- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Scott (18 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942102917
- ISBN-13: 978-1942102915
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
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It's Always Been You: A Coming Home Novel Paperback – 18 Mar 2019
"4 stars! Scott has a special way of writing a realistic, inspiring and emotional story that readers will lose themselves in. The characters are authentic and genuine."―RT Book Reviews
"Ms. Scott does a great job bringing hope in the midst of this chaotic Army life. I am always intrigued and entertained with each book she writes. Well done, Ms. Scott." Under the Covers
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"I cannot praise Jessica Scott's Coming Home series enough. I have raved about each book in this series. Jessica Scott combines military careers, civilian life, people with very real problems, and trying to build happy lives in situations that are very hard for those they love....It's Always Been You by Jessica Scott is another powerful book in the Coming Home series." Smut Book Junkies
"Once again, Jessica Scott is able to deliver on the terrible effects that war has on soldiers. Only she can get inside our heads and make us feel the terrible emotions that the soldiers are subjected to. I find her writing to always be thought provoking and her storylines to be exciting. I highly recommend this amazing story and really anything by JS! Another hit!" Ramblings from This Chick
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I really marvel at Jessica Scott's ability to create such incredible vulnerable but still strong characters. They are so real. I fell in love with Olivia and Ben (just like with Emily and Reza).
However the focus again is less on the romance, as was the case with All For You, and more on the Brigades efforts to legally "get rid of/transfer out and/or discharge the "problem soldiers. I did like the personal growth Olivia and Ben had to go through before they could work on their relationship. Olivia and Ben, like Emily and Reza, are really interesting characters and I love how real and everyday people they are. That is one of the hallmarks of Ms. Scott's work. I also liked that Ben and several other men out of the new command structure were willing to go to bat for their troopers, even bucking the system to do so.
Although I wanted more development of the relationship between Olivia and Ben, which is why I rated it a 4.5 rather than ++, I felt this book was a solid installment in this amazing series. I was somewhat disappointed that there was no further information about the protagonists (Jen, Shane, Vic, Natalie, Trent and Laura) from the other books and only brief mention of Reza and Emily.
For some reason, I just did not connect as much with Ben and Olivia as I did previous couples. I'm not sure why, exactly, and perhaps it could be purely due to my current mood while reading this, or due to the fact that I read books 3 and 4 within the last two months. Sometimes I can get series burn out by reading the books too close together.
I enjoyed the peek into Ben's new position, and how much work it entails. I'll admit that, yes, I do sometimes get lost in the line of command and who is who, but that is not Scott's fault. If anything, she makes it easier to understand compared to some military romances I have read. The simple fact is I'm not in the military, so no matter how many books I read, I will never know the inner workings of it. :)
Like with every other book, Scott managed to grab my heart and twist it, more than a few times. I wondered if Ben could fit into his new role, if Olivia could begin to heal from her own past. I wanted to give them both a hug, considering everything they've been through. I was worried about Escoberra and Zittoro, too. And of course I still worried about Reza. Now I'm curious about Sorren and Foster.
It's Always Been You is another solid installment in an amazing series! Even if it's not my “favorite”, it is still a damn good read; I can't stop recommending this series enough! Remember, they are best read in order, but once you start, you won't be able to stop. There's a certain crack in Scott's writing, and I'm a happy addict.
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For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.
This book is about 2 different type of soldiers, Ben, a combat veteran, who is given a Commander position and reluctantly takes on the leadership responsibilities, and Olivia, a lawyer tasked with helping all of the Commanders clean up their units. As Ben faces the reality that one of his men, a man he looks up to and respects, could possibly have beaten his daughter, he is faced with having to come to terms that his new position means he must do what the army says he must do and yet he feels he has to do what he feels is the right thing to do for this man who has given so much. Olivia tries to understand Ben's commitment to his men yet is torn because as a former victim of child abuse herself, she has a very strong need to come to the defense of the child and has to learn to put her past aside and look at this case with clear eyes.
As Ben turns to Olivia for legal advice in handling all the problems that come up with the men in his unit, they begin to become friends and find that each are much more than what they originally thought. As their attraction grows and they are drawn closer to one another, each begins to let down their guard and they soon find love.
This isn't your typical romance in which the man is trying to impress the woman and win her over, but a much more realistic view of how two people, who have very stressful jobs and busy lives, can find love when they aren't looking. Ms. Scott does a great job of bringing these two characters together and I for one, hated to see the story end.
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