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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 wayMadly 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?...

Title : Madly & Wolfhardt
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ISBN : 12039404
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Madly & Wolfhardt Reviews

  • Melissa
    2018-11-12 22:53

    Mermaids? Really? This is not a topic that I would ever consciously seek out when choosing a paranormal romance. In fact, the first thought that pops into my head when I think of mermaids is a band of merry crustaceans playing the xylophone and singing, "The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake." But I really enjoyed M. Leighton's "For the Love of a Vampire" series, so I was willing to give this book a try. All I can say is "Wow!" I loved it. Mermaids, Little Red Riding Hood, werewolves (sort of) . . . This book had it all. There was a potential for all of this to become a giant mess, but Leighton is able to pull all of the elements of the story together to create a fun, exciting, and original story. Madly is mermaid royalty who is living on land in a sort of boarding school. She is soon to be betrothed to her friend, Aiden. Before this betrothal she expects that she will feel some sort of metaphysical connection to Aiden, but it doesn't happen. He just feels like a great friend. Unfortunately, she does develop this metaphysical connection, but it is with Jackson, her equivalent of a merperson bodyguard. It is forbidden for Mer royalty to bond with lower merpeople, and Jackson is considered to be lower. Jackson is gorgeous (it's required in all paranormal romances that the hero be gorgeous, isn't it?). He is also intelligent, strong, talented, caring, and he takes his job of protecting the princess very seriously. In fact, he is so serious about this job that he does all he can to avoid showing any of his true feelings for Madly. This leads to many misunderstandings between them. In fact, this was the most frustrating part of this novel to read. It is a pet peeve of mine, but I get so annoyed when reading about conflicts between characters which could so easily be solved if the people would just TALK to one another. Madly knows that she is feeling all a-fluttery around Jackson, but she is convinced that he hates her. On the surface it might seem that Jackson is angry with her all the time, but she doesn't see that his angry silences and occasional outburst come after Madly has either done or said something about Aiden and her eventual betrothal to him. I can see that Jackson is working through some jealous frustration, but Madly doesn't seem to figure that out. Most frustrating is how Madly deals with her insecurity about her feelings and Jackson's reciprocal feelings. She reacts by lashing out with angry and hurtful words. So frustrating. I just wanted them to sit down and discuss things. But I guess if things worked out that way in these books, they would be significantly shorter, and they wouldn't have some of the drama that continues to drive me to read. It is obvious to me that Jackson feels exactly as Madly does, but both of them are trying to avoid speaking the words outright because they know that they will only be admitting to feelings that can never lead anywhere because of the traditions of their world.The love triangle between Madly, Aiden, and Jackson was interesting and original to read because it wasn't the average "Girl Loves Boy #1 -- Girl Loves Boy #2 -- Girl Can't Decide Between the Two" sort of love triangle. Aiden and Madly are destined to be together because the royalty of their world decreed it to be so, but Madly loves Jackson, and Aiden loves someone else. I won't give away his love interest so there is some mystery. The problem is not too many people to love. It is that the world of the merpeople has chosen for them, so Madly and Aiden are not free to choose for themselves. I was happy that I could heartily root for Madly and Jackson without feeling guilty for the left-over member of the triangle. I think that it will be interesting to see where Leighton takes this story. Madly and Wolfhardt are actually two novellas that are combined to make one novel. The two novellas transition seamlessly, and I would not have even known that there were two separate books to this if they had not been labeled. The first novella focuses on introducing Madly and her world, while the second novella focuses on the fight to capture The Big Bad Wolf, Wolfhardt. Seriously -- The Big Bad Wolf. It sounds crazy, but it makes sense. While there is obviously a bad guy in this book, I think that there is potential for a more subtle enemy to arise in the future installments of this story. For this novel the royalty an people of Atlas are trapped away from Madly, so they do not play an active role in this story. However, their customs and rules are the things that will keep Madly and Aiden from finding happiness with their true loves. It seems as if these merpeople who are now victims in this first novel could potentially show themselves to be less stellar in future stories. I think that this will be interesting to see. Madly and Jackson are fighting some overwhelming odds as they try to stay together. This was a fun book to read, full of many flutter worthy moments as well as a bit of suspense and action. It is not the end of the story. I am looking forward to reading more about Madly and Jackson, and there are still more things to discover about Aiden. Aiden's story is a secondary part of this novel, but it is still interesting, and he has his own issues to work through in order to find true happiness. I thought about this book even when I was not reading it, and that is a sign of a good book for me. I think I have found a new author to add to my list of favorites. I highly recommend this for fans of YA paranormal romances.

  • Courtney Cole
    2018-11-03 14:54

    I am trying very hard to think of words to describe M. Leighton's latest novel, Madly and Wolfhardt. Creative... ethereal... intoxicating... fascinating... all of these words apply. I can honestly tell you that in a literary world where everything has been done before in one way or another, THIS story has never been done. Mermaids, fairy-tales, werewolves... oh my! And on the surface, it doesn't sound as if those things should go together. But, with her incredibly adept writing skill, M. Leighton weaves a tale that is believable and fascinating. I was absorbed into this fantasy world from the very first delicious page. The fantasy Mer world is woven with so many details that I felt as if I was actually there with Madly and the swoon-worthy Jackson (who incidentally, is my new favorite leading man out of ALL of M.Leighton's leading men). I adore this book. It is officially my new favorite M.Leighton book... and I would be highly surprised if it didn't become yours as well.

  • Amber J.
    2018-11-13 17:41

    okay, I'm not sure where to start, because I really DO love the book, but I can't give it 5 stars because I DON'T like the ending =(I DO love the character Jackson -- he's smart, strong, fearless, loving, loyal, and handsome -- definitely everything you want in a male lead charactersidenote: I want to apologize to Gale (The Hunger Games), Four (Divergent), and Gage & Logan (Burn) because JACKSON has officially taken the #1 spot and knocked you all down a notch lolI DO like the overall theme of the story: choosing between love vs. honor & duty (so awesome)...but I DON'T like that in the end, no one really makes that difficult choice* (not so awesome)I feel like Aidan's choice is basically made for him, which sort of allows everything to fall into place too perfectly for everyone else, which almost gives it a happily ever after feel (I hope this doesn't count as a spoiler lol)*I did ask M. Leighton about this on her blog, and she basically said the conflict isn't fully resolved and there will be more challenges to come in the next bookI DO like that this book examines the mythology of the Mer culture, which I haven't really seen in litI DO love M. Leighton's writing style, it flows beautifully without being simplisticI DO know I will definitely be buying Book 3 =)

  • Alexandria Nicole
    2018-10-31 20:42

    I DEVOURED this book! I absolutely loved it. Although I've never read a story about mermaids before, this story seemed completely original to me. Leighton incorporated fair tales into this story in a great way that makes perfect sense. She captured my attention within the very first few pages of the book and I couldn't put it down after that. Madly is a very strong character and she's really in tune with her feelings. She thinks like a normal 18 year old girl would so it's realistic. And Jackson, whew, don't get me started on him. A huge, sexy chunk of man that I would love to meet in real life. He's probably one of my new favorite fictional males. I will admit sometimes I felt like things were a little confusing but they weren't so awful that I had to quit reading. I've been that way with a lot of books and they've been some of my favorites as well. M. Leighton did a fantastic job with Madly's story on saving her family. I CANNOT wait for Book 3!

  • Joy (joyous reads)
    2018-11-04 19:55

    A bit of a background: Ages ago, Lucifer and Proserpine created evil creatures called Lores. Lucifer, being the dark angel that he was, perhaps saw opportunity to rule the entire universe (I'm just guessing - the author didn't really explain why or maybe there was a myth involved? ), cast Proserpine out of the Underworld. Proserpine turned to Neptune for help, in which he agreed on the condition that she'd disclosed everything she knew about the creatures. Neptune then, created a prison for these creatures with a set of four keys able to hold these spirits. The story actually begins when one of those spirits escaped, locking down Atlas with Princess Madly's parents and sister, Truly inside. Since Madly holds one of the keys, she's the only one with the capability to trap Ulrich Wolfhardt's spirit and free Madly's people in Atlas. Who is Ulrich Wolfhardt? Well, long story short - he's a wolfman ( not to be confused with a werewolf) obsessed with the Straus Maiden. So when his spirit escaped he continued to hunt the Straus bloodline by possessing his immediate descendant. Once they saved the descendant of the Straus Maiden, then and only then can they capture Wolfhardt and send him back to where he belongs. Confused yet? Don't be. The story is easy to follow once you get into the groove.THE GOOD:I'm really interested to find out how the author will incorporate the other folklore into this mer series. I think it's highly innovative for her to use these fabled sea dwellers as a vessel, while putting a spin on some of the fairy tales we've come to know of so fondly. The chemistry between Jackson and Madly was explosive and brownie points for the forbidden romance element. I'm dying to read the next book to find out how their relationship is going to work considering Jackson is a pauper to his Princess. Their bloodlines mixing is a no-no to the kingdom so I'm really anxious for their sakes.THE NOT-SO:This is a series with a whole lot of promise. But there were some plot elements that I really felt were unfinished. For instance: there was an incident in the prequel which hinted that Madly could hear what Jackson was thinking. I was looking forward to reading more about this in the second book, but I was disappointed to discover that it was something the author didn't really delve into. Another one was the geeky boy who'd watched Kellina from afar. Considering the time and focus spent on this boy, his role didn't really go anywhere - a decoy, if you will. While I swooned over Jackson and gushed over the romance, I sometimes found myself frustrated with Jackson's constant pulling and pushing. Also, about 70% of Madly's thoughts were of Jackson instead of worrying about her family in Atlas. I can sympathize pining for a guy to a point, but all the longing and wanting and lusting was a bit overdone in my opinion.THIS IS HOW I REALLY FEEL:Regardless of my grievances stated above, I'm still dying to read the next book. This ended in a cliffie and we haven't really seen the actual world of the mers. I'm also dying to read more about how the royals are going to react to Madly's mating tie. All in all, I think this will be an amazing series rich in adventures and romance. The prequel is a good place to start.

  • Fisher Amelie
    2018-10-30 19:51

    I happened to read the novella before I got to read the complete novel and was stuck with having to wait for the glorious results for a few weeks. It was the longest weeks of my life! Okay, okay, maybe that was a bit dramatic. Hey, it's in my nature but I do admit I had been waiting for the release more than any other book this year. Why, you ask? Well, because I love different and 'Madly and Wolfhardt' is unparalleled. Unparallelled, and not to mention, a breathtakingly beautiful story with equally stunning characters. Mermaids and werewolves and creatures of Lore, oh my! That's right. Mermaids and werewolves seem an unlikely combination, I know, but now it seems like the most natural blend in the world, despite the fact that it's fiction, because Leighton's writing is flawless, smooth, and goes down like nectar from the gods. Tasted just as good, too, because the plot was so fascinating I felt hungry for more when I turned the last page. Nyuck. Nyuck. Seriously, though,the author took it directions I never imagined and surprised me at every turn. The pacing was so superb, I was never left wanting to get to the next page, like some Indie's make me do. (Leighton never does this, by the way, in any of her books.) So, I think it goes without saying that I read the entire thing in one sitting. Laundry, be darned. And now, drum roll please. My favorite part. Jackson. Oh, Jackson, Jackson, Jackson. At first glance, you think broody, broody and temperamental but as his character progresses his depth is revealed, exposing a selfless warrior and bonafide hunk. His silent mantra reads, 'For Madly. Always for Madly.' And silent, he is. He's self-sacrificing and in agony but his job is to protect Madly so he steals himself, for her. By the end of the novel, your heart is left aching for him which makes me want him for my own. I'd like to gather him up and place him in my pocket for later he's so amazing. So, with that, I will walk away from this review with Jackson in my pocket because apparently I'm a thief and a warm heart because apparently I'm a sucker for a dynamic love story.

  • Jalyn
    2018-10-19 19:03

    Oh so good! Unless some of the Lore captures are combined, I'm guessing there will be a total of nine books in this series and that really has me pumped!Brief descriptionMadly is a mermaid princess who's parents are trapped in her underwater home of Atlas. While they're being held captive, it's up to Madly to capture the Lore (spirits) who are the bad guys in human fairy tales. In this book she's after Wolfhardt who is the wolf we know from the story "Little Red Riding Hood."What I lovedUm, pretty much everything. I love Madly. She's an awesome heroine that isn't afraid to do what needs to be done to save others. Jackson is a really good love interest. I felt their feelings while reading the book and I was deliciously tortured by their I-want-you-but-I-can't-have-you relationship. Some of the scenes were...wow! What I didn't likeHmmm. I can't really think of anything.Brief thoughts4.5 stars from me, but I'm rounding up. I never thought I'd enjoy a book about mermaids, but I loved this book! I'm going to start Madly and the Jackal right now! The only thing that has me bummed....it looks like I'm going to have to wait another year for book 4.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-14 19:54

    I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying this series thus far. M. Leighton has created a world that is rich in mer lore with heaps of adventure and romance. I love the fact that she has combined mermaids, fairy tales and werewolves in this book. Unlikely combination… most assuredly…. However, it works and it sucked me in big time! Leighton has an incredibly adept writing style and weaves a tale that is both believable and fascinating.Ms. Leighton has truly created a fascinating mermaid mythos and a heart-pounding romance that will leave you anxiously anticipating the next book. Kudos to you Ms. Leighton for taking us on such an imaginative ride! I will most definitely be continuing with the series and anxiously await book 3.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-29 18:47

    M. Leighton never fails to deliver a breathtaking story and unforgettable characters! She has quickly become one of my favs! Can't wait for book 3! I might have to agree with Courtney that Jackson is my favorite leading man now!! Great job!! Loved it!! :)

  • Dani
    2018-11-11 23:03

    4.5/5 stars (rounded up for Goodreads) :)Future Warden Queen of the Mer, seventeen year old Madly James is currently residing in the small town of Slumber where she is given the unique opportunity to learn about and live among the people she will one day rule. When eight of the dreaded Lore, evil spirits the rest of the world commonly recognizes as fairytale villains, are released from Mer captivity, they threaten the safety of all magical descendants, not to mention the world. An unknown traitor has set this devious plan in motion and has also taken Madly’s family hostage. Endowed with special abilities only granted to the royal family, Madly is the only one who can recapture the missing Lore, save her family and her kingdom.The most immediate threat to the inhabitants of Slumber comes from the Lore, Wolfhardt; a bloodthirsty wolf-monster that once stalked a little girl in red through the woods to her grandmother’s house. Now that he’s escaped, he’s back for the girl’s descendant with one goal in mind – to finish what he started centuries before. Aiding Madly in her quest to stop and imprison Wolfhardt is Jackson, the handsome Sentinel to whom she lost her heart so long ago, but with whom a relationship is strictly forbidden by the morays of Mer society. Will Madly be able to protect her people and her heart?First of all, can I just say how much I love mermaids? Well, I am (going to)…and I do (love mermaids). There’s just something romantic and utterly other-worldly about a half-human, half-fish, magical race that lives beneath the seas and Leighton has created a beautiful mythology and history behind her Mer culture. There are many tantalizing tidbits about Madly’s society sprinkled throughout the book that together create a wonderfully detailed picture of this magical world – why it exists, how it works and how it is structured. I especially love the whole idea of the Lore as these evil, malicious spirits intent on wreaking havoc, that to common knowledge only exist in children’s storybooks as fairytale villains. If you stop to think about it, a lot of those un-Disneyfied fairytales by the Brothers Grimm and others are incredibly frightening stories that could keep many a small child awake night, but are easy for adults to dismiss when regulated to the realm of imagination. I mean, just imagine if Rumpelstiltskin were real, or Mother Goethel, or the cannibalistic witch from Hansel & Gretel?Deliciously terrifying, right? Leighton does a wonderful job of bringing to life the rather horrifying side of fairytales in her re-imagining of an ages-old tale. I love when authors are able to accomplish world building so well and I’m able to immerse myself in new, exciting universes. Leighton’s descriptions are so vivid that it makes it easy to imagine what Madly’s world and it’s inhabitants look like.At it’s heart, Madly & Wolfhardt is a love story. And I’ll admit, I’m a complete sucker for the love vs. duty type of romance. There’s just something about forbidden love, the love that isn’t meant to be, that I just adore. It makes me cheer on harder for the seemingly ill-fated lovers and become that much more invested in their relationship . I also should probably admit that I’m also a total sucker for romances involving people who have a shared history/childhood friendship; oftentimes there’s so much more depth to those kinds of relationships because of the shared familiarity that exists between them. So needless to say, I was completely sucked in by the heart-wrenching, sweet, tempestuous romance between Madly & Jackson.Madly herself was a very compelling character. Though a princess, and the lone member of the ruling family free of the Lore’s clutches, she wasn’t about to let anyone treat her like some fragile thing that needed protecting. When she discovered her world, family and friends were in trouble, she stepped up and was ready to do something about it. Courageous, stubborn to a fault, slightly impetuous, confident, regal yet compassionate Madly embodies everything I imagine a good princess to be and she’s really a lovable character.In fact, all of the characters had a wonderful uniqueness and weight to them, though I probably loved Jersey the most – über quirky and completely endearing. I won’t say much about it, but I think Leighton did some interesting things with her characters and took them in some unexpected directions that ultimately I was very pleased with. You’ll just have to read it to figure out my oh-so-cryptic statement. Verdict? This book was charming; lighter in tone than her previous books, but with all the same urgency that a struggle between good and evil should have. Leighton has truly created a fascinating mermaid mythos and a heart-pounding romance that will leave you anxiously anticipating the next book.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-14 16:46

    I'm reviewing books 1 and 2 together as Madly is really only a novella, introducing us to the characters and the world they live in and preparing us for book 2. Madly James is a mermaid princess doing an internship at the school in Slumber, together with her friend Jersey and her bethrothed, Aidan, also merfolk. This is so they can spend some time with the humans they are bound to protect. After their resident advisor, Lady Sheelagh is found murdered, Jackson a sentinel, and Madly's previous crush, assigns himself to protect Madly, as the lore have escaped. They are holding Madly's sister Truly as leverage against her parents, Warden Major and Warden Queen, who rule the mermaid world beneath the sea. And apparently, the only ones who can save them are Madly and Jackson. Madly and Wolfhardt kicks off here with the discovery that the first lore to arrive in Slumber is Wolfhardt. He is the wolf from the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The lore are connected to the fairy tales, with the modern day fairy tales being a retelling of what really happened with the lore in the past. Madly and Jackson have to find out who the relative of Little Red Riding Hood is. They find her and Madly tells her of her heritage and the danger she's in. These books didn't impress me at all. The world building was really bad. I know nothing about Slumber or Atlas or why they have to do an internship and why they protect the humans of Slumber, and, from my perspective, only the humans of Slumber? Is Slumber separate from the rest of the world? And why do the relatives of the lore reside there? There's so much that we don't find out the reasoning behind.The characters are completely one dimensional. Madly is betrothed to Aidan and will apparently start to have really strong feeling fro him soon, though again, the author doesn't go into any detail about this. Anyway, next you know, Aidan is falling for and connecting with someone else and Madly is still head over heels for Jackson??? And one really annoying thing, Madly's parents and sister are being held capture and yet all her inner dialogue is about Jackson. She gives very little thought or worry to her family!!I felt this book ended prematurely too. Where this left off and the next book started really felt to me like it should have been a continuation of this book. Needless to say I won't be continuing on with the series. I've read some good reviews of these books so there's obviously people out there who took a lot more out of these books than I did.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-07 14:36

    After reading MADLY, I was eager to continue the series. MADLY AND WOLFHARDT, book two, is where the adventure truly begins. In effort to capture the escaped Lore and free her family, Madly must find Wolfhardt, more commonly known as The Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. With the help of her best friend Jersey, and Sentinel, Jackson, Madly must piece together the clues, putting herself and her friends in danger. And though her royal lineage leaves her promised to another, Madly's heart continues to yearn for Jackson. I don't know how I managed to stay in the dark on this, but I had no idea that the Madly Series includes fairy tale lore. I mean, the word "Lore" is included in the synopsis and in the story. But until it was almost explicitly stated, I was clueless. What a dummy I am! If I had known, I would've been even more eager to read the series. M. Leighton's use of fairy tale legend was clever and fun. Even though, like I stated before, Wolfhardt is based on wolf from Red Riding Hood, Leighton loosely used the tale we know from childhood, and created her own legend. It was so cool! As much as I love the story, I would be a big fat liar if I didn't come clean and admit that what truly makes this series such a fantastic read is The Love Story. Madly and Jackson. Sigh..The story of Jackson and Madly proves that Leighton has a brilliant flair for writing chemistry. The tension between the two is nearly combustible. The longing for one another they share made me ache for them. And then, Jackson uttered the words, my favorite passage (thus far) in the series:"When Jackson leaned down and pressed a sweet kiss to my cheek, he whispered in my ear, 'I love you, Madly James and if I never see you again, know this: someday, whether it's today or a hundred years from now, I'll die with you on my mind.' " (ebook, 82%)Thud. <----The sound my heart made when I read that. My eyes burned with tears, my heart felt ready to burst. If nothing else, characters with that depth of emotion should sell you on this series. MADLY AND WOLFHARDT was a joy to read. Full of fun characters, adventure, and great story-telling, who could ask for more?Favorite Quote:"I couldn't help the moan that escaped my lips. At that moment, I was lost to all else but Jackson. There was no right or wrong, no should or shouldn't, no do or don't - only feeling. Strong, all-consuming feeling that I had neither the strength nor the desire to resist." (ebook, 38%)

  • Donna {Book Passion for Life}
    2018-10-20 20:46

    A joint review for book one and two together. May contain spoilers.I was looking for a short read and can across Madly on Amazon. I first noticed the amazing book cover and then I read the blurb and I instantly sold. Now let me just say Madly completely surprised me and had me captivated from start to finish. I loved it! And of course, I went straight on to read book two, Wolfhardt and loved it even more. Who would have thought mermaids and werewolves could work? Well it did and I fell in love with M Leighton’s work from page one. I instantly liked Madly and connected with her as a character quite easily. I found her fun, strong and just an all-round awesome character to read about. It was very easy to slip into her head and go through her motions and understand why she loved the people she did in her life. Everyone around her is supportive and trust worthy, but not just because she is a princess but because she has genuine friends that love and care her so it was nice to see she had that support system even when her parents are held captivate.The story itself was intense, action packed and dangerous. I loved finding out about Madly’s world under the sea and what her life is like above ground but most of all, I loved finding out about Jackson. *Sigh* Jackson! He literally took my breath away, but of course with Madly being a Princess and Jackson being of a lower status; a sentinel who trains and protects Atlas, it’s forbidden for them to ever be together. There love however does shine through and they have several heart-warming moment together and boy I WANT MORE!! I love Jackson and I think any fans of Jennifer L.Armentrout’s Covenant series will love Madly’s world just as much as me.Overall, I’m extremely glad I picked up this series and I cannot wait to continue with book three once it’s been released.

  • Carrie Ardoin
    2018-10-25 20:48

    Madly James is a mermaid princess whose parents have been captured. Her underwater home, Atlas, is in lockdown because the deadly prisoners called Lore have escaped. These nightmarish creatures are from fairy tales, but in this world are very real.Madly and her guardian, Jackson, are charged with the safekeeping of a girl who may be under attack by one of the Lore. But things start getting complicated when Madly realizes her true feelings for Jackson, whom she can never have as she is a member of the royal family. Can she protect her friend, and her heart?At only about 125 pages, this was a short book. So I'll do this review as a list.What I liked:--The mix of fairy tale creatures and mermaid myth. The basis for the world is very original and mixes together in a cool way.--Madly's attitude. She is a princess, and she acts like one. Madly isn't afraid to speak her mind and give orders when they need to be given.--Mix of romance and action. This book had a great balance of aspects I loved. What I didn't like:--World building. I didn't get a great picture in my mind of Slumber or Atlas.--Madly's attitude with Jackson. The way the relationship went back and forth was maddening (LOL, pun). It's also something I've seen in a lot of books. The feelings Jackson has for her are obvious to everyone EXCEPT Madly. Even the reader knows!--The ending. I kind of felt like the ending went too fast. To be honest I didn't completely understand what went on and the events seemed to contradict earlier parts of the story.This book was kind of back and forth for me, but I will read the next one in the series.

  • Lindsay
    2018-11-16 14:58

    Okay, I admit, I wasn't sure how I would like a book about Mermaids, but it was friggin' fantastic! Love the cover art. Wasn't crazy about the main character's name being Madly, but grew into it. At least I could pronounce it, as is not the case with a few books I have read lately! Anyway, I just thought it was so original and loved the mix of mermaids, royalty and classic fairy tales. There is a love triangle that isn't really a love triangle and it never really makes you uncomfortable like so many other books. Jackson is one leading man I would like to get my hands all over...smokin', intelligent, devoted and so in love! I don't think there was a character in the book that I didn't like. I am so looking forward to the next book...is it out yet? tee hee**Potential Spoilers** Love that Aidan and Madly both formed mating bonds with other people and there was never any awkwardness with their understanding of each other and it seems like they will continue to be best friends and support each other. Will be interesting to see how Aidan's new "role" plays into the new book...will he sill be able to turn into Mer? Obviously totally rooting for Jackson and Madly and hope there isn't too much turmoil with their relationship in the next book, but what would a good book be without some good 'ol fashioned turmoil? Jersey...have a feeling she is going to be a part of the next Lore with that set of brothers, one of which dumped her in book. It was just too weird of a thing for it to not be involved...Snow White or something?? Again...is the next book out yet?

  • Jackie -Sated Faery
    2018-10-20 18:33

    AMAZING! Honestly, when I first saw this I wasn't too sure if mermaids sounded very exciting or not. But this is such a great author that she has had me daydreaming about a fish-man! (who thankfully doesn't keep his scales when he's on land- so it's not as weird as it sounds!) Madly is your basic teenager (besides the whole mermaid princess thing) until all hell breaks loose underwater and she is forced into an adult position immediately. She is torn between thinking with her head so she can save her people follow through with the future her parents have planned for her and thinking with her heart so she can be with her forbidden love and be happy. Madly & Jackson have to work together to find the Wolf spirit (Wolfhardt) who has escaped from his underwater prison, before he can begin his killing spree. This story is filled with action and suspense to keep you on your toes and constant frustration surrounding Jackson, the sexy sentinel that watches over Madly. This is one of those books that you won't be able to put down until you finish it! I cannot wait for more!

  • Future Slayer Girl
    2018-10-24 22:50

    OH MY GOD! She cliffhanged me! M. Leighton shoved a cliffhanger right in my face at the end of this book and based on her website I see no book three in site!!!!!!! This book did it for me. Not only where there MERMAID! OH yes! I said mermaids, which I'm secretly dying to write about myself, but it had GREAT romance for a young adult book. It wasn't cheesy. The whole thing from beginning to end was incredible. I was really sucked into this magical world of lore and fairy tale! Brilliant, and so amazing! I'm so glad I pretty much spent one day buying up all that I could of M. Leighton when I discovered her facebook page because now I can dive into one of her other series! Cheers, M. Leighton! Beautifully done!

  • Carrie
    2018-10-30 17:44

    Beautiful! Another captivating read by M. Leighton! I love just being able to sit back and let the author create a world around me that allows me to get lost for a little while. And getting lost in the Mer world is a new and amazing experience! This story is beautiful and breathtaking! It's filled with strong characters, excellent romance, and suspense...all wrapped up in this fascinating and impeccably well-written fairy tale!!

  • Taylor Hale
    2018-11-12 20:47

    I really liked this book. Madly is a girl torn between duty and love. You struggle with her as she knows that she is unable to be a royal princess and be with Jackson. The book has a lot of interesting twists and turns and it is just a really good, fun read.

  • Dayna
    2018-11-10 20:41

    Madly and Wolfhardt are an amazingly enchanting and wondrous read about the Mer folk with a modern day twist.Read my full review here: http://secretlivesoffictionlovers.wor...

  • Kelsey van Dillen
    2018-10-23 23:01

    Just a little bit more than 3 stars. Like 3.184 or something. It had some fairytale elements in it, like little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. I just don't know what wolfhardt has to do with their main goal, which is saving Atlas

  • Maria
    2018-11-06 18:57

    Awwww this book was so good!! Madly is such an awesome character and can we talk about Jackson, I fell in love with him!! This is an Awesome read. I've never read any books about Mermaids and it did not disappoint, can't wait for the next one in this series:)

  • Misty
    2018-10-26 16:39

    LOVED this book! Very original concept! The characters came alive from the very beginning-- the author really knows how to create a world that the reader can get lost in. Great story and fantastic writing.

  • Stargirl
    2018-10-31 17:36

    I had read the first Madly novella a long time ago and I can’t say I remembered much about it (that’s my curse, bound to forget everything) but it was easy enough to go into the story, Mer people and Lores to catch.A nice take on mer people and other mythical creatures (aka Werewolves if it wasn’t made clear by the title)What I enjoyed was the leading MC chose not to hide things from her friends which was a nice change.I do think it could have gain my being a bit longer.

  • Camille Picott
    2018-10-31 19:35

    The Writer's View - a unique approach to book blogging. For more reviews, visit www.camillepicott.com***I'm going to start off this review and say that I don't think I was quite the right audience for the story. At its heart, this is 85% love story, 15% action/plot/worldbuilding. Don't get me wrong, I love romance in a story, but I prefer a more balanced mix of the various elements. I found myself skimming the parts where Madly is yearning for Jackson. But that's just a reflection of my personal tastes, not the writing. The romantic writing is totally beautiful. You can FEEL the love and yearning and longing and desire. It's palpable and beautifully expressed. I think people who love romance will absolutely love this story. It's very well written. The characters are very three-dimensional and loveable. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who likes a great romance.In my review of the first story in the series, I mentioned that the worldbuilding was on the weak side. Because of the short length of the first installment, which is a novelette, it made sense that the world couldn't be fully flushed out. Unfortunately, for my taste, the worldbuilding wasn't flushed any more in this next installment. There were just a lot of things that didn't make sense to me. Examples: How do the Mer keep the Descendants trapped in Slumber without them knowing? Why does Madly have to go to economics class when she's the only one who can trap the Lore? Why does she have to sneak around and ditch class when she's off trying to save the world? If the original Mer still exist, why don't they know who the Descendent of Wolfhardt is? Why don't they know who each and every Descendent is, especially if they're all holed up in Slumber? What exactly happens if the Lore get into the bodies of their Descendants? These are just a few of the things I really wanted to see explored and expanded upon. I would have liked the story a lot more if I could have gotten into the meat of this creative world. Again, I really think this is just a reflection of my taste. I'm not sure these nitty gritty details will bother readers who are in it for a fantastic love story.Insta-love -- a supernatural answer to a current literary phenomenonI think we all know that "insta-love"is a phenomenon sweeping through YA fiction these days. In some books, it really works for me. (Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly and Legend by Marie Lu come to mind.) Other times, it annoys the heck out of me. Insta-love only works for me when the writer is truly able to make a realistic case for the "love at first sight." I thought it was pretty clever when Leighton created a supernatural answer for insta-love. In this story, it's called "tying." It's a supernatural bond between two people that makes them deeply love and desire one another. As a couple ties, they can begin to sense the presence of each other, and in some cases, hear one another's thoughts. And just for fun, the couples that tie in this book (like Madly and Jackson) are on different social classes and technically not allowed to be together. This all made for some great tension and great romance. Both Madly and Jackson have to decide what's more important: their tie to each other, or their beloved culture's rules of engagement. The journey definitely wasn't easy for either of them. As I said above, the romantic element in this story was very well played. I think all genre writers have an opportunity to use magic to explain otherwise mundane things. It works even better when there's an added element of tension thrown in, such as in this novel. This got me thinking though . . . as readers, do you find a supernatural binding between two people satisfying?Madly and Jackson don't love each other because they've been best friends for years, or because they're both incredibly attractive, or because they'd shared some traumatic experience that brings them closer . . . all the myriad of mundane things that can help two people fall in love -- that's all missing when magic is implemented. Madly and Jackson love each other because there's magic at work that makes them love each other. For me, it worked. I liked having a believeable explanation for their insta-love.What do you guys think about this?

  • Karina Halle
    2018-11-14 16:47

    3.5 starsOverall: While I thought the book was an improvement on the novella and I find Leighton’s writing descriptive and fun, there were a few factors that prevented me from really liking it.BUT let’s be positive first.As I said, Leighton’s writing style is descriptive and easy to read. It flows nicely, sets up scenes well and has just enough humor and sass. At times it comes across as juvenile, like inserting an “I know, right!” after describing a really serious incident, like they are sometimes just teens as an afterthought (I think. They are at a high school right? Or is it college?). Anyway. The writing is enjoyable, and paints a picture for you extremely well. There are some scenes, like with the creepy shadowpeople Seers, which are actually kind of creepy and thoroughly well-done. Major props.And oh, oh, oh there is a reveal that I did NOT see coming at all! Major props part two.I also like that it’s about Merfolk but with a twist. I mean, for Merfolk, most action takes place on land. AND there are Fairy-Tale characters! I would have liked this concept expanded upon as it had a lot of possibilities. And of course it’s pretty implausible that Merfolk can live on land, in a town, with other creatures AND normal humans and no one thinks it’s odd that they bleed silver. But whatever. Suspension of disbelief!However, my suspension only goes so far. I like Madly, the MC (and Mer Princess). She’s caring, selfless, witty, strong, fearless and has a good head on her shoulders when she’s not drooling over Jackson. But, and this is a BIG But, she is almost always drooling over Jackson. Even 75% into the book she’s still so infatuated, describing how he makes her feel and how he looks. WE KNOW. You have been telling us from the first chapter (and the novella) how HANDSOME and AMAZING and WHATEVER he is. I am not one to skip pages in a book, but I was ignoring whole paragraphs whenever I saw Madly start lusting over the guy: “I squinted up into his handsome face”, “a look of all hell on his handsome face”, “I stared at Jackson’s handsome face”, “I opened my eyes and focused on his Jackson’s handsome face”, “he was the most amazingly handsome man I had ever seen”, “looking first into Jackson’s handsome face” …The thing is, I have NO IDEA why Madly is so in love (lust) with this guy? Yes, he’s hot, he’s perfect, he makes your bones feel like butter, he makes your toes tingle, all you want to do is kiss him, HE HAS A HANDSOME FACE. But…other than looks, Jackson does NOTHING for me. He’s not particularly smart, he’s definitely not funny (WHY SO SERIOUS?), he’s not very interesting. He’s blah, boring, bland, white bread. But I’m alone in my musings because everyone else loves Madly and Jackson together. I think Madly is FAR too interesting and fun to be with someone like him. So perhaps I need more than just a pretty face. My romance meter just doesn’t buy it (however, there was a particularly lusty scene in which Jackson took part in a bit of hair-pulling and well, give me more of that and maybe I’ll change my mind).So, as I don’t care for Jackson at all, or their relationship, I’m torn about reading the third book in the series.It’s called Madly and Jackson. I’m thinking…no thanks. However, I like Leighton’s writing and imagination if not the characters this series relies on and as such I’ve purchased a couple of her other books, Gravity and The Reaping, and look forward to sinking my teeth into those soon.

  • Morgan
    2018-10-22 20:37

    CLICK HERE TO READ MORE REVIEWS AT READING, EATING AND DREAMING I WAS BLAIR WALDORFWhen the underwater city of Atlas is attacked and eight Lore are set free, Madly must team up with her childhood crush Jackson and capture the escaped Lore. Madly. Think courageous, loyal, and dedicated. Right now, you may be thinking, "Woo hoo! Madly and Jackson can team up, save the bad guys, fall in love, and live happily ever after." Unfortunately, things aren't always that easy. You see, Madly is set to marry another royal, her good friend Aiden. Aiden. Think good buddy. Think zero sparks. Madly has been waiting to feel this supernatural spark with Aiden. She is convinced that is will turn their platonic, brother-sister type friendship into something more, but instead of feeling the spark with Aiden, she feels it for Jackson. Jackson. Think sexy, protective warrior. Think best friends brother! Think long time crush. Think best guy ever! Again, this should be okay, but it's not because Jackson is a Sentinel. Sentinel. Think NOT of royal blood. Think NOT good enough for the Princess. Think majorly forbidden. Can true love conquer all? Or will age old traditions prevent Madly from being with her true love?Watch Out! Once you start reading Madly & Wolfhardt you won't be able to stop! From the very first chapter, I was inserted in the characters lives, and I couldn't put this book down for anything.Going in to this series, I thought that Madly & Wolfhardt were the only two books in the Madly series. I assumed that this series was complete because the two books were bundled together. I know that's crazy logic, but that was my logic nonetheless! Now that I have finished Madly & Wolfhardt, I am happy to report that M. Leighton is currently working on Madly #3, and it is expected to be released in the next month or so. Typically, I would be disappointed that I didn't get "closure" when I was expecting it. However, I am so happy that I get to watch Madly's journey continue that I don't even care. I'd pick more Madly over closure any day!The Madly series is a fabulous paranormal romance. Honestly, I enjoyed everything about this series: the characters, the storyline, the supernatural, the drama, and the romance. The supernatural element in this novel was very captivating. I'm dying to see what happens next. Like, I wanted to cry when Madly & Wolfhardt ended! Not because the ending was sad, but because I really, really wanted to keep reading.I read about a book a day, and Madly is my first mermaid series. I know, weird right? There have been a couple mermaid series that have caught my eye, but I never ended up purchasing them because they all seemed too young for me! This series, however, was perfect. In my opinion, this novel appeals to all young adults, younger young adults and older young adults. It definitely had enough heat and chemistry to keep me satisfied! Plus, it has that forbidden romance thing going on, and that just gets me every time. :)I gave Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton 4 STARS. I strongly recommend the Madly series.*Madly (Madly #1) is a novelette. Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly #1 & 2) is a full length novel, which includes Madly (Madly #1). If you purchase Madly & Wolfhardt then you do not need to purchase Madly.-XOXOREADING, EATING AND DREAMING

  • Christina Rodriguez
    2018-11-12 16:35

    “I felt Jackson's strength flowing from him, from his skin, into me. It poured into my palms and ran in waves up my arms to flood my body. My scalp tingled with it. My lungs expanded with it. My soul danced with it. My heart burst with it."In the first official installment of the Madly series we pick up a few days after the novella ended. After realizing that she must capture the Lore in order to save Atlas Madly is faced with her first real “Warden Princess” duty. She must capture the first descendant coming to Slumber. Ulrich Wolfhardt, which in our human world is known as the “wolf” from Red Riding Hood. With some craftiness she is able to quickly find the descendant of the young maiden. As she works to befriend the girl to keep her safe, Madly comes to terms with what she is really meant to do and just how much of a part she plays in saving her home. She must also deal with the world wind love/dislike relationship that she and Jackson are in. Will Madly be able to save her home? Will she discover who the Woldhardt descendant is before it is too late? When I read Madly, the novella, I was quickly enchanted with the storyline of this series and couldn’t wait to continue to read on. I loved the whole Mer aspect and the way Mrs. Leighton weaved in the fairytale theme. I loved all the characters introduced and as I continued with Madly & Wolfhardt I was not disappointed. The plot just got more fascinating. Madly is trying to save Kellina, the descendant of the young maiden, by figuring out just who the Wolfhardt descendant is and eliminating him so that she can save Atlas. All the while she is trying hard to control the “ties” that are binding her to Jackson. It is wrong for her to love a Sentinel because it is forbidden and because she is set to marry Aidan, her best friend. But she doesn’t feel anything but sisterly love for him. Her feelings for Jackson however are all abiding. Her feelings however don’t stop her from being one stubborn and headstrong female protag. I loved that she didn’t let Jackson push her around. Although she was overly stubborn at times I still enjoyed the realness in her. I did find it frustrating that she wouldn’t open up to Jersey, her best friend, about what was going on but also understood why she didn’t. I enjoyed her relationship with Aidan and how she didn’t turn her back on him when things got rough or awkward. Jackson is doing his job as Madly’s Sentinel. He will do anything to keep her safe, not only because it is his job. Jackson, just like Madly, knows what’s going on between them. He tries to fight it because of the known dilemma but fails miserably. Madly’s soul calls to him like his does to her. But Jackson must first help her save Atlas and the people they love. Jackson unfailing love and protection of Madly is what will have readers head over heels for him. Not to mention the fact that he is incredibly gorgeous and a great brother to Jersey! If you wonder why so many girls are “Hooked on Jackson” then this book will serve as your answer! Mrs. Leighton knows how to give us swoon worth guys and Jackson is topping that list! :-)If you LOVED the novella you will LOVE this installment of the series! Pick it up! You will not be disappointed! http://christinabookreviews.blogspot....

  • Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}
    2018-11-15 22:59

    Enter giveaway here: http://pnrurbanfantasyreviews.blogspo...A perfect continuation, from the novella, Madly. I once again was lost in M. Leighton's story, and fell even harder for her characters, especially Jackson, who is just as swoon worthy in this book as he was in the last...In Madly and Wolfhardt, the story continues, from the novella, Madly. With the Lore having escaped imprisonment, and unleashing themselves on dry land. Wolfhardt, is the lore species that Madly has to capture, imprison, and take back to her underwater world, as she is the only person left to save her world. Madly, being a royal, has visions about whom Wolfhardt is. Taken from the fairytale Little Red Riding hood, we learn Wolfhardt is a wolf who needs to go after "Red" but who "Red" is we can only guess? That's where Madly's abilities takes full center stage, and her visions are clues that are needed to this puzzle. With the help of her friends, and of course Jackson, Madly rises to her full potential, and is soon on the path to capturing the Wolf.I'm not going to spoil anymore of the whole "wolf" story for you, but what I will say is I loved the whole fairytale aspect that was part of this story. Being a fan of the TV show "Once Upon A Time" this book was a great filler for not having the show around.Madly and Jackson's relationship is deep on so many levels. We as readers can clearly see the fireworks exploding over these two. Jackson, is smokin' hot and once again, he had me lost in thoughts over his sexiness. He's not a show off or arrogant, he protects her, and will do whatever it takes to protect the whole Mer-community. You can clearly see he's in love with Madly, but hides his feelings for her, as well as she loves him, and does the same. Already, their love is forbidden in their world, Royals and Sentinels, protectors of their kind, don't mix. So, when feelings for one another become stronger, I wonder how they will be accepted if they wind up together? Words, really cannot describe my feelings about this book. You know sometimes when you read a book and it captures you away, and you instantly fall for the story, but have a hard time expressing your feelings for it? Well, that is how I felt about this. I loved it, and I think alot of it was because of the character Jackson...*swoons* I'm am so happy I decided to join this tour. I actually already ran out and bought the next book in the series, Madly and the Jackal, as the story continues, and I can't get Jackson out of my head. Hopefully, Miss Leighton will continue on with this series and will envelope me with even more adventure and Jackson.

  • Valerie
    2018-10-25 14:43

    My Summary:Madly is supposed to be concentrating on capturing the escaped lore so that she can rescue her parents in Atlas, but Jackson's return to her life has her very distracted. He's there to protect her, with his life if necessary - something he is very willing to do. She's the princess in line for the throne. A relationship between them is not only inappropriate it's also forbidden. Madly knows all of this but she can't stop thinking about him sleeping a mere feet from her. In the mean time, Aiden - Madly's soon to be fiancee - is falling for the human descendant of the very lore they are hunting. If the relationship issues weren't enough drama, the seers are acting weird. Can Madly pull it together soon enough to capture Wolfhardt and have a chance to save her parents, or will her heart prevent her from succeeding?My Thoughts:4 stars - Sizzling hot romance & fun fishies in this oneAs I said, this is only my second venture into a mer story and I'm wondering why I haven't read them in the past. Thanks so much to Heather, who got me hooked on this one very quickly. I needed something light and fast to get me past some pretty weighty books I've read lately. This one fit the bill perfectly.I love the forbidden love between Madly and Jackson. There is no real love triangle going on here, which frankly was refreshing. Aiden is around but he's never really a love interest. Madly expects to be mated with him in the future but she has no feeling for him beyond brotherly love. And Jackson? Well he's the somewhat brooding hunk of a guy who puts his duty above everything else, except perhaps Madly's safety. His mysterious anger adds to the very male vibes he's throwing off. I loved the dynamics between them. So hot and so much fun to read. If you missed it, here's my Swoon Thursday from last week featuring none other than Madly and Jackson.I really loved Jersey's silly personality. Her goofy antics are just what Madly needs a lot of the time, even if the bell is gonna drive her over the edge. Jersey is Jackson's sister. She knows her brother's heart and that's important information that she's NOT sharing with Madly - Jersey may have some clam in her! Aiden is supposed to be Madly's fiancee very soon but that doesn't seem to be working out too well. I really enjoyed his humor and the great relationship that he and Madly share. It was so nice not to have a pouting male as the third wheel.The story was fast paced and had a unexpected twist or two. I could have read it in an afternoon but I decided to go back and read Madly before I finished this one.If you love the YA urban fantasy scene, then this one is a must read!