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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


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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J.M. Madden
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J. M. Madden's Lost and Found Series , #1
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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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Embattled Hearts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
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
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
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.
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
## Barely ok. Good story idea, but the results left a lot to be desired. SPOILERS BELOW**** The hero was very unlikeable and remained that way til the end. A few pages before the ending the heroine says "I love you" and the hero says: I love having sex with you but I don't feel the same as you. Wow. Nice. NOT. Instead of kicking this guy to the curb, she says "I'll wait til you're ready". Gah, I was embarrassed for her character. Then, a couple of pages later he's in love. What? He JUST told her he didn't feel that way. Whatever. I won't be reading this again.
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
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 11 months ago
Great read with suspense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read from the first page to the last page
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. It captured and held my attention from the very beginning. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a little drama with a little romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book surprisingly. It was nice to read a romance novel where one of the main charavters had a real issue and wasn't all perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to me this book was just a one time read. which means that I'll probably forget about this book soon.. story is well written and well paced. only reason I kept on reading is that I had to find out who was stalking the girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters in a well thought out plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Had right amount of romance and suspense. I would recommend reading the prequel to this series prior to this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series. 10/10 would recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Read the prequel first so you know the background. Amazing group of characters!
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bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - The man was sex on wheels... Literally. Stars. After devouring The Embattled Road, I dove right into Embattled Hearts. This is John Palmer’s story, so it was a no-brainer decision to be honest, as I fell for this broken man 100% in the prequel novella. We join the guys from Lost N Found Investigative Services, five years on from their time spent together recovering in hospital at the end of their military careers, and it was great too catch up with those characters as well as be introduced to a whole raft of new ones that have joined the company in those years. "Remind me never to p** you off." I really enjoyed the story between John and Shannon, the first 70% kept me well entertained, this is the first book I have read where one of the main characters if wheel-chair bound, and I think the author handled the complexities of that situation really well, without making them out to be something out of the ordinary. John although now adjusted to life in a chair, is still bitter when it comes to not being able to be the strong protector that he thinks Shannon needs, especially when the suspense aspect of the story ramps up. "I never thought I’d feel this way again." I found his protectiveness sweet and extremely endearing, especially when he struggled to put into words exactly what he was thinking and feeling towards Shannon. They have been circling each other and their attraction for quite some time, and just with them finally admitting their feelings, a dark aspect of Shannon’s past comes back into the fore, which essentially pushes them together even more. This is the bit of the book I rolled my eyes at to be honest, and more than once, it is also reason why this dropped from a 4.5-5 star read down to my final rating. The suspense sort of took a step into the ridiculous, for me and went one twist to far. It came out of left field completely though so the element of surprise was there, which I applaud the author for. We are also introduced to Zeke Foster in this one, and I have to admit what we see of him, hit all of my soft spots too, so I will definitely be looking to read the next book in the series Embattled Minds at some point in the future. As I am interested to see what kind of story the author gives him. I grabbed this book and the prequel novella free off amazon, if they are still on offer I would wholeheartedly recommend you grab them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love drama and action
chocolate5 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story couldn't put it down can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed, could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book