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Until There Was You (A Coming Home Novel Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Scott
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Book Description


From the author of Because of You comes an all-new contemporary eBook romance. He plays by the rules, she's not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed Army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .
 
A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain 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. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.
 
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else--including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He's more than the rank on his chest; he's a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Blaze of Winter, The Devil's Thief, and Santerra's Sin.


Editorial Reviews

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"A gripping and emotionally charged story with strong characters and incredible imagery. Scott's background gives her military romances a depth of truth and dose of reality that no others have."
~ Gina Maxwell | New York Times Bestselling author of Seducing Cinderella 
 
"There are books that need to be written in order to explain important moments in our history. 'Until there was You' is one of those books" 
~ Stacey | Absorbed in a Book
 
"A brilliant follow up to Because of You"
~ Gitte | Totally Booked
 
"Once again Jessica Scott amazes me with her heartfelt and deeply moving writing." 
~ Stella Ex Libris | Book Lovers Inc
 
"An absolutely captivating read by Jessica Scott. Not your typical light fluffy romantic read but a realistic look into military life that will leave your emotions reeling." 
~ Herding Cats and Burning Soup
 
"This story has the perfect balance of conflict, romance, passion and even some laugh out loud moments."
~ Romancing the Book
 
"Jessica Scott is an exciting new voice in romantic fiction!"
~Robyn Carr | New York Times Bestselling Author
 
"Jessica Scott writes with a soldier's heart."
~ Cindy Gerard | New York Times Bestselling Author 
 
"Put Jessica Scott on your "must read" list."  
 ~ Suzanne Brockmann | New York Times Bestselling Author
 
"Jessica Scott should be on every reader's list." 
~Brenda Novak | New York Times Bestselling Author
  
 

From the Inside Flap

"You realize it looks bad for you to hang out with your old enlisted buddy, don't you?"

Claire Montoya looked up at her oldest friend, Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli, whom she was no longer supposed to be friends with now that she'd earned her commission two years before.

"You're the only person--officer or enlisted--in this brigade I know. I don't really care what it looks like."

"Yeah, well, my commander might have something to say about that if he gets the wrong idea. The guy must have been potty trained at gunpoint."

 

"That uptight, huh?" Claire grinned and sipped her beer. She'd been in the Reaper Brigade Combat team for all of three weeks, and Reza was the one person she trusted to have her back. "Where is your illustrious commander, anyway?"

 

 "Working, as always." Reza grinned, and it was pure evil. "You'll never guess on what."

Claire braced for the worst. She could only imagine.

 

"Do I want to know?"

 

He tossed back the rest of his beer. "Apparently, there are eight new cases of chlamydia in our company.

 

So the battalion commander has tasked him to find out A, where they came from, and B, what he's going to do to prevent any more outbreaks."

 

Claire choked on a swallow of Dos Equis that went down the wrong pipe. It was a long minute before her lungs were clear and she could breathe again, let alone talk. "That is wrong on so, so many levels," she said when she could speak.

 

"Speak of the devil." Reza turned and pointed his beer at someone behind Claire. She twisted on the edgeof the wall that circled the dance floor, prepared to meet someone starched and rigid. "Evan Loehr, Claire Montoya. You two mingle. I'm getting another beer."

 

She was going to kill Reza. He was forever trying to get her to hook up the way he did: with all the discretion of a dog in heat. She stared daggers into his back as he walked off. He never quite understood why she wasn't into dating. Her track record with men

sucked, and she was not about to add to that losing streak tonight. She was getting ready to deploy with the brigade in less than two months. She didn't need a one-night stand with one of the company commanders to complicate things.

 

Not that he didn't look like the perfect candidate for a one-night dance with the devil. If she did that sort of thing. Which she didn't. But still, this man didn't look remotely the way she'd expected he would. His shoulders were wide and solid, and beneath that starched white shirt, his chest looked powerful. She could easily imagine those arms wrapped around her, holding her tight while he . . . Down, girl. She might not have moved from her spot on the low wall surrounding the dance floor, but her hormones had snapped to attention, that was for sure.

 

The way Reza had described him made her imagine a man who would show up in military uniform despite the Texas casual dress code. He seemed out of place in this smoky, seedy bar.

 

This guy seemed stiff and rigid, as if he'd rather be anywhere but here at this moment. The top button of his shirt exposed the strong line of his throat, revealing dark hair and a glimpse of smooth skin and carved shadows. Beneath the First Cav Stetson, his

hair was black and cut close to the strong line of his neck. There was confidence in the way he moved, a raw power that wrapped around Claire like the smoke in the bar and drew her close.

 

Claire stuck out her hand, needing something to distract her from her deviant thoughts. Small talk ought to do the trick. "Nice to meet you. Evan, right?"

 

"Yeah." His hand was rough and strong as her fingers slid into his. "How did you get the last name Montoya with hair like that?"

 

"I have no idea." Oddly self-conscious, she tucked her red hair behind one ear. "So you're Reza's commander?"

 

"For the last two months."

 

"And your first order of business is dealing with sexually transmitted diseases?" He scowled fiercely and Claire laughed out loud, despite her best efforts

not to.

 

"Glad you think it's funny." His voice rumbled over her skin, holding the promise of dark fantasies and primitive yearnings. It had been too long since she'd been with a man. Being around him made her want to do reckless things.

 

 "I've never been a commander, but I hope I never have to deal with what you're dealing with right now."

 

Evan looked so disgruntled, she smiled. She didn't know him. She shouldn't be amused by his discomfort, but the situation was ridiculous. Plus, the conversation came with the added bonus of locking down her hormones. Nothing said sexy like diseases, she thought

dryly.

 

He leaned forward, bracing his elbows on the low wall next to her hips and dragging his hands over his face. "I can't believe that this is what I'm dealing with. Not weapons training. Not running patrols or shooting bad guys. Sexually transmitted diseases."

 

"Well, commander, what's your plan for dealing with the rash of diseased penises in your formation?"

 

Evan groaned and buried his face in his hands, then took a long pull off his own beer. Reza emerged from the crowd and clapped him on the shoulder. "I already took care of it. I sent Ramirez to the clinic to pick up a case of rubbers. They're sitting on the counter in the company ops."

"I should make them an inspectable item and have every soldier keep one in their wallet," Evan grumbled.

 

Claire laughed so hard, she almost fell from her seat on the wall.

 

Evan gave her a pointed look.

 

"I'm sorry," she said, trying to stop laughing before she permanently damaged his pride. "But you should see your face."

 

He took a pull off his beer. Claire watched his throat move, enthralled by the motion of sleek muscle and dark skin. "I feel like I should have a formation and make the platoon sergeants demonstrate how to put on a condom the correct way."

 

 "As one of your platoon sergeants, I'll be the first to refuse that order," Reza said before taking another drink.

 

Finally Evan laughed and the sound twisted Claire's insides, teasing away the tension and the fatigue and the bone-crushing pressure of being the new girl. Something warm unfurled against her heart, like hot steam rising from a hidden vent.

 

Something that told her she needed to stay far away from the source of the warmth.

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  • File Size: 1688 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (October 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IU9SSE
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Captain Evan Loehr is a straight arrow West Point graduate and does everything by the book, and doesn't have time for pleasure. He's got some baggage from his youth that seems to be the driving force behind his current identity. Captain Claire Montoya earned her rank the hard way, first enlisting in the Army and then completing Officer Candidate School and moving into the officer corps. Claire has her secrets, too, and they have shaped her current behavior. She and Evan had one brief interlude years ago but since then seem to have butt heads at every juncture. Both end up in Colorado to train a team for deployment to Iraq, forcing them to confront their differences and passions for their careers and each other.

I really liked Claire and Evan and found them to be compelling characters. It worked for me that she was brash and often bucked the system because of her roots in the enlisted ranks. Claire was passionate about her career, those under her command and her assigned missions. There was a lot to admire and respect about her, especially her loyalty to her friends. Evan's dedication was clear and even though his approach was different, it was no less passionate. He behaved with honor, even if it didn't always seem his feelings were invested in the people. It made sense that these two would connect because of their level of commitment and being opposites.

What didn't work so well for me was the romance between Claire and Evan. It lacked the passion we found in everything else they did. There were numerous starts and stops with these two that didn't quite ring authentic. We went from a sensuous interlude to a point of time three years later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will Appeal to Fans of Military Romance October 13, 2012
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Finding love, and keeping it is tough for anyone, even more so for those in the military. Job stress, absences, and the emotional impact of tours of duty all place extreme burden on the people involved. But how about when both members of a relationship are soldiers? In Until There Was You we go on that very journey with Evan and Claire; two people, two soldiers struggling to maintain a good work relationship while fighting and eventually giving in to a personal relationship.

Evan and Claire are tough characters. Both have experienced a great deal of emotional turbulence, both on the battlefield and their home lives. I liked that Evan was strong, yet vulnerable once he let Claire close. I loved that that Claire was fearless, kind, and loyal. She wasn't a damsel in distress, needed Evan's protection. Claire is a strong, capable woman who is also passionate and loving. These two definitely resisted giving in to their attraction for as long as physically hospital. I'll admit that I may have yelled "Do it, already!" at my poor Kindle. But once they do give in, the chemistry was perfect. Scott writes really great love scenes that will get you all steamed up, but still maintain a air of decorum that won't leave you feeling you need to scrub yourself off afterwards.

I feel that Jessica Scott's Coming Home Series is an important one. I, personally, have been enlightened about the struggles that those who are in the military, and their loved ones, go through on a day to day basis. I also feel that those who live this life may enjoy the solidarity that the stories provide. I will say, though, that Until There Was You was very heavy on the work atmosphere, which is totally fine, but did cause me to feel out of the loop and unable to form a very strong connection to the story.

A story of two strong people and their road to finding love on the battlefield and beyond, Until There Was You is a story that will appeal to fans of Contemporary Military Romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For me, a journey of discovery. October 8, 2012
By Kim
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Until There Was You is the second book by Jessica Scott, a current Army officer, but this is the first book by her I have read. Part of the title states that this is a military romance, but I found the only thing military about this book were the characters who are all members of the Army. The book takes place at bases in Texas and Colorado.

For me, I wanted to read this book for the romance. I found it hard to read for the military part. Meaning, I kept getting bogged down in trying to figure out what the ranks meant and some of the military language. I will say I gained a greater respect for our members of the military; for what they have to go through and endure for war.

If you're looking for a romance story where there's immediate attraction by both parties and within the first 15 to 20 pages of the book they succumb to their attraction, this book ISN'T for you. I like that the book builds up to the true romance. You get to know the characters and see what they truly are about.

I love the characters in this book from the main characters of Evan Loehr and Claire Montoya to the secondary character of Reza Iaconelli. Captain Evan Loehr is a career Army man. He has been in or a part of the military since the age of seventeen. He is a straight arrow, by the book kind of guy. He knows what happens when you don't follow the rules; sometimes the consequences can be deadly. Captain Claire Montoya is a hard working, break the rules for the greater good, kind of woman. In her mind, rules should not always be black and white. Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli is my favorite. Reza is a warrior soldier. He has his demons but he's the person you want on your side. He's funny and caring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy read, nice escape.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Until There Was You...so true!
I really liked Evan and Claire's story! I thought they were both way too stubborn and way too rigid for way too long, but, they finally got it right! Better late than never!
Published 2 months ago by Petriekd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read!!
Published 3 months ago by Susan J. Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I this book has alt do with the army and the characters are funny in a lot of places so pick it up and read.
Published 3 months ago by Christine abee
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to expectations
I thought the premise of this book sounded great - two Army officers with a history working on training troops for deployment - but the story didn't live up to my expectations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ALR
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a good read.
Published 3 months ago by J P fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS STORY.
Such a different slant on military life from any I have read. Evan is a sort of flawed hero.Reza and Claire strong but troubled warriors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great books, can't wait to read more!
Published 3 months ago by Chattygirl21
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better with Army rank
Author has obviously never been in the service. Rank is not worn on the chest but on the uniform collar or on the sleeve. Sarnt
is not an abbreviation for Sergeant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT SURE YET
Second book in new series. While this offering had an interesting plot, I was a little disappointed when I completed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JJY
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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




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