Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's Always Been You by Jessica Scott

Title: It's Always Been You
Author: Jessica Scott
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Coming Home #5
Main Characters: Ben and Olivia
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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 . . .
My Review:

This story was filled with emotional angst and turmoil and I loved every minute of it. Jessica Scott is truly queen of writing tortured souls. 

In this story we meet Captain Ben Teague and Major Olivia Hale. The entire Brigade command structure has been replaced and they are two of the people who now have to sort back out the mess left by the last group of leadership. Ben is the reluctant commander and Olivia is the determined lawyer. Throughout the story so many times they seemed to be at crossed goals, but honestly, both of them are just trying and slogging to try to do the best for their people. They both care...maybe, just a tad too much in this harsh environment where nothing is easy. 

I love reading this series from Jessica Scott and this book in particular was so well-done. Ben and Olivia are both dealing with a ton...stress, ghosts of their own mental issues, not sleeping, lives on the line, and a ton of pressure to get the job done and done correctly. Many times in the military the regulations don't allow for a human grey areas...there are aspects of these soldiers lives that make things at home so difficult...most of those stem from being in the war zone. That's not something that's easy to recover from and every man deals with that stress differently. But that's a sacrifice that each of them have made for the American people...to go over and fight and get shot at and get blown up. They deserve some second chances because of that. Sometimes the rules simply don't allow for that. In this book, that puts Ben and Olivia at a crossroads. She's the legal aspect and advises Ben on how to proceed when things get out of control...and they get out of control a lot. 

As a writer and a reader, I marvel at Jessica Scott's ability to create such incredibly vulnerable, but still such strong characters. She created two of those characters in this book. I fell in love with both Olivia and Ben while my heart hurt for them. I loved getting to read their story and find their way to each other and through this really tough career that they've both found themselves in. It was an incredible book. There are truly some tough issues delved into within it, but it never felt too heavy to me. I just never wanted to stop reading it. Another great one from this incredible series by Jessica Scott. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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 Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one ofEsquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like such a great read Christi. I'm not sure if I've heard much about this author before, but she sounds like she writes this way with all of her books and that's a huge bonus! I'm not sure if I missed this, but have you read the other 4 books previous to this one?