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A Needful Heart (Contemporary Romance) [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Madden
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Not for readers under 18. Contains strong language and adult sexual situations.

Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor's office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he's not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price.
Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires the sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she's normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings.
When a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.


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About the Author

Terminally addicted to romances, thanks to finding her aunt's stash of 'Harlequin Presents' years ago during a sleepover, J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories. Most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes. J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she's at the computer, reading and writing, trying to perfect her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde, and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time now. She always has several projects in the works and loves to hear from readers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NBGH82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Kindle is on fire! October 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh my goodness! I do believe my Kindle is smoking! More likely, it is just J.M. Madden's scorching writing. Phew! A Needful Heart was a hot, yet endearing read. Matt is described as a BIG, strong, tattooed man. I couldn't help but think how yummy he would be, yet intimidating at the same time. Then, you add in the fact that he is a tortured soul and that was it. I melted into a puddle on the floor. What women wouldn't want him in her arms...to...uh...hug and to...uh...console. Gina comes across as a gentle, nice, and easy-going woman. She is somewhat new to the area and she hasn't heard anything about Matt, his father, and their rocky past. However, Matt knows about Gina. It only took one look from afar at a fair and he was hooked. He then spent the next four years seeing her at the doctor's office and trying to muster up the courage to speak to her.

The circumstance in which Matt finally gets his chance to speak to Gina is not ideal and is actually downright unpleasant, but it starts something neither one of them expected. Matt is in disbelief that Gina is so open to spending time with him. Gina finds out that Matt is far from the intimidating (and almost scary) man she avoided getting to know. She is grateful for his help and she surprises herself at just how fast she falls for him.

Gina may not know about Matt's past, but she does know about Gabe, the small boy who lives next door with his abusive guardian. Gina goes out of her way to look out for Gabe and to keep him safe the best she can. This is something that intrigues Matt and, I believe, makes her even more attractive to him. He eventually finds himself emotionally invested in the boy as well.

The attraction between Gina and Matt grows and grows until it's combustible!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I downloaded this book as soon as I saw this free alert earlier...and I made the mistake of opening it at work.
Now I am finished reading it.
ALL OF IT.
And I have to say...this might be one of the VERY best books I can EVER remember reading. I found myself in tears many times as I read Matt's struggle with feeling worthy of being loved and how he opened up under Gina's loving kindness and open heart.
I cannot recommend this story enough. It is just so, SO good that I cannot seem to find the words to really do it justice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching, addictive read October 13, 2012
By true
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I found this novel very refreshing. You'll find all the elements of a romantic and passionate love story but combined in an original way. The plot is very simple but the story carries a heart touching spell that makes it very difficult to put the book down. Matt is a rough man tainted by his past and believes he's not capable to be engaged in a healthy relationship with a woman. Despite that, he can't help to feel compelled toward Gina, which he barely knows. One day, the destiny literally pushes her into him. She realizes how caring and gentle Matt is despite his looks. Matt becomes involved in Gina's life and in that of an orphan she protects from an abusive tutor, and this forces him to overcome the boundaries he's imposed to his heart. The author gives to Matt's character a depth that distinguishes him from the typical male characters of this kind of novel. He's awesome and muscular but is not self-assured or a womanizer, on the contrary he's self-deprecating and gnawed by his insecurities. Matt's struggling against his self-imposed restraints to allow himself to love and to be loved, makes him vivid and believable. In addition, for once we have a woman who doesn't close up against the problems and the attitude of the man she likes, nor does she submit herself to his moods passively, instead she understands his issues and tries to conquer his trust and heart gradually. Definitely a book to enjoy and a real page turner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! December 22, 2012
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Light and entertaining. Sweet, simple, a bit steamy. The internal dialogues kept the connection with the characters. Textbooks have consumed all my reading hours for three years. Bought myself a Kindle to celebrate graduation and looked for an enjoyable escape. Kept my interest from beginning to end, about a 5-hour read. Similar to a Danielle Steele love story, but considerably shorter. Just what I needed to shift into relaxation mode!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story December 21, 2012
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Matt has been bringing his neighbor and friend George to the doctors for his follow up liver transplant visits. Gina works for the office and when they collide, she falls breaking her wrist. Matt, feels horrible and responsible for her injury because he was going to finally break down and talk to her. He's been interested in her for a while but because of things from his past, he doesn't feel he could be the best person for Gina. Gina has other ideas and wants more than just a friendship from him. With a little boy Gabe in the mix, things might just work out differently than either one of them expected.
Not only did the title catch me but the story did as well. It was well written and a cute story of more than one needful heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg! What can I say, but wow! January 6, 2013
By S Dunn
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This book has it all and I mean that in a good way! Everyone needs someone and sometimes that person is right there in front of them the whole time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read January 3, 2013
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Captivated from the very first page. Couldn't put it down. Sexy, heart_wrenching, and good for the soul. A solid reminder of what's special about love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Matt had a very troubled childhood that left him emotionally scarred. He lives withdrawn and isolated and is always afraid that one day his demons might take over. Read more
Published 57 minutes ago by Book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well developed characters with a well thought out story. This book always makes me smile and the romance is both sweet and hot. Great read!
Published 8 hours ago by Kadie
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Loved loved loved this book! What a great story! Hope this line of stories continues! Love this author! Great read
Published 10 days ago by oden
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed the three other books I read by this author
I only discovered J.M. Madden a couple of months ago and I came upon A Needful Heart this weekend. Despite a few low reviews, I took a chance because I really, really enjoyed the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Chitown Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all of JM Maddens books!
Published 1 month ago by Wildcat
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific book. Get it and it'll be worth every penny and you'll read...
I love this authors books If she wrote a hundred I would get them all as fast as I could.
Published 1 month ago by Granny Sommar
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end with a happy ...
This is a lovely story about two people who find each other and help their neighbor who is in an abusive situation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lsshrop
5.0 out of 5 stars So, so good!
This romance centered around battered hearts finding their way to love. The power of a loving heart to heal and encourage personal growth. Amazingly it refused to be maudlin! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reader RN
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
Matt has been bringing his friend to the doctor once a month for four years, and every time he goes, he sees Gina. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars A needful heart
Great story, my only criticism would be J.M. Madden books are never long enough! This was a wrenching story, in the fact that we know the abuse of children goes on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yvone Downey
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NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between 'combat modified' military men and the women who love them. J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she's at the computer, reading and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has several projects in the works. She also dearly loves to hear from readers! So, drop her a line. She'll respond.




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