiles at me again.  “Nice to meet you, Cami,” he says, and then he turns and melts into the crowd.

Dude!! After that excerpt I need this book for sure. Now I have a giveaway for one lucky person to win an eBook copy of this book. It's New Adult/Mature, so you know... I guess I should say 16 and up. I don't want any parents hunting me down if this is a little too grown up for their tastes, so please, get permission if you are under 18. 


Must be 16 or older to enter or have parents permission
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Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen
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18 comments:

  1. After that excerpt, there's no doubt I'll be checking this book out! :D
    Thanks for a chance to win, Amy. :)

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    1. I have been hearing amazing things about this book. I need to read it!!

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  2. I love this excerpt!! This book has definitely been on my TBR! Really looking forward to reading it! :-)

    Thanks very much for the giveaway!

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    1. Good luck!! I am looking forward to it too!!

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  3. Yay! You know how much I loved The Wild Ones!! "Pick treat" is one of my favorite parts of the book. You must read this soon!

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    1. Yes!! I really want to read it. I will find time soon.

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  4. I've been hearing SO many good things about this one! :D If only I had time to read it. :( Hopefully I can shorten my TBR pile within the next few months and have a chance to try The Wild Ones. :) LOVE the excerpt though!

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    1. I know!! I have so many books I really want to get to, just not enough time. I haven't really been accepting many review books lately, but I'm still pretty busy for the next 2-3 months.

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  5. Ooh... I NEED this now... Thanks for the chance :)

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    1. Yes, this one sounds fantastic!!

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    1. I definitely want this book. I entered a few giveaways (not my own obviously) and hoping I win one. If not then I will buy it ASAP!!

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    1. You girls make me feel like I will shrivel up and die if I don't read this book ASAP! Lol!!

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  8. I think I need to read this. M. Leighton is awesome! I've read five of her books so far and they're all great.

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    1. Sadly, I haven't read any of her books, but really want to. I have heard that her Madly series, and this are fabulous!!

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