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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Really hits home

    This is so well written that it reallly opened my eyes aout what my son went through when he first lostt his legs and continues to go thru still, especially the part about the sad looks and stares

    Very well done

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    Ok, I admit it. I'm obsessed with these holiday novellas. They

    Ok, I admit it. I'm obsessed with these holiday novellas. They make me really happy! However, do not let this cover fool you- this book is SO much more than a holiday story. In fact, the holiday aspect only plays a rather minor role. This is more a military story than a holiday one. I'll Be Home For Christmas is beautiful and funny, as well as emotional and heartbreaking at times. I absolutely adored that the main couple in this book is already married and in love with one another. I really felt their relationship was so much more believable having had that establishment already made.

    Nicole and Vic's relationship is a stable, strong one but both are put to the test in this novel. Vic is a Sgt. in the Army and is leaving for another deployment in Iraq. Everyone is concerned this time, as the Surge and threats are greater than ever and the odds are stacked against them coming home safely. Vic's MO is to make others laugh and help them forget the heaviness that plagues them. He is a jokester, and I loved that about him. One of his favorite things is making his wife laugh and I found my heart melting every time he did something completely ridiculous (like creating a dress for his 'man') He has his moments of apprehension with his wife. He is afraid she'll wake up one day and realize that she's with the wrong man, or that he won't be good enough to hold onto her. Nicole, however, is 100% in love with her husband and all she cares about is that he makes it back to her safe and sound.

    My heart ached for Nicole, especially. Vic deploying is always difficult on her and even though she knows what to expect (the long time between calls, etc), it doesn't make it any easier. The image of her curling up in one his shirts and spraying his cologne on her absolutely shattered my heart. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a military wife/girlfriend and have the person you love most put their life on the line time and time again. With that being said, I have a hell of a lot of respect for those in the military.

    War changes people. We know this. We see young men come home from tours that suffer from PTSD and other emotional instability. Watching men in your platoon get hurt and constantly have to wonder if an IED is going to blow up and take you with it, has to be exhausting. Soldiers become distant from the ones they love- they do not want to worry their spouses, etc with the gritty details and sometimes calling home and hearing that one voice of relief brings even more turmoil.

    I found this not only to be the case with Nicole and Vic, but also his XO, Trent Davila. He has not called his wife Laura in weeks and Laura is frustrated, hurt, and afraid of what this means for their relationship. The next novel features those two and I definitely want to pick it up to see if these two can repair the ever-growing rift between them.

    I think this story really shows that true love is everlasting and can withstand all obstacles. Vic and Nicole go through a pretty big hurdle together toward the end of the book, but they don't give up on one another. They fight through the pain and offer each other comfort and reassurance that their love knows no bounds.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Set in 2007 during the initial Surge of forces in Iraq, this pow

    Set in 2007 during the initial Surge of forces in Iraq, this powerful novella tells the story of one of her beloved characters, Vic Carponti. Carponti makes an appearance in the earlier novel Because of You. The smart-mouthed, ginger, soldier made an impression on readers and the author. It is gratifying to see him get his own story, even if it is a bit short.

    This novella is gritty, real, and does not sugar-coat life in the military. With vivid imagery, Scott tells the story of the boots on the ground. The ongoing war in the Middle East is not pretty. Soldiers are wounded or killed. Everyone misses their loved ones. Stress is constant. Through this reality she tells the story of Vic and Nicole, a couple trying to maintain a relationship across distance, both physical and emotional. Nicole doesn’t have the first-hand experience of war that Vic does. Those experiences of war threaten to drive a riff between them as there are many things that Vic doesn’t share about what he’s going through. Nicole understands his reluctance, but wants to do everything she can to support him and their relationship.

    The emotional distance between these characters is beautifully detailed. This is not an HEA story. It is more of a snapshot into real-life; specifically the real-life experienced by our soldiers every day. Yes, Vic and Nicole make it out to the other side, in this installment. Their story continues chronologically in Because of You.

    This novella mirrors the initial events of Because of You. We see the events leading up to the Surge deployment and the initial months overseas. It provides an alternative POV on the IED explosion that injures Shane Garrison in Because. It also gives us more details on the IED that injures Carponti. We know from the events in that novel that there is considerable recovery left before the wounds of war are healed.

    If I have one complaint it is the cover. Don’t get me wrong. It is beautiful. However, the hero is a ginger. The cover model is clearly not. I had to keep reminding myself that Carponti was not as depicted on the cover. In a couple instances, it almost threw me off as I was reading.

    Scott has written another powerful installment in her ongoing series. I can’t wait to read the upcoming books. I’m still waiting for Trent and Laura to figure things out.

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