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Embattled Hearts (Military Romantic Suspense) (Lost and Found Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Madden , Viola Estrella
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I predict this series will be one of the all-time best published in 2013." Romance Junkies

John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.
Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him.
When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?

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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, USA Today Bestselling author 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.

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  • File Size: 2814 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JM Madden (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By Karla
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The author kept the story REAL!! She didn’t depict our wounded warriors to suddenly have abilities outside the bounds of what they would be truly capable of. She did not make a mockery of their injuries. I respect and appreciate the hell out of her for doing that. BRAVO J.M. Madden!!

After 6 years the men we met in The Embattled Road, Duncan, Chad and John, still struggle each and every day, but their determination to leave a mark on the world, and live as normal as possible is awe-inspiring.

John Palmer is a bitter, angry man, but a little sprite of a woman has come into his life, and for the first time in years, he is stirring back to life. I adored Shannon, what a charming, delightful character! She doesn’t allow John to rebuke or diminish what she feels for him; allow him to tell her what she can feel.

”He had every characteristic she had always wanted in a man. Humor, strength, level-headedness. The physical characteristics came in a distant second to his quiet personality and sardonic humor. They were what had drawn her most at the beginning. As well as his unrelenting loneliness.”

John’s embarrassment during their first intimate time together was written very well. It does not not happen the way he planned it in his mind, nor should it have. The man has not had sex in over 6 years, it’s not supposed to be perfect…again the author handled this quite well. John is humiliated, but Shannon won’t allow him to back off. It was really quite lovely how it all played out and one of the most beautiful moments in the book.

J.M. Madden did an amazing job illustrating the hardships of having a disability in life and in love! It was the perfect blend of sex, suspense and self-exploration!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid portrayal of a "wounded warrior" in love February 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Content: Two erotic sex scenes, violence, swearing (F-bombs), some typos (about 6)

I enjoyed Madden's prequel novella, The Embattled Road (Lost and Found Series), and eagerly awaited this book, so I'm delighted to report that it did not disappoint! Except for one gripe (discussed last) I enjoyed this suspenseful and heartwarming romance, set in Denver, Colorado one snowy November, about 5 years after the prequel.

No spoilers regarding the mystery-suspense.

Kudos for consistency! Madden's three main characters align with her portrayal of them in book one, as outlined in my review. For example, John still drops F-bombs every other sentence and keeps to himself, Chad still charms everyone and watches over his wounded brothers (Zeke, in this book), and Duncan still runs the show with confidence, competence, and quiet compassion.

In this book, Madden's wonderful hunk of a hero is John Palmer, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose honorable discharge includes a box full of medals -- and this guy does NOT need the chest to pin them on. He's hard, he's hot, and he smells sooo good. John survived an explosion in Iraq only to return home as a paraplegic. Nonetheless, this fiercely independent private investigator is as mobile as one could possibly be in a sport chair (a wheelchair, I presume). I loved John. I loved his sweetheart, too. Shannon Murphy joined John's detective firm six months ago, working as the office manager / receptionist, befriending the 21 lonely detectives, serving them a home-cooked meal every Friday, and tending her four newborn kittens (loved the scenes with John and the kitten).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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This is a moving and engaging romance plotted around a non-obvious mystery. Both parts of the book keep its momentum going, and neither the mystery nor the romantic heat between John and Shannon let the reader's attention wander for a single minute.

More important and unique, however, is the fact that its romantic lead, John, is a combat veteran with injuries resulting in significant functional impairment rather than mainly cosmetic damage. I've looked for romances with heroes like this--veterans who've suffered and survived great physical and emotional damage, whose injuries have left both inner and outer scars, but have managed to preserve the strength and tenderness that makes them ideal romantic leads. Till this book, I'd never found such a romantic hero.

Romance isn't my first or even third-favorite genre, but I love happy endings--especially for characters who've earned one several times over before we ever meet them. Both come together in "Embattled Hearts." This story is a winning mix of tenderness and romantic tension, smoldering physical attraction finally combusting into hot sex, and well-presented mystery--all, most remarkably the sex scenes, without glossing over the realities of spinal injury and functional impairment. Whether it's the reality of John needing backup in action when a traditional romantic lead wouldn't, his anger at having to watch while Shannon shovels snow, his struggles with getting into an unfamiliar bed, or the adaptations necessary for his F-150 truck, Madden shows us a leading man who's permanently physically impaired and yet remains a deeply appealing romantic hero.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Real
It was a nice story, and hits on many levels the things that soldiers deal with when they come home. Read more
Published 1 day ago by D. J. Pierson
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong story with equally strong characters
This was a solid romance completed with some mysterious twists and turns. What I like about this author was she didn't take the easy way out, the John (our hero) didn't suddenly... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!
Awesome book by J.M. Madden! She didn't sugar coat the issue of PTSD or physically challenged military personnel. Read more
Published 17 days ago by LZ Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series featuring soldiers who've made huge sacrifices & how they...
I am not a military romance groupy, but I really like this series. I love reading about to non-perfect people finding love & acceptance. Totally recommend. A definite reread.
Published 20 days ago by briana
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Definitely a story to read, the author takes an alpha male and gives him a disability. Not something you read everyday, but done very well, very believable!
Published 26 days ago by Tmiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
First time reader of J M, I am hooked. Great story, my heart goes out to the wounded soldiers. Makes you realize how much you need to see the love they have and how much they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robin Rankin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Stopped reading
Published 1 month ago by Holly Dillard
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME reading!
Loved the men and women that love them!
Published 1 month ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
Takes a hold of your heart, squeezes, makes you breathless and warm all over. This weathered warriors have the hearts bigger than the skies above us. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beliriv
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
Too much sex, not much military. Story line is very weak, relying on innuendo and description of sexual activity to fill in the empty pages. Sorry. Just needs more substance.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Kohley
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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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