Friday, January 27, 2012

Review: Because of You by Jessica Scott:

The Particulars: Military Romance, Lovespell, ebook.
The Source: Purchased Kobo.
The Grade: A-
The Blurb:
Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there’s more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he’ll never see again—until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.

Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there’s a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels—for the first time in a long time—like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty—it’s a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected—her deepest desire

The Review:
I bought this book because it got a lot of positive reviews, but it took awhile before I got around to read it. In fact, when I opened the book I almost deleted it.  ( More about that later in the review). 

I must say I am glad that I decided to read it. This  book is filled with strong characters, and important themes.  I loved Jen.  How she struggled with her self-esteem, to believe that someone like Shane really is interested in her.  Shane.. I'll admit it. I loved him too. I loved how he really cared about his troop. 
In fact, I loved all the Characters. From  Laura who  have kept her family together, to Carponti who hide his  issues behind a lot of jokes.  No. Wait. I didn't love all of the characters. I wanted to strangle Randall, and  I thought Captain Trent Davila was a jerk.
What made the book for me wasn't just the book. No, it was the blunt, and sobering way Jessica Scott described Iraq. She clearly shows how everything can go wrong.From important parts being misplaced, to intel being wrong.  Together, it enchanced the danger they were surrounded by.   The there is the contrast, how the wives are battling fear and worry back in the US.
But, the most heartwrenching parts of the book were when they had returned home,  injured.   Shane's struggle with adjusting to his new life with PT.   And yes, he acts like a jerk sometimes, but he realise it.   And apologize. 

So what I didn't like.  The main issue I had was with the font size.  I am not sure if it was  my e-reader, or something in the style sheet but it showed up as large, and 1.5 spacing.  But I decided to ignore it, and read the book anyway. After I had finished the book , I fixed the fontsize.   

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