Romance Books

Book Review – Embattled Hearts by J.M. Madden (Lost and Found #1)

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?

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book.  This book has a great concept – injured soldiers coming back from war and starting their own investigative firm.  This book is listed as “romantic suspense” – there were very little of both in this book.

John Palmer is a wheelchair bound vet running Lost and Found Investigative services with two old Marine pals.  Shannon Murphy is the office manager – cute as a button and smitten with John, despite the fact that acts like a dick toward her.  Years ago, Shannon was the victim of a stalker, and starts noticing things in her house and around her that lead her to believe he’s back after her.  She turns to John for help.

I liked John, for the most part.  His whole “a woman won’t want a cripple” attitude wore thin very fast.  So did his attitude, and how shitty he treated Shannon.  I also had a hard time respecting Shannon for putting up with it.  The book was rated G until about 65% in – and then it didn’t get much past PG.  The book just didn’t make sense – it didn’t move at a realistic pace and was kind of a mess.  And there were several grammatical and spelling errors in the book.

The suspense – the stalker – was just plain dumb.  It made NO sense.  The only reason I’m giving this book 3 stars is because of the guys.  I’m not sure if I will read the next one.  Kind of feel like I wasted 99 cents on this one.

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