“Damn her,” Asher Dove muttered over the droning Cessna’s engines.
“What was she thinking, going out here all alone?” He’d asked himself the same question over and over since setting out to find Nancy.
The closer to the Yucatan peninsula Asher flew, the more the sky blossomed with familiar dark-red clouds, just as it had five years earlier after the End of Days. The sky had clouded over, leaving most of the Earth in shadow. Some said that the heavens had burned. Once the Lord of the Dead, Mictlantecuhtli, or Mictlan, as they called him, was defeated, those red, ominous clouds had parted and slowly disappeared, allowing the land to live again.
Mictlan had nearly conquered the Earth. If he had succeeded, everyone who Asher loved would be a servant to Mictlan. However, humans had banded together to defeat the Lord of the Dead all those years ago. Unfortunately, it looked as if they had not done enough.
He prayed that Nancy hadn’t been picked up by any demon patrols. Asher focused his attention on the single-lane highway below, searching for any sign of her. The roads she’d have to have taken stretched over eight hundred miles, a lot of ground to cover. A glint of metal caught his attention and he circled back for another look. He spotted a Jeep parked on the road about twenty miles west of Acayucan. His heart leaped. Nancy.
From the air it looked intact, but he could see no sign of the young woman driver. Before he could land and investigate further, something else caught his eye. Coming toward him from the south, a massive beast loomed dark against the red clouds.
“Shit,” Asher swore. “Dragon.”
An attempt to veer off to the right failed as the dragon moved too fast and slammed into the front of the plane. The impact rammed Asher back against his seat, but by some miracle, he managed to keep his hands on the yoke. The Cessna bucked against the added weight and plummeted toward the Earth.
“Not good.” Pulling back to keep the plane’s front end up, his heart leaped into his throat as the desert grew larger in the window.
The dragon’s blood-red eyes stared back at him while the black, snake-like body clung to the nose of the plane. Twenty feet of leathery wings beat against the wind-shear, creating a tug of war between Asher and the yoke. Even over the wind and engine noise, those tremendous wings battered the air like thunder. Asher ignored the cacophony of noise pummeling his eardrums and the strain on his muscles.
As the land grew closer, Asher pulled back, hoping to glide in rather than collide with the ground. His shoulders and arms screamed with pain as the dragon’s weight made controlling the descent nearly impossible.
“You are going to die now, little pilot. Join me and I will spare your life.”
The end of days doesn't necessarily mean the end of true love, does it? In the surprisingly awesome post apocalyptic novella entitled Mayan Craving by A.S. Fenichel, you will find a pair of amazing characters that you will endlessly root for throughout this deeply detailed story.
Asher is that sigh worthy, incredibly sexy hero that most woman find themselves longing for and dreaming about during their mundane days. Yes, that is me for sure, and If I could wrap that man up and keep him as my own, I most certainly would. He's brave and almost fearless on the outside, but his inner turmoil involving his love for Nancy is so sweet that you can help but feel giddy while reading about him. Then there's Nancy. Not my favorite heroine in a story, but I guess I understood a little as to why she was the way she was. She's extremely stubborn and I'm still not sure whether or not I liked it. Usually a strong willed character appeases me, but she was just down right frustrating, especially when it came to her little obsession with Ian. I wanted to hit her upside the head in the beginning, especially after her and Asher became intimate with one another and she wasn't sure if he was what she truly wanted. She did reprieve herself a little though, with her fierce love for her sister and her determination in keeping the other safe.
I've read tons of novellas in my life, but never one with this end of the world concept. I have to say, I truly enjoyed it. Mayan Craving had something in it for everyone and everything that I love in a story. With the incredibly heated sex scenes, a great deal of action, and bravery a plenty, I highly recommend Mayan Craving. It will keep you entertained throughout...
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