Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: Sleeping With the Wolf by Maddy Barone

Sleeping With the Wolf (After the Crash, 1) by Maddy Barone

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Rising country music star Carla boards a plane in the year 2014. But it crashes in the future, fifty years after Armageddon has destroyed technology and plagues have reduced the female population to a precious few. She finds herself offered as prize in a Bride Fight, where only the strongest and fiercest men are allowed to compete to win a wife. Alpha werewolf Taye knows Carla is his mate. He wins the Bride Fight and takes her to his den, ready to give her everything, even his heart. Will Carla ever be ready to give him anything?

Yadkny's Review

A world torn apart by the destruction of terrorist nuclear weapons destroying most major U.S. Cities. An asteroid hit Texas and some sort of epidemic wiped out more women than men leaving behind a very big disadvantage in increasing the worlds population. Set fifty years after the year 2014 is where we crash land and begin a survivors journey.

Known as the “Times Before”, Carla's life had seemed so simple and at the time, fulfilling. No one ever thinks getting on a plane or any other of life's mundane events, will forever alter the course, sometimes literally, of your life, but it can and it could be the best thing to have happened regardless of how initially traumatizing. Carla's a fighter and definitely not going to accept anything without a reasonable explanation. In this story we follow Carla's journey from basically being auctioned off at a Bride Fight to adapting to her new life with her new husband in a completely new world with a new set of rules to follow. Sometimes all it takes to adjust to any change is having the right person by your side.

Taye is as good and wholesome of a man as they come, but he's also the Alpha of a wolf pack, which makes him dominating and possessive. He's ready to defend and protect anything and anyone under his charge including his newly acquired mate, Carla. His patience with her is unending and he shows her the kind of tenderness and love that she hadn't ever experienced. Carla and Taye's story brought me to tears at times, yet managed to make it all worth it with the small successes that Taye earned while gaining Carla's trust.

I found this story to be completely enthralling and hard to put down. There was no action or even intense suspense to hold my attention, but there was very creative writing and strong characters to support a uniquely, engaging story. Although the story is set fifty years after the year 2014, it's almost as if we as a people have been set back fifty years in Maddy Barone's interpretation of Armageddon. It makes sense that we would have start over in some areas of life where modern conveniences have spoiled us but, people interactions among other things has dramatically changed in this new world. Most of these changes directly or indirectly affect women and bring us back to the mindset that women are meant to have children and mind the home.

Every character introduced has a story just waiting to have light shed on it and I can't wait to see what Maddy Barone comes up with next.

4 Tea Cups!

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