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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.
A friend recommended BECAUSE OF YOU to me, I put it on my TBR and hadn’t gotten to it yet. We met for lunch a couple of days ago and she told me I really need to read it. I bought it last night and could not put it down. I had to brew a pot of coffee at 10:00 PM, so I could stay up to finish it.
BECAUSE OF YOU is an emotional journey with ups, downs and humor. I went into this thinking it was a romance about a soldier and a woman, but it’s so much more. It’s about a breast cancer survivor learning to feel like a WHOLE woman again and realizing she is worthy of a relationship, about a soldier feeling like he let his troops down, it’s about the sacrifices soldiers and their families make, it’s about the brotherhood that develops among soldiers, about the poor living conditions our wounded Heroes can find themselves in, the cuts the government makes that negatively affects the VERY PEOPLE PROTECTING our rights, about PTSD, the strain deployment puts on the soldiers, their relationships and the women who are left home for months at a time taking care of the children and wondering if they will ever see their loved one again.
There are so many touching scenes in this book. The night before and the morning of the deployment, feeling the fear and tears of watching your husband get on a bus and heading off to war, had me crying, I felt like I was there with them. Being at the hospital waiting to find out who the wounded soldiers coming in were, then the pain, fear and tears of healing and recuperating.
Shane and Jen are wonderful H/h, I was so happy with the way their story ended. I absolutely LOVE Nicole and Carponti (such a lovable smartass). And I cannot wait to see what happens with Trent and Laura!
One of my favorite LOL moments:
Shane’s friend stepped right up, instantly recognizing her. “Hey, aren’t you Laura Davila’s friend from last night? I’ll have your child if you let me skip the smallpox vac,” Carponti beggged. “I will make Shane send you pictures of his–”
Suddenly Shane’s palm struck him on the back of the head and Carponti’s freckled face went from grinning to groaning. Carponti stumbled forward and nearly collided with Jen before he caught himself.
Shane covered his mouth and coughed, and she couldn’t tell if he was laughing or horrified. “Sorry about Carponti, ma’am. We don’t let him out to play often.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats, and three dogs, wife to a career NCO. For more about Jessica read her very interesting Bio at http://www.jessicascott.net/Bio.html
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