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Because of You

Because of You

4.2 162
by Jessica Scott
From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer 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


From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer 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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: This Fierce Splendor, Spellbound, and Tender, Loving Cure.

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Library Journal
★ 08/01/2016
As an active soldier herself, Scott is all too familiar with the strains that accompany serving while female. She also knows the difficulties families face when a partner or parent is in the field and then returns to a situation where the others have moved on and the challenges of reentry into civilian life. The eight-volume "Coming Home" series considers what happens when the warrior comes home, whether they face intensive rehab, PTSD, the demons of addiction, or the fear that their spouse may not want them back. While some of these couples meet and fall in love during the book, others have to find a way to continue to love each other through the stress of serving their country.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Jessica Scott's Coming Home Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Jessica Scott is a career soldier with sixteen years of experience in the army. She has written for the New York Times At War blog and for the PBS Point of View Regarding War blog. Because of You is her first novel.

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Because of You: A Loveswept Contemporary Military Romance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well-written by a career soldier. The story feels real as do the characters. Ms. Scott clearly either understands survivors' guilt by having lived it or she has done an outstanding job with her research. The back story about Trent looks like it will be just as good, and I can't wait to read it. A side note to those (like me) who find grammar and typos an aggravating distraction: Ms. Scott knows how to write, and she knows how to type.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read I couldn't put down.i would totally recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much! Look forward to sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would classify this more as a military themed drama with romantic elements. Well written and emotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. This was one of the most realistic looks at what wounded soldiers deal with when they return home. This was also a great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Edgy and current-and a truly satisfying love story. Put this book, Jessica Scott's, BECAUSE OF YOU, on your "must read" list." New York Times Bestselling Author Suzanne Brockmann "Jessica Scott writes with a soldier's heart. Because Of You is touching, authentic and a fantastic read." New York Times Bestselling Author Cindy Gerard "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." New York Times Bestselling Author Roxanne St. Claire
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, inspiring, love story! Though I have little knowledge or experience with military life, Ms. Scott had given me a glimpse of “a day in a life” of that world. This story is heart breaking but absolutely inspiring. Well respected Shane Garrison is the Infantry platoon sergeant. He is a true patriot who dedicated his life to the military and may have recently divorced due to that very reason. He is to be deployed for Iraq with plans to protect his men but in doing so; he will come back a different person. Unfortunately this war did not leave him unscathed physically or emotionally. With no one waiting or caring for him, no money or place to live, Shane falls in despair. But with a help of a nurse he’d met once, Shane will learn how to cope and live again. Jen St. James is scathed but not because of the war. She’s had major battles that caused her to be closed off to living her life. A divorcee with a history of mastectomy she truly has given up hope to having any relationship whatsoever. One night her friend succeeded and dragged her to go out to a going away party for the men and women to deploy for war. Bitter sweet but this night will change not only her life but the lives of the people she is with forever. I am in awe of how Shane and Jen had pulled through their trials in life. Surviving Cancer, injury from war and a broken marriage are hard situations to deal with but with the graces of having met each other, they manage to pull through. I broke into tears with as I read what happened in their past and present. As well as the situations with the side characters, Trent/Laura and Vic/Nikki. Marriage itself is always a work in progress and with war in the way, even harder to deal with. I would love to see more of what is to come of these couples living the life after a terrible experience with war. Ms. Scott did such a great job writing this story. I felt everything they felt, the emotions and situations were so real that I can’t believe this is a work for fiction. This book not only opened my eyes to military life, it made me proud of the men and women who work so hard to protect our country. As cliché as that sounds, it is what this book made me feel. I highly recommend this read to everyone! *This book was provided by author
mslizalou More than 1 year ago
***4.5 out of 5 stars*** I love finding both new authors and new-to-me authors. I¿ve talked to Jessica Scott on twitter for a while and even got to meet her at RWA in Orlando in 2010 (ran into her at a book signing while in line together). When Jessica announced her book would be released in the revived Loveswept line, I knew I had to read this story. I pre-ordered Because of You for my kindle as soon as there was a release date. I absolutely loved Because of You! Both Jen and Shane are such strong characters. Jen is a breast cancer survivor who finally starts to feel like a woman again after meeting and kissing Shane. Shane has always put his men first, even about himself. He meets Jen the day before he and his men are scheduled to deploy to Iraq. They share one amazing kiss, that neither one is able to forget the other once Shane is deployed. When Shane is injured and sent home, Jen is one of the nurses who care for him daily. The attraction is still there after all this time, and only grows as they spend day after day together. Shane is one of those super strong men who don¿t like to rely on anyone. However, his injuries leave him no choice, and Jen is more than happy to care for him. Jen find herself getting stronger each day as she cares for Shane. She also starts to feel like a woman again for the first time since she first lost a breast to cancer. In fact, her battle helps her be able to help Shane move forward with his recovery. The attraction between Shane and Jen just gets stronger with each passing day, and they were so hot together when they finally gave into their attraction. Jessica Scott has an amazing voice and made it easy for me to feel both the pain and the joy from her characters. I loved so many of the characters from Because of You, but especially Jen's best friend Laura. We get to read all about Laura and her husband Trent in Jessica's next book.The second book in her Coming Home series, Back to You is set for release from Loveswept in February 2012, and I¿ll again pre-order as soon as it¿s available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book with this author, cant wait for the next one in October. This story was well written, good story line, well developed characters and secondary characters. I couldnt put this book down. There is alot of gratuitious sex in this book, but there is some beautiful love making that is relevant to the story line. I would definately recommend this book & author. 265 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read, hope the story continues with book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for more from this new author
andilh More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! It's so realistic and believable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one great book ! enjoyed every minute.most informative! it helps to understand what the special forces experience on a daily basis.
BookADay1 More than 1 year ago
First time author...unreal good. can't wait for #2 to come out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Kept my attention the whole time! Amazing characters, you really fall in love with Shane. Sad I haave to wait so long for the next one!! Actual story is approximately 210 pages. Well worth the money.
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ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Made me laugh, made me cry., This was a very emotional book to read but I loved it! I've read some reviews criticizing the author for not fully developing the secondary characters. I do not agree! Yes, there are more books in this series but, in my opinion, this story was just fine as a stand-alone book. I hate books with major cliff-hangers (unless I know this before I begin reading) but this book had none. The characters in this story were very real to me and I felt deeply for the trials they went through. I have no first hand knowledge of military life but this story seemed very realistic to me. I applaud the author for writing about something she has first-hand knowledge of and doing it in an entertaining, albeit emotion wrenching, way. I love books that can make me both laugh and cry and this book managed that in spades.
IvoryAce More than 1 year ago
This was a very good story and I very much enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to reading the next book(s) in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me see more in depth the mental and emotional trauma that our returrning warriors deal with wwhen they come back; it also helped me understand more about my son who came back with no legs Thank you
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have had a better ending!
Roluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Great. Book couldn't put it down !!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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