Back to You

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"Jessica Scott is an exciting new voice in romantic fiction who bursts upon the scene with an unputdownable debut novel!"
—Robyn Carr, New York Times Bestselling Author on Because of You

He's in for the fight of his life . . .

Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn't explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing ...

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Overview

"Jessica Scott is an exciting new voice in romantic fiction who bursts upon the scene with an unputdownable debut novel!"
—Robyn Carr, New York Times Bestselling Author on Because of You

He's in for the fight of his life . . .

Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn't explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family-so he deployed again. And again. And again...until his marriage reached its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs ...if she'll have him

. . . to win back his only love.

Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she's just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried-and a love that won't be denied. But can she trust that this time he's back to stay?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 05/26/2014
In Scott’s touchingly sincere third Coming Home novel (after Until There Was You), Capt. Trent Davila doesn’t know how to stay away from the war, until he realizes that his dedication to the Army has cost him his family. After being wounded in action, Trent volunteers for deployment after deployment. Finally, his wife, Laura, sends him divorce papers, which he can’t bring himself to sign. When Trent’s accused of harassing a female subordinate, he and Laura must pretend to be a happy couple to keep him out of jail. But the pretense doesn’t last long, as they realize they’re still deeply in love and learn to rebuild their relationship and life together. Trent and Laura are both rendered as wounded, lovable people, and readers will cheer for each stumbling, shy step toward the couple’s reunion. Scott’s prose is witty and sharp, and her delightful cast of characters keeps this delectable page-turner vibrant throughout. Agent: Donna Bagdasarian, Publication Riot Group. (July)
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RAVES FOR JESSICA SCOTT and BACK TO YOU:

"Jessica Scott's BACK TO YOU is a moving story with rich, layered characters and real, heart-felt emotion. Don't miss this fabulous read!"
—Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author

"Jessica Scott's novels are beautifully written, honestly authentic, and richly emotional."
—JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author

"Few writers can reach the psychological and emotional depths with their characters as Jessica Scott can. A gripping, deeply emotional story that will grab the reader and not let them go."
—Lindsay McKenna, New York Times bestselling author of NEVER SURRENDER

"Touchingly sincere...Trent and Laura are both rendered as wounded, lovable people, and readers will cheer for each stumbling, shy step toward the couple's reunion. Scott's prose is witty and sharp, and her delightful cast of characters keeps this delectable page-turner vibrant throughout."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

BECAUSE OF YOU:

"Edgy and current—and a truly satisfying love story. Put this book, Jessica Scott's BECAUSE OF YOU, on your 'must read' list."
—Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Jessica Scott is an exciting new voice in romantic fiction who bursts upon the scene with an unputdownable debut novel!"
—Robyn Carr, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Jessica Scott writes with a soldier's heart. BECAUSE OF YOU is touching, authentic and a fantastic read."
—Cindy Gerard, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Crackling with realism, sizzling with sexual tension, and pulsing with emotion, Jessica Scott has penned an unforgettable military romance that delivers heartache and hope on every page."
—Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455553747
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Series: A Coming Home Novel Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 290,638
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Worth the wait.

    I can not renember a book i have waited so anxiously for. I loved this book, actually series. Being a former Army wife i can relate to these books i think that is why i love them so much. This one had me before it was written i have wanted Trent and lauras story since i read the first book in the series. I laughed i cried. You can feel their pain i would love to give examples, but myself, i hate when people leaving reviews give away to much of the book in their review.

    I can not say enough about this book. It is an awesone read and was well worth the wait.

    Thank you Jessica Scott for the time, effort, love, and i am sure blood, sweat, and tears you put into this book.
    I look forward to more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Good writing, not for me.

    The story is well written. I don't like that the book is resolved with the notion that you have to chose between the military and your family and that you can't deploy and also maintain a healthy relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Just discovered Jessica Scott. Love her writing.

    Just discovered Jessica Scott. Love her writing.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    So, I am kicking myself for not reading this book sooner! I real

    So, I am kicking myself for not reading this book sooner! I really enjoyed the novella before this book and knew that Trent and Laura would have one heck of a story to tell. Whew. I was in no way prepared for the onslaught of emotions I got from this book. I am very particular with my adult romances, only having a very few authors that I LOVE. It's safe to say Jessica Scott has now made that very short list because this book? Gave me ALL.THE.FEELS. And I'm not or have ever been married!

    As I said, we are introduced to Trent and Laura very briefly in Carponti and Nicole's novella, who also appear in this book. Trent and Laura have been married for quite some time now and have 2 kids to take care of. However, Trent's constant deployments have really taken a toll on their marriage and now after finding out the truth about those deployments, along with false charges, Laura is just done. She wants a divorce, but Trent refuses to sign the papers. Deep down, he doesn't want to lose his wife. He loves her, but doesn't know how to make things right after so long of just barely holding on. Now that Trent is back stateside and is facing the court martial, he wants to make things right with Laura and his family.

    It broke my heart to watch these two. Laura is so defeated and just wants to stop hurting. She wants Trent to give her a divorce so she can finally move on with her life. Being in limbo hurts too much and she is wrecked because she loves Trent more than anything. I can't even imagine being an army wife and dealing with the fear on a daily basis that your husband might never come home, leaving you a widow and your kids fatherless. I also can't imagine going to war and seeing things you can never unsee and do things you can never undo. Trent has seen unspeakable horrors and has lost comrades and friends to the war. He is a shell of the man he once was and he feels this overwhelming emptiness. He doesn't know how to fix things with his wife. She desperately wants him to open up to her, but he always keeps her in the dark, wanting to shelter her from that ugly side of his life.

    Laura is a fiercely independent woman and I admire her so much. Trent doesn't have to tell her every single bloody detail, but she just wants to be able to comfort her husband and hold his hand while he traverses through the darkness. It's going to take a lot on Trent's part to open Laura's heart back up again. She has sealed it off from him, as she cannot stand to be hurt again by the man she loves more than anything.

    This is just such a beautiful story of falling in love again and learning how to be whole again. Scott made me cry a couple of times- there were so many tender moments between not just Laura and Trent, but between Trent and his kids too. He not only has to relearn how to be a husband, but he has to learn how to be a father as well. It's not an easy journey, but that's what makes every gain, every step forward that much more powerful. Trent and Laura have some amazing chemistry together and it was inspiring to see after so many years together, the spark is still there.

    I cannot recommend this book enough. I want to go back and read the first book in the series to see how Shane and Jen began their relationship, and I'm excited to read the next book about Iaconelli and Emily. Scott will draw you in with her writing, engage you with her emotionally powerful storylines, and melt you with her romances. Do not miss out on these books!

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    I've been waiting for Trent and Laura's story for a looong time.

    I've been waiting for Trent and Laura's story for a looong time. I liked them immediately in the first book. But I won't lie, knowing that they had a struggle ahead has given me some anxiety about reading their story. I mean...I assumed that something good would come of it, but I also knew that it may be a difficult story to read. And it was in some ways. Because I'm a mom, I can see how their situation has affected their kids and their marriage. So, even though I can't relate in a military way, I felt like I could still relate to the issues they had to overcome. 




    What worked for me:
    ~The thing that stands out the most for me is how real their situation felt. 
    ~I felt sympathy for both Laura and Trent. Event though Trent wasn't diagnosed with PTSD, he still had some pretty strong side affects from being a career military man. The anxiety he felt about being a father and husband, simple life things, were difficult for him and it really made my heart ache. 
    ~Despite how difficult it was for Trent to acclimate to everyday life again, I appreciated when he made the decision to really fight for his family. It wasn't about the case, it was about love for his family. 
    ~I love the relationship he developed with his children. He had to truly learn to be a father all over again. Most of their lives, he had been deployed. Doing simple things like bathing and getting them ready for school was all pretty new for him. 
    ~Trent's dedication to making his marriage work and Laura's willingness to try made all the heart wrenching moments worth it. They were able to find their passion for each other again and were able to really just find their way back to each other. It was great. 




    What didn't work for me:
    ~This may be unfair to say, but I've read this series out of order and I feel like it's affected the time sequence a bit for me. I had to go back through the other books I've read before getting to this one to refresh my memory. While it might be a bit frustrating for me, someone just starting the series won't have that problem. 




    Overall, I'm so glad I finally got their book. I'd say they've been my favorite couple in the series at this point. They just seem to be the foundation of the group. It was great to see them reform their bond and their marriage. If you're a fan of military romances, definitely check this series out. 




    Quotes:
    ~"I can't fix your normal, Trent."-Loc 1119




    ~"...You should demand the world from me. You deserve so much better than what I've ever given you."-Loc 3484




    ~"I needed to know you loved me enough to come back to me. I needed something to hold on to. I had nothing but a memory."-Loc 3511




    ~"I'm half a man without you in my life," Trent said after a long moment. "I need you. I need to know you're out there in the world for me to come back to."-Loc 3528

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    I read both Because of You and Until There Was You in 2012, and

    I read both Because of You and Until There Was You in 2012, and really enjoyed both. I like author Jessica Scott's voice and her stories of life amid and after war. Given that she has first-hand knowledge of life in the Armed Services, she brings an authenticity to her books that is very, very rare. I admire that the books are focused on the people, and not so much a political commentary.

    Marriage-in-crisis books are my catnip. I don't know exactly when this happened, but I find myself constantly gravitating to them. I get kind of shaky and light-headed when I know I'm getting ready to dig into a really messed-up relationship. It's weird, I know. But Back to You isn't so much a marriage-in-crisis as it is a marriage-in-dying embers story. If you've read BoY or UTWY, then you know that Laura and Trent Davila's marriage is in big, big trouble. I adored Family Liaison Laura and was desperate to get her story. In fact, I was a little upset that I didn't get it in UTWY (irrational, but true) which is no detriment to the author or story, but just speaks of the pull of that story and my impatience.

    Back to You was A-MA-ZING. Trent and Laura's story was more difficult, more soul-squeezing, and more beautiful than I ever anticipated. Scott took her time with Trent and Laura, thoroughly laid out how they got to such a bad place, their emotions, what they would need to overcome and actually speak about to make it back from the brink. She created a remarkable story of the loss and sacrifice and emotional withdrawal two people experience in life at war. Neither was one hundred percent to blame, though Trent's emotional withdrawal plays a pivotal role. I loved that the story was truly about Trent and Laura trying to find a way back to each other. The love never left. If after ten years, six deployments, two kids, and countless empty hours...if there was anything left. If Trent's sacrifices for his country were worth the fact he was MIA in his own life, that he didn't know how to be a husband or a father.

    Needless to say, it was an extremely powerful story.

    I'm sure it helped that I had a previous attachment to the couple and the series. I need to mention Shane and Jen and Carponti and Nicole. The friends all play a significant role in the story, which I absolutely loved. Be on the lookout for surprises! And some big laughs, via Carponti.

    Back to You had me from the first page. Jessica Scott allowed her characters to be raw and real they gripped my heart. I admit that I cried almost the entire time. So much so that my eyes and cheeks were a little raw by the end. There were a lot of sad tears, and a lot of happy tears, especially during pivotal breakthrough moments. It was bittersweet, and so worth it.

    It was sexy too!

    The Coming Home series is truly special. After reading Back to You, I craved a reread of the others, and did read the two novellas. I'm kind of dying now for Iacopelli's story now. If you're familiar with the series, you know why. He's a riot and I can't wait to see Emily (Trent's therapist) dig into his heart and mind.

    So yeah. This is my long-ass winded way of saying that I loved and highly recommend Back to You.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

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    Back to You is the first book I have read by Jessica Scott and i

    Back to You is the first book I have read by Jessica Scott and it definitely won't be the last.  Beautifully written, Back to You is not only a captivating romance about second chances, but the author has also managed to give readers a glimpse into the heart and mind regarding some of the issues that military men and their families encounter.  Though it is fiction, Back to You sheds light on the problems that can occur before during and after deployment, as well as some of the tragic situations that soldiers can face while overseas.  




    I really loved the characters in this book and connected with both Laura and Trent immediately, finding myself able to understand where each of them were coming from and their different perspectives.  Not only is this a captivating story, the romance is steamy and passionate, with just the right amount of humor incorporated in to help balance things out.  Trent Davila is definitely hot, and his wife Laura is his perfect match in every way.  I loved watching their relationship progress throughout the novel.  The secondary characters were awesome also and I really enjoyed them also.  




    Overall, Back to You is an excellent choice for those who love contemporary romance, and even more so for those who love military related romances.  I really enjoyed it and most definitely recommend it.  

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

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    Excellent story and characters!

    Excellent story and characters! I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of the books in this Series and highly recommend then. The characters are well drawn, very believable and begin feeling like friends as the stories progress. This is definitely one of my favorites in the set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

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    Wonderful story! Love Jessica Scott's writing!

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    I knew Back To You was going to be hard to read! The previous b

    I knew Back To You was going to be hard to read! The previous books in this series gave us an idea of Laura and Trent's crumbling marriage. While she's at home working and raising two young kids, he kept deploying over and over again, shutting her out more and more each time. It got to the point where Laura reached her breaking point and had to accept she may have lost her husband completely. Then he came home. Trent was being accused of something, so he came to home to deal with that, and during this time he learns to face his own demons and accept responsibility for what he did to his family.

    Boy, did this story tear me apart! Jessica Scott wrote a story filled with realistic and raw emotions. She made me feel the anguish, the disappointments, and the helplessness for both Laura and Trent that I really couldn't take a side. Trent basically had to re-wire his body and mind to adjust to being home. He literally didn't know how to be with his family, cute hamsters and all. When this story begins, Laura has waited so long for Trent that she's actually ready to move on. I loved how the broken dishwasher Laura is dealing with at home is symbolic of her broken marriage...all laid out in pieces. I loved that we get to see their good friends again (Shane, Jen, Vic and Nicole) and witness them all supporting each other, injecting wise words and humor throughout.

    Back to You is certainly a story of second chances. It's a story of a soldier coming home. It's a journey of a husband and wife slowly nurturing their neglected marriage. Thank you, Jessica Scott, for using your background, experiences, and expertise to give Laura and Trent such a touching and well-deserved story! *A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    Ms. Scott¿s talent has always been in conveying the realities of

    Ms. Scott’s talent has always been in conveying the realities of war. As a career soldier she knows of what she speaks. While previous novels have focused on the visible scars of war this one brings us the emotional ones. Though physically unscathed, the years of combat have left a noticeable mark on Trent’s psyche. This is clear in his continued desire to be with his men, his need to protect them, and his inability to open up to those around him when he returns stateside. Though invisible, these wounds are no less profound than the physical. It is these realities that must be dealt with before Trent and Laura can come back together.

    In the background is the reality of the military court martial hanging over Trent’s head. The actions of his weasel Lieutenant are finally coming to a head. Part of the proposed defense is for Trent and Laura to play the happy couple; removing all doubt as to the need for Trent to stray. Though initially he refuses to put his wife in that position, once she agrees Trent decides to use it to his own advantage and begin the process of winning back his wife.

    This is a multilayered story. It is the story of a man trying to reconnect with the secular world and discover his new normal. It is the story of a man trying to reconnect with his children after missing the majority of their lives. It is the story of a man trying to let go of the war and return to the man he used to be. It is the story of a man and a woman trying to find their place in the world. These layers give the story a richness and depth not often found in fiction. Once again, Ms. Scott has brought us into her world and taken us on an emotional rollercoaster.

    To counterbalance the depth of Trent and Laura’s story, we are treated to wonderful glimpses of our former heroes. Shane and Jen are back as are Vic and Nicole. It is wonderful to see their continued progress as life moves forward. There are some big developments for Shane and Jen that I can’t wait to read more about. Thankfully, this time the wait will be far shorter. The next book debuts in just a few short months.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    Finally, after all the teasers in prior stories, we get Laura an

    Finally, after all the teasers in prior stories, we get Laura and Trent's story. Back to You is part of the Coming Home series by Jessica Scott and while it is not necessary to have read all the books in order, I highly recommend it.

    This was a very touching story about two people finding their way back to each other after being ripped apart by emotional wounds caused by several deployments and traumatic events witnessed by Trent. Even though the plot may not have moved quite as quickly as some of the other books in the series, it still kept me engaged throughout. 

    Great character development and a moving plot has made this story a great addition to the Coming Home series. I look forward to what Ms. Scott has in store for us next. 

    ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Jessica Scott's military romance Back to You is an engrossing an

    Jessica Scott's military romance Back to You is an engrossing and compelling rediscovery of love
    From the moment I began reading the first book in Jessica Scott's Coming Home series, I knew that this was an author whose voice I would like to listen to forever. The sensitivity and compassion with which she depicts the soldiers in this series, wounded physically and psychologically by the immense toll of war, reverberates within your heart as you read these novels. 
    Back to You by Jessica Scott is the third book in the series and one that I eagerly awaited receiving. When the publisher shared it with me in preparation for Jessica's pre-launch visit to the blog on Monday, January 6, 2014, I knew Christmas had arrived! This Tuesday, 7 January, you too will be able to take Back to You home too. But, if you haven't already, may I suggest that you read the rest of the series first. This is one that I highly recommend you add to your permanent library: Because of You (Book 1), Until There Was You (Book 2), Anything For You (Book 2.5 "short story" FREE), I'll Be Home For Christmas (Book 2.6, Novella, $0.99, see my review).
    Back to You tells the story of Army Captain Trent Davila and his wife Laura, both of whom we've met in each of the preceding stories (see links above). Scott has portrayed both of them with great care and I found myself liking them immediately. When it became apparent that their marriage was in serious distress, I cried. Really, I cried. With each new story I read, a little more was revealed about what each of them was enduring - Trent in the front lines of war with Laura on the home front as she counseled soldiers' families, but found little solace herself.
    When Trent returns to Fort Hood this time, after being removed from his command a year earlier and sent stateside to train troops in California, divorce papers are prepared and ready to sign. But in light of a possible court martial, his lawyer asks that he and Laura show solidarity and act as though their marriage is fine to counteract some of the charges.
    Has war and the loss of so many under his command cost Trent the ability to come home and the family he loves? Will Laura ever be able to trust her gentle warrior again since she discovered that he requested, and was not ordered, to each of the deployments through the years of their marriage? Will they be able to re-discover the love that was so evident in the first book and be a home for one another? 
    Each of these questions has ramifications that until you read Back to You, you can't imagine. I hadn't realized myself what an onus it was for an officer to seek counseling, until Scott showed Trent walking through the waiting room of enlisted men to meet his counselor, the new shrink on base and newly appointed Captain, Dr. Emily Lindberg. As Laura tries to repair her dishwasher, deal with her two young children, and in general cope with life as a single mom, although still legally married, her bitten back expletive - with it's charge of a quarter for being said in the kid's hearing - is a perfect snapshot of her life alone. It also shows just a few of the many stresses she has endured deployment after deployment as Trent left for the front lines while she remained "safe," yet in effect abandoned, at home.
    One thing that I little thing love is that Scott has Trent, this apparently hardened warrior, wear spectacles. Granted they are probably more fashion-forward than military issue specs as Laura chose them, but somehow his wearing them adds a vulnerability and humanity to Trent. I imagine him pushing them up the bridge of his nose - or indeed removing them - at emotional highly moments. 
    Scott doesn't glamorize her heroes and heroines, they're people I feel I could encounter down the street, at the Wal-Mart, Target, or Home Depot, and perhaps already have. But they're heroes and heroines in the truest sense - as they give of themselves time and again. Her novels convey the deep gratitude we all owe these warriors of ours, who are now coming home with scars seen and unseen. This is a war that no matter how many drones are in the air has taken a toll on a generation who're on the ground and the front lines, as history will show and as Scott already depicts.
    The secondary characters in Back to You, many who have already been featured in their own stories, feel like long-time friends. As Jen and Shane prepare for their wedding, with Nicole and Laura trying on dresses and Vic, Trent, and Shane tuxes - their enduring friendship and love is evident. It's clear that these ties are the underpinnings of support that they each need to endure their daily lives. I'm also totally intrigued to learn more about Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli and can't wait till next month when his and Captain Emily Lindberg's (Trent's counselor) story will be told in All for You (book 4, to be released 4 Feb 2014).
    In conclusion, I'll reiterate my recommendation that you add Jessica Scott's Coming Home series to your eReader today. This is a five star series that will resonate with you long after the last page is turned.
    Five stars for Back to You, a compelling, engrossing, and moving love story!
    I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    Back To You by Jessica Scott My heart raced most of the book. T

    Back To You by Jessica Scott
    My heart raced most of the book.

    Trent knows he has made mistakes and it is costing him his family. He almost died while deployed, well technically he did die; and he couldn't cope with life at home so he volunteered to go back to war. Laura loves Trent with all her heart but why would the man she loves volunteer to return to war over and over and leave his family behind? He must not love them anymore; she can't understand but knows she must move forward so she files for divorce.

    Trent was a character in Because of You that I barely noticed. He was important to the plot but I was not very vested in his character. I wasn't even sure if I would like a whole book with him as the main character. How wrong I was. There is so much more to Trent, he kept so many things from his wife and friends. I became enamored with his glasses and how they became a telling point in many scenes. I enjoyed his scenes with the children as much as the ones with his best friends Shane and Vic. By the end of the book I found myself hoping we would see more of Trent in other books of the series - and actually considering begging Jessica Scott for a novella about this great couple.

    Laura is a great contemporary heroine. I enjoyed how she did not automatically jump back into Trent's arms; that she considered what their future would be like. Her tenderness with Trent was amazing and actually served to calm me during tense scenes in the book as well. Her independence was great, she showed that spouses of deployed military personnel must take on many roles during a deployment.

    Jessica Scott writes from a unique point of view. She HAS the military experience from both sides. She has been deployed leaving family behind, and she has been home when her husband has been deployed. I think this gives her books an edge, a sort of realism I haven't read in any other book. Her books are wonderful stories; they are romances, but not all roses, flowers and champagne. They have gritty feelings, angst, realistic dialogue and complex situations that need more than a page to resolve.

    While this book could serve fine as a stand alone book; however I think it is best enjoyed if you read Because Of You and Anything For You first. Block off some time when you get this book; I myself could not put it down - I couldn't sleep so I just got up and finished it with only 3 hours sleep! You will laugh (come on Vic is in this book!), you will cry (some of those happy tears) and your heart will ache. It is that good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    ....one of the best stories I have read concerning the terror, t

    ....one of the best stories I have read concerning the terror, tension, stress and anguish of coming home from war, from the military----from the insanity of war.

    Jessica Scott has captured the essence of what it means to be a serviceman in the military, specifically the USArmy. She writes of the politics of rank, the devotion to duty, of trying to do the right thing in spite of the chaos of armed combat and the complexity of civilian day-to-day life.

    And she also writes about love...

    A military spouse, or wife in most cases, is a jack of all trades, and a master of multitasking. A military wife has responsibilities of house and job doubled with children in hand while the serviceman is caught up in the duties he shoulders when signing on the dotted line for Uncle Sam. She supports his refuge, his home, all the little nips and tucks of life as it happens every day on the home front.

    But when the physical trauma and psychic wounds of war explode into the soldier's life, he is not alone in his suffering---it doubles and triples in a wave outward from the epicenter of violence, written on bodies, left as scars both visible and mental---on men, women, children, all who serve in the Armed Forces and those who love and care for them.

    Jessica Scott has written a heart-wrenching story of friendship and loyalty, of determination and disappointment and desperation, of stubborn fear, of stubborn love...

    This is about Capt. Trent Davila, betrayed by his Lieutenant and subordinates, about to be divorced by his wife Laura, old wounds scarring his body and rigid with survivor's guilt; he has just one burning thought in his mind as he returns home: how to ask for a second chance in love from his weary, wronged and lonely wife Laura.
    It is enough to witness their journey, to pay attention to their struggle in marriage, to understand how life demands much, governments demand much, relationships demand much---but we make the choices about what matters most in our lives...
    Each of us, every day.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Finally, Laura and Trent's story! Back to You by Jessica Scott

    Finally, Laura and Trent's story!

    Back to You by Jessica Scott is the searingly emotional military romance that continues the ‘Coming Home’ series and finally explores the relationship between Trent and Laura Davila that imploded in “Because of You”, the first story in this compelling series. An impending court martial continues to loom over Trent’s head but that pales in comparison to the disaster that his marriage to Laura has become and he struggles to find a way to reach the woman he has not ceased to love, despite her demands for a divorce. Trent must find a way to deal with his discomfort with his family, his distance from everyone he cares about, his crippling guilt, and the impending destruction of all that he has held dear over the years. The question is whether any of it is reparable or have things gone beyond the point of no return?


    There are some stories that just touch the heart and make one suffer right along with the characters and root for them to get through the heartache and difficulties in their lives. Jessica Scott has created a cast of characters that are vivid, not just because of the poignancy of the issues they face...the constant threat to their survival, the strain on their interpersonal relationships, the repercussions of breast cancer, amputation, survivor’s guilt, PTSD...but also because they are not perfect.

    The harrowing journey to find himself characterizes Trent’s role in this story but the strengths and weaknesses that are displayed in his interactions with others plus Laura’s own reactions detail the cost that is often extracted by war and its machinery. There are so many poignant scenes in this story, that reflect the deep love shared by these two people who have become so scarred by their experiences that they have lost touch with what they had but there are glimmerings of hope as well...”The overwhelming love that he felt for her was there. Like a sleeping thing waking from a long dormancy. It was fragile. Malnourished. But there, stretching after a long slumber...”

    It is cathartic to watch the healing start as Trent finally gets some help “...what he truly saw was her strength. The strength to love his children, to keep their home together. To walk away when he hadn’t been enough.” and a memorable description of something called an ‘emotional rucksack’ helps shed a little light on the sometimes impossible pressure that soldiers force upon themselves with incredibly harmful repercussions. “It means that we all have the capacity to deal with bad news. And when the first piece of bad news hits, we can stuff it down and keep going. But eventually, our bags get too heavy and there’s no more room to stuff things down anymore.”

    This is a great novel which combines a fantastic love story with harrowing realism about the cost being paid constantly for participating in war and if I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.


    A copy of this wonderful story was provided to me in exchange for an honest review
    Submitted to Night Owl Reviews

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    A second chance¿ Trent Davila is broken, after a combat mission

    A second chance…

    Trent Davila is broken, after a combat mission in which he almost died something inside him changed. He pulled away from the one who loved him the most and kept re-deploying. When the army to which he’s given his all turns its back on him he’s forced to reevaluate everything and is now determined to try and get back what he’s lost and it won’t be easy for he is no longer normal outside of combat.

    Laura Davila loved her husband but his constant deployments and emotional distance when he was home shattered her heart and she seeks a divorce so she can move on with her life. She has never stopped loving him though and when he needs her help she finds she can’t say no and she begins to wonder if they can overcome the distances between them this time.

    This is a wonderful second chance romance about a husband and wife reconnecting, rebuilding their relationship after the ravages of war have estranged them. What the men sent to war go through is tragic; they are traumatized by what they’ve done and seen and the guilt that comes from being the ones who survive. When they come home transitioning to their former lives is more than just difficult. This reader has no personal experience with this topic but feels the author portrayed the issues in a compassionate and realistic fashion. We were given both points of view so we could really understand what each was going through; the emotions were heart rendering and palpable. This book is part of a series but worked well as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the prior books.

    ARC provided by the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I have been anxiously awaiting this release.  Ms. Scott did not

    I have been anxiously awaiting this release.  Ms. Scott did not disappoint!  While this book is romantic fiction, I wondered as I read it if it might be closer to fact for many military families.  Trent has been in the previous books in this series, we have heard about the state of his marriage and had this book not been written we might have thought that he ended up divorced.  The beginning chapters were heart wrenching.  I honestly had to stop reading till the tears stopped.  The author assured that you saw both Trent and Laura’s side of the story.  Although Trent does not really suffer from PTSD he does exhibit anxiety and thanks to a request by his attorney he goes to see a psychiatrist.  How I wished, as I read this, that all soldiers returning, especially after multiple deployments, would find a psychiatrist like this to help them.  I credit Trent’s courage to admit he might need a little help dealing with his anxiety and insomnia with saving Laura and Trent’s marriage.
    From the beginning the love between Laura and Trent is obvious and palpable.  At the beginning I wondered if Laura would give him one more chance but her love for him although long ignored was still alive, it just needed a little attention to bring it back to life.  The writing in the book is very descriptive, passionate and articulate.  Each word the author chose in certain scenes was an important choice.  I never thought the choice of one word in a sentence or paragraph meant as much as it did in this book.
    From passionate love scenes to sweet everyday life scenes Ms. Scott gets this right.  I recommend this to not only romance lovers I think many military people may enjoy this book as well.  I wish I could give it more than five stars but the rating system doesn’t allow it!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Highly Recommended!

    My review:

    Back to You is a book that does a lot of things to you. The only thing it does not do, is leaving you indifferent. It grabs you from the first page and takes you to a journey, to an emotional roller-coaster. This was what Back to You did to me.

    It was gripping, emotional and extremely well-written. I read it with one sitting, I simply could not put it away.

    Plot:

    Back to You is about Trent and Laura who have once been happily married , but got hurt and lost the trust to each other.

    Trent is an army captain who has been deployed more than once, he has been giving his life to the army, almost dying once after a combat. These wounds have healed physically, but not mentally. He is hollow inside, and he doesn't know how to reach his wife, how to make things better. When he is getting divorce papers from his wife and is facing a court martial, he finally is taking a step to find out if he still has a chance with her.

    Laura knew whom she married. A military man who belongs to the army. But things used to be different, she could trust him. When she found out, that Trent has volunteered for deployments for all the missions escaping from their family and from her, something breaks inside her. Accusations against Trent with sexual content does not help either. She sees the divorce as her only way out, her only way to rebuild herself.

    When Trent's lawyer is asking them to act as a happy family for the court martial, both Trent and Laura are hesitant, but Laura is willing to try and Trent does want his family back.

    I really liked how the story was written. Not only was it gripping, it was sincerely written. It made me feel all the emptiness, hollowness, the awkwardness, the pain what Trent and Laura felt, but also, it made me feel hopeful, taking all the small steps together with the main characters building up the trust again. It gives you a feeling, that the author knows what she is writing about.

    Characters:

    I loved Laura who is a brave and loving woman. I can't imagine being in her shoes facing a husband who has been estranged from the family. But I do understand her and she is easy to relate to. Her fears are understandable.

    Trent has made many mistakes, but his growth as a character was amazing. I loved how is trying very hard to get closer with his kids. A man who is used to the war horrors is so helpless with his kids and doesn't know them at all. The way he reconnected with his kids was beautiful.

    Ethan and Emma were adorable. It's wonderful to see their sincerity and love towards their daddy. I think the other supportive characters like the military friends and their wives and their stories fell in accordance to the rest of the story, they complimented the main characters.

    Generally:

    Back to You is a great reunion story which is emotional and beautiful. It is well-written and raw. It touches you deeply and leaves you with a feeling of gratefulness and love. Read it!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    ARC Copy, I give this 4 1/2 stars. This book is both emotional a

    ARC Copy, I give this 4 1/2 stars. This book is both emotional and sexy. I am happy to have Trent and Laura's story done. It was interesting to see inside what happens during war and the lives that it effects. I find this book more interesting and true for the fact that Jessica did go to war. The story was heartfelt and exactly how the story should have played out. There is some good sex scenes that add to the spice of the book. I also love that Nicole and Jen were in this book.I also like that Jessica didn't sugarcoat how Trent was really feeling and how he had to adjust back to the real world that wasn't the war.

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