We have two reviews for you today! Candy and I both read Madden by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. Madden is one of the books in the Celebrate: A Love Brother’s Anthology. As we read more of the books in the anthology you will see the reviews here and on our Facebook page.
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Madden by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey is a captivating novella with a unique plot and charming characters. While it is short in length it packs quite the emotional punch. The inclusion of the Amish community was fascinating. I don’t know much about their beliefs so this aspect of the book really captured my attention.
As for the characters, I instantly fell in love with both Abigail and Jacob. They each have several layers to their personalities and I felt as if I had known them my whole life. I was pulled into their emotions from the very beginning. My heart broke for both Abigail and Jacob as I followed them along on their journey.
In addition to the heartbreaking moments there are some sexy hot intimate scenes that will have your heart racing right along with Jacob and Abigail’s. Given how innocent Abigail was, it was so sweet the way Jacob loved her. Almeida and Aubrey are so good at transporting the readers into the scenes with their writing where you physically feel the characters’ emotions.
If you are looking for a contemporary romance novella with fantastic characters, a heartbreaking plot, passionate intimacy and a joyful ending, give Madden a try. It has it all.
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As a young man, Jacob Madden walked away from everything he knew, including his family and the girl he loved. Growing up Amish, Jacob knew he wanted to see the world and he couldn’t accomplish that in his community. Now Jacob, a Special Forces operator with the A.W.E Crew, has returned home to say goodbye to his dying mother. What he didn’t plan on was running into Abigail Wyse, the girl he loved as a teenager. Like Jacob, Abigail has walked away from their Amish community and is slowly finding herself in the bigger world. Abigail is just as shocked as Jacob is to run into each other. Will they find happiness with each other a second time around?
I think almost all romance readers love a second chance romance. There’s just something about a couple being reunited that makes for great story telling. Almeida and Aubrey have added their own spin on this much beloved story line. The novella starts out with shy hesitation on the part of the main characters but it doesn’t take long for the heat to turn on just like you would expect from these authors.
The novella is also an emotional rollercoaster. Jacob has learned that his mother is dying and hopes to say goodbye. However, because he chose to leave the community he has been shunned and banned from contact with his family. The chapter where he visits his family’s farm and speaks to his father will rip your heart out. I can not imagine being cut off from your family like that.
Madden is part of the A.W.E series but it can be read as a standalone without any prior knowledge of the Countermeasure/A.W.E worlds. This sweet second chance romance with just a touch of heat will leave you craving more from Aubrey and Almeida. If you love contemporary romances or military romances be sure to check this story out.
(Amy and Candy voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.)