Series: Coming Home #4
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military, Romance
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Can a battle-scarred warrior . . .
Stay sober. Get deployed. Lead his platoon. Those are the only things that matter to Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli. What he wants is for everyone to stay out of his way; what he gets is Captain Emily Lindberg telling him how to deal with his men. Fort Hood's newest shrink is smart as a whip and sexy as hell. She's also full of questions—about the army, its soldiers, and the agony etched on Reza's body and soul.
. . . open his heart to love?
Emily has devoted her life to giving soldiers the care they need—and deserve. Little does she know that means facing down the fierce wall of muscle that is Sergeant Iaconelli like it's just another day at the office. When Reza agrees to help her understand what makes a soldier tick, she's thrilled. Too bad it doesn't help her unravel the sexy warrior in front of her who stokes her desire and touches a part of her she thought long dead. He's the man who thinks combat is the only escape from the demons that haunt him. The man who needs her most of all . . .
I’ve read Jessica Scott before, one of the books in this series as a matter of fact. I think the thing I enjoyed the most about her writing was how authentic it feels to me. I am an army wife, so for the better part of a decade I have spent my life being moved from place to place and immersed in a culture that people don’t always understand unless they’ve been there themselves. I have read a lot of military romance books, some even written by people who have served or by military wives themselves, but for me I think Jessica Scott is one of the better writers in getting as close to authentic as possible.
Another thing I really like about Scott’s writing is that her books are the perfect length. The don’t feel like short novels, they are long enough to let the reader really get the know the characters, to build up the storyline and the anticipation, the let the characters grow together that makes the pay off all the better.
Reza is definitely a hot alpha guy, but there is a lot more to him then what you see on the surface. He’s a hardened man, as a lot of people in the military are these days. He’s got a lot to deal with in his everyday life, not to mention how he deals with his past and his feelings regarding them. A lot of times he comes off as a jerk or abrasive, but you can see the good him regardless.
Emily is really an awesome character. Part of the reason why I like Scott’s books is the women she writes are strong women. Not just professionally but emotionally as well. Emily is a psychiatrist, which lets face it has got to be a hard job to do, not everyone wants help, and helping people wade through emotional trauma has got to be a a tricky job. Emily senses that something is off when some of Reza’s men, so she asks Reza to help her understand what is going on, and then brings about the two of them growing to know each other.
I liked that Emily and Reza’s connection wasn’t just insta-love (which to be honest annoys me in most cases), I liked that they had to work for it, because in real life relationship take work. They had a great spark/connection, but that isn’t enough to make a relationship, and I loved watching them work through everything.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes military romance novels, and I can honestly say that I will be reading more of Scott’s work in the future.