QuickScore-Review: BECAUSE OF YOU by 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.

Author: Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Publisher: Random House – imprint: Loveswept
Year of release: 2011, November 14
Format: eBook
Source: Requested a digital review copy via NetGalley

First line: Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison knew that life wasn’t fair.

Memorable Scenes:
– that first kiss >; beautiful writing
– the attack scene in Baghdad >; I read it with bated breath
– the shaving scene >; I could feel Shane’s angst and desire

BECAUSE OF YOU is a beautifully written story of duty, love and healing, brought to the reader by kind and stubborn army nurse Jen St. James and proud, dedicated and tough army sergeant Shane Garrison.

I really liked Jessica Scott’s writing. I’ve read quite some military romances and romantic suspense books but never has the feel of them been this authentic. But it wasn’t just the authentic feel, the romance was beautifully written and filled with angst, justified angst.

Ms. Scott’s writing has an alluring rawness and intensity to it that really hit home with me and it fit the characters, the events and the romance beautifully.

BECAUSE OF YOU reminded me of a TV show I used to watch, Army Wives. And as you all know I love it when my romance novels remind me of TV shows I love. It’s like having the best of both of my addictions rolled into one.

Favorite Quotes:

“Shouldn’t you be molesting your husband? He’s the one leaving.”
“I don’t want to leave you hanging out here, teasing all these horny soldiers with your fake boob.”
(Jen and Laura)

He enjoyed leaning close to her ear. She had adorable earlobes and —man he was pathetic. He wasn’t even supposed to be here tonight, let alone talking to a beautiful woman, and he was going to blow it by being melodramatic and staring at her earlobes like a psycho.

She pulled away, leaving him alone. And in the empty room, Shane ached and wanted more. She’d cracked something open, this beautiful nurse who touched his heart with her kindness, and he didn’t know what to do with what she stirred in him.

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