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Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to become a cop. Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind, and severely damaged as a result of one tragic night in her past. Having lived an idealistic life, that horrific night sent her pretty castle of cards crumbling down. Forced to start over, she leans on her best friend, Andrea Hensen, to help her move on. With Andrea’s help, Ella quickly settles into her new life in New York City. It’s a safe and comfortable existence, albeit very boring. Their paths may have never crossed, if it hadn’t been for their meddling best friends. Rob and Andrea believe that Ben and Ella are soul mates that were meant to be together, a perfect match. There’s one slight problem. Ben and Ella want no part of this matchmaking scheme. Funny thing about fate, it’s inevitable. Or is it? Can a truth cause the possibility of a happily ever after to crash and burn? Ben and Ella learn that sometimes truth isn’t the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss. Stone Walls is a stand alone novel, with a HEA, and mature content. 18+ readers only.


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Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to become a cop. Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind, and severely damaged as a result of one tragic night in her past. Having lived an idealistic life, that horrific night sent her pretty castle of cards crumbling down. Forced to start over, she leans on her best friend, Andrea Hensen, to help her move on. With Andrea’s help, Ella quickly settles into her new life in New York City. It’s a safe and comfortable existence, albeit very boring. Their paths may have never crossed, if it hadn’t been for their meddling best friends. Rob and Andrea believe that Ben and Ella are soul mates that were meant to be together, a perfect match. There’s one slight problem. Ben and Ella want no part of this matchmaking scheme. Funny thing about fate, it’s inevitable. Or is it? Can a truth cause the possibility of a happily ever after to crash and burn? Ben and Ella learn that sometimes truth isn’t the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss. Stone Walls is a stand alone novel, with a HEA, and mature content. 18+ readers only.

30 review for Stone Walls: an FBI Romantic Suspense Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Release Date 3/3/2015 Book Cover ~ 5 OMG Ben is yummy Stars! Story Rating ~ 4 Stars Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars Ending ~ 4 Stars Overall Rating ~ 4.5 Breaking down the wall Stars! I really enjoyed reading how Ben and Ella both broke down some very sturdy stone walls. They both had horrific reason why these walls were built. Neither wanted a relationship but with the help of their meddling best friends, a little bit of time and a very s Release Date 3/3/2015 Book Cover ~ 5 OMG Ben is yummy Stars! Story Rating ~ 4 Stars Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars Ending ~ 4 Stars Overall Rating ~ 4.5 Breaking down the wall Stars! I really enjoyed reading how Ben and Ella both broke down some very sturdy stone walls. They both had horrific reason why these walls were built. Neither wanted a relationship but with the help of their meddling best friends, a little bit of time and a very strong attraction they eventually turned into the perfect couple. I felt the best thing about this book was Ben and Ella's characters. Ben is a tough narcotics agent that is hell bend on busting drug dealers. He has his reasons why he fights for justice with everything he has in him. He was extremely sexy, confident, strong, protective, loving, caring stubborn and sometimes a total prick. Ella was smart, beautiful, loving, caring but every bit as stubborn as Ben. Their back story was absolutely brilliant and tugged on my heartstrings in a big way. It took a while for these two too act on their attraction. Ben had to really work on being patient to prove to Ella that she was more than just a quick roll in the hay. Once these two finally get between the sheets, the scenes are VERY SENSUAL. I could almost see the sparks flying off the pages and I definitely felt the heat. The story line was also interesting. It took some serious twists and turns that I did not see coming. When it came down to the action I was hoping that Ella would kick some ass seeing that she is practically a black belt. With this being an ARC I hoping A.M decides to add in Ella giving the bad guy a few more kicks, he definitely deserves a good ass kicking and then some. This book ends with a happy epilogue but I want more so I’m hoping that A.M writes another book and we get a visit from Ella and Ben because quite frankly I’d love to read an update about this amazing couple. *An ARC was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    Romance suspense novel?! YES PLEASE!!!!! Schedule To be read ----- Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to become a cop. Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind, and seve Romance suspense novel?! YES PLEASE!!!!! Schedule To be read ----- Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to become a cop. Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind, and severely damaged as a result of one tragic night in her past. Having lived an idealistic life, that horrific night sent her pretty castle of cards crumbling down. Forced to start over, she leans on her best friend, Andrea Hensen, to help her move on. With Andrea’s help, Ella quickly settles into her new life in New York City. It’s a safe and comfortable existence, albeit very boring. Their paths may have never crossed, if it hadn’t been for their meddling best friends. Rob and Andrea believe that Ben and Ella are soul mates that were meant to be together, a perfect match. There’s one slight problem. Ben and Ella want no part of this matchmaking scheme. Funny thing about fate, it’s inevitable. Or is it? Can a truth cause the possibility of a happily ever after to crash and burn? Ben and Ella learn that sometimes truth isn’t the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss. AMAZON

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

    ***** 5 Cranky Stars ***** "Sometimes the truth isn't the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss" Ben Stone is a hardened NYPD homicide detective who has erected impenetrable walls around his heart. He’s a man on a mission: to right the wrongs in his past and he doesn’t have the need, want, nor time for a relationship or so he thinks! Enter Ella Parker, the BFF of Ben’s partner and best bud. She’s experienced tragedy herself and chooses a peaceful life until her world collapses ***** 5 Cranky Stars ***** "Sometimes the truth isn't the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss" Ben Stone is a hardened NYPD homicide detective who has erected impenetrable walls around his heart. He’s a man on a mission: to right the wrongs in his past and he doesn’t have the need, want, nor time for a relationship or so he thinks! Enter Ella Parker, the BFF of Ben’s partner and best bud. She’s experienced tragedy herself and chooses a peaceful life until her world collapses with Ben Stone. A.M. Madden writes raw and real characters with a storyline that is captivating and draws you in. I fell in love with the main characters in this book, admiring Ben and Ella’s strength of character, which shines through in this story. This book is highly recommended by the Cranksters. Grab your copy today!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    This was definitely focussed more on the build of their relationship rather than the suspense, and I like that. Ben and Ella started off not liking each other very much and I got to thinking - here we go, push and pull, FML. That so didn't happen. They didn't like each other, made their feelings clear and kept on moving on, all the while being forced to be in each others company due to Andrea and Rob being their good friends. A strong relationship builds from this, strong enough to weather all th This was definitely focussed more on the build of their relationship rather than the suspense, and I like that. Ben and Ella started off not liking each other very much and I got to thinking - here we go, push and pull, FML. That so didn't happen. They didn't like each other, made their feelings clear and kept on moving on, all the while being forced to be in each others company due to Andrea and Rob being their good friends. A strong relationship builds from this, strong enough to weather all the other crap they had swirling in their lives. Once Ben extracted his head from his bum he fell HARD, and loved with his whole heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Al George

    My First Romantic Suspense in like 20 years Setting / Time / Genre: Current, New York-ish Length: 484 pages but it sure seemed like less Series: Oh yes. This is the first...and at 72% we cued the series bait for the second. Sexy times: Yea. A lot. And I have to be honest here (as if you thought I'd be less than), I have an issue. Shocked, aren't you? Some of this was posted on the BR for Low Angst Romance Sex spoiler coming (not the fact that there is sex, i know you all saw that coming) (view spo My First Romantic Suspense in like 20 years Setting / Time / Genre: Current, New York-ish Length: 484 pages but it sure seemed like less Series: Oh yes. This is the first...and at 72% we cued the series bait for the second. Sexy times: Yea. A lot. And I have to be honest here (as if you thought I'd be less than), I have an issue. Shocked, aren't you? Some of this was posted on the BR for Low Angst Romance Sex spoiler coming (not the fact that there is sex, i know you all saw that coming) (view spoiler)[ So they have just finished a bout of oral pleasure as it were, and Ben says (in his head) "I will not be fucking her tonight, even if she begs. Fucking her would prove her point." Because he's trying to prove he's in it for more than sex. And he's trying to prove he's master of his domain. Can someone please explain to me how O.P. (work with me here people) is not having sex. You're head in someone's crotch. This is pretty damned intimate and it's sex. Anything else is an excuse and rationalization. SO, this part of the book pissed me off. Can you tell? (hide spoiler)] Back to the steamy times - as I said earlier, lots, repetitive, I kinda started skipping them. That's a sign, you know. When sex gets boring. Moving on. Plan on reading more by the author Probably not unless it's a freebie. Synopsis in one sentence or slightly more: Alphahole hero set up with tough heroine, both had garbage / baggage, say no no, but they're body says yes, yes. Things happen, they get together, he realizes it's love - cue birds singing - for the first time in his life and then the suspense part of the book starts happening which is good because it got super cheese ball at that point. Heroine: Ella. Tough. Like literally. All black belt and then some. Super anxiety issues. She's tart and funny. Nothing earth shattering. You most likely have a friend just like her. Hero: Ben. Cop. Tough. Alpha. Black belt and then some. Anxiety and guilt issues of his own. He's kinda boring. You'd probably consider marrying someone like this. He's normal. Why it did or didn't work for me: The book got off to a great start. I really enjoyed the chemistry and the story. It was super well done and my snide comments stayed in check for the most part. Then, the couple gets together and the story or the romance just kind of falls apart for me. Do not get me wrong. There is a whole mystery here of twists and turns that it totes enjoyable. And that had me going for the last half of the book. If the author could have kept the chemistry thing going throughout the mob drama, this would be a ton of stars. In fact, I am super sad that did not happen. It's almost like there was too much for the author to focus on and somehow relationship building and mob drama could not occur side by side. Oh well. Overall, an enjoyable read between landscaping and concerts. Moving on.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annette Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"

    This story started out with a blind date setup by friends who thought Ben and Ella would be the perfect match. Unfortunately, neither one was interested in the match making by their friends. Ben Stone (aka Stone Walls) was really not into this setup. Actually, he acted like a complete jerk. Ella, well she got interested quickly, but stood her ground until she knew she was not going to be just another notch in his belt. Good news is Ben became interested, and quickly changed his mind. This plot h This story started out with a blind date setup by friends who thought Ben and Ella would be the perfect match. Unfortunately, neither one was interested in the match making by their friends. Ben Stone (aka Stone Walls) was really not into this setup. Actually, he acted like a complete jerk. Ella, well she got interested quickly, but stood her ground until she knew she was not going to be just another notch in his belt. Good news is Ben became interested, and quickly changed his mind. This plot had it all romance, love, suspense, and just a smidgen of humor. The storyline, the characters, and the feelings just touched my sappy heart. I truly didn’t want to stop reading about Ben, and how he was lovin’ on Ella. The entire scene with the physical therapist was funny, but the best line in a scene…. “Each time she loses her balance, I want to reach over and feed him his own nuts.” This is my first book by A.M. Madden, and it will not be my last. The writing style of this author is excellent, the sentences just flow perfectly. Excellent Read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♡Tonya♡

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was worried at first because I was afraid they were just going to keep pushing each other away. Also, he had an "Arrangement" with a woman that he broke off after he met the h, but before they became a couple. Once they finally gave in an admitted their feeling for each other, they were great together. I prefer a book that gives you a story line that is the actual drama/angst, which in turn makes the couple stronger. I enjoyed the epilogue but it didn I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was worried at first because I was afraid they were just going to keep pushing each other away. Also, he had an "Arrangement" with a woman that he broke off after he met the h, but before they became a couple. Once they finally gave in an admitted their feeling for each other, they were great together. I prefer a book that gives you a story line that is the actual drama/angst, which in turn makes the couple stronger. I enjoyed the epilogue but it didn't give you too far into the future. I hope that we get more about this couple! Also, loved the seconday characters. Rob and Andrea were great friends. I believe the next books H is the agent we met in this story. Looking forward to that. Maybe we will hear more on this couple!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    Terrific romantic suspense with an underlying mafia current. Both Ben and Ella have hidden ties to mafia backgrounds that have affected their lives from childhood. When they meet, it's fireworks -- and not the good kind at first. Ben can be a bit of a pain in the a$$. But believe me, he's so worth it in the long run. Ella shoves his crap right back down his throat! I really enjoyed this one from start to finish. It kept in engaged and thoroughly entertained. Terrific romantic suspense with an underlying mafia current. Both Ben and Ella have hidden ties to mafia backgrounds that have affected their lives from childhood. When they meet, it's fireworks -- and not the good kind at first. Ben can be a bit of a pain in the a$$. But believe me, he's so worth it in the long run. Ella shoves his crap right back down his throat! I really enjoyed this one from start to finish. It kept in engaged and thoroughly entertained.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janett The Pleasure of Reading Today

    Benjamin Stone is an NYPD cop and a damn good one at that. His mission and determination in life are to go after drug dealers and their cronies, and thanks to his and his partners Rob's efforts they are a force to be reckoned with at a very young age. His past is part of what drives him when it comes to his job and also what messes with his head and heart when it comes to his personal life. Ella Parker is a smart, beautiful woman who moves to NYC to be close to her best friend, Andrea, after her Benjamin Stone is an NYPD cop and a damn good one at that. His mission and determination in life are to go after drug dealers and their cronies, and thanks to his and his partners Rob's efforts they are a force to be reckoned with at a very young age. His past is part of what drives him when it comes to his job and also what messes with his head and heart when it comes to his personal life. Ella Parker is a smart, beautiful woman who moves to NYC to be close to her best friend, Andrea, after her life is forever altered one night. She's sassy and loves her life as a single woman in the city even though her meddling friend is always trying to set her up with someone when she really has no interest to date. All that changes one night when Andrea and her fiance Rob (who is also Ben's partner) invite her to a club where she meets the man who will forever change her life, Ben Stone. At first, it doesn't seem like these two are going to go anywhere, they are like two bulls at a China shop and it's fun to watch, but little by little both of their protective walls start to crack and they get under each other's skin. While Ben is trying to fight his feelings for Ella, Rob and him are fighting a big drug ring going around in the city which involves big head honchos linked to the mob. A big turn of events will have him connected to Ella in more ways than one. This is a story full of twists and turns that will have the reader enthralled from the first word until the very last. To me, this was one of those books that you try to make last because you really don't want it to end. I was pleasantly surprised at the complexity of the plot and the way A.M. developed the story and the characters. I loved the fact that behind the tough cop facade there was a vulnerability to Ben that took my breath away. The duality of Ben the cop and Ben the man who was dealing with real feelings for a woman for the first time in his life, was incredibly beautiful to watch. At the same time, I loved Ella. She went through something that would've destroyed anyone's spirit on any given day, but her resilience to keep going and fight back is one of the things that kept me glued to the story and made me cheer for her. This is a different kind of book from what we are used to see from A.M. and I have to say that I absolutely LOVED it. Every scene transports the reader to that particular place in time and the characters are alive and have very interesting layers to them. This is undoubtedly a MUST read when it comes out in March and I definitely have to give credit to Ms. Madden for trying something different and putting all she had on a story and characters that will stay with the reader for a long time to come. Five superb stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ninfa Zito-Maisano

    I can honestly say make room for Ben Stone in your bbf list! Prepare yourself for him. He is one bbf you will add on your list immediately! Walls will be broken even if they were built to protect your heart, especially when fate leads you to where you belong. What do you do when your past collides with your present and endangers your future? Find out how one hot sexy cop that fights to protect the streets of New York, is a master at building a stone wall to protect his own heart... He has no cho I can honestly say make room for Ben Stone in your bbf list! Prepare yourself for him. He is one bbf you will add on your list immediately! Walls will be broken even if they were built to protect your heart, especially when fate leads you to where you belong. What do you do when your past collides with your present and endangers your future? Find out how one hot sexy cop that fights to protect the streets of New York, is a master at building a stone wall to protect his own heart... He has no choice other then letting go of the woman he is falling for or the stone wall he built will crumble.The heart wants what it wants. But will Ben Stone give in? A.m. Madden you have completely taken hostage of my heart. Thank God Ben is a cop and knows how to protect it!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    A.D. Justice

    Stone Walls is a wonderful story of two people who have each lost, are afraid to love, but find the inner strength they need to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them. Ben Stone and Ella Parker both have stone walls built around their hearts for protection, but find that only through each other can they overcome the tragedies that align their destiny. AM Madden has definitely done it again with this book! The storyline, the characters, and the feelings that she infuses i Stone Walls is a wonderful story of two people who have each lost, are afraid to love, but find the inner strength they need to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them. Ben Stone and Ella Parker both have stone walls built around their hearts for protection, but find that only through each other can they overcome the tragedies that align their destiny. AM Madden has definitely done it again with this book! The storyline, the characters, and the feelings that she infuses in every word jump off the pages and into your heart. I had the distinct pleasure of beta reading this story and I gladly gave up sleep to stay up and read just "one more chapter." Highly recommend this book. But, DIBS on Ben Stone. Sorry, ladies. This BBF is mine! <3

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brooklyn JoJo

    3.75 stars. It was a very good book. Almost as much of a mystery/thriller as it was a romance. I did feel like the h & H's relationship moved a little too fast to be believable and some parts were sappy but overall it's a decent book. 3.75 stars. It was a very good book. Almost as much of a mystery/thriller as it was a romance. I did feel like the h & H's relationship moved a little too fast to be believable and some parts were sappy but overall it's a decent book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karrie Mellott Puskas

    Ben Stone. Remember this name because he’s bound to cause a lot of fights among readers! He is just wow! Ella Parker is a woman who has issues and is not one to just sit back and not do something about it. Together they both have lost love. But together they find what they have lost, love together. The two, even though they live with their BFFs who are dating, have never met until one night when Rob and Andrea try to set them up. What they thought would be a dynamic meeting it blew up in their fa Ben Stone. Remember this name because he’s bound to cause a lot of fights among readers! He is just wow! Ella Parker is a woman who has issues and is not one to just sit back and not do something about it. Together they both have lost love. But together they find what they have lost, love together. The two, even though they live with their BFFs who are dating, have never met until one night when Rob and Andrea try to set them up. What they thought would be a dynamic meeting it blew up in their face. OR did it?!?! Ben and Ella both have issues from their past. Ben is a cop and Ella is an assistant at a PR firm. They have more in common than what they think. They have an attraction to each other but they fight it. The thing about these two is you don’t know what to expect next from them. AM does such a great job with their story. I will say there was one point in the book as I was reading I’m think “OK I get this and I think I know what’s going to happen.” Yea well then BOOM! I was like Holy SH*t! I did NOT see that coming! Then I died! I could not put the book down (I ignored my kids and let them play on their ipads). I had to know what was happening between these two! I know I didn’t have to keep reading but OMG I had to know what happen! When you one click this book, you will not regret it! It is amazing. The story is unlike any I’ve read recently. Sure Ben’s a little alpha but hey he’s a cop! BUT he has a side to him that I fell in love with as you will too. And Ella didn’t annoy me. She has great strength. It was a fabulous read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I love The Back-up Series and the guys of Devil's Lair so when AM wrote a romantic suspense stand alone I was unsure of what to expect but I can honestly say that I love Ben and Ella's story. Ben Stone, NYPD police narcotics officer and part of the dynamic duo known as Batman and Robin, is not looking for love. His job is his life and there is no room for anything else. His past has shaped him into the man he is today. Ella Parker had an ideal childhood. Her mother made sure of it. She lived a s I love The Back-up Series and the guys of Devil's Lair so when AM wrote a romantic suspense stand alone I was unsure of what to expect but I can honestly say that I love Ben and Ella's story. Ben Stone, NYPD police narcotics officer and part of the dynamic duo known as Batman and Robin, is not looking for love. His job is his life and there is no room for anything else. His past has shaped him into the man he is today. Ella Parker had an ideal childhood. Her mother made sure of it. She lived a sheltered life until she left for college and met her best friend Andrea. It was her best friend Andrea that helps her out when her life changes and it will be her best friend's meddling that helps with that extra push she needs to open up and give love a chance. Ben's partner, Rob, is engaged to Ella's best friend Andrea. Ben refers to them as Ken and Barbie they are so perfect for each other. Andrea wants this same happiness for her best bud so she sets Ben and Ella up on a blind date. She is sure that the two of them are meant to be but she forgets that both of them are stubborn, independent and not looking for love. The rest of their story is for you to read. I don't write spoilers. When Ben's personal and business lives blend how will they handle the pressure? I can just say that both of their pasts will alter their future. Nothing in life worth having comes easily.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I am feeling so many things at the moment.  I was giddy from the beginning! I was on the edge of my seat making up scenarios for what is going to happen.  Some of my guesses came true and some were blown to pieces. The twist and ultimate turn was so unexpected I was like: "say what?!". My mind took me to another guess while the story went the other direction. It is sooooo good. Ben Stone, his name is so sexy, is an amazing cop. In his profession, he is known as one half of the best team in their I am feeling so many things at the moment.  I was giddy from the beginning! I was on the edge of my seat making up scenarios for what is going to happen.  Some of my guesses came true and some were blown to pieces. The twist and ultimate turn was so unexpected I was like: "say what?!". My mind took me to another guess while the story went the other direction. It is sooooo good. Ben Stone, his name is so sexy, is an amazing cop. In his profession, he is known as one half of the best team in their division.  His best friend and partner is Rob, who happens to have a girlfriend hell bent on setting Ben up on blind dates. Their coworkers call their dynamic duo BR short for Batman & Robin. Ella Parker has had a tough time in the past three years after tragically losing her mother. She is sassy, sweet, fierce,  and independent. Her best friend sets her up on a blind double date and she is sure she will have a bad time. Meeting Ben as her blind date was unexpected because he is hot, guarded, and sexy as all hell. Even though they are attracted to each other their guarded walls are impenetrable.   When Ben and Rob accept a case that is connected to Ella they will become closer than they ever expected. There is danger, there is love, but will they survive? One click this book! It is amazing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    4 stone wall stars! For me this book was very enjoyable. It was full of sexual chemistry, suspense and fantastic characters. The heroine is a beautiful brunette named Ella who a year ago moved to New York when her mother was tragically murdered. The hero is a sexy cop named Ben Stone. I am seriously developing a thing for sexy as shit police men with dirty mouths! And Ben stone just ticks all those boxes. He also come from a tragic past with both his parents dying in horrific circumstances. 4 stone wall stars! For me this book was very enjoyable. It was full of sexual chemistry, suspense and fantastic characters. The heroine is a beautiful brunette named Ella who a year ago moved to New York when her mother was tragically murdered. The hero is a sexy cop named Ben Stone. I am seriously developing a thing for sexy as shit police men with dirty mouths! And Ben stone just ticks all those boxes. He also come from a tragic past with both his parents dying in horrific circumstances. These two are kind of forced together by friends and instantly have that spark but also they push each other's buttons. The storyline developed really well but for me at the start I didn't feel the love between the two, yes I felt the heat but not love. Overall a fantastic read for anyone looking for a romantic suspense

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I had to sleep on my review as I loved this book so much I wasnt sure how to put into words. You have Ben Stone a cop with his partner Rob who is also his best friend. He had a tragic accident as a kid where all he was conserned about is gonig after drug dealers and bringing them down. Then you have Ella who works with her good friend Andrea. Ella is honest but her friend Andrea is very blunt, the type of friend you love but also cant belive some of the stuff they do. Ella meets Ben after Andrea I had to sleep on my review as I loved this book so much I wasnt sure how to put into words. You have Ben Stone a cop with his partner Rob who is also his best friend. He had a tragic accident as a kid where all he was conserned about is gonig after drug dealers and bringing them down. Then you have Ella who works with her good friend Andrea. Ella is honest but her friend Andrea is very blunt, the type of friend you love but also cant belive some of the stuff they do. Ella meets Ben after Andrea decides they need to meet eachother. That is where there attraction starts but 2 strong willed people not looking for a relationship and fight how they are attracted to one another. You wonder how that all plays a roll into the busting the big drug dealers... Little does Ella know that gym she attends is the start to it all. I dont want to give to much away cause im sure you will get sucked in. This is one of the books where you dont ever want it to end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Beamin'

    I read the first page, and automatically knew how this book pans out. You have hot non-committal cop Ben, who has a seedy past because of his father. In walks Ella, all long hair and beautiful. She also has a past she is struggling with as well as personality issues. Don’t get me wrong, what she went through is traumatic, but holy shit, can you stop being a bitch long enough to hear what Ben is saying? Ben and Ella are forced into a blind date. They meet. Sparks fly. But things go downhill as soon I read the first page, and automatically knew how this book pans out. You have hot non-committal cop Ben, who has a seedy past because of his father. In walks Ella, all long hair and beautiful. She also has a past she is struggling with as well as personality issues. Don’t get me wrong, what she went through is traumatic, but holy shit, can you stop being a bitch long enough to hear what Ben is saying? Ben and Ella are forced into a blind date. They meet. Sparks fly. But things go downhill as soon as Ben opens his mouth. From there Ben is deemed the asshole or whorehole, whichever you prefer. And at 40% I have thrown in the white towel and considered myself DONE with this book. I was so hopeful, and ALAS, I am one of the 1% who couldn’t find the insta-love for this book. I was forcing myself to read it. Frustrating. Ella is that girl that runs and hides in the attic with a leg dangling out when an intruder breaks in her house. YO ELLA, YOU DUMB. It reads like this: Ben: Stay away from the gym because a mass murder owns it. Ella: don’t tell me what to do. Ben: Please? Ella: Prick. Bennie, Ben, Ben. You start out as a strong alpha male character and then slowly deflate. Hey Bennie, your mangina is flapping in the wind. Honestly, I need a running start for the testicle kick he deserves. One minute, he is basically telling Ella “I don’t want a relationship” then pining over her. What is it, Bennie? Pine or No Pine?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Letty (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)

    Once again, A.M. Madden gives us a story that captures our hearts. The characters are relatable, showing us layers to their personalities which make them easy to identify with and root for. Andrea and Rob are together and wish nothing more than to have their best friends connect. Benjamin Stone is a NYC cop used to getting his way and never answering to anyone. Guarded and sexy as sin, he is comfortable with his single status and isn’t looking for commitments. Ella Parker is a bright, beautiful, Once again, A.M. Madden gives us a story that captures our hearts. The characters are relatable, showing us layers to their personalities which make them easy to identify with and root for. Andrea and Rob are together and wish nothing more than to have their best friends connect. Benjamin Stone is a NYC cop used to getting his way and never answering to anyone. Guarded and sexy as sin, he is comfortable with his single status and isn’t looking for commitments. Ella Parker is a bright, beautiful, sweet, and tenacious young woman who moved to NY to be with her best friend, Andrea. Having just “separated” from a relationship, she also isn’t looking for anything serious. Andrea won’t be dissuaded and plans a double date. Here is the beginning of this wonderful love story. Both Ben and Ella come from very troubled pasts resulting from tragic events. Opening up is not something either is accustomed to and it becomes difficult to let go of that tight control they have on their hearts. But the chemistry that sparks between them is not something that can be denied. Fighting their attraction becomes a full time job for both and they eventually succumb to passion. But life has a way of catching up to you and ghosts from the past suddenly creep up, threatening to destroy everything both Ben and Ella have put together. Love, suspense, danger, and friendship are all elements that make this story unforgettable. The interactions between Ben and Ella will keep you entertained at the beginning with all their snarky comments and bantering, but will then keep you glued to the pages as you watch their scorching, passionate moments. You will fall in love with both Ben and Ella, their strong characters making you root for their HEA. Andrea and Rob, with their unyielding friendship and love will also make this story worth your time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marina (Living In Our Own Story)

    WOW!!! By now, you probably know that A.M. Madden is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. That's why I was extremely happy when I got the chance to BETA read this awesome story. It is definitely different from the previous books written by A.M. Madden but it is still a page turner. The suspense reminded me a little bit of Backstage but this story is even more breath-catching. The book is full of danger and and at the same time it is very masterfully entwined with heartb WOW!!! By now, you probably know that A.M. Madden is one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. That's why I was extremely happy when I got the chance to BETA read this awesome story. It is definitely different from the previous books written by A.M. Madden but it is still a page turner. The suspense reminded me a little bit of Backstage but this story is even more breath-catching. The book is full of danger and and at the same time it is very masterfully entwined with heartbreaking, loving, tender and hot moments. Both, Ben and Ella’s stories are so heartbreaking. They both lost their innocence in the worst way possible and I have to say that that brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. I fell in love with both characters pretty much from the beginning. I loved their chemistry and interactions. It was so fun to read how stubborn both of them were. At the same time it was really obvious that they were meant for each other. With their somewhat similar pasts, I think they were the best to understand the demons each one of them was plagued with. I also loved the side characters. Rob and Andrea were just hilarious. There are few side characters, whose story I would love to read in future books. I would definitely love to revisit the characters in future books :) I just fell in love with them :) In a few words, the book is awesome and I definitely recommend it to everyone who loves an amazing romantic story entwined with thriller and suspense elements. The book can quite easily pass as a thriller with romantic elements (or the opposite :D). So prepare your #oneclick finger and pre-order this awesome story. It's simply a must read :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Collins

    Wow, just wow!! I became a huge fan of A.M. Madden, while reading The Back-Up Series. I waited patiently on Trey's story, and loved every page of it. Afterwards I was like, well what do I read next? Her characters have a way of staying with you, long after the last page is turned. This new book, Stone Walls, had the same effect on me. Benjamin Stone, is a narcotics agent with the NYPD, who also happens to be sexy, strong, protective, and sometimes stubborn. Ella Parker, is beautiful, smart, sexy Wow, just wow!! I became a huge fan of A.M. Madden, while reading The Back-Up Series. I waited patiently on Trey's story, and loved every page of it. Afterwards I was like, well what do I read next? Her characters have a way of staying with you, long after the last page is turned. This new book, Stone Walls, had the same effect on me. Benjamin Stone, is a narcotics agent with the NYPD, who also happens to be sexy, strong, protective, and sometimes stubborn. Ella Parker, is beautiful, smart, sexy and she also has a stubborn streak. She has moved to NY to be close to her best friend, Andrea, who happens to be the girlfriend to Ben's partner, Rob. Ben and Ella, both have had bad experiences in their past, experiences that have shaped them into the people that they are now. With the protective walls that they have built around their hearts, it is no wonder that they fight their attraction to one another. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves hot romantic suspense, but be forewarned each time I thought I had the next move figured out A.M., pulled the rug right out from under me and the story went in a different direction. I loved it, kept me guessing from one page to the next! Don't be afraid to one-click, this one, it is great and will stay with you long after you've closed the book. **I also see where A.D. Justice has called DIBS on Ben Stone, that could create a problem, because I want him, lol.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Harris

    I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. In this book we meet Ben & Ella. Ben is a copy with a superhero complex at times. Ella is a shy timid woman who has been sheltered for most of her life & is finally giving herself the chance to live a little. When Ben and Ella first meet they rub each other the wrong way but the attraction is strong between them. Ben is still fighting some demons from his past but he finds that when he is with Ella those demons are quieter. Ben isn't sure that I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. In this book we meet Ben & Ella. Ben is a copy with a superhero complex at times. Ella is a shy timid woman who has been sheltered for most of her life & is finally giving herself the chance to live a little. When Ben and Ella first meet they rub each other the wrong way but the attraction is strong between them. Ben is still fighting some demons from his past but he finds that when he is with Ella those demons are quieter. Ben isn't sure that he wants the responsibility in his mind of another person. He likes doing his job fighting his demons going home sleeping and doing it all over again. When this book starts Ben is in a casual sexual relationship. However his friends do not like her and want to see him with Ella or at least his partners girlfriend does and she is determined to get the two together. When Andrea and Ella met in college Ella never realized what that friendship would mean for her in the future. After the death of Ella's mom she comes to New York and looks up Andrea. Andrea had come to New York after graduation and had gotten a job at a PR firm. When Ella comes to her she sets her up in her apartment and helps to get her a job at the firm she works with. Ella & Ben's relationship is a challenge to get started and a challenge during it there are many twist and turns that will keep you hooked from the first word to the very end. This book is amazing and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    Oh my sweet sweet Ben..... This book is just wow! So proud of the writing A.M. has displayed with this new novel. You just can't help but fall in love with Benjamin Stone. He is a jaded New York Cop specializing in narcotics. Along side him is his best friend and partner Rob. The beautiful and sassy Ella Parker is the best friend to Rob's girlfriend. What will happen when these two spit fires meet? Ella has a story and is making a new life for herself after a life altering event a year ago. Ben Oh my sweet sweet Ben..... This book is just wow! So proud of the writing A.M. has displayed with this new novel. You just can't help but fall in love with Benjamin Stone. He is a jaded New York Cop specializing in narcotics. Along side him is his best friend and partner Rob. The beautiful and sassy Ella Parker is the best friend to Rob's girlfriend. What will happen when these two spit fires meet? Ella has a story and is making a new life for herself after a life altering event a year ago. Ben has no time for a relationship, he enjoys mutual arrangements. His job is his mistress and he takes every case seriously and personally. Rob often worries about him and the way he takes on cases. Andrea, Rob's girlfriend would like to see him happy and settled down, as well as Ella her college bestie. Will she meddle and push? Do you believe when paths are meant to cross or not? This book will grab you and yank you in. You will fall in love and identify with each character in this story. I cannot say anymore without giving too much away, but this is a must read!!! I hope to see more in this series from A.M.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Huffman ~ Author Groupies

    I am a HUGE of AM Madden. I love rockstar books and she drew me in with Devils Lair BUT I swear with each book her writing gets better and better. This book had such great flow, it's one that you plan to read just a few chapters and then all of a sudden it's 2am and your already over half way done. Stone Walls had just enough of everything. Just enough suspense. Just enough conflict. Just enough cocky male and sassy strong female. Nothing was drawn out. I loved absolutely everything about it. Be I am a HUGE of AM Madden. I love rockstar books and she drew me in with Devils Lair BUT I swear with each book her writing gets better and better. This book had such great flow, it's one that you plan to read just a few chapters and then all of a sudden it's 2am and your already over half way done. Stone Walls had just enough of everything. Just enough suspense. Just enough conflict. Just enough cocky male and sassy strong female. Nothing was drawn out. I loved absolutely everything about it. Ben and Ella have amazing chemistry, both physical and emotional. They were brought together by fate and a persistent best friend. You will fall in love with Ben Stone, yes he's protective but he's also passionate and totally has his swoonworthy moments. Ella is a kick ass strong female. She has been through a lot and has her life turned upside down. I loved Ben and Ella together and I also loved their friends Rob and Andrea they are key character who's make this book even better. I can't wait to see what AM Madden has in store for us next, if you love an amazing romance with suspense and two strong lead characters then Stone Walls is for you!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eye Candy Bookstore

    I loved Ben and Ella! Not at first, not together for sure. LOL! But as the ice melted between them, I grew to love them both separately and together. Ben is a cop, through and through. Cocky, determined, single minded- his goal to rid the streets of drug dealers after a past bad experience that changed who he was forever. Ella is alone, apart from her best friend Andrea, who is always trying to fix her up with someone. Her mother was murdered right before she moved to New York and the past came I loved Ben and Ella! Not at first, not together for sure. LOL! But as the ice melted between them, I grew to love them both separately and together. Ben is a cop, through and through. Cocky, determined, single minded- his goal to rid the streets of drug dealers after a past bad experience that changed who he was forever. Ella is alone, apart from her best friend Andrea, who is always trying to fix her up with someone. Her mother was murdered right before she moved to New York and the past came with her. Ben is the last thing she wants or even sees coming, and their collision is nothing short of a shock to everyone, her most of all. As Ben comes to terms with who and what he is, he comes to learn about Ella's past, one she doesn't even remember, and it threatens to rip them apart. I really loved the twists and turns and the stuff you never saw coming in this book. Ella and Ben could not have been more different, yet so much alike it was crazy that they'd not been together all along. This is a must read- I devoured it. ~ Five Stars, Kellie for Eye Candy Bookstore

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    After reading this.... There is one truth that outshines every thing else. A.M. Madden is an AMAZINGLY talented author. I have fallen in love with every single one of her books and all of her heroes and heroines! Ben FREAKIN Stone!!! A H.O.T. NYPD officer with a past that makes it hard for him to believe in relationships. That is, until he meets his match in the sassy Ella Parker, a woman who lived through a horror that still affects her everyday existence. Together these two souls battle their o After reading this.... There is one truth that outshines every thing else. A.M. Madden is an AMAZINGLY talented author. I have fallen in love with every single one of her books and all of her heroes and heroines! Ben FREAKIN Stone!!! A H.O.T. NYPD officer with a past that makes it hard for him to believe in relationships. That is, until he meets his match in the sassy Ella Parker, a woman who lived through a horror that still affects her everyday existence. Together these two souls battle their own insecurities to form a bond that is just...WOW! That's the only way I can explain it. Their journey is compassionate, awe-inspiring,and just plain beautiful! If this book happens to be your introduction to A.M. Madden, welcome to her world of great works. I guarantee, you will be one-clicking the rest of her books and enjoying them immensely! I have no doubt about it. 5 Stars is definitely not enough for this book. Double it, multiply by 10 to the infinite power...and then maybe you'll come close to what this book deserves.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amazeballs Book Addicts

    I was seriously so excited to read this one. I preordered it and started it the minute it was delivered. Yes, I am that reader that stalks the author to know when her book is live. And boy am I glad I did. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this little gem. Ben Stone is absolutely my newest book boyfriend and one I will be swooning over for a long time to come. AM is a master at sucking you in from the very beginning and not giving you a second to breathe until it's over. I was already a I was seriously so excited to read this one. I preordered it and started it the minute it was delivered. Yes, I am that reader that stalks the author to know when her book is live. And boy am I glad I did. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this little gem. Ben Stone is absolutely my newest book boyfriend and one I will be swooning over for a long time to come. AM is a master at sucking you in from the very beginning and not giving you a second to breathe until it's over. I was already a huge fan and now I am an even bigger fan. This book contains just the right amount of everything. I will be stalking her page from here on out to make sure I don't miss anything. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Now, AM I NEED some more Ben Stone! This book is a standalone, however I do hope she will write more books with Mr. Stone in it in the future. Great job Ms. Madden!!! I will be rereading this one many, many times!! A HUGE 5+++ AMAZEBALLS stars from me!!! Review by Tabitha

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Meadows

    *An ARC was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.* I’ve read and enjoyed all of AM Maddens’ books. After reading the Back Up Series and being “stuck” in a musician world I was keen to see how moving into a NYPD world would feel. I love cop shows and books so I was immediately intrigued. She took us right into that world and the story was very interesting with a lot of twists and turns which captivated you. Initially Ben and Ella fought their mutual attraction, it didn’t ta *An ARC was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.* I’ve read and enjoyed all of AM Maddens’ books. After reading the Back Up Series and being “stuck” in a musician world I was keen to see how moving into a NYPD world would feel. I love cop shows and books so I was immediately intrigued. She took us right into that world and the story was very interesting with a lot of twists and turns which captivated you. Initially Ben and Ella fought their mutual attraction, it didn’t take long for them to give up on that and “come together” (pun intended). The characters were well developed and the story was smart and interesting, and the sex scenes – well you will just need to read it to find out for yourselves. It was a great standalone book and I look forward to seeing what AM Madden comes up with next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    I loved everything about this book. The storyline was captivating, suspensful and fluid. Ben Stone is a wonderful character. He's strong, guarded and sexy. Ella is a great female character and pretty much Ben's equal. The push and pull between them is fierce and beautifully written. AM Madden really surprised me with the twist in the storyline. I wasn't expecting it at all - and I love that in a book! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I almost wanted to skip to the end because my heart was r I loved everything about this book. The storyline was captivating, suspensful and fluid. Ben Stone is a wonderful character. He's strong, guarded and sexy. Ella is a great female character and pretty much Ben's equal. The push and pull between them is fierce and beautifully written. AM Madden really surprised me with the twist in the storyline. I wasn't expecting it at all - and I love that in a book! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I almost wanted to skip to the end because my heart was racing, but thankfully I didn't (you shouldn't either). Madden brings in familiar characters and makes you want more. I won't give any spoilers away, but trust me when I say this is a must read. This is my favorite book by AM Madden. **FIVE WELL-DESERVED STARS!**

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