The Embattled Road (Lost and Found, #.5)The Embattled Road by J.M. Madden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great start to what looks like its going to be a rocking series. This is just the introduction to the 3 men during and after there time in Iraq after each has suffered severe damage to there bodies. Most of the book is while they are recovering at Walter Reed Hospital.

We meet Duncan Wilde right before his convoy is hit. He’s on his last 3 month of his tour. He dreams of becoming a drill instructor and marring his girl back home. After the ambush he is left with spinal bruising and a crushing pelvis and no feeling in his legs. Not long after being in Walker Reed his fiancee breaks the news she is pregnant with another man’s baby and is leaving him. He doesn’t let this get him down and not long after he starts getting feeling back in his legs.

Chad Lowell lost his leg and his left arm was severely burned. He knew Duncan from the time in Iraq. He had roomed with Duncan’s current roommate in the hospital and tries to engage him in conversations with him and Duncan. Chad has the love and support of a big Texas family but nothing beats the brotherhood of men that have served.

John Palmer is the angriest of the 3 men. He suffered a spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the hips down with no chance of recovery from it. For a while you wonder if he will ever be able to get over the anger.

These three men grow close in there recovery and one by one they leave and go there separate ways. But Duncan had a plan in mind and went home to make it happen before telling the other two.

Seven months later Duncan comes to both Chad and John and hands them the papers showing they are all now partners in LNF – Lost and Found Investigative Services.

Since we start off in Iraq with Duncan and he’s the first one we meet I was thinking his story would be first up. But we get a first chapter sneak peek at Embattled Hearts at the end and its John’s story. After reading all of The Embattled Road and seeing the huge adjustments John has/had to make I am glad he’s first up 🙂 I am looking forward to reading these three men’s stories and them getting there well deserved HEA’s.

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