Until There Was You

Until There Was You

by Jessica Scott


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Until There Was You by Jessica Scott

"Jessica Scott should be on every reader's list."  ~Brenda Novak | New York Times Bestselling Author The rivalry between Captain Claire Montoya and Captain Evan Loehr has been building for far too long. Brought together to help a mutual friend, their rivalry is coming to a head - and nothing has prepared them for the fallout. Claire Montoya has never met a rule that wasn't meant to be broken. Working her way through the ranks, she's a passionate and driven leader who knows how to do one thing and one thing only - train soldiers for war. And she'll do whatever it takes to bring them home again. Evan is a man full of dark secrets and a thousand regrets. He finds solace in the rules and someone like Claire who doesn't know how to spell the word grates on his last nerve. He must have been out of his mind the night he thought he was attracted to her. They've both avoided mention of that night but now, thrown together to help prepare a close friend for her upcoming deployment, they're forced to confront their shared past. A past neither of them is prepared to face.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942102380
Publisher: Jessica Scott
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Coming Home , #2
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Jessica Scott is an Iraq war veteran, an active duty army officer and the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO. She’s also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice. She’s holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University and she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012. Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.

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Until There Was You (Loveswept) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Michela_Walters More than 1 year ago
This book started off promising enough. Evan, a straight-laced, by the book sort of officer is being forced to attend a military party. Claire, also an officer, is feeling about as excited to attend this event as Evan. When the two meet, sparks fly, but they both fight the urge. Evan doesn’t date military women, and Claire guards her heart too closely to let anyone in. I enjoyed their first meeting and I could feel their instant attraction. Unfortunately, the next chapter jumps three years in time when the two are in Colorado Springs trying to help train a company to be ready to deploy to Iraq. The chasm of time is large enough that without any sort of detailed commentary about what happened over those three years, the readers are forced to wonder what the hell happened to make Evan and Claire dislike each other so much. The two go back and forth for what feels like forever, fighting their feelings and bickering about how best to train this group of soldiers. By the time the two did get together, I was so annoyed, I just wasn’t invested in them as a couple any longer. The writing was well done, but perhaps not being in the military, much of the discussion was either over my head or relegated to the ‘I don’t really care about these details’ section of my brain. I was a little confused too, because the story wasn’t really a traditional romance but it also wasn’t a traditional erotica story either. I’m at a little bit of a loss about how to classify the genre of this book. All in all, just average for me. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I whant sex with him piz
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in January 2014 and only now realized I hadn't posted my review here but I had on another site. I loved this book - and all the other books in this series. Jessica Scott writes real characters; ones that will make you laugh and cry. Once I started each of the books in this series I couldn't put it down and I hated when it ended because I loved the characters. I kind of wish that I had read the books in the order of the events as they happened instead of the order they were published but each of them does stand alone and all are wonderful to read. From the author's website this is the recommended reading order: Coming Home .5: I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Coming Home 1: BECAUSE OF YOU Coming Home 1.5: ANYTHING FOR YOU Coming Home 2: BACK TO YOU Coming Home 3: UNTIL THERE WAS YOU Coming Home 4: ALL FOR YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story of both broken hearts, but if they were not thinking about sex, they were having it. It was a little too much for my taste.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Evan and Claire's story!!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah L. Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Until There Was You is a wonderful addition to the Coming Home series by Jessica Scott. Even though it is the 2nd book in the series, it stands entirely on its own so it is not necessary whatsoever to have read the first book, Because of You. I have the deepest respect to those that are serving or have served in our military so I was really looking forward to reading Evan and Claire’s story. We meet both characters at a gathering shortly before deploying to Iraq. Their attraction was immediate but it was the wrong place and the wrong time for these two, so aside from one fabulous kiss that evening, it will be several more years before things start to heat up. The author has written this story in such a way that the entire story came to life for me. The portrayal of the training and military scenes were very realistic. I also felt extremely close to Claire and Evan. I felt the struggles both of them needed to overcome in order to find happiness together. Overall, this story has the perfect balance of conflict, romance, passion and even some laugh out loud moments.
MiRxMom More than 1 year ago
I think this was my least favorite of the series, so far, but it was still an enjoyable read. I had a hard time buying into Claire and Evan as a couple because I couldn't see where they had any common ground. I know that opposites are supposed to attract but they have to enjoy some of the same things, besides sex. I, like Evan, am a rule follower and did not agree with how Claire handled most situations. I couldn't figure out what attracted him to her. I still enjoyed the military operations part of the story including information on training missions.
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Jessica Scott Published by: A Loveswept Contemporary Military Romance Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Series # 2 Rating: 4 Review: "Until There Was You: A Loveswept Contemporary Military Romance" by Jessica Scot was a wonderful contemporary romantic military romance making this her second in this series. We are introduced to Evan Loehr and Claire Montoya. I could not put this novel down once I started reading it, This author give us a realistic look on the military and even a relationship between to emotional and very wounded people where we see that both have demons that they had to deal with but often seemed to compliment each other as they are forced to work together to train a combat team. This author did a wonderful job at making you feel just what Evan and Claire were going through. You are able to taste their frustrations, feel their fears and insecurities from their own personal lives. This read was very enjoyable...yet heavy at times but had the right amount to humor to lighten it up a bit. I found this story with a good plot and the characters were all likable and with this novel "Until There Was You" you have a well written novel that I would definitely recommend to you.
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SailormanOR More than 1 year ago
I'd really like to see more of these type of stories...Jessica Scott rocks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book as much as her first BUT that was because I am a nurse and the first book was about war injuries (mental and physical) and therefore the content was more in line with my interest. This book was more about preparing for battle as well as some emotional turmoil and an alcoholic "lifer"... BUT this is a terrific writer... She is a great story teller... Her books will all be great because she captures her characters in a way that you really know them... I will read anything she writes because of her ability as an author...
acade More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely captivating read by Jessica Scott. Once I started reading Until There Was You I had a very difficult time putting it down and actually getting anything else done around the house. It's not your typical light fluffy romantic read but a realistic look into military life that will leave your emotions reeling as two wonderful characters find love when they least expect it. Evan and Claire are passionate, dedicated and fiercely loyal individuals and far from what they seem on the surface. They're both damaged and have flaws but they're characters you want to know more about and that grab at your heart as they battle their pasts. They're so very different from each other and at the same time so completely alike and perfect for one another and, let me tell you, the chemistry between them is through the roof. I loved watching their relationship change and seeing little bits of their lives pulled out into the open. Watching both friendship and love sneak up on them.  Scott does an amazing job of making you really feel what Evan and Claire are going through. You can taste their bone deep frustrations with their current assignment and feel their fears and insecurities when it comes to their personal lives. It's a heavy read but Scott masterfully uses just the right amount of humor to lighten the mood and break some of the tensions that build up between the characters and the exasperating situations they've been put into. The ending nearly had me in tears from laughter. It's probably one of my top 5 favorite "proposals" and the first time one has included a certain part and the phrase "plucked chicken". OMG I was dying! Loved it! There were a couple storylines I do wish had been explored a bit more, like Evan's relationship with his family, and others that didn't get tied up in the end but overall those are very minor complaints. Until There Was You was a very nice addition to the Coming Home series and one I'm very glad to have read. {An advanced copy was provided for an honest review}
Jumperbrown More than 1 year ago
Captain Evan Loehr is strict rule follower. He has given into temptation only once a long time ago when he kissed the beautiful Captain Claire Montoya. Since then they have been at odds through two deployments and now they must work side by side training for overseas combat. Captain Claire Montoya is a strong, loyal and brave officer. Claire has worked very hard to earn her rank and sees Evan as a rigid rule follower. As the training pushes them to work together, Claire is surprised to learn that there is more to Evan than she originally thought. Evan and Claire soon find out they have more in common than they ever imagined and they share two crucial passions: their country and each other. Jessica Scott is a soldier as well as an author. She includes a lot of military background to the story that I found interesting and a little overwhelming, as someone that has not been in the military. This story is a GREAT love story about two people that seem like opposites but actually have a lot in common. Jessica is a great author and shows great promise with both her debut book, Because of You and this one, her sophomore release. I thoroughly enjoy her description of people and the way she describes the evolution of their relationship. I only gave it 4 negligees out of 5, because of the slight confusion I felt regarding the military information. I enjoyed the seductive romance and the way it went throughout the book, not just in certain steamy scenes. Every conversation between Claire and Evan was foggy from all the steam coming off of them. Their heat and chemistry was very captivating, sadly the military scenes left me feeling a little so-so. Oddly, both their relationship and the military training scenes filled out the story well and left me wanting more. I am excited to have found this new author and look forward to continuing to read her stories in the future
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KindleGal More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read, but I really wanted/needed more... Do you ever get your hands on a book that everyone seems to love, and then you start reading it and wonder, Huh. Am I missing something? That’s exactly what happened to me with this book. The story starts out well, with Captain Evan Loehr meeting Captain Claire Montoya at a social event neither of them wants to be at. There is an instant attraction, but he has a strict rule of not relaxing or dating army women, and she has a bad track record with relationships. But Claire does something unexpected—something she admits is a mistake—and it all seems promising… Then we jump ahead three years and the story fell apart for me. All the build up and intrigue from the beginning is lost and it’s like starting over. Evan and Claire are not friends, not colleagues, not anything. Circumstances out of their control place them into a working relationship together for some military training and there’s tension between them, but the reader is left to wonder why. For some unexplained reason, they don’t like each other. But yet, they secretly do. Confused? Yeah, me too. For me, the hot-and-cold thing carried on for too long without any explanation of what had transpired between them after their first meeting until now. It’s clear that something happened—that they spent time working together before this latest assignment—but we never really find out what happened to cause the love–hate thing they have going on. And this is why I just never really understood why they wanted to be together (when they didn’t want to pummel each other). About halfway through the book, things improved and they were less inconsistent in their wanting/not wanting each other. But it was too late. I wasn’t invested in their relationship. Despite all of this, I’m definitely going to try this author again. She has a unique voice and there were parts of the story and character development that had real potential, especially with regard to the issues surrounding service men and women when they “come home” and have to figure out who they are when they aren’t deployed. Rating: C+
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Irish-LassMB More than 1 year ago
Housework can wait...just sit down and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this book. If you're in the military or are a military wife, you'll probaby enjoy this. For a civilian, there was just too much military in it, too much concern over protocol, military politics, rank, etc. Likable characters but I think you need to really "get" the military to really enjoy this book. I'm a civilian and I just didn't enjoy it because I'm just not interested in military politics.
Hesperia_Loves_Books More than 1 year ago
Until There Was You is the second book in Jessica Scott’s Coming Home series, and my first ever read by her. It most certainly will not be my last. I was wowed by the fact that this was only her 2nd published book! One of the aspects that I really enjoyed about this book was the author’s amazing storytelling capability. She wrote fantastic characters (both main & secondary), gave them a strong & believable plot and then worked her magic combining the two to make a fabulous finished product. The authentic feel that she brings to this book from her years in the military is what sets this book apart for me. Not only do we get the action scenes that I love in a good military romance novel, but we also get to see the preparation behind going to war, the lasting effects after coming home from war and the fierce bonds forged between friends who’ve served together. Claire & Evan struggle with their attraction to each other. They both think that it is a bad idea to act on the feelings that have developed between them. Neither of them think they are worthy of the other’s love. For me, their relationship was very realistic & authentic. It mirrors the insecurities and trust issues that a lot of us go through forging new relationships. However, it was also frustrating and slow going because of that. It takes awhile for them to overcome the barriers they’ve placed on the road to each other. Once they do, their love story is beautiful and well worth the wait it took to get there. Well done Jessica! I can’t wait to read more, especially Reza’s story…