Embattled Minds

Embattled Minds

by J.M. Madden, Viola Estrella

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BN ID: 2940016743295
Publisher: LBH Books
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: J. M. Madden's Lost and Found Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 88,918
File size: 451 KB

About the Author

I am a wife and mother of two. I currently stay home to write and take care of the farm and family, which I love. I was a deputy sheriff in Ohio for nine years, and I found myself tapping that experience as I wrote Second Time Around. No, I didn't tackle and cuff my husband, although there was that time in K-mart... Anyway, it was quite a change going from writing technical reports with diagrams, witness statements, inventories etc that would stand up in court to writing contemporary romance. I've always written, though, and it was always a dream to do something with that huge, leaning stack of spiral-bound notebooks.

Second Time Around was my first release, and Embattled Minds is my twelfth. I thank you so much for taking an interest in my work...

Stay tuned. There's a lot more coming!

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Embattled Minds 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story! I just loved reading Zeke and Ember's story! Poor Zeke was just so damaged, he refused to see what a fabulous, courageous, gorgeous, sexy, hero he was...scars and all! See..men can be vain just like women, he was very much ashamed about his looks, yes others made him feel ashamed with their pity, but he needed to get past all that. It was very difficult for him to do that, add to that the slight stutter and the poor man thought he was done for. Ember was so perfect for him, she, like Shannon, saw past what Zeke considered his flaws. She saw his scars as his strengths and badges of honor! Gotta admire a woman who stands by her man no matter what! There wasn't any intricate mysteries like in book one, this book focused solely on Zeke and Ember's story and her father's PTSD, but it was so good and interesting nonetheless. You can't help but fall in love with all of these beautiful wounded ex-soldiers! SR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend. So glad $ from the purchase of this book goes to the wounded warrior project. This story made me laugh and cry. Read it in one day. Can''t wait to read book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Zeke and Ember's story was beautiful. Wish it was longer.
tvbaby More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much I LOVED this story. WE all fall for the broken hero.. but this guy just took my heart in the first few pages.. I don't think I got it back yet The books in this series are exception and I have loved each and every one.. You will too.
K_Holt More than 1 year ago
Incredibly well-written Military Romance Novella. I LOVED it! EMBATTLED MINDS (LOST AND FOUND) by J.M. Madden is a deep, thought-provoking, powerful look at the kind of satisfying commitment between a man and a woman...when they've fallen irrevocably in love and they couldn't be more perfect for one another. Zeke is scarred from injuries sustained on active duty in "the Sandbox" with the Marines. Ember proves to be the ONE perfect woman for him. I'm VERY impressed with how well-told this story is, how in-depth and rewarding a read it is...and in novella format, that's difficult to pull off effectively...and Madden did it! There's plenty of sex...and it's wicked hot...and so *in character* that it's especially valuable to the plot. Kudos to the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are only a few series that I line up to read and pre-order but this is one. This is the most amazing series and with each book I fall more and more in love with the characters. It is a great idea process and is heart wrenching and fun and makes you think about things that are important. The love stories are wonderful. They dont take too long to read and keep you right there with them from word one to the end. For those of us who have military families it is so true to form for the words and protectiveness of the men. I hope this series continues for a very long time.
HafwynD More than 1 year ago
Quite simply I’m in love! This guy is everything you want in a man and more! This book brings to home many things that our men and women go through when they take up the mantle of warrior for our country and makes you see it from his angle and doesn’t sugar coat it. PTSD has a huge impact on our troops and the fact that it is finally getting the treatment, albeit not quite as fast as we would like, and the recognition it needs is a huge thing. I couldn’t help but fall a little in love with each one of these guys, but I really have to say Zeke is special. His scars on the outside along with those on the inside just make me want climb up his massive frame (come on he is huge and I’m like 5 foot nothing) and worship him with love. Partnering him with Ember was a stroke of genius on JM Maddens part. She knows her characters so well. I can’t help but wonder who she fell in love with while writing these books. I may have to ask her!! We meet Ember Norton in Frog Dog Grill she owns with her dad a former Marine. She has been drooling over Zeke, a man who she suspects is a Marine who comes in with a group every Saturday at 7pm. Nothing other than drink and food orders has been said, but a lot of looks have passed between them. Zeke makes her feel safe and protected when the crowd decides to get handsy. The scars covering his face didn’t make him less attractive to her, if anything it made him more so, it made him a fighter for her country. He completely fascinated her. His size and his strength made her melt. Zeke was just as enthralled with Ember. He thought he was completely unworthy and too fugly for someone as perfect as her. He would watch her every Saturday and want but never have. His face full of scars and his stutter made him unlovable in his own mind. It didn’t stop him from wanting her. When Ember was missing from the grill Saturday night when they came in his protective instincts kicked in and he went hunting for her. He found her in the kitchen with a bruised and swollen face. He insinuated himself in her life and found out just how lovable she found him. Now she just had to work to make him believe it and that they could have a future together. This book will melt your heart and make you dream of a Zeke all your very own! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series just so I can find out how he fares and what happens to all the other wonderful guys in the book! Fantastic read! Definitely one to pass on to my friends and rave about.
kimamhill More than 1 year ago
Zeke Foster was the popular playboy when he was in high school.  Women fell for him often.  But then he joined the Marines and things changed.  He was critically injured in Afghanistan when a wall collapsed on him.  He had a severe head injury and has been left with many scars and also a speech problem.  He feels he will never find a woman who can accept him with his scars.  Until he meets Ember, a waitress at the local bar. Ember has been dealing with a lot for while now.  She is basically running the bar by herself and now with the issues with her father she has decided she needs to get out and find a new place to live with her son.  She has also grown used to the scarred soldier who has been coming in with his fellow Marines.  She is instantly drawn to him and wants to know him more. This book was amazing.  It made me so emotional. I wanted to hug everyone in there.  J.M. has written it so well and it just amazes me to know that so many soldiers have gone through things like this and even worse things.  I mean we know it happens but when you sit down and read it in a book it seems to just really hit home.  I am thankful she has written this series and I can not wait to read more.  I highly recommend it!
jrobe10689 More than 1 year ago
Embattled Minds deals with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I loved this story and the characters!  I can not wait for the next book in this series, please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Zeke & Ember's story.
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Loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series so much? I find it warming to know there is JM there to bring more light to what our brave wounded warriors face when they come home
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have given 5 stars but no detecting for a detective agency. Weird. This book was almost 100 pages more than theladt one. I like that. Lots of emotion as it deals with the trials of Veterans. I'm incredibly impressed that the author donates a portion to The Wounded Warriors Project. Good job!
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for action and adventure, this book is not for you. If you want a story that will touch your heart – this is it. This book touches on the pain and anguish these wounded heroes goes through every single day. God bless them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these stories. These hero's deserve their happy endings and I can't wait to read the next one.
Neighbor_JackieB More than 1 year ago
This series is outstanding and this book is so good and beautifully written! J.M. Madden is truly incredible!!
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Amazing series! I was hooked with book one and can't wait for the fourth one to come out. Waiting very impatiently! This series is a must read!!!
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Loved this story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific! Reminds me of one of my favorite romance authors, JR Ward. Characters are well developed, interesting, and likable. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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I love this book just as much as the first one!! Has the perfect mix of sexy and romance.