MADDEN is a crossover between Liz Crowe's Love Brothers Contemporary Romance Series and Chris & Cecilia's The AWE Crew Military Romance Series. It was originally published in the CELEBRATE! A Love Brothers Anthology bundle.
Seven years ago, Lieutenant Jacob Madden chose the Navy over a life in the Amish settlement several generations of his family had called home. When he receives concerning family news, he steels himself for the cold reception he's certain to receive and catches the first flight to his neck of the woods, just outside of Lucasville, Kentucky. But that steel is not enough to shield his heart when he comes face to face with the woman who has haunted his dreams since the day he left.
Abigail Wyse made the biggest mistake of her life when, at seventeen, she chose the Amish way of life over the big wide world and Jacob, the boy to whom she’d secretly given her heart. Now, years later, Abigail makes the second hardest decision of her life. Little does she know that her decision will lead her straight into the path of the one man she never thought she’d see again.
Jacob walked away then. Can he walk away now?
Great Addition to Series
Madden is a standalone and you don't need to have read the other books to enjoy this one. Chris and Cecilia packed a lot of action, emotion, and twists and turns into this quick read. And as usual with their books, the sex is hot and steamy. The novella is short, yet they managed to richly describe the characters, scenery, and get you caught up in the emotions between the two main characters. I'm definitely going to want to read more of the stories in their A.W.E. series.
Packs a punch!
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.