The Embattled Road

J.M. Madden
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This is a 20,000 word story, prequel to the Lost and Found Series. It contains strong language, violence and adult situations. Not for readers under 18. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this series will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.  
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can't get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man. 
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad's left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn't mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with. 
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he's been dealt. He's served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they're turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he's not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently. 

Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges? 

Keywords- free, freebie, series prequel, military, Marines, wounded warrior, private detective series, police procedural


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NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between 'combat modified' military men and the women who love them. J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she's at the computer, reading and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has several projects in the works. She also dearly loves to hear from readers! So, drop her a line. She'll respond. 

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J.M. Madden
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Feb 21, 2015
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82
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Romance / Military
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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In this second edition of the Duty and Deception series, books one and two have been combined into two parts.  The first part, Erased begins with Neo. 

 

His memories stolen by a massive car wreck that almost took his life, Neo Weston stares into the mirror each day wondering who this person is staring back at him.  Living in the mansion he was raised in, with a household staff that has known him for almost as long as he’s lived there, the place and the people all seem unreal, as if made of paper, but he can’t place why he feels the way he does.

 

His therapist, Leon, tells him it’s all part of the memory loss suffered in the accident.  The battered sports car sits in one of the garage bays, placed there to help him understand why he remembers nothing beyond the previous year.

 

A tall black stranger, a woman on the beach.  The man tells him things he can’t get out of his head, the woman is a puzzle he cannot solve.  Who are these people?  Why should he care?

 

Neo is not who he thinks he is, his world is not what it’s supposed to be.  Enter the strange world of Neo Weston as he finds out the real truth about his life.

 

Then in Part II, the story continues with Neo’s best friend.

 

Desmond Ashler has safely tucked his best friend, Neo Weston, and Neo’s new wife, Sophia, away from the dangerous men who would have Neo for their own greedy purposes.  However, keeping this secret has proven to be a danger to both Desmond and his girlfriend, Ciara. 

 

Danger hides in every corner for these four individuals as Neo realizes he must leave the safety of his hidden life and help his friend.  What will happen to Sophia if he leaves she and Mrs. Barbosa, departing the seclusion of their safe haven?  Evil awaits all of them when Neo returns to the States to help his friend.

 

 WARNING- The Lost and Found Series pulls no punches. As always, there are ups and downs. Readers need to be aware that I deal with PTSD issues, suicide, and miscarriage, amputations, and a wide range of other things. But, as always, there is a happy ending for every book!!!


The Embattled Road


In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.  
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can't get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad's left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn't mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he's been dealt. He's served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they're turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he's not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently. 
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?


Embattled Hearts


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 And 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, but the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?


Embattled Minds


Zeke Foster has little to no experience with women over the past couple of years, after being injured in Afghanistan. Brutally scarred, he has no expectation that he’ll ever find a woman capable of accepting him the way he is. But he can’t help but be enamored of Ember, the waitress of a local watering hole.
Ember Norton’s life has turned into one devastating catastrophe after another. When the scarred soldier with the kind eyes brings some security to her life, she’s afraid to trust her luck. She’s been self-sufficient for a long time. But his wounded soul calls to her and she finds herself falling for him. 
In spite of the secrets he continues to keep.



Embattled Home


Failure is never an option regardless of circumstances. Chad needs 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. Protecting Lora is a much easier task than proving he’s the one man she can finally trust with her heart. 
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’s been watching her finally comes to her rescue, but does that mean she should 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 SEAL


When Preston Harper finds himself flat in a hospital bed after a botched op, he’s okay with dealing with the fallout. If he dies, he’s lived well past his expiration date. The only people that will notice his passing are the guys he works with at Lost and Found Investigative Service.
Then his estranged wife arrives.
Cat Harper is thankful and horrified when she’s called to her husband’s side. He’s been shot. Again. But now that she’s found him she’s going to make the most of the opportunity. If it were up to Harper, she would be out of his life completely because he thinks it's the best thing for the family.
With a little SEAL abduction (for his own good of course) maybe she can convince him otherwise...


Embattled Ever After


Duncan Wilde has avoided long-term relationships very well since his fiancée left him wounded in the hospital years ago. That one harsh lesson—that he needed to guard his heart—has stuck with him for years. The fiery young doctor from Kansas City seems to think otherwise, though. Too bad she's so damn young.
Alex Hartfield sees something in Duncan that makes her think of permanence and starting a family. And he's the first man that makes her guarded heart race with hope and excitement. 
Now they fight to find common ground. But it seems as if fate has some tricks up her sleeve.


From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes the first box set of the CSA Case Files series! Follow along as each book conveys a team member's story as they work together on investigations that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense... 

Captured Innocence (CSA Case Files 1) 

When a killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to grapple with the reality of their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren's heart? 

Sinful Resurrection (CSA Case Files 2) 

Sins of the past have been resurrected, predetermining Jax and Emily's path to love. Jax doesn't know how he'll walk away this time or if he even wants to. Emily is determined to expose a high-level official within the United Nations and walk away unscathed. She wants a second chance with her first love -- even if it kills her. 

Renewed Faith (CSA Case Files 3) 

Is it possible to renew one's faith in love? Kevin's current case crosses paths with Elle's past. Secrets and lies encircle them as a killer ups the stakes in a cat and mouse game meant for only one winner. When time runs out, Kevin intends to be the last man standing -- in life and love. 

Series Description: Crest Security Agency (CSA) is run by Gavin Crest, a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He has personally selected his own former military team members, both men and women, to configure a seamless Special Operations Capable (SOC) unit. Working together on investigations, domestically and abroad, each team member will find their niche in life and love. Follow along as Kennedy Layne conveys each of their stories as they work together on investigations that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense...
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