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Embattled Hearts (Military Romantic Suspense) (Lost and Found Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

J.M. Madden , Viola Estrella

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A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I predict this series will be one of the all-time best published in 2013." Romance Junkies

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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Terminally addicted to romances, thanks to finding her aunt's stash of 'Harlequin Presents' years ago during a sleepover, USA Today Bestselling author 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 writing full-time now. She always has several projects in the works and loves to hear from readers.

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  • Editeur : JM Madden (13 décembre 2013)
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63 internautes sur 65 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 4 1/2 Heartfelt Stars!! J.M. Madden has hit on something good. I love this series! 19 février 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The author kept the story REAL!! She didn’t depict our wounded warriors to suddenly have abilities outside the bounds of what they would be truly capable of. She did not make a mockery of their injuries. I respect and appreciate the hell out of her for doing that. BRAVO J.M. Madden!!

After 6 years the men we met in The Embattled Road, Duncan, Chad and John, still struggle each and every day, but their determination to leave a mark on the world, and live as normal as possible is awe-inspiring.

John Palmer is a bitter, angry man, but a little sprite of a woman has come into his life, and for the first time in years, he is stirring back to life. I adored Shannon, what a charming, delightful character! She doesn’t allow John to rebuke or diminish what she feels for him; allow him to tell her what she can feel.

”He had every characteristic she had always wanted in a man. Humor, strength, level-headedness. The physical characteristics came in a distant second to his quiet personality and sardonic humor. They were what had drawn her most at the beginning. As well as his unrelenting loneliness.”

John’s embarrassment during their first intimate time together was written very well. It does not not happen the way he planned it in his mind, nor should it have. The man has not had sex in over 6 years, it’s not supposed to be perfect…again the author handled this quite well. John is humiliated, but Shannon won’t allow him to back off. It was really quite lovely how it all played out and one of the most beautiful moments in the book.

J.M. Madden did an amazing job illustrating the hardships of having a disability in life and in love! It was the perfect blend of sex, suspense and self-exploration! John was not a super-hero in this book, but he did what he could do and he did it well. At times he was frustrated, understandably so, but once he realizes that his amazing woman appreciates him for all he is, he cuts himself some slack and realizes in order for this relationship to work, there are times he going to need Shannon’s help. He will never fully accept it, but he’s willing to work around it. Let’s face it…Once a Marine, Always a Marine…and sometimes pride gets in the way.

We were also introduced to some other note-worthy characters, one adorable guy by the name of Zeke and I have it on good word that we are going to be seeing more of him. Woohoo!! We get the set-up for some storylines going forward, especially a mysterious homeless man that has Duncan on the case. I see so many men who deserve to have their stories told, and to find love! I will wait anxiously for each and every book! My only disappointment was the ending. I understand that John and Shannon will be a part of the upcoming books, but this ended rather abruptly and after investing my heart in this couple, I felt they deserved a better ending. Please J.M., give us more in the end!

This author is not getting the notability that she warrants, so I’ve made it my mission to spread the word about J.M. Madden and the Lost and Found series. Watch out readers, I’ll be plugging these books every chance I get!
41 internautes sur 42 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid portrayal of a "wounded warrior" in love 16 février 2013
Par Joy-read - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Content: Two erotic sex scenes, violence, swearing (F-bombs), some typos (about 6)

I enjoyed Madden's prequel novella, The Embattled Road (Lost and Found Series), and eagerly awaited this book, so I'm delighted to report that it did not disappoint! Except for one gripe (discussed last) I enjoyed this suspenseful and heartwarming romance, set in Denver, Colorado one snowy November, about 5 years after the prequel.

No spoilers regarding the mystery-suspense.

Kudos for consistency! Madden's three main characters align with her portrayal of them in book one, as outlined in my review. For example, John still drops F-bombs every other sentence and keeps to himself, Chad still charms everyone and watches over his wounded brothers (Zeke, in this book), and Duncan still runs the show with confidence, competence, and quiet compassion.

In this book, Madden's wonderful hunk of a hero is John Palmer, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose honorable discharge includes a box full of medals -- and this guy does NOT need the chest to pin them on. He's hard, he's hot, and he smells sooo good. John survived an explosion in Iraq only to return home as a paraplegic. Nonetheless, this fiercely independent private investigator is as mobile as one could possibly be in a sport chair (a wheelchair, I presume). I loved John. I loved his sweetheart, too. Shannon Murphy joined John's detective firm six months ago, working as the office manager / receptionist, befriending the 21 lonely detectives, serving them a home-cooked meal every Friday, and tending her four newborn kittens (loved the scenes with John and the kitten). From day one at the office, Shannon secretly swooned for John, and the feeling was silently reciprocated, but the relationship does not take off until this book begins, when Shannon's life is threatened. The point of view shifts from Shannon to John, primarily. The romantic relationship is credible because the issues are on the table with Shannon's sensitive but no-nonsense approach to John's moods and insecurities (this felt authentic). Shannon and John's encounters are very heartwarming -- and eventually very erotic. (Making love despite paralysis reminded me of a highly erotic Regency romance, The Model Master (The Rakehell Regency Romance Series).)

John's POV, in front of fire with Shannon:
"That one small arch of her spine made him feel ten feet tall. Kind of. It made him forget, for one infinitesimal moment, that he wasn't even six feet tall anymore."

The PACE moves along nicely with virtually no yawns and the killer plot is pretty solid, too. The unfolding of this SUSPENSE worked for me (except that the psycho would probably have simply killed Shannon and been done with it, without all the mind games, and I also had trouble with the psycho's characterization). However, Madden kept me guessing (which I like) and did not drown me in maudlin self-dialogue (which I hate). One plot twist really took me by surprise, even though there were minor clues I might have caught. At the end, this former deputy sheriff (the author) tidily wrapped up her mystery and tied it with a bow, also putting the finishing touches on John and Shannon's relationship. Their HEA is only just beginning, with best wishes for a really likeable couple! ツ

I liked the scenes with Zeke and Ember, too, and would like more time with Preston Harper. He needs his own sequel. So does Zeke. Of course, I'm assuming Chad and Duncan will get one.

This book's GREATEST strength lies in Madden's characterization of the "wounded warrior" veteran, including adaptive equipment (John's cool truck, Roger's high-tech hand, etc). Madden is not a vet herself, but she certainly writes with a keen awareness of how veterans feel, especially if they've lost a limb or been disfigured, and are thus treated "differently" in any way. Madden uses "show, not tell" methods to portray what John CANNOT do (run, shovel snow, climb a ladder) as well as how much he CAN do. For example, he's first to spot clues and notice when things don't look right. He wisely orders a camera aimed on the tree, and convinces Shannon to carry her gun. But he's soooo frustrated that she's in danger, and he's not the man he was just six years ago. He doesn't want her to "settle" for him, fears that he won't be able to get or keep an erection, and frankly cannot understand why she loves him - his own mother dumped him at age five (sob).

This and that: The parts with the homeless guy in a hoodie provide a different -- and much sadder -- look at civilian life after Iraq. Perhaps Madden plans to include him in a sequel. Also, it sounds like John may have a long lost brother out there? Finally, will we see more of the unexpected hero?

A turn off for me: Shannon, otherwise cast as a nice girl who loves kittens and horses, makes Friday Specials for the entire crew at LNF, is good friends with a nurse and beloved of her family, refers to her own "puss" and "pussy" in three instances. Who the heck does that? It's demeaning, and out of character.
28 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wounded Warrior, Endangered Heroine, Embattled Hearts 4 avril 2013
Par Sumi Rebeiro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a moving and engaging romance plotted around a non-obvious mystery. Both parts of the book keep its momentum going, and neither the mystery nor the romantic heat between John and Shannon let the reader's attention wander for a single minute.

More important and unique, however, is the fact that its romantic lead, John, is a combat veteran with injuries resulting in significant functional impairment rather than mainly cosmetic damage. I've looked for romances with heroes like this--veterans who've suffered and survived great physical and emotional damage, whose injuries have left both inner and outer scars, but have managed to preserve the strength and tenderness that makes them ideal romantic leads. Till this book, I'd never found such a romantic hero.

Romance isn't my first or even third-favorite genre, but I love happy endings--especially for characters who've earned one several times over before we ever meet them. Both come together in "Embattled Hearts." This story is a winning mix of tenderness and romantic tension, smoldering physical attraction finally combusting into hot sex, and well-presented mystery--all, most remarkably the sex scenes, without glossing over the realities of spinal injury and functional impairment. Whether it's the reality of John needing backup in action when a traditional romantic lead wouldn't, his anger at having to watch while Shannon shovels snow, his struggles with getting into an unfamiliar bed, or the adaptations necessary for his F-150 truck, Madden shows us a leading man who's permanently physically impaired and yet remains a deeply appealing romantic hero.

It's a testament to Madden's skill as a writer that she manages all of this without concealing John's flaws, scars, and damage, both emotional and physical--and while maintaining our emotional connection and identification with Shannon, an exceptionally compassionate and giving woman who's still intelligent, resourceful, and strong in her own right.

I can only hope that other readers find this book--this series--as appealing, and its premises as enthralling, as I did. I'll certainly be copying this review elsewhere, and trying to spread the word; I desperately want this series to continue. Because it's engrossing reading, yes...but also because it's *important*.

Ms. Madden, your author's note said you were hesitant to take on this challenge because of your fears that you couldn't do it justice, and that's a fear I know well. But let me reassure you: You've done the men and women who suffer and survive these kinds of injuries while serving more than justice. You've done them proud in a way that shares and spotlights how extraordinary they are without compromising one inch of writer's craft, and for that I thank you.

(On a personal note, this is the first review I've left on Amazon in more than a decade of use. This series and its premise are exceptional.)
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lost And Found Book 1 14 juillet 2014
Par Sassafras - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Hard-ass USMC Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer returns home wounded, confined to a wheelchair, struggling to find himself and his purpose for living. Then he meets Shannon Murphy, the receptionist hired by the investigative agency he works for. The inward struggle John endures about his ability to be intimate with her is both endearing and enlightening. The way it is written is exactly how I imagine that struggle for self-acceptance would be: the feelings of inadequacy, failure, and depression for not being the man you once were, physically speaking. It's a heart-warming tale that I really enjoyed. I felt that the heroine was somewhat shallow at times and her character wasn't as developed as that of John. Still she was likeable, though generic and not really remarkable. I found myself skimming through some of the stalker parts due to redundancy.
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good story but... 10 août 2013
Par Lisa W - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
...would have been SO much better if there had been an editor. The characters are well written and I enjoyed the plot, but there were A LOT of distracting continuity errors.
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