Embattled Minds – J.M. Madden

Embattled Minds (Lost and Found, #2)Embattled Minds by J.M. Madden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again Ms Madden has written a powerful story of the brave men that have fought for our country.

This book delves into two aspects of what can happen in war. We have the severely scarred face/body and PTSD. Zeke Foster’s head was crushed which has left his face disfigured and also with some lasting brain issues. The heroine’s father is a Vietnam vet that suffers from PTSD that he has never had treated and results in him beating on his daughter during blackout episodes.

The author pulls no punches in her portrayal of these men who’ve come back from war damage in one way or the other. Zeke who has always been a large man that didn’t have any problem attracting the ladies is now extremely insecure when it comes to his looks and hasn’t been in a relationship in years. One of the things I loved most about him was his understanding of men suffering for PTSD and how to either diffuse them from a panic attack or make them realize how bad they were suffering when they didn’t even realize it.

Loved the heroine. She was a single mother that had been living with her widowed father and running his bar/restaurant but has also been on the receiving end of her father’s PTSD blackouts. Her unconditional attraction to Zeke based on what was on the inside and not the out was teary eyed touching at times.

We also get plenty of face time with owners of Lost and Found Investigations. Duncan Wilde has been getting hang up calls and now the vet he has been trying to help has disappeared. Chad Lowell is still the comic relief of the trio and is also a good friend to Zeke. It was also great to see how John Palmer and Shannon are doing in there relationship – LOVED the Christmas Party at there house 🙂

I love all the men that work for Lost and Found but since the first book I am still looking forward to Duncan’s book the most.. (yes that’s a shameless beg to the author 🙂 )

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