Stay sober. Get deployed. Lead his platoon. Those are the only things that matter to Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli. What he wants is for everyone to stay out of his way; what he gets is Captain Emily Lindberg telling him how to deal with his men. Fort Hood’s newest shrink is smart as a whip and sexy as hell. She’s also full of questions—about the army, its soldiers, and the agony etched on Reza’s body and soul.
. . . open his heart to love?
Emily has devoted her life to giving soldiers the care they need—and deserve. Little does she know that means facing down the fierce wall of muscle that is Sergeant Iaconelli like it’s just another day at the office. When Reza agrees to help her understand what makes a soldier tick, she’s thrilled. Too bad it doesn’t help her unravel the sexy warrior in front of her who stokes her desire and touches a part of her she thought long dead. He’s the man who thinks combat is the only escape from the demons that haunt him. The man who needs her most of all .
Jessica Scott has yet to disappoint me with any of the books she has written in this series. I’m not sure if it’s her writing, or the fact that I am getting to know the characters or if it’s just the continuity of the series itself, but these books continue to get better and better. Obviously, All For You drilled that point home.
This is the 4th installment of the Coming Home series and the characters that were front and center were totally different than any so far. Up until now, the female leads have had some connection to the Army. Either through service, association or being a long time spouse. Emily had none of that. She was totally ‘green,’ but that didn’t lesson her dedication. It just left her ‘out of the loop.’
As far as Reza is concerned… yeah, he was pretty damaged. He came into the Army that way though. So far the male leads have been damaged by their experiences. Not that Reza hadn’t. He just had a background that provided a pretty shaky head start. One that set the tone for his character throughout All For You. His story wasn’t an easy one and being inside his had wasn’t always a fun place to be, but I still liked getting to know him. As determined as he was to get himself straight – he was still messing up. He was on shaky ground and sometimes he knew it and even then there were times he didn’t care. As hard as his friends and superiors were on him, his biggest obstacle was himself.
Together these two just worked. Emily needed help understanding where the men she was trying desperately to help were coming from and Reza needed someone to love him unconditionally. He also needed someone he could trust enough to give him a different way of looking at things. Their relationship was rocky at best and they didn’t make it easy on each other, but that’s what kept things interesting and most importantly…. real.
Once again, Jessica Scott’s first hand knowledge of military life brought realism to this series. The subject was tough and it wasn’t sugar coated. There are people that are cut out to be soldiers regardless of how they enter the military and there are people who aren’t. I’ve personally (as a civilian) seen the pressure and discipline turn someone’s life around, but I’ve also seen it totally crush others. Those facts made All For You more than just a simple military romance, at least for me. It was packed with emotion and those feelings didn’t stop once the last page was read. This one stuck with me for a while. *sigh*
Coming Home is most definitely a character driven series. I have loved them all so far. As serious as the subject was in All For You, there were still light moments and yeah, there were some heated ones too (the good kind 😉 ) It was interesting seeing Carponti and Shane as ‘outsiders’ instead of being part of the inner circle. I kind of liked seeing them from a different perspective. It was also fun seeing Evan and Claire again under totally different circumstances. It made me want to pick up Until There Was You again… of course I don’t need much of an excuse to re-read any of the books in this series. Next up in the Coming Home series is It’s Always Been You and I’m looking forward to it already.