Review: Embattled Home by J.M. Madden
His Marine training taught him that failure is never an option regardless of circumstances. That certainly applies to Chad’s need to stop Lost and Found’s deranged client from using the information he gathered to stalk and abuse his ex. Falling in love with the broken woman and her sweet daughter in the middle of rescuing them is definitely not the best timing. But it’s also inevitable. In Book 3 of this heart-warming military romance series, Chad will discover that protecting Lora is a much easier task than proving he’s the one man she can finally trust with her heart.
Weeks of no incriminating evidence should have clued him in sooner about who was the real victim. Now Chad Lowell is wracked with guilt after the woman he’s assigned to investigate is attacked by her abusive ex-husband right under his nose. Lora and her little girl are in incredible danger, and he vows to protect them at all costs, whether the angry and hurt woman wants him to or not. His Marine training makes the protecting part easy, but nothing he does seems to make Lora want to take a chance on him or his love.
Lora O’Neil left a life of abuse to make a new start for herself and her daughter. When her ex hires Lost and Found Investigative Service to track her down, she’s left reeling both physically and emotionally. The private detective that had been watching her for the past couple of months did finally come to her rescue, but does that mean she should now trust him to help her turn their lives around? The sexy former Marine makes her body feel things she thought she’d never feel for a man again, but she just can’t imagine what it would take for her to heal enough to ever say yes.
Embattled Home by J.M. Madden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All the books in this series are so emotionally powerful in their own way. Embattled Home adds domestic violence to the already heartbreaking issues that are dealt with in this series.
Chad Lowell was one of the three soldiers we met in the first book. His disability was losing his leg and burns on one side of his body. I remember Chad also being the more rational one who always tried to help his fellow injured soldiers and in this book he shows that endearing quality to a battered woman and her child by taking them under his protection.
Along with the storyline of Chad and 3 others from Lost and Found Investigative Service protecting Lora and her child from her abusive husband, Duncan gets a call about his homeless vet being in the hospital in another state. In each book we get a little more information on the man and see how Duncan refuses to give up on him even though its clear the man doesn’t want his help. A new character was introduced in the LNF team and she a woman veteran who I hope gets a story in the future. We also got quite a glimpse of Preston Harper’s hard softer side (read the book you’ll understand) and a very interesting development in his story.
I always come away from finishing a book in this series with an emotional feeling. The author writes her scarred and tortured heroes with such emotions you can help but be effected while reading.
(note: even though this book came out release wise after Joe Flynn’s book, in the timeline its before his book so he is still single and messed up emotionally throughout this book)
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