- File Size: 278 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: J.M. Madden; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AIDLZFI
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- Lending: Enabled
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The Embattled Road (Military Romantic Suspense) (Lost and Found) Kindle Edition
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"I sincerely believe there is a soul mate for everybody. The external package doesn't matter when it comes to the heart."~J.M. Madden
I think the author did this right, introducing us to the characters that will be featured first, without any romance in the storyline. She gives us a chance to get into their hearts and minds, allow them to heal, accept and deal with their situations before they can let anyone else in, and before their stories can believably move forward.
The writing is detailed and vivid, not easy to read at times, but also necessary to know. J.M. Madden doesn't sugar coat the injuries that these men have, nor does she go lightly describing scenes when they flashback to what brought them to where they are now. It's raw and authentic, and unfortunately the reality for too many of our men and women in the military. You will cry with them, but also laugh. She injects humor at just the right moments, to give the reader and our heroes a little comic relief.
Yes, this is heart wrenching, but not filled with doom and gloom, there are glimmers of hope. These proud men want to move forward, have a purpose in life, stand tall again, march on, and use the skills they've learned to serve the people once again. It might be from a chair or with one less limb, their gait might not be as smooth as it once was, but no matter...they will overcome whatever life has handed them...and they will do it together!
We meet Duncan Wilde right before his convoy is hit. He's on his last 3 month of his tour. He dreams of becoming a drill instructor and marring his girl back home. After the ambush he is left with spinal bruising and a crushing pelvis and no feeling in his legs. Not long after being in Walker Reed his fiancee breaks the news she is pregnant with another man's baby and is leaving him. He doesn't let this get him down and not long after he starts getting feeling back in his legs.
Chad Lowell lost his leg and his left arm was severely burned. He knew Duncan from the time in Iraq. He had roomed with Duncan's current roommate in the hospital and tries to engage him in conversations with him and Duncan. Chad has the love and support of a big Texas family but nothing beats the brotherhood of men that have served.
John Palmer is the angriest of the 3 men. He suffered a spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the hips down with no chance of recovery from it. For a while you wonder if he will ever be able to get over the anger.
These three men grow close in there recovery and one by one they leave and go there separate ways. But Duncan had a plan in mind and went home to make it happen before telling the other two.
Seven months later Duncan comes to both Chad and John and hands them the papers showing they are all now partners in LNF - Lost and Found Investigative Services.
Since we start off in Iraq with Duncan and he's the first one we meet I was thinking his story would be first up. But we get a first chapter sneak peek at Embattled Hearts at the end and its John's story. After reading all of The Embattled Road and seeing the huge adjustments John has/had to make I am glad he's first up :) I am looking forward to reading these three men's stories and them getting there well deserved HEA's.
I came to the end of this and immediately purchased the first full book in the series, Embattled Hearts, and I plan to start on it right away. I think my only issue will be having to wait for the other two books (I'm assuming the author plans to write a book for each of the three guys).
The author did a great job of immersing us in the three guys and letting us get to know them as individuals.
Another thing I liked about this is that a portion of the proceeds from the books will go to the Wounded Warrior Project -- so I not only got a great book to read but my purchase is doing some good! Kudos to J.M. Madden.