From USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott comes an all new novella about a woman who came back from war changed and the man who loves her enough not to let her go.
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
This story has been featured in Home For Christmas: A Holiday Duet with JoAnn Ross.
USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
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 OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.
Most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012. Learn More at http://www.jessicascott.net
I was wrong. I can’t do this. I can’t go to class and pretend like everything is normal. That I’m normal. I’m not. I’ve lost everything that matters to me. But I made a promise.
And if I’m going to keep that promise, I have to focus. I have to pretend that I belong on this southern campus that drips with old money.
And I have to pass stats. That’s where Beth comes in.
I’m terrified she’ll see through me. That the careful lies
and easy smile won’t be enough to convince her that everything is fine.
That she’ll see how broken I really am.
But there’s something about her that draws me closer. A
sadness in her eyes that am powerless to resist.
I should walk away. Protect her from the broken, darkness in
Before we both fall into something neither of us can control
Stay focused. Get a job. Save her father’s life.
Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah - a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.
Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at Beth threatens to unravel the careful lies Noah has constructed around him.
A simple arrangement turns into something neither of them can deny. And a war that neither of them can forget could destroy them both.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
He left her for the war…
Ever since the day Army captain Trent Davila lost his life, he’s been fighting the demons that haunt him from that terrible day. Time and again, he’s left his wife and their two children behind as he’s volunteered to put himself in harm’s way until his wife had enough.
She’s lost her faith in him...
Laura Davila commits the ultimate sin for an Army wife - sending her husband divorce papers while he’s deployed. She can’t take the pain of knowing he’s betrayed her by volunteering for multiple deployments instead of spending much needed time with her and their two small children.
He needs her now more than ever…
Sent home facing a court martial on trumped up charges, Trent needs her to stand by him one last time. Being close to him reignites the spark in their troubled marriage that had almost been extinguished.
As the fight for his career and reputation threatens to destroy them both, their marriage will be tested like never before.
PRAISE FOR BACK TO YOU
"Jessica Scott's BACK TO YOU is a moving story with rich, layered characters and real, heart-felt emotion. Don't miss this fabulous read!"
~Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author
"Jessica Scott's novels are beautifully written, honestly authentic, and richly emotional."
~JoAnn Ross, New York Times bestselling author
"Few writers can reach the psychological and emotional depths with their characters as Jessica Scott can. A gripping, deeply emotional story that will grab the reader and not let them go."
~Lindsay McKenna, New York Times bestselling author of NEVER SURRENDER
Welcome Home - these are the words every soldier longs to hear after an endless deployment. But for Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison, there’s no one waiting when he arrives back at Fort Hood, unconscious and barely hanging on. The IED that nearly took his life took something more important - something he’s afraid he’ll never get back.
Working as nurse at Fort Hood’s busy hospital, Jen St. James has seen her share of wounded warriors pass through her hallways. But there’s something about Shane that draws her close, even when she knows her own brush with death has left her scarred.
As Shane struggles to recover, Jen is the only one who can see what’s happening to him. As the wounds of war drag him further away from healing and everyone around him who matters, Jen is there, pushing him, demanding that he continue to fight to get back to the only thing he believes he’s good at.
Along the way, Shane learns the hard truth about life without the uniform and discovers that maybe, there’s someone for him to come home to after all.
★★Includes the bonus short story ANYTHING FOR YOU★★
“Jessica Scott is an exciting new voice in romantic fiction who bursts upon the scene with an unputdownable debut novel!"—New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr
“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
“An amazing debut novel. Jessica Scott writes military romance with an authenticity and emotional depth that's impossible to beat.”—New York Times bestselling author Pamela Clare
“Because of You is a powerful debut - emotional, heartbreaking and uplifting all at once, it's a romance not to be missed!”—Stephanie Tyler, bestselling author of The I-Team Series
“Authentic, emotional, and edgy, Jessica Scott’s sweeping military romance is a vivid snapshot of love, war, grief and–above all–hope.”—Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of If I Should Die
“Jessica Scott has written a beautiful love story filled with heart, tender emotion, unflinching honesty and gritty realism. Because of You is a military romance you will never forget!”—New York Times bestselling author
“Jessica Scott writes an intense story, packed with realism and emotion. BECAUSE OF YOU will tug at your heartstrings.”—New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin
“In Because of You, Jessica Scott presents a realistic and emotionally gripping tale of life in and around the military. A wonderful debut, and I can't wait to read the next in this compelling series.”—USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner
“Watch out Navy SEALS, there's a new hero in town and he's wearing Army gray! Because of You is a beautifully crafted, wonderfully emotional debut.”—New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross
“Because of You is a tough and tender romance that proves the one thing worth fighting for will always be true love. Jessica Scott is a vibrant new voice in contemporary romance!”—Teresa Medieros, New York Times bestselling author of GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART
“Because of You is powerful, timely and wonderfully executed. Jessica Scott should be on every reader's list.”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Novak
“Because of You is emotionally heart-wrenching and makes you smile as the characters triumph.”—Mandi Schreiner, USA Today's Happy Ever After blog