USA TODAY BESTSELLER • 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.
A real hero can protect and serve, but a true hero knows how to love.
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.
Praise for Stone Walls
“With an untouchable couple wrapped in a sweet package with a comical side, A. M. Madden’s Stone Walls is a must-read—the perfect mix of intrigue, mystery, and sex appeal.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin
“Stone Walls is a roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns. Ben and Ella are wonderful characters: funny, intelligent, and perfect for each other. But the secrets from their pasts may destroy their chances for a future together.”—New York Times bestselling author Kathy Clark
“Madden delivers an intense read with beautiful character development and so much emotion you feel every high and every low. There were times I wanted to reach into the pages and offer comfort to both Ben and Ella.”—USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron
“Madden’s storytelling pulls you in from the very beginning. I loved this romance story. With likable and believable characters and a riveting storyline, this book kept me up long into the night. Stone Walls is an excellent start to a new series! I can’t wait see what happens next.”—Stacey Lynn, author of His to Love
“OMG! A. M. Madden blew my socks off with this one! I laughed, I cried, I got angry, cried again, and then I sighed with happy contentment. Stone Walls is one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense novels.”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
“Readers looking for some suspense with their romance will like this book and the characters. I will definitely look for more from A. M. Madden in the future.”—Ramblings from This Chick
“I loved all the characters in this book! . . . The author did an amazing job.”—Summer’s Book Blog (five stars)
“I’ll always look forward to more from this author. Fab five-star read!”—Fictional Men’s Page for Book Ho’s
“A great book . . . This story is extremely well written (all of A. M. Madden’s stories are) and the characters are very well developed. . . . I was not disappointed.”—Sexy Lady’s Reading Corner
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
New York City narcotics officer Ben Stone doesn't let anyone other than his partner, Rob, get emotionally close to him; he's too focused on trying to bring down the mobster who destroyed his family. Publicist Ella Parker is still putting herself back together after witnessing her mother's murder; she's more focused on the new gym account her best friend Andrea has landed than trying to find a new boyfriend. When Rob and Andrea set the two up on a blind date, neither one of them wants or expects anything to happen but as their personal and professional lives become intertwined, the emotional walls keeping them safe from each other and the outside world break down. The protagonists' alternating perspectives provide an interesting balance to the plot, though the two voices often sound similar. Powerful plot revelations overshadow emotional development, requiring the reader to believe in a purely physical foundation for Ben and Ella's relationship, but the strong story design gives hope for Madden's future books.
This was an enjoyable read. The first quarter of the book is both of them denying each other despite their attraction. There was just a little bit of OW drama in the beginning but resolved very quickly. Once they stopped fighting the attraction they were devoted to each other. It got a bit cheesy at that point but then the plot twist came into play and I enjoyed the suspense. It had a great ending and epilogue.
This is one hell of a good book!! I loved it and I loved the characters in it, I highly recommend it and believe me I will read more of your books if they are anything like this one, I don’t find too many books like this one that I like to read but you came thru for me, Thank You!!
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I must say this is one of the best books I've read lately. It's a great love story in the midst of some dramatic events. The writing was fluid and the characters were genuine. Stone is hot! A must read...