Title: Stone Walls
What happens when a supposedly perfect match is so wrong it’s right? In this roller-coaster novel of destiny and desire from A. M. Madden, a red-hot cop and a broken beauty are linked by painful pasts . . . and one tempting future.
As an NYPD officer, Benjamin Stone is married to his job, determined to clean up the drug-infested streets. His partner, Rob, always has his back—except when Rob and his girlfriend, Andrea, play matchmaker at his expense. On Ben’s birthday, they’re at it again. Andrea’s friend is exactly Ben’s type, even if he stubbornly will never admit it. But it’s not the lithe brunette’s looks that intrigues Ben; it’s the hurt in her eyes.
Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind—and, thanks to one horrific night, severely damaged. She’d rather be training for her black belt or watching TV in her favorite pair of pajamas than be dragged out on a blind date. Sure enough, Ben swaggers into the club, locks onto Ella, and claims he’s not interested—despite the irresistible chemistry between them. So Ella decides two can play at that game. But when her dangerous past comes back to haunt her, Ben will break all the rules of seduction to keep her safe.
Stone Walls is meant for mature audiences 18+ due to sexual content and adult situations. Stone Walls is a stand alone novel from the True Heroes Series.
Loveswept / Random House Edition
Author: A.M. Madden
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Glass Ceilings, Dark Corners
Series: True Heroes #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Extreme Honor, Glass Ceilings, Dark Corners
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: December 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
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Why am I only now learning about A.M. Madden?! Stone Walls is my first book of hers which is only the beginning. This story was beautifully written even though it involved many tragic details. Both our hero, Ben, and our heroine, Ella, have faced tremendous loss; they have both learned to cope with it.
Ben has moved to New York to find the man who really is responsible for his life being forever changed while Ella has moved to find herself after her mom was viciously ripped from her life. Both have hardened their hearts against almost everyone except their best friends, Angela and Robbie. Unfortunate to them, Angela is that meddlesome friend that does not leave things alone. Once, they meet they both push each other’s button in order to hide and fight their attraction.
I read my fair share of romantic suspense but lately many have fallen flat. Stone walls has rekindled my love for them and I cannot wait until Glass Ceilings is out. It gives you enough mystery to keep you guessing until the end. Throughout the book I kept wondering when the next shoe was going to fall. At first it seemed that Ben’s intense protectiveness with Ella would send her running when in fact she’s comforted by it, even if she outwardly objects.
These characters are strong, sweet, charming yet vulnerable, insecure, and a little lost. It is a beautiful combination that makes you feel like you know them personally and you cannot help but root for them. I thought it was entertaining to see an arrogant man brought down a few pegs by a stubborn woman.
I was gifted a copy of this book from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings are my own and I was in no way compensated.