Author: Jessica Scott
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Homefront #1
Main Characters: Gale and Melanie
Release Date: April 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
He's always loved her...
First Sergeant Gale Sorren waited a war and half a lifetime for a chance to get stationed near the ex-wife who left him years ago. When he finally musters the courage to see her, the life he imagined she was living was nothing close to the reality.
She's never stopped loving him...
Melanie never stopped worrying about Gale each time he headed off to war. But he's never been there when she needed him and she's had fifteen years to steel her heart against him.
But when Gale moves to Fort Hood, he finally has a chance to make things right with Melanie and the daughter she raised without him.
Can Mel trust her heart to a man who has always let her down?My Review:
I know going into a Jessica Scott novel at this point that it's going to be an emotional and sometimes very raw read for me. She knows what she's talking about in her books and that presents in an honest, pure way in her writing. And as a military spouse for 20 years, sometimes that can be a bit rough.
The first parts of this book left me in tears, because I could so relate to Melanie's pain about being alone to handle it all. It isn't easy for the spouse...and for Melanie, the heroine in this book, it broke her and her marriage. Again...that is a hard thing to read from someone that's been there.
But even with the sometimes bleak honesty, Jessica Scott manages to find hope in the ruins of her soldiers' personal lives and I love that. She doesn't have a single hero or heroine who hasn't been messed up by their time in the military, but they are good people in difficult situations trying to make the best from the mess they've been dealt with.
In this book we have Melanie and Gale who have been divorced for over a decade, and in that time he's missed out on a lot of his 15 yo daughter's life. But now, they are living in the same place for the first time in a long time and he has a chance to connect. But his daughter is 15...and a girl. Yeah, she has some hormonal issues and isn't going to make it easy on her father or her mother. Something that she's learned how to excel at over the last 15 years of her life while her father was at war for the Army.
There's a lot of emotion and hurt feelings that go into this story, but I still enjoyed it. The side-story with Alex, the boy Jessie likes, worked really well and I liked how it brought them all together with a common goal. It was interesting to see the inside of the workings of this military group and seeing others who have gotten their story through a different viewpoint.
Jessica Scott's books have a raw honesty to them which I love. I highly recommend them. You just need to keep in mind that things may seem bleak at the beginning, but she always manages to create a worthy HEA for her characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.