Embattled Hearts [NOOK Book]

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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 ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.
Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, ...

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Embattled Hearts

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940046040593
  • Publisher: J.M. Madden
  • Publication date: 2/13/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,434
  • File size: 308 KB

Meet 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 unemployed right now, so it’s given her a chance to seriously jump into writing full-time. She has several projects in the works and loves to hear from readers.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Hello

    Very good well-written 400 page book. Also, bought the book because of the donation to Wounded Warrior project. Where is book #2?

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    This story is about Shannon Murphy who is office manager of Lost

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Loved this book!  The characters were totally believable and you

    Loved this book!  The characters were totally believable and you root for them through out the book.  The hero is a disabled vet and the author did not sugar coat  his challenges. 
    I would love the author to tell me if she is going to write Aiden's story and the sharp shooter's story, please!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Military Romantic Suspense that easily earned ALL FIVE STARS--Ku

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Insightful

    Great story and series. Madden seems to have a 'scope' looking into the hearts and minds of our wounded warriors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Loved it

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Awesome book

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2015

    Never a dull page!! This is one of the 'cannot put down' books.

    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.

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  • Posted December 18, 2014

    Amazing!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Excellent story!!

    This is a great story. The romance action & mystery make for a book I could not put down! I highly recommend reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on it. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Excellent Read! Highly Recommend!

    I believe this is the best book I have read in quite some time! LOVED IT! John's point of view is the best POV ever! It really opened my eyes to what wounded soldiers go through emotionally. and Shannon. Wow! Such a kind heart who never looks at John's wheelchair as a hindrance or challenge. Suspense, mystery, and sexual tension are all throughout this story. I cannot wait to read more of this series! A job well done J.M. Madden!

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    very good. quick read. I always like books about real people. So

    very good. quick read. I always like books about real people. So many are written as if the people are perfect. This has a little suspense added in which always makes for a better read. Just ordered the second in this series. This is a stand alone book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Wonderful

    A truly wonderful book.
    Sannon and John's story is the main focus, how their relationship develops through work and Shannon being stalked. John's character is very alpha and Shannon has GREAT insight into John's feelings about what he goes through daily because of her own family hisrory.
    A great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    &type hearts

    &hearts

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    I loved this book and had to get the others in the series. I've

    I loved this book and had to get the others in the series. I've just finished the last on and I really hope the author is going to write more for this series!

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

    Great read!

    I loved this story! Great romance with good suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Cris

    Pokes you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    LNF series

    I was hooked after the prequel, had to know what happened to ea character. I read all 3 books. Highly recommend. We all need to thank our military men and women. These stories give us a tiny look at what they have to overcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Logan

    U touch me or pretend to be jessica again and i swear i will hurt u

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