Author Spotlight – J.M. Madden

I first heard of J.M. through Kallypso Masters. Kally was promoting J.M.’s new military romance series Lost and Found and I was intrigued. I really enjoyed both of those book and decided to look at see what else the author had written. Here are some I have read so far.

Book 1 – Bail Bondsman Brady Frost tracked a bail jumper all the way to New York. It was a rough apprehension, and now he just wants a quiet train ride home to Florida. He’d hoped to avoid sharing his space, but when a tight little co-ed is assigned to his cabin, then propositions him, how can he say no?

Lorna McNight is ready to shake off her self-imposed sexual drought. For four years she devoted herself to attaining her degree, but she’s ready to bust loose in a graduation bash for the record books. Rugged, mature Brady appeals to her more than any of the boys she went to school with, and she wants him to give her the ride of her life on the way to Florida. Will he cooperate and leave them both with a rail tale to remember?

Cindy’s review: Very short but HOT HOT HOT book. Two strangers on a train. One a Bail Bondsman and the other a college graduate looking to blow off steam after 4 years of studying and being a good girl. 
Janet’s review: Love on the Line is short, sweet and straight to the point, smoking hot! 

Lorna knows what she wants and she wants Brady, from the moment she sees him. It was really enjoyable to see a strong confident women pursue and seduce a man. Poor Brady never stood a chance.

Book 2 – A six hour train ride to Florida was not nearly enough to satisfy Brady Frost. When sexy co-ed Lorna McNight calls for a rendezvous two days later, he’s more than ready to take up where they left off, and arrives just in time to keep her from being raped.

Lorna’s first mistake was misjudging the schmuck at the bar. If Brady hadn’t arrived in time to rescue her, she may never have been heard from again. Her second mistake was underestimating her desire for the mature knight in bruised armor, and her ability to keep love and sex separate. When it’s time to board the Silver Star home, will she be able to leave her heart behind?

Cindy’s review: More hotness from Brady and Lorna. They lasted two days before arranging to meet up again. But before Brady gets there Lorna is slipped something in her drink and almost taken away by a rapist but her man from the train saves her. Even though there is an 18 year difference between these two they are sooo smoking together and perfect for each other. Again this was a short read but reading it right after the first book made it all the more better. 
Janet’s review: Brady and Lorna continue their relationship from the short, 6 hour train ride they shared in Book One. Last time they only had 6 hours together, this time they have a few days. Once again these two are smoking hot together.The last book, was about the purely sexual side of Brady and Lorna’s attraction for each other. In this one we get to have a glance into their emotions. The ending of this delightful story could have been more perfect. For a Novella, Love on the Line II left me fully satisfied.
Matt Calvin has watched Gina’s beautiful behind sway up and down the doctor’s office hallway once a month for four long years, and it’s time to do something about his fascination. He’s not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, man to woman, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price.

Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she’s normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings. 

When an explosive situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held anger. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.

Cindy’s review: Touching spin on childhood abuse. 

Most men that were physically abused as children sadly grow up to continue the cycle or like in most suspense books become a serial killer. Neither of those things happen with the hero Matt Calvin. Matt is a very large gruff and surly man who scares most who come in contact with him. What they don’t know is he is the scared one and has no idea how to have a relationship with either a woman or another person. 

He’s done alright in his life after his abusive childhood. He doesn’t see it this way but he works construction and is very good with woodwork. For four years he has secretly had a crush on Gina who is a nurse. He never had the nerve to act on those feelings until one day they run into each other literally and her wrist gets broken. Matt’s fear of becoming like his father and hurting everything he touches are brought to the forefront with this mishap. 

Gina has a kind soul. She went through having leukemia as a child and even though she beat it she is very clumsy and has had her share of broken bones. Gina finds herself attracted to Matt but see’s he is very skittish around her. 

It was different to see the woman have to be the one to break through all the emotional scars that Matt was left with. Matt’s insecurities were not a easy wall for Gina to break down. And as she is trying to deal with a 32 year old abuse victim (Matt) she is also currently dealing with a young boy next door that is also being abused. 

I really liked the story and though the author did a great job with the subject matter.. Ohh and the sex scenes are pretty hot too. 

Cindy’s Reviews

The Embattled Road – 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. 

Embattled Hearts – This book was so much more than just a romantic suspense book. The main theme of the series is how war veterans have dealt with physical and emotional injuries. We see many different facets of the vets from the homeless ones that just cant be around people to the severely scared ones that are afraid of what others will say about there looks to the just flat out broken ones. The author does such a great job in her descriptions of them you just cant help but feel there pain through her words. 

John Palmer spinal cord was crushed and he is the angriest, foul mouth bear of a man because of this. We find out more about him in this book. He’s never known love his whole life. Abandoned at an orphanage by his mother at the age of 5 he just drifted through the system until he was of age to join the Marines. In the Marines he was able to find the brotherhood he had been missing his whole life but when that is suddenly taken away he is only left with his anger. Its been 6 years since the three men got out of Walker Reed and opened the Lost and Found Investigative services. John was just going through the motions of living until they recently hired a new office manager. She had parts of him coming to life he never thought he would feel again. And when its found out she has a stalker he waste no time in appointing himself as her protector. 

The story was a perfect blend of seeing where the 3 guys were, about the other vets they had hired to work for them and the mystery/suspense of who was after Shannon Murphy. I thought the emotions and feelings that John went through were a very realistic view of how I think a person in his shoes would feel. That he would never be good enough for Shannon being confined to a wheel chair. The romance was nicely done and the sex scenes were hot. Shannon was the perfect woman for John in both her sweet demeanor and understanding.


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