Dark Corners: A True Heroes Novel

Dark Corners: A True Heroes Novel

by A. M. Madden

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ISBN-13: 9780425284971
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: A. M. Madden's True Heroes Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 384,432
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author A. M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good romance book.

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Chapter 1

“David . . . David, wake up!”

A hand squeezed my arm in the most annoying manner. Cold fingers gripped my flesh, shaking me over and over until rage quickly replaced the irritation I felt.

“Get the heck off me!” I yelled, shoving at whoever was touching me. I heard a gasp and then sobs.

I blinked against the darkness as my eyes tried to focus, but all I could see was my best friend’s lifeless body beside me. Whether my eyes were opened or closed, that was all I could see. Day or night, conscious or not, the image of his head lolling backward as he sat three feet away from me consumed my thoughts like an old 35mm movie stuck on one frame.

You know the kind that your grandparents made you watch when you were a kid? Grainy images flashing on a projector screen, no sound except for the noise that the film made as it circled the reel.

Flick . . . flick . . . flick . . . flick . . .

The sobs beside me increased, louder and louder, over and over.

In a terrifyingly calm voice, I said, “You need to leave.”

She looked at me dumbstruck. “What?”

“You need to go, now.”

“But, it’s the middle of the night. . . .” Her words halted the moment my eyes focused on hers. Her half-naked torso distorted each time I blinked. She modestly clutched the sheet to her frame as it molded over the outline of her breasts, the same ones I had sucked on a few hours ago. They shook beneath the fabric from those annoying sobs that continued to roll through her.

I could kill her . . . that would make her stop. The crying was what drove me nuts. I couldn’t take it. If I reached over with my callused hand to the smooth, pale skin of her neck and squeezed long and hard . . . silence.

I needed silence, no noise, just quiet.

But she had no clue that’s what I needed. They never did. No one knew that so many times as they droned on and on, all I thought of as I stared blankly were methods to silence them.

She gawked at me while panting and sobbing dramatically. Why the heck wasn’t she leaving?

I walked over to where my jeans lay in a pile on the floor. The condom wrapper beside them made me feel sick. Retrieving my wallet, I pulled out a twenty and tossed it on the bed. “I’m sorry. Please call yourself a cab, but I really need you to go . . . now,” I said bluntly, to leave no doubt what I was requesting . . . and mainly to stop the noise.

My words clicked, causing her concern to turn to anger. “I am not a whore!” she said through clenched teeth. My eyes tracked her as she scurried about the room, her long blond hair flying around while she grabbed clothes off the floor and hastily threw them on.

“I’m sorry,” I said before she slammed the door behind her.

Walking my naked self into the bathroom, I turned the water to cold and immediately stepped under its punishing stream. With each minute that went by, I waited for the icy pins and needles to wash away every torment I knew, both past and present. While under that shower, I could cancel out the pain that took hold of my insides like a cancer and revel in the pain that pounded on my skin until I went numb.

Transferring pain was my drug of choice.

Damn the therapists. Damn the prescriptions they peddled.

I controlled my pain, no one else but me.


Distancing myself.

Me, David G. Cavello, Private First Class, U.S. Army, who successfully completed my deployment in Baghdad, Iraq—the closest place to hell on earth. The soldier who at one time considered making it his career; that is, until he watched his best friend die right beside him, triggering a mental breakdown of sorts.

I was considered a model citizen, a brave soldier, an American Hero.

What a joke.

If I was such a hero, then why was I plagued with tempting thoughts of strangling a hot blonde I was with, just because she wouldn’t stop crying?

Not until my skin was numb did I finally turn off the frigid water.

I draped a towel around my waist and stepped out of the shower to stare at myself in the mirror. I barely recognized the man who stared back.

There had to be something out there to bring me back to normal. Normal meant someone who wasn’t constantly thinking he was here one minute, the next gone . . . no warning, just gone. It happened that quickly, that senselessly . . . so what was the point of it all?

That was what it all came down to.

One moment that changed everything.

No soul on this planet had any idea that they balanced on any given moment, like a circus flea on the head of a pin. Was it luck, coincidence that kept them from falling off? Yet, during that one brief moment, someone else, somewhere else, lost their battle and plummeted to their death?

Barry’s moment could have easily been mine.

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Dark Corners: A True Heroes Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the True Heros series and each book is a standalone, although all the characters are interconnected. This engaging story has many of the things I love in a book and it pulled at many of my emotions. It has great writing, a riveting plot, sizzling chemistry, a protective male and an independent female. This is an emotional, highly charged, well written story that pulled me in immediately and the characters are realistic and easy to connect with. David Cavello served in the Army and was stationed in Iraq. Now that he is no longer in the Army, he suffers from PTSD and is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He is a tormented man dealing with demons and secrets. David and Maygen meet by chance when he runs into her on the sidewalk and they both feel an instant connection. David enjoys spending time with Maygen but he is confused by his strong feelings for her. Whenever he is with her, she calms him and for the first time since returning from Iraq, David starts to feel better. Unfortunately, David has some secrets that he is afraid to share with Maygen, he worries they will scare her away and he doesn't want to lose her. David knows he is not good enough for Maygen and he should leave her alone but he can't. Maygen Whitney is beautiful, sweet and trusting; she is the light to David's dark. Although Maygen is attracted to David, he also scares her. She has never had such strong feelings for anyone and she realizes he is a broken man with issues and she wonders if she can trust him with her heart. Both characters care about each other but have a lot of things going against them. DARK CORNERS has an intriguing plot line and is filled with suspense and passion. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Loved this Book.... Think I have read all the books in this series and loved each one... Well written, great characters and "grab you by the tailfeathers" story line... Had this one almost figured out but at the end it was a shock!!!!! Excellent read that kept me up very late last night...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## GOOD but not great. Mixed feelings about this one. The potential was there for sure. I love stories with ex-soldiers trying to reacclimate with the civilian world. And I love a strong, independent heroine that is kind AND beautiful (it's fiction afterall). But this hero's hot and cold act got annoying after a while. The author could've easily made this book 75 pages shorter with less yo-yo. Then it would've been great. This is the 3rd book of this series but it stands alone just fine. At no point did I feel lost or overwhelmed by previous characters. I liked the secondary characters as well with the exception of the obligatory brash best friend Betha (horrible name). She was crass, overbearing and annoying. And it bugs the crap out of me when the best friend sides with the hero after the deception is revealed. The perfect amount of hurt was conveyed and I love that there wasn't instant forgiveness. Yay. But again, it dragged on after that and was just too long. So as you can see, I enjoyed a lot of it but wasn't completely satisfied.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story sucked me in from the beginning. The emotional pull of David's PTSD and Maygen's desire to help him pulled at my heart. There were times when I smiled, when I laughed, and when I cried. The danger that is following Maygen had me guessing who it could be. This was a very enjoyable story, and I highly recommend it. I hope there is more to this series. I received a copy through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited, honest review.
belllla More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book I said to myself oh no not again. Because I was not satisfied with the first book in the series. I was pleased and positively surprised because everything that bothered me from the beginning of the book that started to revealed and everything made sense. Like how they met, and why did I had the feeling that we see just some part of David personality. Maygen and David were interesting characters. The story turned out to be so much more. It has action, suspense and romance combined with heat and passion. *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to this series. Lots of drama and emotion. I really liked the characters and the connection they share. The story is fast paced and your heart really goes out to David. I really liked it.
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Healing with hope and love David Cavello is finally home from his tour in the middle east. He’s hired to protect Maygen Whitney from her stalker. When he meets up with this petite blond, he’s finding it hard to resist the attraction. David’s torn about a guilty secret which keeps him from being more intimate with Maygen. Keeping things professional is near impossible when Maygen is like a light at the end of a tunnel. She’s become the healing salve to David’s battered mind and soul. But will Maygen feel betrayed when she finally learns the truth behind his protection? How can she know if the chemistry between them is real or not? Being an only child, Maygen Whitney has fought to become a strong and independent woman, away from her father’s wealth and lavish lifestyle. Maygen has no idea her life is being threatened, a fact her father wants to keep from her. He’s hired David to be undercover protection for Maygen until they find the stalker. Maygen feels a connection to David as they spend more time together, but David is unwilling to share the nightmares that haunts him nightly. He doesn’t want to bring her down a complicated and troubled path that has become his existence. But Maygen is determined to get one stubborn, sexy, model-gorgeous, ex veteran in her bed with love and nurturing. Dark Corners is a deeply emotional story filled with heartache, compassion and hope. It has characters that you learn to care about. I loved how Ms. Madden writes Maygen and David’s romance at a smouldering rate. And when it happens, it’s oh so, satisfying. A very nice build up that’s so sexy. We also get to revisit characters from the prior books with Angela and Nick Farley, their son, Nicholas, Eva, Jase, and George. Dark Corners is a great addition to the True Heroes series, and one is engaging and enjoyable. I received a copy from Random House Publishing - Loveswept via NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this one more. Dark Corners is the third book in the True Heroes series but it can be read as a standalone. I’ve read the first two books and loved book 2, Glass Ceilings. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into this book. I normally read a book of this length (a bit over 200 pages) in two days or less but I struggled to finish this one. I put it aside two different times to read other books but finally decided I’m going to finish this. It’s rare that I do not finish (DNF) a book (the writing or editing has to be spectacularly bad) and I’m not sorry that I persevered and finished this one. At about the half way point I finally became engaged in the story and was able to finish it. I wish I could pinpoint the problem. I don’t really think it was the writing, or at least not totally, so maybe it was the story itself that just didn’t work for me. I usually love stories with broken military characters – in this case, David, the hero – so maybe it was the heroine? I will say that I found the spelling of her name, Maygen, to be distracting. I’m over 60 so maybe I’m just old school, but I really don’t get all of the weird spelling of names that seems to be so popular lately. This is the first time that I’ve actually found it to be a distraction while reading, though. The story ended up having a couple of pretty unexpected twists which I liked and didn’t see coming. The clues may have been there but I didn’t see them. Dark Corners is full of off the charts, steamy, sexy time but that just wasn’t enough to do it for me. I’m rating it three stars because, for the most part, I thought the writing was good. I’m giving the book the benefit of the doubt and figuring at least part of the problem was me. It’s quite possible that I just wasn’t in the right mood for this story when I picked it up. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
sm0120 More than 1 year ago
*Sigh* There are some books that don't require a lot of drama, unnecessary conflict, or heavy angst to completely engage you and draw you in. Dark Corners is one such book. I was utterly charmed by the characters and the storyline held my interest until the very last page. David is the epitome of the pefect broken hero to me: damaged, tortured, tormented. But he has a heart of gold, and he's strong, protective, and caring...you just can't help falling for him. I wanted to hug him and love him! Maygen is feisty, sassy, and strong-willed. She's the perfect complement to David, she's the calm to his storm. For all the trappings that life has afforded her she's down-to-earth and real. David and Maygen have such a wonderful connection, even when things get a little tense between them. There's just something really special about this book- it pulled at my heartstrings, but it also made me laugh and swoon. This is a sexy, sweet, and passionate read. With a surprise I didn't see coming, Dark Corners kept me guessing and on my toes right until the very end. Copy received courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, through NetGalley.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I love this True Hero’s series, but so far, this is my favorite book in the series! It can be read as a standalone, the characters from the previous books are involved in this story, but it’s not necessary to know the history, it just adds a richness to the overall story. David and Maygen are amazing together! The story had twists I didn’t see coming so I was surprised quite a few times as the story unfolded! There are so many feels in this book. I had the stomach plummets, the heart burn and a lump in my throat. I loved every minute of it and I couldn’t put it down. Maygen is an awesome heroine. She is strong, loving, feisty and isn’t afraid to fight for David, until he betrays her trust. David is working through PTSD on his own, refusing to take medication and therapy until he figures out he can’t live without his light (Maygen) to light his dark corners. He returns to therapy and tries to win Maygen back, even if is just as a friend because he needs her in his life. I won’t tell you anymore and I highly recommend this book. It has suspense, great banter, colorful friends and family to add spice to story, steamy sexy times, and a sweet love story.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
David Cavello was a Private in the U. S. Army when his best friend was killed right next to him. Now, out of the Army, David is having a tough time adjusting to life and dealing with PTSD. David is Angela Cavello's sister, whom we met in Glass Ceilings (the second book in this series). When David "runs into" Maygen Whitney on the streets of New York, sparks fly. I just loved their banter together. They both were funny, flirty and downright sexy. I loved how David pursued Maygen...he was so sweet and cute...completely perfect! Maygen seemed to calm David down and he quickly realized that he actually wanted her in his life. Of course there was negative vibes coming from Maygen's dad. He has always been over protective of her ever since her mom passed away when Maygen was only 5. Just when David and Maygen's lives were looking up, devastating secrets are revealed and both of their lives fall apart. Just when Maygen is finally dealing with all the secrets, another big event happens and she can only hope that David will come to her rescue. Overall, this was a great story with very likable characters. You get a good insight into PTSD and really feel for anyone dealing with it. I really loved their happy ending...it was perfect for them!
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I really enjoyed this book,I fell in love with this alpha male,He was really cocky in the beginning but their was a reason behind his madness.He suffers from PTSD waking up with nightmares.Then he bumps into maygen,literally makes her spill her latte all over herself.You will just have to take my word for it,this is a book to put on your TBR list.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received advanced copy for honest review for netgalley... I enjoyed book, at first I was a bit leary of hero with how much he went back and forth with his decision on whether he would pursue a relationship with heroine or not. True he had issues but I did feel he needed to make a decision and stick by them and eventually he did and it turned into a beautiful love story. And it had it all, drama, betrayal, murder, mystery. Please enjoy!
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
After having read Glass Ceilings, I was excited to be able to read David's story in this book. Ms Madden addressing PTSD here through her main character was genius in bringing attention to what plagues so many service men and women returning from war. That David recognized his PTSD but refused treatment, yet was studying to be a Psychologist was a study in contradictions. The imagery of David's sufferings were exemplary...I could almost feel his tension, his anger, his angst over the loss of his friend, and most of all his growing need for Maygen. I don't think anyone could describe desire better than this author...in just a few words, in my mind's eye, I was seeing exactly what Maygen experienced each time she saw David: "...My mouth went dry, my palms began to sweat, and I could feel desire furl within me like a piece of paper touching a flame." Then there was David and his wry sense of humor, what a crack up He was...his quips were hilarious in not only their content, but the delivery was pitch perfect. Lastly the unexpected twists and turns of suspense were gripping, keeping me on the edge the entire time. What and who were completely a surprise, which enriched the reading experience that much more. This book was provided by the Publisher and NetGalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
After having read Glass Ceilings, I was excited to be able to read David's story in this book. Ms Madden addressing PTSD here through her main character was genius in bringing attention to what plagues so many service men and women returning from war. That David recognized his PTSD but refused treatment, yet was studying to be a Psychologist was a study in contradictions. The imagery of David's sufferings were exemplary...I could almost feel his tension, his anger, his angst over the loss of his friend, and most of all his growing need for Maygen. I don't think anyone could describe desire better than this author...in just a few words, in my mind's eye, I was seeing exactly what Maygen experienced each time she saw David: "...My mouth went dry, my palms began to sweat, and I could feel desire furl within me like a piece of paper touching a flame." Then there was David and his wry sense of humor, what a crack up He was...his quips were hilarious in not only their content, but the delivery was pitch perfect. Lastly the unexpected twists and turns of suspense were gripping, keeping me on the edge the entire time. What and who were completely a surprise, which enriched the reading experience that much more. This book was provided by the Publisher and NetGalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story with a tortured hero who is an Army vet suffering from PTSD and a heroine who calms him by just being with him. David has many issues but Maygen has her own and the secrets being kept get in the way. Maygen has a stalker and an overprotective father. This story was well written with very believable episodes of PTSD. Maygen got on my nerves and even though she professed to be an adult and wanted to be treated as such, she seemed immature when confronted with protection and secrets. Overall, I do recommend this book and it can be read as a stand alone. **Received a copy of this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley**
Mgrabeel More than 1 year ago
Maygen Whitney has lived the life of privilege but has tried her best to be her own person, despite her father's repeated attempts to protect her. She is surprised at her attraction the handsome vet she literally ran into. David Cavello is trying to get his life back on track after being discharged from the Army, the only problem is the beauty he can't stop thinking about. He will do everything to protect her but who will protect him and his heart? This is the 3rd book in the True Heroes series though it can be read as a standalone. There are characters from the previous books mentioned and situations covered in the other books that are referenced here. I loved Maygen's fierce determination and her courage. David's stoicism and his protectiveness are simply swoon-worthy. I devoured every word of this book with gusto as I found I couldn't put it down and when I did it consumed my thoughts. I have read many other books by this author and was not disappointed by this one. I am eagerly awaiting her next release and highly recommend her books.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
So far this is the best of the sandalone series. Despite the heavy subject of PTSD that David suffers, he was very charming. The banter with him and Maygen was fun and I wanted more of it. If we didn't have such a heavy subject weighing it down, I would have had lots of fun with this story. Maygen was a great heroine. She was strong, independent and truly there for David when he suffered. She also knew when to back off, which I greatly appreciate in a heroine. Clingy women are one of my pet peeves and I was glad to see that while she was there for him, she also knew her own boundaries. There was no other women or men drama to deal with, no cheating, but not a small amount of pushing away from David due to his PTSD. Despite the pushing away, this was a very good story. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and I was drawn in from the beginning! I love stories about our military heroes getting back into every day life. The struggles of PTSD is so common among our veterans and I love that authors take the time to tell stories with these issues in there. It's hard to move forward in life when you can't get past a traumatic event like a lot of soldiers. Maygen isn't looking for love, but when she bumps into David she can't wait until the next time she will see him. David knows that falling for Maygen is all kinds of wrong, but that doesn't stop him. When Maygen finds herself the target of a crazy person, David will pull out all of the stops to keep her safe. I loved that the first part of this story was really about Maygen and David falling in love. Working through their issues. Then the second half of the book is about David realizing the importance that Maygen has had on his life and even if it means they can just be friends, he needs her in any way he can take her. The second half is more about him proving himself to Maygen and then keeping her out of danger. I loved the story. I thought the falling in love half was good and then when I hit the second half of the story, I couldn't put it down. Well told story and great supporting characters. I'm going to have to go back and read the other stories from this group. So good!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an excellent book and completely entertaining. The characters in this one are troubled, David more than Maygen, but striving everyday to live life to the fullest. David struggles daily with issues of PTSD but there is something about Maygen that just being around her calms him and is issues aren't quite as troubling. Maygen has lived her life under the domineering and overprotective thumb of her father. She's now trying to take control of her life and doesn't want anyone trying to control her again. When fate puts David in her path she feels blessed. There's an attraction between them that can't be denied and she feels secure with him. That is until lies and secrets are revealed that shatter all the trust she had placed in him. Will he ever be able to get her to forgive him?? This book is very well done and it's one I highly recommend.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! An absolutely AWESOME book. It’s part of a series, but totally a stand alone book. This extraordinary author, wrote a book that is incredible. I will let others tell you it’s a story about David Cavello, a veteran that still faces demons in his life, and Maygen Whitney, who is not only wealthy, but talented and very independent. Their love story is not for the faint of heart. But the story is so much more than that. It deals with the fact that many of our returning veterans and troops are suffering from PTSD, and struggle integrating back to civilian life. We as a society, desperately need to support them, offer them options, help them recover and thank them for their service and dedication. I just wanted to hug David and let him know how truly he was appreciated. In addition to this subject, Dark Corners , we are faced with over protective relatives, trust or lack thereof , loyalties, intrigue, self-doubt, heartbreaking moments but also redemption and love. So, join me in thanking Ms Madden for sharing her talent . I can’t wait to read more stories by this author. I was gifted this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.