Monday, September 3, 2012

Early Review: Until There Was You (Coming Home #2) by Jessica Scott

Though he plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed military leaders will prove that opposites attract . . . even under fire.

A by-the-book sergeant with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

Type: Military, Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: October 8th

Jessica Scott has a way with writing that is absolutely captivating and makes it so hard to put down one of her books once you've started. Until There Was You was quite the experience and one that'll have your emotions reeling. 

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.  And the chemistry? Through the roof.  There's an undeniable spark that's constantly snapping between them despite their differences.  I loved watching their relationship change and seeing little bits of their lives pulled out into the open. Seeing friendship and love sneak up on them when and where they least expected it. Whew. Yeah, it was good.

Scott does an amazing job of expressing what Evan and Claire are going through and making it feel incredibly real. 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 bit of a heavy read but it has just the right touch of humor needed to lighten the mood and break some of the tension that builds up between the characters and their exasperating situation. Just when I needed it one of the characters would do or say something that had me busting out laughing. And I absolutely loved the ending. It's probably one of my top 5 favorite "declarations" and the first time one's ever included a certain body part and the phrase "plucked chicken". OMG I was dying! Loved it! (the quote's not the one I'm talking about since I don't want to spoil that but I did think this one was hilariously sweet)
"Reza said I should just tell you I'm crazy and ask you to put up with me." She pressed her lips together, biting back the sting of emotion. "But that's not really the entire truth." She breathed deeply, smiling tremulously. "I miss your cock when it's not around. And the rest of you isn't half bad either."
While there were a couple storylines I do wish had been explored a bit more, like Evan's relationship with his family, and some that didn't get tied up by the end overall those are very minor complaints. Until There Was You was a fantastic addition to the Coming Home series and one I'm very glad to have read. It's definitely a book everyone should check out. I can't wait to see what Scott comes up with next. 

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  1. I enjoyed this one too. Character-driven books are so much deeper and slower moving, but worth it in their own way.

    Nice review!

    1. Thanks Sophia. I'm always amazed by her books. Such a roller coaster ride. Glad you liked it too :)


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