MADDEN is a crossover between Liz Crowe's Love Brothers Contemporary Romance Series and Chris & Cecilia's The AWE Crew Military Romance Series. It was originally published in the CELEBRATE! A Love Brothers Anthology bundle.
Seven years ago, Lieutenant Jacob Madden chose the Navy over a life in the Amish settlement several generations of his family had called home. When he receives concerning family news, he steels himself for the cold reception he's certain to receive and catches the first flight to his neck of the woods, just outside of Lucasville, Kentucky. But that steel is not enough to shield his heart when he comes face to face with the woman who has haunted his dreams since the day he left.
Abigail Wyse made the biggest mistake of her life when, at seventeen, she chose the Amish way of life over the big wide world and Jacob, the boy to whom she'd secretly given her heart. Now, years later, Abigail makes the second hardest decision of her life. Little does she know that her decision will lead her straight into the path of the one man she never thought she'd see again.
Jacob walked away then. Can he walk away now?
About the Author
Six years ago, their paths crossed in a most serendipitous way: through online role play. Yep, you heard that right. As funny as it may sound, they were “married/mated” by the group’s owner and from day one, they clicked. Their collaboration ran smoothly and they wrote many hot storylines as part of that group.
After a few months of writing fanfiction, they decided it was time to tell their own stories, write about their own characters. Without a second thought, they embarked on this (crazy) joint writing adventure and Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey were born.
Chris and Cecilia live on opposite coasts in North Amercia and in two different countries. That means they are separated by 2,560 miles in a direct route, a 5-hour flight, a 40-hour drive, a 85-hour train ride, a 837-hour walk and yet, they are instantly connected at the hip the majority of each day via the miracle of the internet.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lieutenant Jacob Madden has thrived in the military, earning his place in the 8th Special Warfare Logistics Group. He is currently on a week long leave, in hopes of seeing his mother. Normally, this would make anyone happy, however, Jacob left his family and the Amish religion behind, seven years ago. After reading a concerning letter from his sister, he is compelled to go home, no matter how much dread lies in his heart. What he doesn't expect to find is his first love, Abigail, working in a bar outside of the settlement. Abigail was forced into the English world and while terrified of the unknown, she was lucky to find the Love family, who gave her a job, as well as their friendship. Knowing in her heart that she would never see her friends and family again, her whole world is flipped upside down, when Jacob walks into the bar. Will one week be long enough to heal both of their hearts? Will they be able to make peace with their past, in order to save their future? Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey are known for their super spicy, suspense story-lines. With Madden, these authors introduce a purer, more wholesome plot, with a flare of their signature heat. Madden will entice readers into learning more about both the Love Brothers series and the A. W. E. Crew series. Readers will find themselves lost in the outskirts of a strict Amish settlement in Kentucky. The setting of this quaint town, provides an almost protective bubble for Jacob and Abigail to reminisce, catch up, and reunite. Readers will start a refreshing emotional journey, that they'll wish never ends. This novella works well as a stand-alone for readers who are craving a quick, heart-warming holiday read. Notes: I voluntarily signed up to review an advanced copy of this novella. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Jacob Madden never returned to his family after Rumspringa. He chose to see the world with the Navy but in doing so he left his heart with Abigail. He knew she would never leave her family and he didn't want to make her choose between him and them. But when he gets a call that his mother is terminally ill, he returns to town. He never imagined he'd find Abi working in the local diner, having left her family after all! Abigail now regrets choosing her family over Jacob. Her fear of the unknown made her lose her heart and she has never settled for anyone else. When he runs into Jacob on his return she finds herself thrust amongst her old feelings for him and not sure what to do with them. He's made it clear that once he sees his family he's leaving again. Can her fragile heart take another beating? This is a totally different feel from others in this Love Bros series. It has a very gentle and slow burn romance, given the strict religion that Abi has only recently disconnected from. But that said when she decides on her future she goes all guns blazing! Jacob is pretty good at beating himself up over the guilt he has at leaving Abi behind and finding his adventure without her but I loved that no matter what has happened in the interim, they both realise that each is what the others heart beats for!
MADDEN by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey is a captivating novella with a unique plot and charming characters. While it is short in length it packs quite the emotional punch. The inclusion of the Amish community was fascinating. I don't know much about their beliefs so this aspect of the book really captured my attention. As for the characters, I instantly fell in love with both Abigail and Jacob. They each have several layers to their personalities and I felt as if I had known them my whole life. I was pulled into their emotions from the very beginning. My heart broke for both Abigail and Jacob as I followed them along on their journey. In addition to the heartbreaking moments there are some sexy hot intimate scenes that will have your heart racing right along with Jacob and Abigail's. Given how innocent Abigail was, it was so sweet the way Jacob loved her. Almeida and Aubrey are so good at transporting the readers into the scenes with their writing where you physically feel the characters' emotions. If you are looking for a contemporary romance novella with fantastic characters, a heartbreaking plot, passionate intimacy and a joyful ending, give MADDEN a try. It has it all.