Because of You – by 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.
For the last few years I have harped on how realism seems very important when writing a book. Even in paranormal. Research makes or breaks a book because it gives the reader something to grasp hold of that’s real. In contemporary, it’s even more important, because it’s hard to believe a book if the world created is filled with flaws. The same can be said for television shows. It’s why they always have someone who’s a technical adviser on the set. But I hate watching a show where said adviser hasn’t done his or her job well. Sometimes the plot of the story takes over the story line, and the adviser would have to rewrite the entire thing to get it right. Take for example, the tv show – Army Wives. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the show, but it definitely wasn’t accurate. At no time will the Post Commander’s wife spend time regularly with an enlisted man’s wife. Especially when the enlisted soldier is new to the army. It just doesn’t happen. The structure of friendship relationships is as strong as their husband’s rank.
As a military retiree, it bugs me to no end to see a colonel’s wife hanging out with an NCO’s wife in either books or tv, and when the husbands are there, they are best of friends, too. It can’t happen. And when it does, it can cause “issues”.
Recently I read Because of You by Jessica Scott. Congratulations to Ms. Scott for a perfectly portrayed world of the military. If you like contemporary romance, or you like the true alpha male, and watching the pieces fall apart only to be put back together, then this is the book for you. I admired not only the detailed military scenes, but the accuracy which flowed with every word in this book.
Let me first say that yes, I know Jessica Scott. We are both members of RomVets and we met at the last conference, though we didn’t have alot of time to chat. I follow her on twitter, and I read her blog from time to time. It’s no secret that Ms. Scott is an Officer in the US Army. One who deploys to the gulf, and one who leads alot of soldiers. She sees more in a seven day period than most see in a lifetime when it comes to the ravages of our current war.
And let me tell you, if you want to know what these people are going through, read Ms. Scott’s book. She has successfully given a true rendition of what COULD and probably DOES happen in her life. But be prepared – this book is a total tearjerker! If I had a complaint about this book, was it didn’t wrap up quite as comfortably as I’d hoped. I won’t say it felt rushed, but at the same time, I felt like something was missing. But I will definitely be reading Ms. Scott’s next book which comes out in May 2012. Don’t let the title fool you – this book is not filled with soppy sweetness. Because of You is filled with hardcore military events, and the tragic aftermath. Don’t forget to grab that box of kleenex to keep by your side!