Genre: New Adult | Fantasy | Mermaids
Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.
Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.
The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.
Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?
I was very impressed with Leighton's combination of mermaid folk-lore with fairy tales. Madly and Wolfhardt features the story of Little Red Riding Hood with a twist. Don't worry, I won't give away the ending. Madly is the princess of Atlas charged with the task of saving bother her home and all of humanity. No pressure, right? Add to that a healthy dose of mystery and a forbidden romance and you have a winner. Jackson, a sentinel and Madly's guardian, is a sexy hunk of man-flesh. I was relieved when Madly and Jackson finally embraced their attraction for each other. Considering that Madly and Jackson are tied, I was relieved when Aiden, Madly's intended, found someone else to care for. He was such a sweet character I didn't want to see him heartbroken. Leighton definitely amped up the intensity in both the suspense and the romance in the second novel in her Madly series. Her novella was great, but Wolfhardt is amazing. I'm very interested in seeing the direction Leighton takes in the next installment, and I'm also going to check out her other books.