Madly & the Jackal (Madly #3) by M. Leighton (@mleightonbooks , @PlantingMoon )

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?

I must confess I should have been reading other novels and writing up reviews for those first. But the sweet, sweet siren’s call of M. Leighton’s beautiful and lyrical writing pulled me asunder; deep into the world of Madley James.

Madley and the Jackal is the third installment in M. Leighton’s Madley series, and it does not disappoint. It starts off right where book 2 ends. Jackson and Madley have finally declared their love for one another. And with their combined strength, they make their way to atlas to return the first Lore that has escaped. Returning him to his imprisonment. This is the first look the reader gets of Atlas and of the neat little world Ms. Leighton has created.

I won’t spoil what happens in Atlas. But lemme tell you, the end result is swoon worthy…sigh. Yep, I think all women will “heart “ Jackson after reading this book.

Madley has upped it a notch in book 3. Her maturity, strength and confidence really shine through. She really has to suck it up and rely on her own strength in order to save her mate and ultimately the world. She can’t lean on Jackson this time around. Madley has to depend on her years of training and upbringing as a Royal in order to save the day. This is where I really give props to Ms. Leighton in staying true to Madley’s character. At no time do we find Madley sitting in a big pile of emotional mess, all tears and snot. No, not really, not even in her darkest hour of heartache and terror. However, Madley isn’t queen of stoicism either. The way she deals with her emotional struggles, fear and stress seem very realist. This is what makes Madley a very relatable and likable character.

I have just been wow’ed time and time again by M. Leighton’s work.  All that I have read thus far has been nothing less then exceptional. Her work is so diverse. Spanning the gamut of YA Paranormal Romance to New Adult Romance. Each series has it’s own voice, tempo and feel. I have yet to read something from one of her series and say, “oh, this is just like what happened in…”  or, “ This protag is just like the one she wrote in …”   That is the mark of a smart and creative mind IMHO.

Well folks as you can probably tell, it’s official. I have crossed the line and have gone all fangirl for M. Leighton!

I highly recommend reading anything from her work. If Madley’s world doesn’t sound like your bag, then I know there is defiantly something that Ms. Leighton has written that will appeal to anyone.

I gladly give this book 5 stars! And eagerly anticipate book 4.

Madly #3

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