In Embattled Minds by J.M. Madden, Zeke Foster had it all in high school: he was the classic jock with girls rushing to date him. After graduation, Zeke enlists in the Marines and is sent to Afghanistan, where he is seriously injured in combat. The battle leaves him physically scarred and with a traumatic brain injury that affects his speech. Once Zeke is recovered enough to resume life as a civilian, he joins the Lost N Found Investigative Service. On a chance encounter while having a drink with some buddies, he meets Ember Norton. Will she be able to see past the scars and love him?
I seriously can not say enough good things about this series!! Madden does such a superb job with every story. She pays such respect to her characters, especially the veterans, that it will bring tears to your eyes.
What I loved about this book specifically was that Ember never saw Zeke’s scars. Yes, she knew they were there but Zeke actually makes a bigger deal out of them than she does. She also sees past his speech problem and treats him how he should be: as a man. To Ember the injuries Zeke has has made him into the caring man she wants to love.
If you love a good romance, military, or contemporary, I highly recommend not only this book but the entire series. Madden has taken a very realistic approach to what our veterans go through and still manages to keep the romance reader engaged.
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About the Book:
Author: J.M. Madden
Release Date: June 30, 2013
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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.