Embattled Hearts

Embattled Hearts

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by J.M. Madden

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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…  See more details below


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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LBH Books
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Lost and Found Series , #1
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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.

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Embattled Hearts 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is about Shannon Murphy who is office manager of Lost 'N' Found Investigative Serices which was founded by 3 friends, Chad, Duncan and John.  This business is unique in that all the bosses and employees are returned servicemen who have some kind of disability (physical or mental) due to their tours. Shannon has been secretly crushing on John for 6 months and John is drawn to Shannon, too, but he doesn't feel he has anything to offer a woman since injuries he suffered in his tour in Iraq left him in a wheelchair. Shannon is threatened by a stalker and calls John for help, so he goes right over to protect her. He moves in with her to keep her safe. John calls the entire team at LNF Investigations to help out. Living together gives the couple the chance to figure out how they feel about each other.  Shannon is pretty forward so she goes after John, but he still tries to hold back and can't accept that he has a lot to offer Shannon. I loved this well written book. The author does an amazing job of showing us the difficulties vets have once they are back home.  She does this openly and honestly without making us pity them. The character development was excellent. John was grumpy and rude but Shannon was kind and loving.  She had to be strong too or she never would have put up with John's moods.  It was great how she was able to make him feel like a real man again even thought it was not easy. I had no idea how bad it could be for returning vets.  This story detailed just how difficult it was for John to handle his physical disability which lead to mental issues as well. I really liked this book and recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good well-written 400 page book. Also, bought the book because of the donation to Wounded Warrior project. Where is book #2?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Military Romantic Suspense that easily earned ALL FIVE STARS--Kudos to J. M. Madden! I did read the prequel to the LOST AND FOUND SERIES, THE EMBATTLED ROAD and easily gave it 5 stars, too. Having seen John (a primary character in this book, EMBATTLED HEARTS), I was really anxious to read his story. Of the three friends whose initial recovery from injuries we see in the prequel, John Palmer intrigued me the most. As encouraged by the author, I read a loaned copy of this book (as it's lending enabled on purpose) and having just finished the book, sighed with the kind of reader pleasure that says "that was SO worth it!" I may just have to buy my own copy (though I seldom read books a second time...FAR too many books out there for that). This book was THAT well-written. Yes, I caught a few misspellings, but the story was so incredibly well-done these tiny little errors were so very easy to overlook. I found our heroine, Shannon Murphy to be the PERFECT fit, ideal match, and thus the romance (primary focus of the book) was such a rewarding read. I so enjoyed watching these two fall in love. I liked that they were both halfway in love as the story starts and the danger and beautifully crafted Romantic Suspense brings them together where the romance ignites. The romantic suspense thread really worked. I found myself not too surprised by who the players ended up being (as Madden doesn't add "fluff"--which I appreciate), but the pacing was extraordinarily well done, the suspense gradually ratcheting up until I found myself unable to put my reader down. Several really tense scenes there! I LOVED how it played out! Very satisfying resolution to the suspense thread, and even more satisfying resolution to the romance. Sensuality Level: Wicked Hot. Sex scenes are graphic, detailed, but this is NOT erotica. It's definitely romance. There's something RIGHT about sex scenes where the characters STAY in character and it's not just gratuitous. Language: John's a former Marine--his language is colorful, graphic, and at least PG-13....completely in character. I'm a huge fan of Military Romantic Suspense...and J.M. Madden has won me over. 100%. I so enjoyed the prequel and this first book that I'm *definitely* getting my hands on the next in the series and will likely purchase them ALL before I've even read book #2. It was such a rewarding read that I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of Military Romantic Suspense (who don't mind sexual content and language). ~Kristin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and series. Madden seems to have a 'scope' looking into the hearts and minds of our wounded warriors.
owllette More than 1 year ago
Never a dull page!! This is one of the 'cannot put down' books. It is written so well that It gives the feeling that you have personally met the characters. I HAVE to purchase the next books to see how the rest of the characters fared. Also I praise the author for donating to the Wounded Warrior project.
Neighbor_JackieB More than 1 year ago
First, J.M. Madden's mind is so unbelievable to create these characters and their stories. It is so touching and inspiring! The Lost and Found series is so beautiful and Embattled Hearts kicks it off. Highly recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Had just the right mix of action, romance, hot sex and suspense. Will be buying more of her books! Can't wait to find out what happens to the rest of the crew at LNF :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in 12 hours in between Husband, Grandkids and meals. I was thrilled that the Author is giving part of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, which I am a big supporter of
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love drama and action
chocolate5 8 months ago
Fantastic story couldn't put it down can't wait to read more.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Enjoyed, could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J.m has done it again. John Palmer is every woman's dream. He has attitude and a vibrant vocabulary! He will have you swooning shortly after starting this book. Along with Duncan and the gang. MUST BUY THE LOST AND FOUND SERIES!
RenWar More than 1 year ago
This was my first experience with J.M. Madden but it definitely will not be my last. This book hooked me with the very first chapter and I had trouble putting it down to sleep. Main characters, Shannon Murphy and John Palmer, are both strong-willed, no nonsense people. Well fleshed out by the author you are immediately drawn to their very different personalities. Shannon is out-going and friendly, even though her past circumstances would dictate otherwise. John is angry and quiet, except around Shannon, and he struggles with trying to justify his still being alive. Shannon is hopelessly in love with John, but she knows he is struggling with something and she doesn't want to push him away by expressing her feelings. She wants him to make the first move. John is very interested in Shannon but cannot believe that she would be interested in him. When he is near Shannon he is calm, almost peaceful, and his true personality finally begins to come out. The impetus that brings the two together is a threat from Shannon's past and watching the journey that Shannon and John take to get to their HEA is extraordinary. It is sometimes funny, sometimes painful, but always intriguing. When John finally realizes that he wants to be with Shannon, his telling her his fears about it is so poignant that you'll find yourself holding your breath and Shannon's response will make your heart sing. The suspense is heart pounding and the love scenes are HOT. A great read all around, this was one of those books I did not want to end.
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Jaclk More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book and I liked it so much I'm buying a few more in the series. It's a quick read and keeps you turn the pages. The characters meld well together. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The characters and plot were very well thought out and portrayed. Read it in one night. Page turner. Couldn't put it down. When I finished it, I immediately bought book 2 and started reading it.
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Excellent story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Military romance at its best
krb45 More than 1 year ago
Really good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that I couldn't put down. And whenever I had to go do something, my thoughts were on the book. I am so happy I got this book, and I am really looking forward to reading the next one.
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