Title: Embattled Hearts
By: J.M. Madden
Series: Lost & Found #1
My Copy: Ebook for Honest Review
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. Even with all the resources at their disposal, they’re thrust into a fight for their lives.
Quick and easy love story wrapped up in a thriller. Shannon's boss John, is an injured ex marine, that is just trying to find a new normal. Wheel chair bound life is not at all what he had planned. Shannon is no stranger to the difficulties of such a life, and seems oblivious to his handicap. She is the only person that looks at him as though he is not a cripple, and treats him like anyone else. When Shannon's past comes back to hunt her, she will find herself facing danger with John by her side. She will struggle to make him see she is interested in a life with him not out of pity, but for the man he truly is. A bit sappy at moments, but all together this was a entertaining read. I look forward to more from the series, because there were many great characters wrapped up in this little book. Especially, with the connection that appears to be building between a scarred hero, and his friendly little waitress.