- File Size: 1531 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing (October 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0758BCDTK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a journey you have created. This novel isn't about "giving up" it is all about "becoming" part of something bigger than yourself - the powerful symbol of the Marines is so perfect. Amazing words, characters that reach out to touch our hearts and souls.
"Nevertheless She Persisted"
I fell in love with Jack, he's so sweet and tender with Maggie. The scene in Paris where they go to the Eiffel Tower seems so romantic and more considering that he wanted to propose to her...And when she dashed from El Cairo to San Diego... Dear me, romantic, exciting, nerve wracking, sweet and so full of love. Ir's absolutely wonderful..!!! Thank you for giving me the privilege to read it!!
J C Laird--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Jack is a career military man and Maggie is a foreign correspondent. It seems like an impossible situation in which to maintain any kind of relationship, especially when their jobs keep them on opposite sides of the world. Not only does the distance make for challenges, but added to that is the dangers they each face. It would make anyone crazy to know their loved one is a possible victim of bombs or terrorists and not be able to get to them, or even find out if they’re okay!
Aside from the action, drama and suspense in this book, one of the things that really appealed to me is the two main characters. Jack and Maggie are both professional, driven and strong, and they’re so reasonable, logical and mature in the way they approach the relationship. That’s not to say there isn’t a great amount of tension, angst and emotion, but you’ll be happy to know that, in spite of the challenges, obstacles and danger they both face, they do finally get their happily ever after. I’ll leave it to you to read how it all works out in this intense, passionate, exciting story!
MJ is a journalist, who goes into some of the worlds most dangerous places to get the story. She’s strong and smart and she’s trying to shed light on issues that are important to her and the world. But when we meet her everything is falling apart and her life and the lives of the people she’s interviewing are in danger, enter the marines. Jackson is one of the marines who shows up to rescue her and man is he mad at her. I love that she stood her ground and stood up for what she believed in all while acknowledging that things did backfire and that she of course regretted that people’s lives were in danger. MJ is just great to read, she’s so sure of herself and her mission, and she really is trying to make a difference in the world.
Jackson is great too. When he gets home from deployment he takes MJ up on her offer to buy him a drink if he’s ever in NYC. The attraction between them is palpable, but you kind of know going in that a relationship is not in the cards. He’s in the military and never knows where he is going to end up. And MJ well she’s an international journalist trying to get assigned to the Middle East, so she’s never going to be around either. But these two are just drawn together and they can’t help but decided to keep in touch and give it a go.
I loved watching these two grow closer. I loved the small moments they had together. I loved how much they worried about each other. They both experience a lot of really scary events where the other one is aware that they are in danger but they are thousands of miles away. The helplessness that they feel as well as the love they have for each other is just fantastic. I loved this book so much, easily one of my most enjoyable reads of the past few months.
Jane Harvey-Berrick masterfully describes both the horror that is presently our world as snipers, terrorists and the like try to overtake the good we have all fought so hard for, while carefully crafting the most tender of loves as MJ and Jack try their hardest to make what is between them work. They both fall hard and fast and all they want is time together. Time that neither of them have since they are both whisked away at a moment's notice due to their demanding jobs. But the love is there. A chemistry neither of them ever saw coming and a devotion that feels as natural as if they had known each other their whole lives.
What is most special is that both Jack and his Maggie respect the other's career and find that that respect may keep them apart for way too long. The author never cheapens MJ's career to make hers less than Jackson's and lets their decisions dictate how their love story will proceed. It's wonderfully tender and lovingly sexy. A story that was originally given to us as a part of the author's newsletter, I'm thrilled to have been able to read it again as a full-length book.
An author who never disappoints, Battle Scars is one to be savored. I can't help but give it the 5 stars it so deserves.
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Jackson and Maggie were definitely NOT love at first sight, the circumstances were just too real, raw and dangerous. Jackson becomes her saviour, her 'hero'.
When the two finally get a chance to really get to know each other, outside of the 'war zone', they find love. A sweet, gentle and yet intense love. They each respect and accept each others life and career choices and would never ask of the other to change.
As Jane was writing each chapter, I was bombarding her with messages, I'm sorry Jane! I was so desperate for them to get their HEA. Each chapter that Jane wrote, was so 'real' so actually possible and as non-fiction as I think you could possibly write a fiction book.
Maggie and Jackson story could be a true life story, and I would like to think that someone out there has lived this story and found their love.
Thank you Jane, it was wonderful reading this book!
Now it’s not a secret that I adore the Education series. This and many other of Jane’s work reside lovingly on my bookcase, well out of the sticky fingered reach of children in their signed perfection. I was absolutely delighted therefore that Battle Scars was taking us back to the servicemen and journalists on the front line, and we do indeed get a small cameo from our loved ones in this.
What it isn’t though is just a rehash of Seb and Caro’s story. Jack and Maggie are very much their own fully fleshed out three dimensional characters. Maggie is forthright, maybe even a little bolshy and certainly not shy of saying what she feels. I think to Jack she’s less like a fresh breeze and more like a hurricane, ripping into his life in spectacular fashion and leaving it bearing no resemblance to that which was there before. And Jack, well, he’s got his eye on the prize and can be extremely persuasive when he wants to be.
If you’ve read one of my reviews of Jane’s work before, then you will know I often refer to her as the poet. This is because she is for me one of the best writers who can rip into your emotions and give you a huge case of ‘THE FEELS’. Now if you have read her yourself, you will know exactly what I mean but if not, here is just one fine example of the beauty of her writing:
‘He drew me towards the large bed, tugging my towel free, and in the morning light, with all of my imperfections and flaws displayed, Jack Connor made, soft, sweet love to me, his body urging me to enjoy life with all its fleeting moments of pleasure. Because that’s what life is - many moments of joy and sorrow, connections with other people, small and great, making memories. And I understood that whether I knew him for a few more minutes or days, weeks or months, I would never forget this man or this moment.’
Gah - it’s just so beautiful isn’t it. And so real. And if you think it’s just sexytimes she can write then read on, because this next one blew me away:
‘But when hatred is your birthright, hope seems a very long way away, and I wondered if God had heard my prayers.’
Nobody living in our times could not understand or ponder over this. I spend time obsessing over the fact that if the world just sees people like our PM as a representation of us, there is no wonder people elsewhere who haven’t met the common man, think that we are all idiots and worthy of their hate. When they cannot see the love and compassion that we show, because they are so far away and all they see is the greed and hate. Anyway, I digress, back to the work of art.
Whilst this book is very much centred on the romance between Jack and Maggie and the challenges that they face, you also get to experience their lives with them. You enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of their locations. And you feel their pain, anger, heartache, love, longing and desire palpably throb off the page.
In fact, I could have just left a two word review for this book, because there is one thing it made me do all of the way through it, and one thing that I do whilst I sit here typing up my review for you now, and experiencing moments all over again.
Yup that would be enough, Those two words could show you just how this book would make you feel as a reader. But I want to make sure that you experience the talent that is Jane, so I’m here typing a few more words and imploring you not to miss out on the swoon worthy book.
Read it - you will not regret it. And if you read it off the back of my review, you can thank me later.
Jane first started to write this story in chapters via her monthly newsletter... after reading the first few paragraphs i decided not to read in the newsletter as i knew id want to be greedy and read this in one go... and im so glad i waited!
This book is jammed packed with raw emotions that just tug at your heart...this is the story of MJ who is a newspaper reporter stationed in Afghanistan and has to be rescued by the local military team... cue hot headed alpha marines!
Even in strange/different situations friendships can be made and Sergeant Jackson Connor proves hes not all he seems to be!
Absolutely loved this book from start to end and would happily have kept reading about these amazing inspiring characters!
MJ is a reporter she finds herself in a dangerous situation whilst in Afghanistan.
Jackson is a Marine Sergeant he rescues MJ and he's far from happy she put his team in danger in the process. He isn't shy about telling her so either. But MJ isn't a push over and retaliates telling Jackson exactly why she does her job.
So they don't set off on the right path so to speak.
However there's a unmistakable connection once things have cooled down and Jackson seeks out MJ once he's on leave.
These two just clicked and I loved how you could feel their connection. Neither one was looking for love but it found them.
Theirs isn't an easy relationship, both of them are very career oriented so it's difficult to see each other.
When they learn just what the other means to them they know something has to change, but who will sacrifice their dreams to follow the other.
I have to admit I was scared for them both and I really was rooting for them because these two are just perfect together.
A beautiful love story in the toughest of situations.
I liked how the love story wove around real life and situations around the world. I really liked the characters of Maggie and Jackson and also the secondary characters. I enjoyed that there was no silly angst or he said she said nonsense with misunderstanding's all the time.
Totally recommend you read this, there is an actual story not just wall to wall sex. Brilliant well done.
I found it interesting, I love the character of MJ. She is brave and honest and a truly honorable reporter. I enjoyed reading of her journey’s and adventures. I found her so noble when she thanked all the marines for saving her life. She didn’t just take them for granted.
Jackson is a most excellent character too. He’s a career marine, or at least plans to be a marine for a while. He’s brave and savvy and all that is good in a hero.
I enjoyed their relationship, what little time they had to spend together considering they were often on two different continents.
I have this theory that there are two main kinds of readers, emotional readers and technical readers and various combinations of each. If I were a technical type reader I know I would appreciate this book a lot more and after writing this review, I see it has received some high grades. But I’m much more of an emotional reader and this particular book just didn’t stir up my emotions that much. So, it’s a good book but just not one for me; not like some of her other books that do appeal to the emotional reader in me.
I loved. This book, because we didn't have to go through the formula misunderstandings at various points in the book. This is a story of a couple who climb over all kinds of obstacles to find the ending they both worked for. Jack, the US Marine, and Maggie, the foreign correspondent, both had careers they loved. Long distance romance is not the easiest way. But they were determined.
This story will mean tears and smiles, and really scary episodes. But I really hope you read this latest book of Jane Harvey Berrick. It started out, more like a one chapter writing exercise. It wasn't supposed to be a book. But her fans pushed her for more and more, and boy, did she ever out do herself with Battle Scars! It's gripping, it's witty, it's also, Rock Your Socks Romantic. I loved it!!