Because of You (Coming Home #1) by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #1
Also in this series: Until There Was You (Coming Home #3), Back to You, Back to You
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: November 14th 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A Love Story You'll Never Forget:
From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.
Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there's more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he'll never see again - until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.
Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there's a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels, for the first time in a long time, like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty - it's a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected - her deepest desire...
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A realistic look at military life makes this a surprisingly dark and angsty novel. Shane’s time overseas looking out for his men and his guilt when he fails were stark reminders of what our soldiers deal with on a regular basis.
Jen’s brush with breast cancer – and subsequent mastectomy – added another dark note to the story. While I think both situations were well written and realistic, I think the story would have benefited from some levity. While engrossing, it tended toward the dramatic and depressing, which didn’t make for a very feel good read.
Despite that, I enjoyed the journey both Shane and Jen embarked upon – both together and separately. The secondary plot featuring Shane’s commander left me feeling frustrated and annoyed. The cliffhanger seemed unnecessary given the bulk of the story was focused on Shane and Jen. I’m anxious for more information.
I’m glad the story was left with a Happy for Now ending, rather than a Happily Ever After. Shane and Jen still have some things to work out. I don’t know that I would have believed an ending the included marriage and babies.
Though this was a darker novel, I enjoyed it and look forward to more from Scott.
4 out of 5