Embattled Hearts (Lost and Found Series) by J.M Madden
This is a military romance novel. John Palmer was injured in Iraq where he lost the use of his legs. He hasn’t felt like a real man since it happened. John and a few other veterans opened a detective agency called Lost “N” Found Investigative Services. The cool thing about this agency is that it only hires veterans, giving them a purpose again and allowing them to fit into society. This is where he meets Shannon Murphy. She is hired as the office manager. Everyone adores her but none more so than John. For the first time in a long time, he is attracted to a woman. He’s less miserable when she’s around. He knows he’s falling for her but doesn’t believe he can be the man that she needs because he is stuck in a wheelchair.
Shannon wasn’t looking for love but finds herself instantly attracted to John. Even though he’s always grumpy, she notices that he is less so around her. She wants to make a move but is nervous that he won’t reciprocate. The action starts when someone from her past starts threatening her again. John and the rest of the veterans step in to protect her.
The good thing is that you never really know who is after her until the end. The author kept the mystery going which kept me intrigued. The suspense was really good. I loved the fact that the men weren’t “ perfect”. Whether they were crippled (like John) or amputees or had PTSD, each had their own issues. I think the author did an excellent job of showing the after effects and psychological issues that veterans go through after returning from the war. The author showed the slow healing process of trying to reintegrate themselves into a normal life. The novel was well written and thought out even the love scenes were realistic and touching. This truly is an amazing book and a must read!
Review by @annahirsch
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