4.24.2014 | Thursday

Madly & the Jackal

category: Book Reviews

Madly & the Jackaltitle: Madly & the Jackal
author: M. Leighton
series: Madly #3
published: 25 May 2012
genre(s): fantasy, folklore, romance
pages: 277
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | BookHype | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges. 

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart. 

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

my review

Hands down, this is my favorite Madly book so far!   There was so much to this one and I couldn’t put it down.

Like everything I have read by this author, the writing just grabs me!  Everything she does is beautifully written and this is no exception.  There is so much emotion, regardless of whether I am crying, swooning, or laughing!  I always get so carried away and I love it!

Madly and Jackson… what can I say?  For a girl who is not generally into romance-centric story lines, I unabashedly swoon at these two.  It isn’t all sunshine and flowers, but it is intense and the stuff of dreams.  There is so much I could say about that relationship, but I refuse to spoil it!

But what makes a great romance in a book is a great story surrounding it.  And Madly & the Jackal has exactly that.  There is so much action and mystery and unanticipated moments.  The intrigue of it all kept me turning the pages long after I should have been asleep.  There is a bit of a cliffhanger, too, that leaves me wanting.  Recently, although it has been almost 2 years since this book was published, M. Leighton announced that a 4th Madly book is on its way and I couldn’t be happier!

some quotastic goodness

You are the most amazing man I’ve ever met and I love you so much I sometimes feel like I can’t contain it inside my chest.  Don’t ever say I deserve better.  You are the best there is (Loc. 1049).

“There are two things I was born to do.  One is to protect Atlas,” Jackson began.  He paused, tracing a fingertip from my temple to my jaw.  “The other is to love you.  If you don’t believe in anything else, believe in that.  Trust me.  Trust in me (Loc. 76).

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!  I HIGHLY recommend this series!!

About M. Leighton

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

You can visit her blog for her YA novels at .

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