It’s Always Been You by Jessica Scott

Posted November 8, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

It’s Always Been You by Jessica ScottIt's Always Been You by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #5
Format: eARC
Published by Hachette-Forever Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military, Romance
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She plays by the rules . . .

Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn't have much tolerance for BS, which is why he's mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can't possibly be true. He's even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there's something simmering beneath her icy reserve--and Ben just can't resist turning up the heat . . .

. . . and he's determined to break them

The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it . . . and Olivia can't resist locking horns--and lips--with Ben. He's got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she's ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia's past, she will have to choose between following orders--or her heart . . .

I’ve been holding on to this book for a while now, because I am always a bit on the nervous side when it comes to reading military romances. I think it’s really difficult to write authentic feeling military romances unless you’ve either served yourself or you are married to the military. Turns out Jessica Scott fits right into those fields, and her writing comes across as completely believable and authentic. Hubby is army and so is my father in law, so I really appreciated some of the little nuances and nicknames that I’ve become so familiar with, but you don’t necessarily have to have military experience to appreciate this book, I think it’s enjoyable for all.

So Ben is carrying some serious issues from combat, and he’s probably one of the few officers out there right now who have no desire to ever command anything or anyone. He has a really jaded outlook at what officers really do, basically he believes officers these days only look out for themselves and serve their soldiers up on platters to cover up their own mistakes. Unfortunately for Ben his unit is a mess and officers all over the place are being fired and Ben is suddenly in a command position and he wants to be anywhere but there.

Olivia is a lawyer who’s job it is to make sure unsuitable soldiers are ushered out of the army and to make sure that this new changeover of commands are handle well. Olivia is carrying some serious baggage though. She sees people negatively all the time and it’s super annoying for me. She doesn’t really give people a chance to prove themselves, she just sees what she wants to see and compares people to the people in her past who have turned out to be bad people. It’s really sad for her because I think it keeps her from opening herself up to people.

This is a pretty lengthy book, and there are a lot of things going on. Ben is really trying to be the best he can be for his soldiers, he is struggling with separating himself as the friend that he was when they were in combat, to being the guy in charge. And Olivia has to overcome her judgements if she is ever going to find happiness with Ben. It’s a good read, and really well written. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Jessica Scott or likes military romances.

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About Jessica Scott

USA TODAY Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.

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