Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Embattled Heart (Lost and Found Series) by J.M. Madden Review

Title: The Embattled Heart
Series: Lost and Found Series
Author: J.M. Madden
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense
Pages: 67
Price: FREE
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

This is a 20,000 word novella, prequel to the Lost and Found Series. It contains strong language, violence and adult situations. Not for readers under 18.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can't get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad's left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn't mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.

Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he's been dealt. He's served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they're turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he's not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently.

Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?


I loved this book. While it wasn't a book I would normally pick up, I'm so glad I read it. It was fast-paced and I finished it in one afternoon. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is that it didn't really have any romance. I know that the romance comes later in the series, but I would have liked to have seen some romance in this book. Regardless, I enjoyed this story immensely and would love to read the other books in the series. J.M. Madden has created characters that I have quickly fallen in love with and can't wait to read more about them. This book does an amazing job at developing the characters and their background. I highly recommend this book.

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