Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Needful Heart by J.M. Madden

A Needful Heart By: J.M. Madden


Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor's office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he's not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, 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 the 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 a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. 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.

My Review

A Needful heart jumps in right away no easing in but then Matt has had the hots for Gina for 4 years.  Matt is the type of guy you would see and judge on appearance, tats, huge guy with that don't bother me attitude(which is a shield, just like his damn baseball hat) however he is such a good guy. He has fears and doubts himself a lot (I didn't care for his self-doubt) however you can't help but love him in this book.

Gina is well, she is accident prone and tends to hurt herself which is how Matt finally gets the courage up to talk and fate gives him the chance, in a oh lord did that just happen type of way. Poor Girl, she is a sweetheart who had to overcome somethings too. 

There is also one darling little boy Gabe in this book who Gina tries to help in anyway she can. Makes you want to jump in the book and hug him... He also plays a major part in getting Matt to get his head out his ass when needed. 

Matt spends a lot of time telling himself and Gina that he isn't good for him but slowly Gina breaks him down and that little flicker of love becomes more. There is also one darling little boy, Gabe in this book who Gina tries and helps in anyway she can. His story is similar to Matt's which will make you feel for them even more. Gabe also plays a major part in getting Matt's head out of his ass because like all Alpha males Matt puts his foot in his mouth and has his head up his ass lol.

This book does have some smokin sex scenes, pushy mothers and does include terrible childhood memories and touches on child abuse. 

Only thing that frustrated me was I wanted to know more, what happens after. Overall though it this was a quick read which I liked.
I rate this a 4 out of 5

You can buy this book from Amazon B&N

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Updates, Giveaways and Book blasts

Hello All,

So sorry haven't been posting the evil accounting classes are taking up a lot of my time only 15 more credits but i will be posting reviews later this week. I also tore/ripped tendon in my forearm so i am slinging it up for a couple weeks till it feels better or till i can't deal with the stupid sling anymore and go back to the doctor... Mom duties + Sling + Pain meds do not work so i have been toughing it out as much as possible.

Ok so big news coming... I will be starting a Monthly contest in May(swag, promotional items from some great authors, a book or two, jewelry made by me every month will be different but the winner will love whatever the prizes are.)... Gonna be pretty sweet.. So make sure you watch out for it.

Also I am going to hosting book blasts and such through Goddess Fish Promotions and a couple other places will be promoting a lot of great authors new books. (Authors I love and support). May 1st  Game Set Match by Jennifer Lacopelli (New Adult), May 14th Midnight Special by Tawny Weber (Contemporary Romance),  May 28th Beauty Touched the Beast and Beneath the Beauty by Skye Warren (Erotic).

Thank you all for supporting me

Much Love

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Embattled Hearts (Lost & Found Series Book 1) by J.M. Madden

Embattled Hearts By J.M Madden

Embattled Hearts (Lost and Found, #1)


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.

My Review

I am telling you now I hate spoiling books... I found it hard to write this review without spoiling everything because I loved this book to death. So here is my review without any spoilers.

Embattled Hearts is the actual start of The Lost and Found  Series... I read and reviewed The Embattled Road(Prequel) the series.. I would suggest you read the prequel first as it introduces you to the marines in this series and give their back stories and how the business started.   

Embattled Hearts is the story of John Palmer (or Gunny John as I call him) and Shannon Murphy. John is  a disabled veteran with a grumpy side and even though he is in a wheel chair is 100% Marine. He is also one of the owners of one of the main bosses for Lost and Found (LNF) Investigation Services. He has a hard time feeling worthy of love due to his past and current wheelchair bound state. 

Shannon is the secretary at LNF and is attracted to John...She thinks he is the sexiest thing ever and him being in a chair is not an issue. She goes out of her way to be by him and attract his attention. When weird stuff starts happening that leaves her uneasy(flat tires, soda can's, and things that can't be) the men at LNF and John  do everything they can to keep her safe and find out what is going on. 

I have to say that Shannon is the perfect heroine for Gunny, She understands his needs and won't let him tell her she doesn't know what she wants or deserves better.  Gunny has things he needs to learn to except... He got me when he learned to hold a kitten.... Thats right a Kitten. Melted me right there.  Can you picture gruff spoken manly marine holding a kitten?

J.M again respectfully addresses issues that disabled veterans face, the way she wrote Shannon and Gunny's sex scene is was respectful and steamy at the same time. She showed Shannon's heart and ability to give John his privacy (getting into bed from chair) and John's disappointment and self doubt(getting happy a little to early) and Shannon informing him , "I think that is the hottest thing  I've been a part of in, well, ever." Bring his spirts up and proving he is still a sexy man. 

John's need to protect Shannon shows though and even in a wheelchair he proves what a strong and determined Marine he is.  There are twists you don't see coming, parts that have you near tears and Ooh Rah moment which have you going hell yeah. 

J.M also makes sure that Chad and Duncan are included, they are Shannon's bosses too after all so they had to be in this book. There are also new characters Zeke, Harper, Jennings. Jennings will keep you wondering what is going on with him(is he a good guy/bad guy what???), Harper Preston(Seal) will leave you wanting to know more, and Zeke will have you rooting for him(his book is next).  Can't wait.

I loved everything about this book and say it is a must read.

I rate this book a 5 out of 5

You can buy Embattled hearts from

Just some added info 

A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you would like to make a personal donation, you can find information at http:// ~ J.M. Madden